Brian's Photo Blog — Article 566
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Obsessive Portland Icon Photography
Thursday 2 June 2016   —   Category: Shooting
In yesterday’s article, I mentioned that despite having already taken many photos of Mount Hood, each time I see that awe-inspiring, majestic mountain it still takes my breath away, and I just have to take another picture.

At 11,249 feet, it is the highest peak in the state, and offers the only year-round lift-served skiing in North America. It’s also incredibly photogenic!
I have realized that I am equally obsessed with a few other icons of the Portland landscape, but these are man-made instead of God-​made.

For example, I currently have 46 shots of the U.S. Bancorp Tower. This second-tallest building in the state has 43 floors and is 536 feet high.

It is an impressive, parallelogram-shaped skyscraper which presents a different profile from different angles, and the reflective façade takes on different shades of pink / purple, depending on the lighting.
My next collection of 40 photos shows that I am obsessed with the 35-floor, 509-foot KOIN Center as well. With its pyr­a­mid-​like design, Portland’s third-tallest building is a major fea­ture of the city’s skyline.

Whether from far away or from close up, whether in color or in black and white, this big baby’s a beauty!

What can I do with my obsession?
With today’s article, my collection of pictures containing one or both of the 200-foot glass towers at the Oregon Convention Center in the Lloyd District now surpasses 20 images.

My latest two shots of these dazzling pinnacles were taken in early May, while I was on my way to other desti­nations in the city.
Last but definitely not least, my col­lec­tion of 59 pictures related to Portland’s first new bridge across the Willamette River in more than 40 years points to yet another obsession which I am adding a couple of images of.

The 1,700-foot (one-third of a mile) Tilikum Crossing, features unique 180-​foot pentagonal-​shaped stay-​cable tow­ers and 14-​foot-​wide paths for cyclists and pedestrians. It is the only bridge in the country where the vehicle lanes are closed to regular traffic, being reserved for public transit and emergency services only.
My four new obsessive photos are now part of the larger Portland Miscellaneous 2016 album, which also contains pictures of a couple of the other icons mentioned above.
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