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photoblog image View of Portland from Marquam (?) Bridge

View of Portland from Marquam (?) Bridge

This is a series of pics devoted to the Bridge Pedal ride.  Myself and 20,000 Portland friends participated on Sunday, August 12, 2007.

Marquam Bridge was the second or third bridge to cross.  (I don't remember.  And those of you from Portland can correct me if I'm wrong on the bridge names, please.)  At the top of the bridge, a jazz band was playing, as if to encourage us on.  The views from the bridge were more incredible than the bridge itself.  So I decided to post this picture because it shows the view of what we all saw as we pushed the pedal.

The Hawthorne bridge (I believe) is in the foreground.  If this picture was any bigger, you would be able to see a few hundred other riders on that bridge, following us.

Going up the entrance ramp to access the bridges was difficult.  Going down was easy, fun, and fast.  :-)  Even harder was crossing the train tracks.  During one short stretch several people fell off their bikes trying to go over the tracks the wrong way.  One person fell towards me.  You can imagine how I felt...holding my dear DSLR and L-Series lens high in the sky and stumbling on one leg trying to keep balance as the rider fell and hit my bike.  From then on, I was even more careful in my riding...and took my time.  After all, we were frequently reminded that "this was a ride. It is not a race."

2007 Providence Bridge Pedal Ride
Picture 3 of 6 - View of Hawthorne Bridge
from Marquam Bridge
(
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marquam_Bridge)

View of Portland from Marquam (?) Bridge

This is a series of pics devoted to the Bridge Pedal ride.  Myself and 20,000 Portland friends participated on Sunday, August 12, 2007.

Marquam Bridge was the second or third bridge to cross.  (I don't remember.  And those of you from Portland can correct me if I'm wrong on the bridge names, please.)  At the top of the bridge, a jazz band was playing, as if to encourage us on.  The views from the bridge were more incredible than the bridge itself.  So I decided to post this picture because it shows the view of what we all saw as we pushed the pedal.

The Hawthorne bridge (I believe) is in the foreground.  If this picture was any bigger, you would be able to see a few hundred other riders on that bridge, following us.

Going up the entrance ramp to access the bridges was difficult.  Going down was easy, fun, and fast.  :-)  Even harder was crossing the train tracks.  During one short stretch several people fell off their bikes trying to go over the tracks the wrong way.  One person fell towards me.  You can imagine how I felt...holding my dear DSLR and L-Series lens high in the sky and stumbling on one leg trying to keep balance as the rider fell and hit my bike.  From then on, I was even more careful in my riding...and took my time.  After all, we were frequently reminded that "this was a ride. It is not a race."

2007 Providence Bridge Pedal Ride
Picture 3 of 6 - View of Hawthorne Bridge
from Marquam Bridge
(
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marquam_Bridge)

comments (18)

Sounds like you got your excitement out of this event. I like this view of Portland. It looks cool and clean.

Is this a drawbridge? If not, what are the two red structures on the far end of the bridge for?
Kay: Yes, Martin, this is a drawbridge. I believe all of the Portland bridges are drawbridges. Your guess is spot on!
Lovely View Kay! I like it!
Kay: Thank you, Nacha!!
Lovely capture Kay, like it a lot.
Kay: I'm so glad you like it, Bridge!
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 15 Aug 2007, 01:30
This photo is AWESOME. Kay! Martin's word "clean" is so true. The colors, the angle, the reflections, all of it.

I just noticed that you have the camera I'm planning to buy! I will really start paying attention to your EXIF, trust me. smile
Kay: Hi Ginnie! I'm so glad you like this photo, and I'm really glad you are getting a Canon EOS 400D. It's a great camera! I am still learning how to use it. But I love what it can do. smile
Very nice one Kay, very ggod composition for this city landscape picture. Crop and exposition are perfect.
Kay: Thank you so much, Florence!
Oh this is so crisp and clear! (:o)
Kay: Thank you, Roz! wink
Kay this is a stunning image, well done.
Kay: Thank you very much, Dotun. I appreciate your comments!
Excellent view point and well delivered shot.
Kay: Thank you so much Shakara!
  • Tracy
  • 15 Aug 2007, 10:19
Love the picture Kay the reflecions are fab. Great view
Kay: Glad you like it Tracy! Thank you smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 15 Aug 2007, 10:27
Jeez, sounds dangerous! Thanks for risking life and limb for photos. This is beautiful, love the reds.
Kay: Hi Ruth, thank you for visiting...and for your comments. I love your pictures of Ireland. It looks like you had a great trip smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 15 Aug 2007, 11:04
And you had time to set up an excellent city/bridge composition. Maybe you could have been with the ride leaders if you were not concentrating on these pics :p

Clear view of the city, nice diagonal of the bridge, nice reflections in the river, nice clouds - and I like that thingy around your picture.
Kay: LOL grin Thank you, Louis. I love your comments.
Like very much your framing and the management of contrast ! A really good one !!
Kay: Thank you, Zeb!
Wow, I AM impressed with this shot.
Kay: Wow, Kay impresses S/S!!! That makes me happy grin
This is wonderful, Kay. You have made the city look like a Lego toytown. So clean and 21st Century. regards, chad.
Kay: Thanks Chad. Portland is a very clean town. It's quite impressive.
Youve got yourself a winner here. Its a wow picture. Especially the treatment. Wish you would let up on your secret. How is our Gary doing?
Kay: Busola, thank you for asking about Gary. He is recovering...radiation treatments begin in a few weeks. We are confident he will only need one treatment. smile

Re: the treatment...it's not a secret really. This picture was sharpened and I fiddled with the brightness/contrast. I didn't do anything else here...it was so cloudy. sad
Great view of the bridge and waterfront, glad you survived to tell the tale.
Kay: Thank you, Les. I'm glad I survived it too. I was lucky!
Super image Kay and an excellent series. Well done. David.
Kay: Thank you so much, David smile
Is a beautiful panoramic! smile
Kay: Thank you, Jose smile Muchas Gracias!

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