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Portland, OR waterfront at night

[/caption] Looking across the Willamette river with downtown Portland and outriggers resting along the pier. By the time I took this photo it was already 9:20pm and over an hour after the sun had officially set. I wanted to get a shot with the river, bridge, city and the outriggers in the photo but I also wanted to get the most panoramic photo without distorting the scene. The clouds were moving pretty fast so I was concerned that it would look too blurry but I ended up setting the shutter speed at 16 seconds in order to get as much color from the lights in the buildings as well as the trail of headlights traveling across the Hawthorne bridge. Since it was so late in the evening I ended up removing my ND4 and CIR-PL due to the lack of light. I kept the warming filter attached as well as the UV filter. The camera was in TV mode so the aperture was automatically set at F-5.7 since I had the ISO at 100 and increased the white balance at +0.3. I was using my Sigma 17-70mm lens and set the focal length at 17mm in order to take advantage of the entire scene. I made sure to use my tripod, bubble level and remote switch in order to avoid any camera shake, especially since it was pretty windy and the light was very low. I set up my tripod at the edge of the river that overlooks the small pier in order to avoid the foliage from entering the foreground and causing too much blur due to the high winds.