It was raining in Portland, Oregon.  Nothing new there, but I was inside the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry ("OMSI") staring at this giant ship propeller (above) on the patio outside.  Rain was streaking down the windows and lights of the room reflected in the glass.  I couldn't have asked for worse conditions. I … Continue reading Propeller

Columbia River Gorge

This is my second serious attempt at HDR.  See definition of HDR and my first attempt here. I like this one a lot better.  While it looks a bit over saturated, that's exactly the feel I had when I was in the bottom of this gorge ... saturated.  I also like the way the HDR … Continue reading Columbia River Gorge

Japanese Gardens

Another highlight of my Oregon trip was the Japanese Gardens in Portland.  This place is a photographer's paradise.   I've never seen so many tripod-mounted cameras in one place; for a minute I thought I was witnessing the summer solstice at Stonehenge.  The abundance of foliage combined with Portland's typically overcast day makes for many low-lighted scenes, and a … Continue reading Japanese Gardens

Columbia River Gorge

East of Portland, I-84 follows the Columbia River and provides a beautiful view of the famous Multnomah Falls (another Oregon icon).   This photograph was taken relatively close to the falls, and without the "little people" standing on the bridge you wouldn't have much perspective of its size.  The walk up to the bridge is not long … Continue reading Columbia River Gorge

Rain, Rain, Go Away

In an earlier post, titled "Newport, Oregon", I showed some pictures from Newport,  a commercial fishing village along the coast. (Well, duh!  Inland fishing villages are hard to find).  We stayed in Newport over night.  The next morning we began our long-awaited drive up the famous Pacific coast highway 101.  Highway 101 is highly regarded as … Continue reading Rain, Rain, Go Away