Downtown Portland just after sunset

Portland, OR

[/caption] Portland can be a very challenging city to photograph when you are trying to get a panoramic shot. Unless you are in a plane you pretty much can’t get all of the highrises in one photo. Early morning or during sunset is the best time to take photos of the city. I took this shot from the hills of South East Portland. So far I’ve found that this is the best spot to get a panoramic shot of most of the buildings in the city. You can also see Mt. St. Helens, Rainier, Adams and Mt. Hood in the distance. If the skies are clear and free of any haze or particulates you can place them in the background of your photos. In this particular photo you can see Mt. Rainier in the far distance and parts of Mt. Hood in the far right. Unfortunately, trying to get this type of panoramic shot along with the mountains is very challenging. I should have used my wide angle lens so I could include all of Mt. Hood along with Mt. St. Helens. I was using my Sigma 17-70mm lens and had the focal length at 17mm. I set the ISO to 100 and the white balance at 0 in order to get the best quality photo without any noise. I made sure to use my tripod, bubble level and remote switch to avoid any camera shake or blur. I set the camera mode to Program/Normal so the aperture was at F-2.8 and the shutter speed at 0.6 seconds. I took this shot at 8:53pm and sunset was at 8:16pm. I attached my warming filter in order to increase the colors of the lights from the building as they were just beginning to show.

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