View from the Hoxton hotel rooftop

Conference time in Portland!

Dragon Boats in Portland, Oregon

SONY f/10, 1/160 sec, ISO-100

This past week I was able to spend some time in Portland, Oregon for my CASE Social Media & Community Conference. The conference was a lot of fun, but outside of that, I was able to enjoy Portland and everything it has to offer.

I saw Dragon Boat racing, a Pixar exhibit and photographed places from rooftops.

Wall-E

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The Pixar exhibit was part of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. It was a separate exhibit brought in to show the science behind the Pixar movies. There were plenty of places to do photo-ops, and you were also able to experiment with the movie-creating method.

Toy Story sketches

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The rest of the museum had a lot of activities for kids, and then you were able to see the back part of the museum outside, which included a submarine you could climb into. We didn’t have time for the submarine, but I snapped some pictures of the Dragon boats practicing and the bikers going around the museum trail.

Portland Bike Trail

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I also made time to visit Voodoo Doughnuts and a lot of food trucks. We went to Revolution Hall and caught a show titled “Terrible, Thanks For Asking” about a podcaster and some of her stories. It was funny and personal. I’ll need to start taking in Nora McInerny’s podcast now that I know of her.

Voodoo Doughnut Courtyard

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I didn’t just stay in the downtown city but also went for a morning hike at the Hoyt Aborterum. I’m not used to seeing such tall trees or being in a forest, so it was all a new experience. Was able to walk through a mini-bamboo forest too.

Hoyt Arboretum trees

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Other places I was able to experience was the Saturday Market, where I found a lot of great art pieces for my house. The arcade bar, known as Ground Kontrol, had $7 free play nights on Wednesday. I played pinball for over an hour. I also visited Powell’s book, a three-story bookstore that I could stay in forever.

Chinese Gate

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This city is known for rooftop views, and it wasn’t hard to find any. Staying at the Hoxton hotel gave me an easy to reach the rooftop. The guest service from the Hoxton was superb, and the views from the windows and roof gave me a great view of the city from any viewpoint. The famous Chinese Portland gate is also outside of this place for another great photo opportunity of an iconic landmark. Portland is not weird, but it is a lot of fun. Plus, it feels like the 90s never did leave it, and I’m glad that it hasn’t.

View from the Hoxton hotel rooftop

SONY f/7.1, 2 sec, ISO-100

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Tasha at the Carnival

Some carnival practice…

Tasha at the Carnival

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When you’re learning a new camera, you have to put it through its paces. Find out what makes it tick and push it to the limits. I wanted to see how far I could push the camera at night, and I was not disappointed with these long exposures. For a while, these shots were only possible with my Alienbee system, but now with the new Sony camera, I have so much more freedom.

Tasha at the Carnival

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I recruited my friend Tasha. She’s a gamer and likes to cosplay. This would be our first photo shoot without a cosplay. We decided to go with a theme though. She dressed like a gamer girl who was taking a break from the games and having some fun at the carnival.

Tasha at the Carnival

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I had fun with her hoodie and experimented with the different lighting patterns from the carnival. I still used a tripod, but I didn’t have to lower my shutter any less than 1/8 of a second.

Tasha at the Carnival

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Tasha at the Carnival

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Fun set! Too bad the carnival is only here in Wichita Falls for only two weeks. Can’t wait to try some new stuff next time.

Tasha at the Carnival

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