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Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 2 January 2010 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Bus #33 is coming across the Hawthorne Bridge.

GOT TO THINKING - on this day 5 years ago, I didn't own, and had never owned, a digital camera. Amazing how much water has gone over the dam. (I never again want to have to go through the steep learning curve that I went through with Photoshop.)

NIKON D700 1/400 second F/11.0 ISO 200 85 mm (35mm equiv.)

Barbara from Florida, United States

The timing that someone just happens to appear to be in front of that bus. The clarity is exceptional and I like the tones.
Amazing what happens in 5 years. Do you think you could ever go back to film?

2 Jan 2010 5:30am

@Barbara: Film; never.

zahra from shiraz, Iran

very cool.

2 Jan 2010 5:36am

PATRICK from miramas, France

just 5 stars for the 5 years and very great capture

2 Jan 2010 5:41am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Two years ago I did not have either :)) And see where we are now :)) We are heroes !! ha ha
BEautiful angle and hope not too dangerous place where you standing and shooting this ! Great tones too !

2 Jan 2010 6:16am

@MARIANA: Thanks, Mariana. I was on a totally protected walkway.

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

What a beautiful clear shot and great tones...and more Portland...I am SO happy !
Happy that you found digital (and that I did too) and thankful that you slogged through photoshop...
I am just starting that process, as you know---gosh, do I have 5 years ahead of me ? ;-)

2 Jan 2010 7:18am

@Dulcie: There are two things going today that make a world of difference between 2005 and now. The first is that we have Lightroom that is so photographer-centric and way, way easier than Photoshop. LR eliminates most of what you did in PS. And second, today we have a great variety of plug-ins that are super easy to use and that in 5 minutes do what it takes an hour or two to do in PS. The resources of the digital darkroom are much more photographer friendly today than in January of 2005. (It's hard to internalize how fast the technology is changing.)

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

lovely intresting picture~~

2 Jan 2010 7:56am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Happy 5th anniversary! I can say more or less the same :))

2 Jan 2010 8:30am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

I will comply with the digital 4 years! and 3 with the horrible PS! I do not want to learn anything more! Computer learning very hard for my age! A splendid picture Jack! It should be "read" very slowly so not a thing! Happy anniversary, master!

2 Jan 2010 8:43am

@Fonts: I think that it is hard at any age :))

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

Zip zip zoom. Life, the bus, camera technology...goes along so fast!

2 Jan 2010 9:48am

[email protected] from Paris, France

Like a world under construction ! Cool compo.

2 Jan 2010 10:03am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

That is on excellent candid moment, luck and skill my friend luck and skill ;)

2 Jan 2010 10:23am

kerfendal from Paris, France

a nice compo with strong colours

2 Jan 2010 11:03am

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

A beautiful picture, and a good rendering, bravo!

2 Jan 2010 11:48am

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

It's hard to remember a time before digital cameras and the internet, but I absolutely do...and I have NO idea how I got by?!?! ;) Wonderful clarity and color!

2 Jan 2010 1:24pm

dideban from mashhad, Iran

Good colours.
Happy New Year

2 Jan 2010 1:35pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Funny thing is with Photoshop, once you have mastered the basics, it seems as though there is always something new to discover every day!

2 Jan 2010 1:59pm

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Another wonderful image of your bridge ... and so much is going on in this image.
Without your difficult learning curve, you wouldn't be the man you are, though, right? :D

2 Jan 2010 2:48pm

@Judy: I would much prefer to be entering the digital darkroom today; it's way easier; so many more user friendly resources.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Isn't it bizarre how quickly things change?????? When I think back to a year ago.....I'd never heard of HDR....when I think of what I've learned in the past 5 years, it's just hard to about water over the dam, or under the bridge!!! The cool part of all this, is how on a site like this, we can all share ideas and experiences, and the learning experience becomes endless.........
glad we both joined the digital world!!

2 Jan 2010 4:08pm

don from spokane, United States

I like the huge metal A with the bus underneath. A strong, graphic feeling image. Well done.

2 Jan 2010 4:29pm

JOEMULLIGAN from penland, nc, United States

Beautiful capure, Jack. Love that hunched over figure going for the bus. I lived about 10 blocks from here for years. Thanks for the memories. And happy new year to you!!!

2 Jan 2010 4:38pm

zOOm from Paris, France

LR is truly the perfect tool. It brings precision much more than in PS. Really a great work here on light and colors. Great job.

2 Jan 2010 4:57pm

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom

Great image Jack, I'm still trying to get to grips with PS CS4. ----

2 Jan 2010 4:58pm

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Excellent angle Jack ! very good for me !

2 Jan 2010 5:00pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

J'aime bien ce cadrage entre les poteaux en fer!

2 Jan 2010 5:24pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Your commentary makes me grin Jack. Photoshop was pretty easy though I am always learning new techniques. It is my camera I am saying that about.. so much to learn! I think you've done well Jack.

2 Jan 2010 5:30pm

Susan from Sausalito, United States

Yes...the learning goes on and on and is slow for me and I haven't even begun to use Photoshop. And, of course, this photo is life in focus.

2 Jan 2010 5:56pm

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

I only entered the digital era in April 2007 with a Nikon D80, Jack. A one time dark room fanatic, I would never exchange my DSLR now for 35mm roll films kept in the fridge... ha ha. I love the flexibility of the new technology and the fact that I can travel around the world with instant results from my point and shoot or Nikon, and with the endless possibilities the technology offers, it has helped me to develope, push myself and not feel bad when 99% of a flash card is wasted material ready to be overwritten rather than expensive wasted film. Digital also flatters a fool like me behind the lens, and has helped bring the pleasures of photography to the masses. Even my 75 year old dad takes his pocket pointr and shoot everywhere with him, downloads and edits. Awesome

2 Jan 2010 6:36pm

@SOUL AFLAME: I hear you, Paul. (Your dad and I are only a year apart.)

Yvon from Orleans, France

great capture Jack

2 Jan 2010 6:38pm

Claudia from Illinois, United States

The framing here is excellent! It's so nice to see other colors besides white, gray and brown (which seems to be the palette in my area)

2 Jan 2010 6:40pm

@Claudia: That was a bright, sunny day. Those are now hard to come by. Winter is great time for exploring B&W.

Levi Cusio from West Vancouver, Canada

lovely capture. beautifully framed and composed.

2 Jan 2010 7:09pm

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

Never a dull moment!

2 Jan 2010 7:12pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Me too, Jack. I love digital. I already used Photoshop in my teaching and graphics, so it was like having my own darkroom when I got my digital camera six years ago.

2 Jan 2010 7:18pm

Frances Berry from Athens, GA, United States

Great framing. And that green is so deep and beautiful.

2 Jan 2010 7:43pm

Veronelle from Lens, France

great details on the bridge !

2 Jan 2010 9:48pm

Mhélène from Paris, France

Great clarity and framing for this photo !

2 Jan 2010 10:26pm

Xerophytes from London, United Kingdom

Very Clear!!! :)

3 Jan 2010 12:27am

Ajay from Pune, India

Love the way you've framed the shot, Jack.

3 Jan 2010 2:05am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A cool composition on this sunny day.

3 Jan 2010 7:56pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

jolie scène sur ce pont.

3 Jan 2010 9:52pm