New Horizons and Some Spectacular Mornings in Portland
A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of heading out to the Pacific Northwest for the first time – traveling to Portland, OR to shoot for two of our regular clients. It was a wonderful, albeit quick trip to the Left Coast. Today is our first of two posts from the trip – this time focusing on the city of Portland and a pair of rather stunning sunrises with a not too shabby sunset on the side. I arrived in Portland to the stereotypical rainy and overcast weather of the region, but by the following morning, the fog had begun to lift, and I set out in the pre-dawn light to find a few spots I had researched the night before. As it turned out, the tendrils of fog still clung to the hills west of the city, so I headed back down to my hotel in downtown Portland. But on my way down, the early morning sun slipped through the sliver of land and clouds to create a rather spectacular show along the riverfront that I couldn’t pass up. Below is one of my favorite shots.
Later on in our trip, after speaking to a few locals who suggested a trip to Pittock Mansion, I headed up to the turn-of-the-century estate for an evening shoot of the quintessential Portland skyline and Mt Hood, 50 miles to the east. The view was spectacular, and as you would expect, it drew a large contingent of shutterbugs, from couples with their phones, to professional photographers and even a chap shooting IR time-lapse video! You can see some of our evening shots in the gallery below. But perhaps my favorite Portland shots from the trip (like the one at the top of this post) were taken the following morning. There is this great site, SunCalc, that allows you to determine where and when the sun will rise and set each day – and its perfect for lining up shots. This time, we really lucked out, with the sun rising right over Mt Hood. Add to that the morning’s bands of cirrus clouds, and it made for an absolutely epic sunrise!
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