This is a subpage to my lengthy About page. I also have subpages on my career in IT (IS, MIS), my educational background, and my politics and perspectives on social media.
In late 2016, I purchased a Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II to use on a family reunion trip to Sicily [photos]. Our trip to Sicily was my second (last) trip abroad. The camera is mirrorless, lightweight, has a small form factor, and performs well in low-light conditions. I can also shoot quickly and discretely, which is perfect for my long walks!
I occasionally take photos and videos with my camera phone. I currently have an iPhone 12 mini. I like it because of the small form factor, technical specs, and integration with the rest of my Apple ecosystem. We also have a digital Sony Handycam.
At a future date, I plan to purchase another compact mirrorless camera. Among other features, I'd like one that accepts interchangeable lens. I have lens envy when I view the photos that my Flickr friends shoot and even look back at the photos I snapped in the 70s-80s with my 35mm SLR.
Digital Content Management
I manage my photo collections using Adobe's Lightroom (Classic and Mobile) and Apple's iCloud Photos. Previously, I used Apple’s Aperture. Between my public and private collections, I'm currently managing ~80K images.
I have an Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan subscription, so I occasionally edit my photos and create collages using Adobe Photoshop. I want to become more proficient with Photoshop, so I’m planning to take some online tutorials. One of my sons uses Photoshop professionally, so I might also call on him for help.
I also have a subscription to The Lightroom Queen. I highly recommend their resources!
I'm slowly adding more digital video content to my collections. After I contracted to have my mom's film content digitized, I did the same with many of my immediate family's content. I also digitized a small collection myself. After trialing different video editors [photo], I decided to use Apple's iMovie for my relatively simple editing work.
Website & Workflow
In 2018, I built my current website using Adobe Portfolio (Behance). I reviewed other website builders such as Squarespace, Wix and WordPress. In the end, I liked the tight two-step integration with Lightroom CC, so I went with Portfolio. I still need to optimize the site for performance and add albums for early years. I also plan to add some dedicated albums for themes that I enjoy.
In 2018, I also moved from my WalksInPortland domain to PNWPhotoWalks. I did so concurrent with my name switch on Twitter and Instagram to acknowledge the communities other than Portland where I was walking.
My PNWPhotoWalks digital content workflow is relatively simple. After each walk, I cull and edit my photos using Lightroom. Following that, I upload selected photos to Flickr. I typically post no more than three photos each day on Flickr, adding them to a new album over a week. When I'm done posting on Flickr, I add one or more albums with additional photos from the walk on this site. Occasionally, I'll post to my site first and then to Flickr.
Photography Genres & Themes
Genres: I haven't specialized in a particular photography genre, but I'd like to learn about a few in-depth. Nature, macro, B&W, abstract, and still life photography are all intriguing to me. I’ve been a point-and-shoot amateur for many years; I’ll need to re-learn some photography basics for any genre I decide to tackle. And probably purchase some new camera gear ;-)
Themes: Over the last decade, I’ve favored the themes that follow. On Flickr, I've started to create dedicated albums for specific subjects, such as my ongoing Portland Doors album [photos]. I plan to create more albums of that type in the future. I've snapped ~38K (and counting) photos on my walks, so I've got a lot of content to pull from.
Since most of my walks are in the Portland metro region, I like to capture sights that are unique to my hometown of 35 years. These include scenes that show us having fun, being creative, being quirky (weird), being mindful of our natural environment, and demonstrating kindness and compassion.
Architecture & Urban Planning Themes
I like fine architecture and design patterns. In the early 70s, when I was a teenager in Anchorage, I would read Architectural Record and Architectural Digest at our branch library. I sometimes regret not following my dream to become an architect. The closest I came in my career in IT was working as an enterprise technology architect and a data architect ;-)
I also like urban planning principles and programs, in part because there are strong parallels to IT enterprise architecture. Since Portland has a strong tradition in urban planning, you'll find many examples among my photos that pertain to housing, sustainability, land use planning, and so forth. Over the past few years, however, I think Portland has been lagging behind other metro regions.
An architect, city planner and urban designer who I respect is Jeff Speck. I highly recommend his books and articles. I purchased my copy of Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time 10 years ago, after I attended a presentation by Jeff at Powell's Books in Portland.
Active & Public Transportation Themes
As my narrative on bicycling, hiking, and walking suggests, I’ve always had an interest in active (human-powered) transportation. My interest in getting around on foot started in high school, when I competed as a cross-country runner and a cross-country skier. I was never very fast, but I always finished. I appreciate that the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) supports active transportation projects, particularly those with a Vision Zero focus.
Public transportation is another theme I like. In the early 80s, 90s, and later from 2015 to 2020, I commuted by bus to my workplaces. I enjoyed getting to know some other regular riders on my bus lines. My wife and I rode one line together [photo] the past few years. We can now get front-row seats :)
When needed, I've taken public transit to and/or from all but five of my walks in the Portland metro region in the last decade. Sometimes I take a TriMet bus or a MAX light rail train to the end of the line and walk home.
Finally, my interest in active transportation led me to become involved with several organizations over the years. When I was commuting by bicycle, I supported the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (now The Street Trust). When I was commuting on foot, I did volunteer work for the Lloyd District Transportation Management Association (now Go Lloyd), the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition (now Oregon Walks), and the City of Portland (The Ten-Toe Express, Sunday Parkways). In 2019, I helped AARP Oregon with its Community Neighbor Walks program. I'm only doing limited volunteer work currently. I recently helped SOLVE in a massive clean-up effort in Portland. That's me holding the paper [photo].
Last updated: 1/9/2021