December 2013 Archives

Colorfully Abandoned

Abandoned and roofless industrial building in SE Portland, apparently serving as a refuge for some homeless people. Click photos to enlarge them.

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White Balance

Three versions of a photo taken at the Portland Art Museum: part of a swirly, shiny steel sculpture with a red, white, gray, and blue painting in the background. The top photo is a jpeg straight out of the camera with automatic white balance; the gallery lighting gave everything a warm, golden cast. The bottom photo has a bright spot on the sculpture chosen as the reference neutral gray, resulting in an attractive pinkish tint. The middle photo has the downward diagonal of the painting chosen as the neutral area; this gives the most realistic rendition. I like all three versions individually, but I particularly like seeing them all together.

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Group Selfie

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Corner of Selby and Western, St. Paul. (click to enlarge)

Triptychs

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Triptych by Francis Bacon of Lucien Freud, on temporary display at the Portland Art Museum. (click to enlarge)

Blue View

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Intermission at Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis. (click to enlarge)

Rough Geometries

NW 10th and Johnson, Portland. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Celebration

Around the corner of the retaining wall from yesterday's photos, in SE Portland. Good stuff!

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Funky

On a retaining wall in Portland. When does graffiti become public art? (Maybe when it becomes less entertaining?) Click photos to enlarge them.

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Ladies

Cargo, Portland. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Picture of the Day

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Outside Cargo, Portland (click to enlarge)

Here's Looking At You

Cargo, Portland. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Picture of the Day

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Mao and friend at Cargo. (click to enlarge)

Curio Shop

Cargo , in Portland's Pearl District, imports intriguing stuff from around the world and displays it in picturesque jumbles. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Picture of the Day

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A single hawthorn berry. (click to enlarge)

Fallen Hawthorn Berries

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Hoyt Arboretum, Portland. Click photos to enlarge them.

Picture of the Day

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Heavily laden hawthorn tree in Hoyt Arboretum. (click to enlarge)

Hawthorn Berries

They're supposed to be full of anti-oxidants. Hoyt Arboretum, Portland. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Picture of the Day

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"Light, color, gesture" (Jay Maisel) Click to enlarge.

Intimate Landscapes

Hoyt Arboretum, Portland. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Picture of the Day

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Rough bark in natural color, Hoyt Arboretum, Portland. (click to enlarge)

Bark in Monochrome

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The same split-toning formula used in Lenswork. Click photos to enlarge them.

Picture of the Day

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Bleached fern in Hoyt Arboretum, Portland. (click to enlarge)

Ferns

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Hoyt Arboretum, Portland. Click photos to enlarge them.

Picture of the Day

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Hoyt Arboretum, Portland. (click to enlarge)

Hoyt Arboretum, Portland

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Picture of the Day

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Hoyt Arboretum, Portland. (click to enlarge)

Bark

In Hoyt Arboretum, Portland. The top tree is birch-bark cherry. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Picture of the Day

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Hoyt Arboretum in Portland. (click to enlarge)

Fall Walk

We were in Portland a few weeks ago, and took a hike in Hoyt Arboretum. It was a somewhat foggy day, which - along with the fading fall colors - gave a nice misty atmosphere to the scene. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Picture of the Day

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Fallen leaves on a window rock garden in Portland. (click to enlarge)

Seen in Portland

A couple of examples of the slightly strange scenes that typify Portland. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Picture of the Day

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Another version of today's "Stripes" photo, this time in a warm monotone. It's hard to choose a favorite. (click to enlarge)

Stripes

I was struck by this pattern of light and shadow coming through a narrow-spaced fence onto pebbly ground. In the first image the random colors on the ground distract from the main effect, so I converted to black and white. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Picture of the Day

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Reflection in the Willamette River. (click to enlarge)

Reflections in the Willamette

Reflections of the Fremont Bridge in the Willamette River in Portland. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Picture of the Day

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Reflecting ... Tanner Springs Park, Portland. (click to enlarge)

Industrial Reflections

Willamette River, Portland, Oregon. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Picture of the Day

A section of the Fremont Bridge, and its reflection, as it crosses the Willamette River in Portland. (click to enlarge)

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Transportation Curves

Railroad and bridge in Portland. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Picture of the Day

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Through a window, North Pearl District, Portland. (click to enlarge)

Windows

Shop windows and reflections in the North Pearl, Portland. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Picture of the Day

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Support structure for the Fremont Bridge carrying I-405 as it passes west over the Willamette River in Portland. (click to enlarge)

Primary Colors

Colorful condo construction in the North Pearl District of Portland, with the elevated Interstate 405 support structure - and a deep blue sky - in the background. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Picture of the Day

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Hoyt Arboretum, Portland. (click to enlarge)

Rough Bark

In color and monochrome. Hoyt Arboretum, Portland. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Picture of the Day

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Street repair graffiti in Portland. (click to enlarge)

Portland Buildings

We were in Portland, OR for the past two weeks, and I accumulated lots of photos. Here are two from the north end of the Pearl District, where new condos are being built and old industrial buildings still remain. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Picture of the Day

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Orange, red, pink, and brown. Kinda icky, but interesting. (click to enlarge)

Distorting Windows

United Hospital, Saint Paul. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Picture of the Day

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The faux-Hasselblad version. (click to enlarge)

Rocky Ledge

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Picture of the Day

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Detail of a wall, Saint Paul. (click to enlarge)

Shadows

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The painter Ellsworth Kelly, when he was a young soldier stationed in Paris after WW2, took a photo of stairs in shadow that has always intrigued me. I try to copy it whenever possible. This is on the steps of the Saint Paul Cathedral.


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A monochrome version of the photo posted yesterday from Ramsey Hill in Saint Paul.

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