Week 35

Finally back out shooting! This is a long post….so make a cup of tea and pull up a chair.

I decided to take a few extra days for the Labor Day weekend. Started with a visit to my wife’s aunt’s business to take a look at their computer system and help with a plan for updates. The second day was spent in the greater Portland area. The morning took me in search of a barber shop I remember my great-grandfather taking me for hair cuts. I found the shop and learned it opened in 1961. I used to go in the mid 70’s. I probably didn’t really need a haircut, but decided to have one for nostalgia reasons, and even got to sit in the chair I used as a kid….except without the booster seat.

After that, I drove to the cemetery near there where my great grandparents are buried to visit their gravesite. It took a little searching for the headstone since it has been many years since my last visit. I documented the location to make it easier to find, and to help other family members find it.

Next on the agenda was to visit Washington Square Mall, which you can see from the cemetery. The night before I had stopped in at a Shutterbug camera store in downtown Portland 15 minutes before they closed. I wanted to hold the new Olympus OM-D E-M10 body. All of the images for this project, minus the flashback weeks, have been taken with my trusty Olympus PEN E-PL3. **WARNING — Camera Geek language coming** Both cameras are micro four thirds format and mirrorless. But the OM-D has an upgraded image processor and other very nice feature upgrades over my PEN. **end WARNING** I found out from speaking to a Shutterbug employee that the Washington Square mall location had an Olympus factory refurbished OM-D E-M10 body in stock at a price I was very happy with. She offered to call and ask them to hold it for me….and since I was already planning on being in that area, I had her do so. I went to the Shutterbug in the mall and a worker grabbed the camera they were holding for me. It was exactly what I wanted and a great price, so I bought it. Luckily, although the battery that came with the camera was not charged, the batteries from my PEN fit the new camera. Unfortunately, I didn’t take the time to go somewhere with an internet connection so I could download and read the instructions…..I ended up not setting the image size and quality settings and all my images I took once I got the new camera were at a much lesser size/quality than I like. Oh well, lesson learned. Read the instructions and make sure everything is properly set prior to using the new equipment.

Anyway, back to my day. I left the mall and headed to the Portland Zoo. This place has changed a lot since my last visit. I believe the last time I was there was a trip with my wife, our daughter who was very young, and my dad. So, potentially 16-20 years ago.

Bears!
Bears! Portland Zoo
Washington Park & Zoo RY.
Washington Park & Zoo RY.
Bee at the Portland Zoo
Bee at the Portland Zoo
Flowers at the Portland Zoo
Flowers at the Portland Zoo
Giraffe
Giraffe – Portland Zoo
Elephant - Portland Zoo
Elephant – Portland Zoo

I left the zoo and headed to one of my favorite spots in the city, the Portland Japanese Gardens.

Pool - Portland Japanese Gardens
Pool – Portland Japanese Gardens
Koi among fern reflections - Portland Japanese Gardens
Koi among fern reflections – Portland Japanese Gardens
Koi School - Portland Japanese Gardens
Koi School – Portland Japanese Gardens
Koi - Portland Japanese Gardens
Koi – Portland Japanese Gardens
Pulley & Chain - Portland Japanese Gardens
Pulley & Chain – Portland Japanese Gardens
Tea House - Portland Japanese Gardens
Tea House – Portland Japanese Gardens

I then headed down towards Powell’s City of Books and my normal parking garage under Whole Foods Market. I got a little lunch and then walked down to the Lan Su Chinese Gardens.

Lotus Blossom and Koi - Lan Su Chinese Gardens
Lotus Blossom and Koi – Lan Su Chinese Gardens
Lotus flowers stages of life - Lan Su Chinese Gardens
Lotus flowers stages of life – Lan Su Chinese Gardens
Lotus Blossoms - Lan Su Chinese Gardens
Lotus Blossoms – Lan Su Chinese Gardens

These next images are from my various wanderings around downtown Portland.

Pearl Auto Park
Pearl Auto Park
Anthropologie
Anthropologie
Dr. Martens
Dr. Martens
Bridge - Portland, Or
Bridge – Portland, Or
Past weathering away
Past weathering away

This was a great trip. I wish I had set the camera up correctly to begin with, but I’m still pretty happy with the results. I will have to work at learning how to shoot with this new camera, but since the menu system is very close to being the same, it shouldn’t take me too long to figure things out.

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