Pretty Trash

Pretty Trash

 

Pretty Trash – I’m fairly certain I took this on Morrison St in downtown Portland – December 2017

Nick’s on Hawthorne

Nick’s is on Hawthorne Street in Portland, Oregon.  I love a good sign.  Portland is filled with wonderful signage, and this one is a favorite.  I just love the font on “Coney Island”.

Nick's on Hawthorne St

The Steel Bridge

Steel Bridge in Portland Oregon

 

In January of 2007 I was walking on the Esplanade in Portland Oregon.  I took this photo of the Steel Bridge with a 3 mp cell phone.  I liked the image but it was dull and flat.  If you must know, the Steel Bridge is a through truss, double lift bridge across the Willamette River.  It was built in 1912.  The image below will show you why I needed to “shop” this image.

The Steel Bridge before editing

 

Hung Far Low

Hung Far Low in Portland Chinatown

On my birthday in December, I had lunch with a friend in Portland’s Chinatown.  I didn’t go to this particular restaurant, but I could help but to photograph the sign.  For those of you who don’t live in the area… yes, the sign is real.  The sign was recently restored. In the native Cantonese Hung Far sounds like red flower, Low means restaurant or tower.

For this particular design I had fun with the background.  I used the paintbrush to make the diagonal lines.  Then I duplicated the layer and flipped it.  One layer I blurred slightly and the other I embossed a bit.  Of course I played around with Photoshop’s 3-d abilities for the PDX.  It was a fun way to spend the last day of January while I waited for my kale chips to be finished.