Last night I had the pleasure of taking a photo walk with Garrison Hullinger, noted designer and friend of many years. He has said on more than one occasion that he wanted to spend some time behind the lens and get reacquainted with photography. Unfortunately his schedule is such that he has little free time but we managed a little waterfront walk last night.
It was a brisk evening and you could hear the sounds of the bands on the waterfront playing for the Rose Festival. Why is it that music at these kinds of events always sound the same? Kind of like at the state fair... Anyway, I shot five bracketed shots knowing that some details would be easily lost. I needed one exposure just for the freeway along the left side but decided to allow the reflection in the water to get blown out to serve as a visual anchor. Then I had to recover some of the details in the sky and the water while keeping the rich contrast on the buildings and bridges. The result is iconic Portland, I love this city!
Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 24-105/f4L IS
24mm, f5.6, merged layers of 8, 15, and 30 sec @ 200 ISO