You don't realize, living in a city, how quickly the sun sets in a natural setting, especially up in the mountains. One minute the sun is up and then it is behind a mountain and it gets dark fast. We had only a few minutes to shoot some models up on this bluff. The light was beautiful and then, it was gone.
On warm summer days when the flow is high enough, my buddy Dave tells me that kids get in the river and "slide" down with the flow. Sounds like fun but he also warns that your jeans will not last through many attempts so it doesn't sound like a thing I will try anytime soon.
This is a cell phone shot of the US Bank lobby in Portland, Oregon. Beautiful bank lobby with lots of teller stations and ornate fixtures. Hard to imagine that this building will last much longer in its current usage.
Another splash of color from my recent walkthrough at IKEA. I wasn't all that interested in buying any furniture that I have to build, so the place was ok. I hear that the Swedish Meatballs were supposed to be amazing, but we were going out to dinner so we didn't partake. Maybe next time.
I don't know where the plane was during this recent shot. Maybe somewhere over Colorado as I was heading to Chicago from Portland. One trick to know where you are is to shoot a picture with your smart phone the same time you take a shot with the DSLR. The camera doesn't have geotagging, but the phone does. Next time I will have to remember to do that.
This is the Dekum, a Romanesque Revival style building on the national list of historic places in downtown Portland. I see this style of architecture all the time. Now I know what to call it. Dekum was a German immigrant who developed the building.
Sometimes you just get lucky. I got up with the sun in Portland and just looked out my window. Is it going to rain again today? Nope, it was going to bright and sunny. Then I looked at the river across from the hotel--basically right along the Willamette River along downtown Portland--and I see this boat, sitting by itself and being lit by the sun. I grabbed the shot as quick as I could since the light was there for about a minute. Just lucky sometimes.