Wow, this is very nice. I just love driving over the I-405 bridge when it's dark. Isn't this taken from the Portland Waterfront? I haven't been this close to the Willamette, so I wouldn't know. It looks like a great place for photographs.
I love this shot. I've done some HDR from that exact spot though and one thing I noticed is that some of the buildings color has been altered in yours. For example on the one there is a red light on one side and green on the other when they are actually both red. I was wondering how you created that effect?
In the holiday season most of the buildings in Portland change to a more festive coloring on the exterior lights so all you have to do is go to the same place in December. No photoshop on the lights needed, lol.
I can never get enough of looking over at the twinkling lights as we drive over a brige or sit at the waterfront. Portland is not only cool and weird as the same time it's also beautiful. Someday I want to stop on the Freemont at night just start taking some pictures. Great job with the picture!
Hello, I live in the Portland area and since seeing pictures of Portland at night on Deviant, I've really wanted to try it. I was just wondering if you have any tips as to taking pictures at night? I have a didgital SLR 10.2 megapixel Sony A100, and any help would be appreciated. Great picture by the way. And... what is "HDR?"
HDR is High Dynamic Range. It consists of taking multiple shots that are under exposed and over exposed to capture all of the shadows and lighting details. You then merge them together and tonemap these highlights so they are brought out in the jpeg. I have a bit if info in my journal pertaining to it which you might find an interesting read.
In terms of shooting at night, I never use a flash for what I shoot. I try to place myself in places that have good ambient lighting so it fills the shot. An open shutter is a most. The longest exposure in this composition is 15 seconds, an ISO of 50, and 2.8 for the aperature. You can also use a higher ISO and shorter shutter to gain similar effects but I have found noise is a problem with my camera with a high ISO. I am still fairly new to using a camera with manual mode so I am sure I just need to fine tune things and practice more.