Portland Bridge Pedal and Stride 2015 — photo 23 of 59:
Because the 720mm equivalent focal length
of the 30x zoom on my pocket camera
together the foreground and background subjects, there are a number of interesting layers in this image. Unfortunately I was shooting into the sun and the colors were all washed out, so I processed the photo as black and white, except for the ambulance — which turns it into a color splash image.
Where was I standing when I took this shot? As far as I can tell, I was on the SW 5th Avenue I-405
southbound on-ramp, right before it merges into the I-405, and just east of the SW 4th Avenue overpass. Here is a description of the major objects in this photo, from the nearest to the farthest:
- The X-grid structure in the foreground is the span overhead sign structure over the northbound lanes of I-405 at Exit 1B — SW 4th Avenue, between the SW 1st Avenue and SW 4th Avenue overpasses. It was about 140 yards from where I was standing.
- The dark, old-fashioned-looking lamp post on the left is on the SW 1st Avenue overpass, about 250 yards away.
- Slightly to its right, the lighter, more modern lamp post is on the Oregon Route 99W overpass, about 350 yards away.
- The big tree behind that lamp post is in the median strip between the northbound and southbound lanes of I-405, at SW Water Avenue, about a quarter of a mile away.
- The ambulance is about 0.4 miles away, on the upper deck of Marquam Bridge, which carries I-5 over the Willamette River. The other two lamp posts are on this bridge as well.
- Behind that, about two-thirds of a mile away, are two of the 180-foot, pentagonal-shaped stay-cable towers of the new Tilikum Crossing, Portland’s first new bridge across the Willamette River since 1973.
- I’m not positive, but I would say that the darker colored hill behind Tilikum Crossing is Powell Butte, about 8 or so miles away, and the lighter hills behind that are the East Buttes between Gresham and Damascus, about 12 or so miles away.
- Last but definitely not least, about 50 miles away is the 11,249-foot Mount Hood, the highest peak in Oregon
Photographed during the 20th annual Providence Bridge Pedal (and Stride),
August 9, 2015. Camera used: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50.