Portland Monochrome Nocturnal Streets

Portland Monochrome Night Steet Photography

1/40 sec @ f/2.8 and ISO 1600 – 12mm focal length

The other day my significant other, sharp as ever, asked me why I have called my blog the “Streets of Nuremberg” when lately the contents is mostly about other places (I wonder how she found out, as she merely tolerates my photographic ventures she’s also not following my blog). Well, the answer is simple. Because Nuremberg is my hometown that I love, where I live and that I love to shoot in. And at the time I started and named my blog my work situation didn’t require all that much of travel. I work in the field of mergers and acquisitions (rather doing the integration part of it) and this is a very cyclic business, there are times with low project volume and then there are times like now where the job that pays the bills requires me to be on the road the majority of the time. And lately (and for the foreseeable future) one of my principal destinations is Portland, Oregon, as I work a major project there.

But here is the nice thing about my passion for photography and my blogging, I can take it everywhere I am. So this post is a perfect example about doing photography on a business trip. Working long hours when on project, I need to make use of the evenings to go out shooting. In this case I left the hotel around 9pm to take a tour through the nocturnal streets of the City of Roses, as Portland is also called. For more about my venture and for the images I invite you to continue reading and looking after the jump…

Portland Monochrome Night Steet Photography

1/60 sec @ f/2.8 and ISO 400 – 12mm focal length

Staying at the Heathman Hotel I took my Olympus PEN-F with the mZuiko 12-40mm F/2.8 Top Pro Zoom and walked down Yamhill Street towards the Willamette River banks and the Waterfront Park Trail, there towards Hawthorne Bridge and up Salmon Street back towards the Hotel. An nice casual 40 minute stroll.  There was not much traffic left in the streets, neither cars nor many people, which made it difficult to shoot proper Street Photography, as simply the people were missing. And a few times I had to wait a few minutes for people to appear and walk into the scene. I took quite a few images, a selection of my monochrome shots I included in this post. I will be back in Portland next week and will stay for two weeks including a weekend. So finally some time to explore the city in proper daylight.

Portland Monochrome Night Steet Photography

1/10 sec @ f/4.5 and ISO 200 – 30mm focal length

Portland Monochrome Night Steet Photography

1/80 sec @ f/2.8 and ISO 1600 – 40mm focal length

Portland Monochrome Night Steet Photography

1/6 sec @ f/2.8 and ISO 1600 – 12mm focal length

Portland Monochrome Night Steet Photography

1/10 sec @ f/2.8 and ISO 1600 – 15mm focal length

Portland Monochrome Night Steet Photography

1/40 sec @ f/2.8 and ISO 1600 – 25mm focal length

Portland Monochrome Night Steet Photography

1/13 sec @ f/2.8 and ISO 1600 – 15mm focal length

Portland Monochrome Night Steet Photography

1/25 sec @ f/2.8 and ISO 1600 – 12mm focal length

Portland Monochrome Night Steet Photography

1/15 sec @ f/2.8 and ISO 1600 – 12mm focal length

Portland Monochrome Night Steet Photography

1/4 sec @ f/5.6 and ISO 200 – 15mm focal length

All photos were taken hand held, thanks to the great zoom lens with fixed f/2.8 aperture and the excellent stabilization of the Olympus PEN-F.

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Portland Pill Hill Evening Views

The Streets of Portland – Finally

Portland Sneak Preview

 

 

27 comments

    1. Thanks, Karen, your comment is very much appreciated! I don’t use monopods anymore as it is another thing to carry around and this beats the purpose of having switched to mirrorless. Generally you can hand hold 1/6 sec thanks to the very efficient Olympus image stabilization very well.

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  1. Gawd I love your photography so much! The black and white night images are stunning. My favorites are the reflective ones, specially in the water! Thank you for sharing. And I like the name of your blog, haha 😉

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  2. Simply superb….especially love the one with reflection off the water. I must try some night photography soon..not easy though as I live a long way from the nearest town.
    Is your camera handheld at such a slow shutter speed?

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    1. For the water reflection picture I held the camera one centimeter over a puddle ;-). The last image with the fountain I shot handheld with 1/4 sec (to het blur into the water), and you see how sharp it is. Honestly hand held. Possible with the Olympus.

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  3. A very nice series. I particularly like the balanced nature of the image showing the reflection on the car of the open spaced interior of a building.
    You didn’t complete your story about what you told your wife about the title of your blog.

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    1. Thanks, Tim. The building with the reflective car is the Portland World Trade Center. And about the wife 😉 well, I basically gave her the same explanation I gave in the post. Probably she picked on me because of my merchandise I ordered for myself for fun (mugs, T-Shirt)….so at least I can advertise for my hometown when wearing those shirts in Portland 😉

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      1. I do not envy all the time you have to spend in planes and being in transit and possibly jetlaged but I do envy your project location and the upcoming weekends you get to spend there 🙂

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