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Portland Fleet Week 2015 — Album Description
Photos in Album: 65 Album Created: 7 Jun 2015 Last Updated: 22 Jun 2015
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During the few weeks of the annual Portland Rose Festival there are dozens of interesting events which take place all over the city.

For more than 80 years, ships from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and Royal Canadian Navy have visited Portland as part of the Rose Festival celebrations. During the five days of Fleet Week, these ships are open to the public for tours — however, I skipped that part.

In addition to boats at rest, there was quite a bit of action on the Willamette River during my morning visit. I was fortunate enough to see four of the city’s historic lift bridges in action: Steel Bridge, Burnside Bridge, Morrison Bridge and Hawthorne Bridge.

Ships and bridges were not the only things in motion. In two different locations — on Steel Bridge and along the Eastbank Esplanade — a man with a large bubble-making apparatus and a bucket of soap was creating huge, incredible soap bubbles. So many amazing things for this country bumpkin in the big city to see!

All told, I took 353 photos of ships, bridges and bubbles. The best 65 have been gathered into this album, including 14 black and white images, three color splash pictures, and one panorama. An additional 61 shots are part of the nine photo sequences I assembled, which help convey some of the motion I was capturing that morning on the river.
For further details about the story behind the photos in this al­bum, see the related article, Big Ships and Big Bub­bles.
The photos in this album were taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera.
To begin viewing the photos, you can browse the album — or view the contact sheet.