Monday, August 16, 2010

Overdue Summer 2010 Update


I haven't been taking a lot of pictures this summer, but I have gotten out a few times with the camera. I haven't been posting anything here (not sure why, I do update another site regularly) but you haven't missed out on much. If you'd like to see more, you can click any of these images and get to my flickr page, where you can see several additional images from each shoot.


The Rose Festival came and went, during a surprisingly rainy June. The festival traditionally opens with fireworks, but the night was so windy and rainy, I wasn't able to get any interesting shots. I did get down to the bridges (with my umbrella) and took some pictures of the fleet.


When I was a teenager, Pacific City was my favorite beach on the Oregon Coast. I haven't been there for many years, so I decided it was time to spend an afternoon there with the camera. The beach is a lot more popular than it was 20 years ago, but it's still a nice place to stop in, and the pictures around the back of the cape are worth the drive.


After having the Rose Festival fireworks rained out, I was particularly eager for the show on July 4. I took plenty of pictures and really enjoyed the fireworks, but I think I could have chosen a better vantage point. I just hope I can remember to consider that next year.


Portland's Hawthorne Bridge turns 100 this year, and in celebration half of the bridge was decorated with a light-art display. There were numerous technical and logistical glitches with the display, although after a few days the display looked pretty nice if you happened to see the bridge after 10:00 at night.

2010 Portland Twilight Criterium 3

Finally, last weekend we had the annual Twilight Criterium over in the Pearl District. This bike race brings in plenty of racing talent and is a pretty fun event to watch. The atmosphere is festive but the crowds are reasonable... it's easy to circumnavigate the track and you can cross to the inside easily if you wait for the trailing motorcycle to pass.