1. Brute Force - The Steel Bridge, Portland, OR. The counterweights to raise this bridge weigh over 4,100 tons.

     
  2. Don’t Blink - You may never open your eyes again.  

     

  3. zaaimhariz said: Hey Bob! I'm going to be visiting NYC and Boston this winter. I am a big fan of architectural photography. Do you have any advice or tips for this type of photography?

    I love New York City but I haven’t been to Boston yet. I have a few ideas for you regarding NYC and a bit on architecture photography in general:

    • The Empire State Building - Go to the 102nd floor. Pay the extra money and get the express pass. It saves tons of time. Get there just before sunset or at sunrise if possible. Here is a shot I was pretty happy with: http://bobcronkphotography.com/post/66967097713/concrete-jungle-so-i-guess-there-is-a-really
    • Observations Decks - I believe the GE building has one and Rockafeller Center (Top of the Rock) as well. One of those should give you a good shot of the Chrysler building, which is a great piece of architecture. Don’t forget your zoom lens. 
    • The Bridges - The bridges are beautiful pieces of architecture.  The Brooklyn Bridge, especially. I would also recommend crossing the Brooklyn Bridge and turning around and getting a shot of Manhattan.  That is one thing I wish I would have done. Here is my shot of the bridge: http://bobcronkphotography.com/post/67471215392/brooklyn-bridge-i-spent-a-good-amount-of-time
    • Statue of Liberty - I didn’t get a chance to see this but if I did I would try to get a shot that was a bit different from the million other shots that are out there. I would recommend getting creative with this one to make it stand out.
    • Grand Central Terminal - A must see. I spent a good hour in there just shooting the interior. Bring a lens that is going to let in a lot of light (low aperture). Here is my shot of the world famous clock:  http://bobcronkphotography.com/post/67745272943/keeping-us-on-time-one-of-the-most-famous-clocks
    • Walk - Once you are in the city, everything is so close together that you can really walk from one thing to another. And there is a lot to see in between. This will give you a chance to really get into the boroughs and see life on the street. The old apartment buildings are worth seeing. Just like out of a movie set. Make sure you hit Little Italy.
    • HDR - Otherwise known as High Dynamic Range photography (taking multiple shots at different exposures and combining them). If your camera has a bracketing feature, learn to use it. Architecture can look amazing when done in HDR. It really brings out the details. Don’t forget to turn off bracketing when you are done! I have made that mistake a number of times.

    There really is so much more to see but this should be enough to get you started. Wear comfortable shoes, travel light and eat the pizza!  Enjoy!

     

  4. Anonymous said: Heyo! I'm just wondering if you've ever been to Oregon Country Fair?

    I have not been to the country fair. It certainly sounds interesting though and I have heard a lot of great things about it.

     

  5. portlandgirlphotography said: Hello there! I love your photos, do you have any tips for an aspiring local nature photographer?

    Thank you!  Yes, I have a couple of tips I can pass along:  

    • Clouds are your friends - taking photos on overcast days really helps my nature photography since I avoid unwanted shadows that way.
    • Keep shooting - Take tons of photos.  If something seems remotely interesting, shoot it.  Sometimes I find what I thought were throw away pictures while I’m shooting, I end up liking once I get home.  Also get opinions of friends or family on what they like.  My wife likes photos that I never thought were very good but they end up getting a lot of interest.
    • Post only the best - I post less than 1% of the photos I take.  I don’t want to waste anyone’s time and I want to keep the integrity of my blog as high as possible.  I only post the ones I think are the best.
    • The golden hour - shooting at the first hour or last hour of sunlight gives your subjects some very flattering light.  
    • Always edit - use photo editing software if you aren’t already.  I use Photogene 4 for iPhone and iPad.  I think it costs money but it is well worth it.  Typically I will increase vibrance, contrast and sharpness. A lot of times I will reduce highlights and increase shadows, depending on the photo. I also use Lightroom when editing on a PC. I do most of my editing in Lightroom.
    • Tagging - You have some good tags like “bridges”, “pdx”, “oregon”, etc.  Also try using “nature photography”, “Nature”, “original photography”, “original photographers”, “photographers on tumblr” and “pnw” (pacific northwest).
    • Consider DSLR - You are doing great work with the iPhone but if you find that this becomes your intense passion, consider getting a DSLR (digital single lens reflex).  There are things you just can’t do with an iPhone.  Your work will take a quantum leap in quality once you go DSLR.  You don’t have to spend a ton of money either.  My backup camera is a Nikon D90 and those are pretty affordable right now since it is an old camera (but not too old!). Once you go DSLR, shoot in RAW format. You can do more with your photos when editing.

    I’m sure this is more than you bargained for!  I have just been sitting here waiting for someone to ask me for advice.  Kidding.  Well, now you know much of what I know.  Good luck!!

     
  6. Punchbowl Falls - Hood River, Oregon. The two mile hike is worth it. When you first arrive at the falls, you think you have found Oregon’s best kept secret. On a busy day you can find people jumping off the cliff into the punchbowl.

     
  7. Pilgrimage - This ominous sand dune in Pacific City, Oregon, is just begging to be climbed. But it is way tougher than it looks.

     
  8. Explorers - Pacific City, Oregon. If you climb to the top of the sand dune, north of the Pelican Pub, this is what you will see on the other side. It is worth the hike.

     
  9. Hung Far Low - A Portland landmark, known for their stiff drinks in the bar. This is a newer sign that replaced a neon version that had fallen into disrepair some years ago.

     
  10. Reggie’s Barber Shop - I have always loved this mural located on MLK on the east side of Portland. I have been meaning to photograph it for years. Today I finally made that happen.

     

  11. leesch said: your latest photo is my phone's wallpaper!

    Glad to hear it! Enjoy!

     
  12. Nighttime on the Ranch - Grass Valley, Oregon.

     

  13. the-sequined-genius said: Holy shit Portland is such a beautiful place and I love seeing your photography of it. Thanks for following me!

    You’re welcome and thanks for your kind words. Portland is pretty amazing and there is a lot I have yet to cover. My list of future projects is long.

     

  14. bemadzled said: holy crap you're work's fantastic

    Holy crap, thank you! :)

     
  15. Rapids - Somewhere in the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon.