Portland Sunrise 2.0

I decided to head on up to Pittock Mansion to capture the sunrise again.  The weather forecasts have been pretty favorable for a pretty good sunrise.  It had rained the whole day (and week/month) before, it was going to be a sunny day with some early morning clouds, chance of fog, and potentially good visibility.  Sunrise for this day was at 7:16am, but Dawn started around 6:30 or so.  I arrived around 5:15 to get acclimated to my surroundings and work through some camera settings.  It was very chilly; the temperature was around 35 degrees F.  I was alone for about an hour before a couple other photographers arrived around 6:15.  And then within another 15 minutes, the viewpoint was pretty crowded.  

Overall, I would call this sunrise outing a success and a failure.  It was a success because I was able to create the time lapse rather well.  It was a success because I got to see the clouds start to break and Mt. Hood made its grand appearance.  It was a success because I was able to see the fog roll in and around the city.  It was a success because I got to capture some of the colors of twilight.  It was a success because I think I did better this time than I did the last time I went over a year ago.  However, it was a failure because too much fog rolled in at the wrong time and completely blocked the sunrise view at around 7:10--5 minutes before the glorious sunrise.  It was still a great experience and I can't wait to get out there and do it again and improve upon my skills as a photographer.  I hope you enjoy the video and photos.

Timothy Niou1 Comment