Every so often, my cousin and I will grab our cameras and head off to a (hopefully) photogenic locale. For this outing we chose the east side of the Portland esplanade. I arrived a little early and decided to wander around a bit.
As the sun was setting, we headed down to one of the boat docks to take some long exposure shots of the city lights. These three pictures are in chronological order. The sun had already set when I took these to the naked eye, the sky was black. However, the slow shutter speed I was using (around 10 sec) allowed my camera to catch those last bits of light. The long exposure is also why the water looks so silky. What you’re seeing is actually the motion blur of the rolling river… calm as it was that night.
This past June, I went to the coast for a weekend. It was my first time going tent camping in a looong time. Seems I am a little out of practice as all my years of experience and wisdom have since been replaced by hubris and folly. Case in point, that’s my tent under that tarp. It’s a pop up tent like those used in the movie Congo. Something I acquired as a kid. It worked great when I got it. Of course, I was much shorter back then too. Needless to say I didn’t sleep well that night. I made a go of it though, not really having much choice in the matter, but around 4am I retreated to the relative comfort of my car.
After a whole two hours sleeping in the passenger seat (which is actually quite comfy) I got myself up, showered, packed and headed on down the road towards Newport. I’d never been down there that early in the morning. Turns out it’s a great time for photos. The town is just waking up, the wildlife is foraging for breakfast, and the tourists are still in bed. This is what I found on my wanderings before meeting my folks for an early lunch at Mo’s.