Evening shots

Shooting in the evening can yield some really interesting results, as the camera sees things a bit differently than our eyes do. I’m often surprised at the colors and shading that show up in the photos. These were both shot with my D700 and a 50mm 1.8 and a 105dc 2.0.

Homeless in Portland

In line at the soup kitchen.

Passed out downtown Portland

Homeless man Skid Row

Dog in line at soup kitchen downtown Portland.

I have a bit of a unique perspective on the homeless population in the northwest. Over the years I’ve employed a large number of homeless individuals as day labor for sign holding. You’ve all seen them, it’s the people dancing and waving as they hold a sign promoting a “Grand Opening” or “Going out of Business”.

Some are on the streets by choice, some have no where else to go, almost all of them have some sort of substance abuse issue.

Everyone has a story and most of them are happy to tell it to you if you will listen.

I don’t know what the solution is, there certainly isn’t an easy fix, but it does make me feel fortunate to have a place to call home.

Homeless man, downtown Portland.

Shooting Automobiles

Being that I am in the car business I have a lot of opportunity to photograph cars.

I’ve found the difference between a neat looking shot and a ho-hum average shot is, like most things all in the details. Obviously lighting is key, but other things like a slight angle to the front wheels and where you stand in relation to the height of the car can put a unique and interesting perspective on the shot.

Here are a few shots I have done in the last couple weeks.

The 4’th of July

After I had tried with no success to photograph fireworks the 4’th of July last year I was determined to get some good shots this year.

I went out to the middle of the Ross Island Bridge with a tripod, my trusty Nikon D700 and a 50mm 1.8 Nikkor lens.

I shot a series of pictures at various shutter speeds and f-stops, having my best luck with about a 2 second shutter speed and an f-stop of the mid teens, and my iso held at 200.

I’m much happier with the result this year!!!