Mar 222013
 

Camera Phone Sunset

Camera Phone Sunset

As I was coming home this evening I saw the rain clouds over Pasco and decided to drive down to the banks of the Columbia River to see if I could get an interesting photo. I did not have my ‘good’ camera with me so instead just used my camera phone, a Galaxy Nexus, to capture what I could.

The rain cloud photos did not turn out as I hoped but towards Rattlesnake Mountain I caught this photo of the sunset which I thought was worth sharing.


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Aug 262010
 

The ‘cousins’ like to visit the Astoria Column every year when we come to Ocean Park for our family reunion. We don’t always make it, but this year we did. I don’t remember how long ago it was that we discovered that you could buy balsa wood planes from the gift shop in the parking lot and then launch them from the observation deck at the top of the column. My brother, Jim, bought each of the 10 kids three airplanes and they headed up the 164 steps of the interior spiral staircase to the observation deck at the top. Once at the top, the kids started launching planes. Some of the planes catch the air currents and float, sometimes for a mile or more, down into the wooded hillside.

Others were not quite so aerodynamic. I took the first shift of collecting any plane that did not clear the top of the hill. After collecting at least a dozen, one of the boys came down to get them from me and take them back up to try again. I then made the trek to the top and got some photos from there and tossed an obligatory plane. Jim came down and scavenged another dozen or so planes from the bushes along the road leading up to the column which were promptly launched into the wild blue yonder once again.

After all the planes had floated away we headed back to town to find something to eat. We parked the car and walked along the waterfront looking for a good place for 11 people to eat. The first place we entered was getting ready to close and shuttered at the sight of our group. The second place made us shutter when we multiplied the cost per meal by 11. So we ended up stopping at Papa Murphy’s, buying 4 large pizzas to take back and cook in my brother’s hotel room.

While walking around Astoria we came across some nice old Fords. I am always a sucker for a classic and these definitely fit the bill. They had all been restored beautifully and almost looked like they were in the right time period where they were parked.

The Astoria Bridge is amazing. It climbs over the roof top of Astoria before making the four mile journey across the Columbia River. Maybe next year I will find a good vantage point to shoot the entire bridge.

Aug 172010
 
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I left the office as the sun was going down and immediately wished I had left earlier. The clouds were quite distinct and the sun was casting a beautiful orange glow over the whole western sky. I drove as quickly as I could dared down to the river where I hoped to get an unobstructed view of the setting sun over the river and Rattlesnake Mountain.

Even though I made record time down Columbia Center Blvd, the sun had definitely gone down a little further by the time I got down to the river. I hopped out of the car and took some photos from the parking area which gave a great view but then walked down to the causeway to get some water level shots as well.

I forgot I would be battling not just the setting sun but also mosquitoes! As soon as I got down to the causeway, the mosquitoes realized dinner had arrived. I also would make sure to put some bug spray in my camera pack!

All in all I am happy with the results. At least 2 of these will get enlarged to 8×12 and one of those might even get some more fancy treatment. Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.