Week 13

Due to crazy amounts of rain, I got to explore the use of HDR for interior spaces. My wife and I went to Portland to celebrate our 22nd Wedding Anniversary. One of our stops was the Pittock Mansion. This is considered a “small” mansion at only 16,000 square feet. It sits on 46 acres 1000 feet above sea level.

Usually when shooting interior shots for HDR, the use of a tripod is essential. Low light is the biggest challenge, so increasing the ISO (the sensitivity of the light to the sensor), and slower shutter speeds (to keep the shutter open longer to allow in more light), tends to make it difficult to hand hold the camera and keep things steady. Unfortunately, the Pittock Mansion doesn’t allow the use of tripods or monopods. So, all of these images are handheld and are three shot images instead of my more standard five.

The Pittock Mansion library is the first thing that greets visitors and was one of my favorite rooms.

Pittock Mansion Library
Pittock Mansion Library

The stair case was stunning with the risers in marble, the railing with intricate metal work and topped in beautiful wood.

Pittock Mansion Stair Rail
Pittock Mansion Stair Rail

There was also a Turkish Smoking room that had a beautiful ceiling. Interestingly, when they worked at restoring the home, they discovered there were no signs of smoke damage in this room as would be expected in an actively used smoking room.

Pittock Mansion Turkish Smoking Room Ceiling
Pittock Mansion Turkish Smoking Room Ceiling

Finally an exterior shot of the mansion. The exterior of the home is sandstone, which came from Tenino, WA.

PittockMansion37
PittockMansion37

I took a lot of photos during this tour. The rest of the ones I like, but didn’t feel like featuring are in the gallery below. The last three images are from Mt Tabor. The final day of our trip we decided to check out this park and do a little hiking. I was so satisfied with my Pittock Mansion shots that I spent more time walking and taking in the park than I did taking pictures.

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