I am very fortunate to be able to live in Portland, OR where every year since 2004, I’ve been able to visit the Tom McCall Waterfront Park along the Willamette River for their fireworks display on July 4th. It’s a totally festive atmosphere with the Waterfront Blues Festival happening. It must be 100’s of thousands of people that fill the waterfront park, both sides of the river, and along the bridges. It’s eclectic, with something different happening around every corner. One of my favorite Portland traditions has me riding my bike down to the river’s east side, locking it up, walking over the Hawthorne bridge to overlook the Blues Festival grounds, enjoy a little dancing on the bridge, then walking around to my favorite spot to photograph the fireworks. These images were created there and are only two of my favorite collection from this session. For more great images, please visit my Facebook album and while you’re there become a fan today so I can reach my goal of 100.
In recognition of 236th birthday of the US as we currently know it, I want to submit some images I’ve created in year’s past of the fireworks display that takes place in Downtown Portland, OR every year. This is a great celebration on the waterfront of Portland. The annual Waterfront Blues Festival is going on over the 4th of July weekend, and huge 3 – 4 day music festival that benefits the Oregon Food Bank. Tons of people line both sides of the Willamette River, in some places even closing nearby bridges because the parking is atrocious and people just stop on the bridge during the show. Might be a good idea so people don’t drive off the bridge due to the distraction of the fireworks. Unfortunately, these are small images because it appears that I’ve lost, or misplace, the originals, but they should still be displayed here on my blog in such a way so that you can view them properly. I hope you like them as much as I do, please feel free to leave comments, and I hope you have a great, and safe, 4th of July celebration.
Two outdoor shots are included in this post of the Emerald Studio Photography blog. The first I created in Mt. Tabor Park in Portland, OR – what is now a great park, was once an active volcano, and still is the only volcano within urban city limits of the US. I found this Gilded Flicker foraging around and decided to hang out to see if I’m treated to a good image. I took several, but this is my favorite. Feeling comfortable with it’s ability to hide at least partially in the grass, this guy was still skittish with me being there, and wouldn’t take her eyes off me the whole time I was there. She finally took off and joined it’s mate (?) in the tree.
The second image is of Mt. St. Helens, in SW Washington. I like this image because despite St. Helens being over 8000 feet tall, this image makes her look less so prominent in the landscape. She almost blends into the horizon.
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Here are a couple really nice images I’ve been fortunate enough to create in my ongoing endeavor to document the sun rising as viewed from Rocky Butte in Portland, OR. I love the image of the sun peeing over the horizon, emanating hope for a much needed warm, sunny day in the Northwest. Then, there’s the mystery of the second photo reflecting off the mighty Columbia River on a foggy day. Almost looking like the moon, with the exception of the lighting, this image was taken about 15 minutes after the sun raised above the horizon line. I hope you enjoy these images as much as I do.
Well, it’s not St. Pats day, however, here are some nice Digital Images that have a green focus in their subject. The first is a fantastic capture of a mallard shaking it’s head just as I was opening the lens of my camera creating a beautiful abstract image that I think looks pretty cool. The second is just an old image of a hostra leaf created with some early morning dew still hanging around. I hope you like these images as much as I do. Please share with your friends, and leave comments if you’re so moved to help promote these images.
I had an early morning appointment in Downtown Portland, and decided after to just walk home and take pictures, thinking to myself, “I don’t get an opportunity to do that a lot, so why not?” Fortunately I had my camera phone. The clouds were amazing that day, as i think you can tell from these two shots. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
To start this photography blog, I want to share some recent images I created a few weeks back, of downtown Portland, OR, when a friend and I went down the the Eastbank Esplanade. These are okay images in my book, which seems to be my forte of recent. I’m feeling comfortable in my photography abilities these days, comfortable enough to put them on public display anyway. It will be interesting to see what direction my photography will take me in the future, but it will be interesting to document things along the way. These particular images were taken while the Rose Festival’s City Fair was happening along Tom McCall Waterfront Park – hence the Ferris wheel. I look forward to sharing the adventure.