Ghost Riders Along the Waterfront

Just in time for All Hallows Eve!

Here are some interesting images I found along the Portland Waterfront last week. I wanted to capture the cherry blossom trees between the Burnside and Steel bridges along the Willamette River in the early morning light. In the Spring, these trees a littered with pink blossoms and there are a ton of images out there depicting that. But in the 10+ years I’ve lived in Portland I never noticed the colors during the Autumn, or the Second Spring. The day before these images were created I was taking the off ramp from Interstate 5 into the Central Eastside business district, which features spectacular views of Downtown Portland, and noticed all the colors along the waterfront. I made a mental note, you have to get out there for some images. The following morning, I did exactly that. Little did I know how busy it is with bike commuters and others in the early morning hours? They make for the perfect ghost images and ample opportunity for action shots with some fantastic color behind the ghosts. I particularly liked it when someone rode by in a yellow rain slicker because the colors match the trees perfectly.

I never believed much in ghosts! I’ve never seen one, so it’s difficult in my mind to believe something that I’ve never seen? I’ve wanted to believe. I think it would be cool to see something that’s not really there and to be able to study or to try and communicate with it. But I’ve yet to be afforded that opportunity. Maybe one day I’ll get that chance. But until then, it’s difficult for me to fully comprehend the thought.

Any who! It is my desire that everyone have a great Halloween season. Hope to see some great costumes out there, and perhaps a ghost or two? Be safe and be careful with all that sugar and candy bounty that you’ll pull in tonight.



Ferris Wheel Lights

Allowing me to continue what’s become a yearly tradition now, the annual Portland Rose Festival took place last month here in the City of Roses. Here is this year’s installment of the annual Ferris Wheel post on this blog. Be sure to check out the post from year’s past to refresh your memory – Wheel Keeps Turning and Portland Ferris Wheel. But let’s not forget about the Vertigo post from two years ago.

This year’s installment is from a somewhat different perspective. It’s good to change and as such the festival setup required me to be on the lookout for new creative visions of the Ferris Wheel. I think I found it? What do you think? This year instead of placing the Ferris Wheel parallel with the Willamette River, they placed it perpendicular to the river. But as such it ended up being parallel to the Morrison Bridge. These images we created while standing on the bridge at dusk one evening. I usually don’t like standing on bridges, in fact I usually don’t like bridges at all, they vibrate and shake a lot. On one side of the Morrison Bridge, the sidewalk is barely wide enough to place my tripod on it. It’s particularly challenging when a pedestrian wants to get through.

Anyway, I think these are some pretty cool images. What do you think? Constructive Criticism is always welcome. Please remember to share.



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