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Portland Waterfront West 2015 — Album Description
Photos in Album: 45 Album Created: 16 Apr 2015 Last Updated: 29 Apr 2015
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My April 2015 walking tour of downtown Portland began at Union Station. I soon made my way to the northern end of the downtown section of the Willamette River Greenway Trail on the west bank of the Willamette River, near the corner of Naito Pkwy and 9th Ave, between the Fremont and Broadway bridges, in the Pearl District.

Even though I walked only two-thirds of a mile along the west bank, I still took nearly 200 pictures during that hour and a quarter. I surely was a trigger-happy country bumpkin in the big city! The best 45 images are presented here in this album.

Before the outing, I was strongly wishing I would be able to see a ship pass under the Steel Bridge. Imagine my delight when it actually happened, right when I arrived at the bridge! Caught by surprise, I tried to capture the event the best I could, despite my lack of planning.

Unfortunately, in the pressure of the moment, I neglected to put the camera on a tripod. Nor did I keep the same focal length on my zoom lens for all of the shots. These issues made it harder to put together a good presentation of the event later.

Nevertheless, with the help of Photoshop’s wonderful Load Files into Stack script, I was able to create three sequences of photos which show some of the movement of the bridge and the boat. Here are links so you can jump straight to them in the album: Sequence One, Sequence Two, Sequence Three.

Shortly after the bridge was back down, I was crossing over it to the east bank. I did not return to the west bank until I crossed the Hawthorne Bridge a mile upriver. That is where the last three photos in the album were taken.
For further details about the story behind the photos in this al­bum, see the related article, Port­land — West Bank Willamette.
The photos in this album were taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera.
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