Perfect Reflection

Tilikum Crossing, Portland, Oregon.

This is the newest bridge in Portland. It is for the Max line, pedestrians and bikers only. No cars. The lights change color and pattern based on how fast, deep and cold the Willamette river is flowing. I’ve photographed this bridge in pre-dawn light dozens of times and the colors are rarely the same. Blues, yellows, greens, all sorts of combinations. The best place to photograph this is, strangely, a floating pier just north of the bridge. In calm water, you can get some great long exposures. This time the river was so still that I got a perfect reflection. Even with a 4 minute exposure!

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Technical Details

Is this a composite: No
Canon 5DS R, Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8, 240 seconds @ f/8, ISO 100, tripod, probably a polarizer.


Well, I’d say it is pretty near to perfect.

Beautiful shot. Great detail.

A great image, no improvements to be found.

The image is wonderful without the reflection, but to get such a perfect reflection puts it so far over the top!

David, the quality of the reflection, the lovely magenta light and the shape of the bridge makes an outstanding picture. This definitely belongs on your wall.

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