When you know you have to come back

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Respect Realty LLC 200311024


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
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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 17, 2011 04:51 PM #13
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Farooq Khan
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Todd, Great idea to go back and get a nice shot. Do you use a wide angle camera? Great shot.

Jan 17, 2011 05:30 PM #14
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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 17, 2011 05:42 PM #15
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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 17, 2011 05:54 PM #16
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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 17, 2011 05:59 PM #17
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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 17, 2011 06:54 PM #18
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Unbelievable photo Todd....thanks for sharing & it's a photo that really shows the city well with the lights and coloration!
Jan 17, 2011 10:37 PM #19
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Rick Obst
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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 01:31 AM #20
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You would have definatily been kicking yourself if you didn't come back.  Nice shot!

Jan 18, 2011 03:10 AM #21
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Todd - Well....you were right!  Nice shot!

Jan 18, 2011 05:15 AM #22
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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?

Mel

Jan 18, 2011 08:29 AM #23
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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 08:45 AM #24
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Todd, That is a nice shot!  I can see why you went back!

Jan 18, 2011 09:25 AM #25
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Ellen Wright Adams
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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 10:42 AM #26
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Hi Todd... some shots are worth the extra effort to capture.  This was clearly one of those cases!

Jan 18, 2011 03:22 PM #27
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Great photo!!! There is nothing like a night sky in the west!!

Jan 18, 2011 03:27 PM #28
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Todd,

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

Steve

Jan 18, 2011 03:49 PM #29
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Todd,

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

Mike in Tucson

Jan 18, 2011 08:46 PM #30
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Todd,

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 02:57 AM #31
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That happens to me all the time! LOL Well done, Todd :)

Jan 19, 2011 05:06 AM #32
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