Portland, Oregon (Ten Year Anniversary)

My wife and I celebrated our ten year anniversary a few weeks ago by flying up to Portland, Oregon for a weekend. Left the kids at home, and had a great time! (Coincidence?) I’d never been before, and Dianne had been years ago. So it was just a cool city that sounded like it’d be fun to visit. And it was! It rained just about the entire time, but we didn’t let that hold us back. My wife keeps talking about moving there…

Above: underneath the Hawthorne bridge. Super yummy (and pretty) coffee from Public Domain. Plants just growing without anyone watering them! (Hey, I live in Southern California, so that’s amazing in itself). A very, very long And slippery staircase up into what I believe is an area called Governors Park.

Above: Trolly tracks and tree-lined streets, possibly Chinatown. A really rockin’ street band called All the Apparatus. The view outside our hotel (the Westin).

Above: a monument in the South Park Blocks (at least that’s what the park is called in google maps). My wife. The Farmers Market at Portland State University. Lincoln. Me in a rare bit of sunshine.

All images were shot on my Mamiya 645AF, with either a manual-focus 80mm f/1.9 lens, or an autofocus 55mm f/2.8 wide angle lens. New Kodak Portra 400 film used throughout.






15 thoughts on “Portland, Oregon (Ten Year Anniversary)

  1. As someone who grew up in Portland and now lives near you (in Carp), your photos are an outstanding representation of downtown and make me want to take a trip back home. I can almost feel the cool dampness. It’s a great city to raise a family in if you can grow accustomed to the climate. The thing I miss the most is how the various districts around town have their own personalities.

  2. Congratulations for your tenth and wishing you many more.
    Thank you for always sharing excellent moments with your blog followers.

    I am loving the New Kodak Porta 400 after you turned me on to it.
    I wonder how an APS-C sized sensor digital SLR would have rendered the first bridge shot. Probably darker shadows and more clipped highlights I would guess.

  3. Thanks, Elie! You’ll probably like the new Portray 160 too. I’ve only shot a couple of rolls of it and don’t have a lot of experience. But so far it looks great!

    Yeah that water would have been pure white on a dSLR. Even though it’s extremely bright on film, the scans I got were not maxed out. Just very, very bright in those areas. Digital would have been sent home a quivering mess.

  4. Your pictures are very inspiring to a girl who once had a dream to be a photographer! You have also given me many ideas for photos around the home. Thanks for sharing your talent!

  5. Hey Matt, I just remembered Portland in Twilight, yes, the movie! Hahah! I like the sunny weather but I would really like to go to a place where it’s raining everyday to feel the cool air. 😀 That photo of the coffee is indeed pretty! Anyway, happy anniversary to you and your wife! 🙂

  6. These are great photos!The lighting is perfect! It show emotions that are clearly expressed. There are so much to life if we have the right perspective.. Keep it up!

  7. Hi Matt, Congratulations for having nice pictures in your post. I am your new blog follower and I am looking for more blog post and very nice pictures from you. On the other hand, very nice moment with your wife in your anniversary.

  8. I didn’t know Portland that much but your photos speaks so much about it. Your photos are great, the colors, composition were simply wonderful. You’re indeed talented. It’s nice that you share your talent because it bring inspiration.

  9. Great pictures. I like the staircase picture that you’ve taken. I wish I can be as good as you when taking pictures, now I’m still learning how to have a best shots and how to have a good focus on my subjects when taking photos.

  10. Congratulations for your anniversary! Keep the love burning and alive by traveling together! And the photos show how much you enjoy the place!

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