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brittabia Jan 27
Wonderful shot. Loving the perfect reflections in the still river! :)
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CaptureLife77 Feb 20
WOW! I agree, awesome shot and stellar reflections !! :):)
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jackfkey Mar 04
Congratulations on being the Grand Winner in the "Pretty Purple Photo Challenge"

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Tilikum Crossing from OMSI Portland Oregon



I spent Christmas morning freezing to get this shot near OMSI of the first U.S. designed bridge that only allows pedestrians and bikes. The name pays homage to the local Chinook term for "people". Also this bridge is lit every morning and night and looks amazing!

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo off the Eastbank Esplanade in Portland, Oregon overlooking the Willamette River.
Time
I took this photo on Christmas Morning at about 6 a.m. in 2016.
Lighting
The bridge itself has a single light source on the west end that oscillates in different shades during different times of the year. This color scheme was deep purple, magenta, and white. I struggled to get a good quick exposure so instead I let the colors saturate through a long exposure.
Equipment
I used my trusty Nikon d7000, with a 18-108mm nikkor at 3.5-5.6. My tripod is the 3-legged thing Alber Equinox carbon fiber tripod.
Inspiration
Every morning for 3 months I fixated on this bridge during my morning commute and knew I had to get a picture of it. I loved how it radiated beautiful light just before dawn and changed colors by the second. Its graceful sleek lines span the beautiful Willamette River surrounded by the hustle and bustle of downtown Portland. I doggedly scouted the entire area looking for the best angle and finally stumbled upon it on Christmas morning. At 6 a.m. it was completely deserted and I had my choice of the best spots. I found this one just off the OMSI footbridge to the submarine.
Editing
I cut out my shadows to really focus in on the bridge and create a contrast with the purple light. I also changed my highlight colors in lightroom to match exactly how it appeared in person.
In my camera bag
I have turned into a mule because I always regret not bringing something. I carry my 35mm nikkor 1.8, a nikkor 70-300mm 4-5.6, my nikkor 18-108mm 3.5-5.6, Yongnuo 560 IV and receiver, and lastly my cable release and my 3-Legged Thing Albert Equinox tripod.
Feedback
Timing is essential for capturing your subject in the most optimal light. Research and scout your location to know when it looks its best. When trying to get a perfect reflection go on a windless day with a slow current to create the mirror effect. Always try a new angle even if you don't think it will elicit a great shot.

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