DescriptionThis shot came about because I was late. Normally if a sunset looks promising and I plan on trying to be at the bridge to take photos of it, I will make sure to be there a good 30 minutes ahead of time just to wander, find a spot, do some reading, you know the usual. Ah, but shame on me, I was late getting out the door so was actually driving across the bridge as the peak colors were hitting. I could tell this was going to happen so I made sure I had my Pentax out and the exposure dialed in as we started the climb up to the bridge so all I had to do while crossing was focus and shoot. I kept the shutter speed about 1/60th or maybe 1/30th to get some blur from the car's forward motion. Consequently I am not sure if I actually was late or right on time. If I had been earlier, I certainly would have gotten some nice shots from Cathedral Park, but would have missed this one altogether, and I quite like this one. Gosh what a pretty evening. We did manage to make it down to the park in time for me to make two other exposures and I kind of like one of those them. But this shot is how I remember that evening.
Zeb Andrews, Portland, Oregon Member Since July 2007 Artist Statement I believe:
Photography is magical. The ability to capture our vision physically so that others can share in it, amazes me constantly.
There is always a picture to be taken, it is just a matter of seeing it.
Enjoy what you do and you will begin to love it, love it and everything else will follow.
Hard work, passion and dedication will trump talent every time.
Photographs should never be taken for granted, by the time your grandchildren pull them from a box in the attic in 50 years, they will be priceless.
The best photography does not impress, it inspires.
Titles should be irrelevant. Amatuer. Professional. Master. If you use a camera, then you are a photographer, as simple as that.
Cameras may be remarkable instruments, but it is the people behind them that create.
Whether it is film or digital, 35mm or large format, color or black and white, they are merely different ways of doing the same thing, making photographs.
It is never enough to assume, no matter how frequently photographed a place is by a particular photographer, or a group of them, that every perspective has been explored, every vision realized, and every scene recorded fully. The best photography is not discovered in this manner at all. The best photography is born from the realization that there is always a new perspective to be found, a new vision to be realized, and a new way to record even the most familiar of scenes.
"Make visible, what without you, might perhaps never have been seen." Robert Bresson.