When you know you have to come back

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Sometimes being a photographer means after you see something you know you are going to have to come back and today was one of those times. I was showing a home on the eastside of Portland and when I looked out the window of my car I told myself that, “I need to come back here at night… this would be an awesome shot.”

A view of Portland at night

Well, I couldn’t wait too long and I came back tonight and got the shot. Mainly because I knew this dry weather wasn’t going to be around for long and I thought I better take the shot while I can or my next opportunity could be June. Then I also thought, boy, this would make a great picture for my blog. (OK, it may not have been in exactly that order.)

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Jon Quist
Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996

It's amazing what sort of thought process takes place as regards weather. I lived in Portland for two years and when it cleared up/dried out it was like a national holiday had been declared.

Probably why I moved back to Arizona when I did. Tomorrow it's supposed to be 80 degrees here. Oh well, what can we do but grin and bear it.

Jan 18, 2011 12:51 AM #13
Farooq Khan
Pacific Realty Partners - Newark, CA
Real Estate Broker - CDPE

Todd, Great idea to go back and get a nice shot. Do you use a wide angle camera? Great shot.

Jan 18, 2011 01:30 AM #14
The Friendly Home Team
Realty Pro Oregon, LLC - Beaverton, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

Stacey, that was taken with the Nikon D90 and I love that camera! Farooq, it is the Tamron 12-24 lens (wide angle) it is a great camera and a great lens!

Jan 18, 2011 01:42 AM #15
Susan Goulding
Crown Key Realty, Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate - Tracy, CA
Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate

What a fabulous photo.  I have the nikon D90 and I love it.  Looks like i need a new lens.  Tripod?

Night photos are so gorgeous and so hard to get to come out fabulous.

I'm also certain that BLOG came first, Photo came second as I KNOW You have the mind of an Active Rain Blogger.

Jan 18, 2011 01:54 AM #16
The Friendly Home Team
Realty Pro Oregon, LLC - Beaverton, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

Susan, just because they made me a judge of the "Addicted to Activerain" contest does not mean I'm an addict. (or does it?)

Jan 18, 2011 01:59 AM #17
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
New Media Marketing

Awesome shot indeed... I can so relate to the "I gotta come back" scenario... I have a notebook in the car where I keep a list of those places!

Jan 18, 2011 02:54 AM #18
Ginny Gorman
Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
Unbelievable photo Todd....thanks for sharing & it's a photo that really shows the city well with the lights and coloration!
Jan 18, 2011 06:37 AM #19
Rick Obst
Eugene, OR

Portland lends itself to nice photos.  It's a city that begs to be explored and photographed.  I need to get up there this summer and do just that.

Jan 18, 2011 09:31 AM #20
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Cupertino California) - Cupertino, CA
Silicon Valley, California

You would have definatily been kicking yourself if you didn't come back.  Nice shot!

Jan 18, 2011 11:10 AM #21
Nevin Williams
Sierra Pacific Mortgage Raleigh - Raleigh, NC
Raleigh Mortgage Pro

Todd - Well....you were right!  Nice shot!

Jan 18, 2011 01:15 PM #22
Gretchen & Mel Ahrens
ColumbiaGorgeFSBO.com - Hood River, OR

Hey Todd,

Super shot - you were not kidding about it being June before the visibility improves enough.  Quite the wet weather cycle we have been in.  Did you use a tripod or just held your breath while shooting?


Jan 18, 2011 04:29 PM #23
The Friendly Home Team
Realty Pro Oregon, LLC - Beaverton, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

Mel, did use a tripod and it was a 5 second shutter. In your case you won't get to see unfrozen ground until March. (LOL)

Jan 18, 2011 04:45 PM #24
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Keller Williams Legacy - Woods Cross, UT
The C Team

Todd, That is a nice shot!  I can see why you went back!

Jan 18, 2011 05:25 PM #25
Ellen Wright Adams
Academy Mortgage.......We are a Equal Housing Lender - Eugene, OR
LoansByEllen- Licensed in Oregon
Todd: My daughter lives in inner SE Portland (Richmond Neighborhood I believe) and I think Mt. Scott is near her; she'll love this beautiful photo - I'll make sure she sees this. Thanks for the gorgeous photo!
Jan 18, 2011 06:42 PM #26
Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Hi Todd... some shots are worth the extra effort to capture.  This was clearly one of those cases!

Jan 18, 2011 11:22 PM #27
Sheila Newton Team -- Anderson & Greenville SC Real Estate
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
25 years experience -Residential Real Estate Sales

Great photo!!! There is nothing like a night sky in the west!!

Jan 18, 2011 11:27 PM #28
Steve Hoffacker
Hoffacker Associates LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
New Home Sales Trainer, Aging-In-Place Instructor


Great twilight shot. Very dramatic and well done. :)


Jan 18, 2011 11:49 PM #29
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


You might title that "When The Clouds Have Lifted."  What a beautiful night shot!

Mike in Tucson

Jan 19, 2011 04:46 AM #30
Lori Churchill Cofer
Beasley Realty - Pullman, WA
Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA


Yes it is a great picture.  I need to get out there and get some pictures going.  Or at least, reach back into the archives and post a new one... :)

Jan 19, 2011 10:57 AM #31
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

That happens to me all the time! LOL Well done, Todd :)

Jan 19, 2011 01:06 PM #32
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