A Drifting Difference 9:47pm, 21 August 2008
Hi PDX Strobists,

Being ish-new to Portland and new to location shoots, I compiled a list of locations that were mentioned in former PDX Strobist and pdx [portland] threads. I have been really surprised to see the helpful exchange of information within this group, so I hope this list can help some people out, especially the other new faces in the group.

Please contribute to the exchange of information - If you have anything to add, subtract, modify, comment on .. please do so :P

I haven't been to most of the places, nor do I know if they still exist nor if they are even good places to shoot. All information was derived from other PDX Strobist and pdx [portland] flickr users.

Most locations were copy/pasted from users (maybe even you) and just alphabetized by me. Thanks to everyone who offered their location input in all the previous posts I derived this from!

General Locations
Alpenrose Dairy/Velodrome (Mock old western town, regionals for little leage world series, 1/4 midget track)

Ankeny Square

Chinatown (including Chinese Garden - no portrait photography and no tripods on weekends, but monopods always allowed) www.portlandchinesegarden.org/visiting/photography_policy)

East Esplanade - for a view from the water's edge.

Ira Keller Fountain

Japanese Garden - Year-round beauty (The Japanese Garden has a photo policy that says "no portrait photography".... like they enforce it? "The Portland Japanese Garden defines portrait photography as all family portraits, wedding, senior, and engagement portraits, and any other posed portraiture of individuals by professional photographers or amateur photographers acting as professionals")

Love Joy Fountain

Multnomah Falls/Gorge Area

Oaks Park

Park Blocks (North and South, different areas)

Pioneer Square (can be hassled with a tripod)

Pittock Mansion

Portland International Raceway (Dirt Track, Road track, cars, motorcycles, bicycles and more www.portlandraceway.com/)

Rescue mission/West side of the Burnside Bridge

Saturday market (Saurday and Sunday)

Skate parks - www.skateoregon.com/

Steel Bridge Walkway

Transit mall and MAX stops

Union Station

Bishop's Close - along the Willamette, between Portland and Lake Oswego. Open to the public and beautiful gardens

Cathedral Park

Columbia Gorge Hotel - in Hood River

The Crystal Springs Rhododendron - near Reed College ($3 admission and I believe they have a "no professional portrait photography" policy, or charge a larger fee - though many a portrait has been had with only the admission fee) Rhodies are best in late April through June. www.portlandonline.com/parks/finder/index.cfm?PropertyID=...

Foothills Park – Lake Oswego

Forest Park

Memorial Park – in Wilsonville, good old fashioned barn with several colors of barn wood, playground area with unusual equipment, lush woods, weeping willow tree

Mt. Tabor - Little park at the top of Mt. Tabor is great, too -- there usually aren't too many people up there, due to its remoteness... The only volcano in the US that is completely within the city limits.

Overlook park

Peninsula Park (Portland's other rose garden)

The Grotto - Upper level of the Grotto is an amazing spot for statues and nature shots.

Washington Park (Include the The International Rose Garden, Japanesse Garden, and Arbor)

www.flickr.com/photos/pausestill/356193644/ …. On the east side of the river, near the tracks between St. johns and Freemont bridge, north of Swan Island

Foster St. Bridge – under it, take Interstate south from Russel and take a Right at the second light

Gasworks – on the other side of the river

Greyhound station – by the Marquam Bridge

Killingsworth - Off of Killingsworth next to Jefferson High School there is an abandoned Masonic Lodge. The Library and that street are both haunted BTW.

Morrison bridge – under it, on the SE side, theres a big weeping willow tree thats right off the esplanade and then just turn around and there's the industrial shots...

Fremont bridge – under it, looks like it's under the 405 near the end of Mississippi, next to the trainyard off interstate

Montgomery Park

Old Brickworks - off Springwater corridor (towards Gresham), a lot of old vehicles with plants growing out of them and lots of bricks to shoot thru.

Old train station on Highway 30 near the St. John’s Bridge, it’s Chevron or NW Gas property

SE Foster - some very interesting abandoned looking buildings down that way.

Taylor Electric Street place - off 99E right as you get into Portland, turn left a couple streets in, near OMSI

Train yard - Adjacent to the downtown Vancouver Amtrack station, open and accessible

Uroboros Glass Studio - 2139 N. Kerby Ave. - building with recycled glass windows

UPFactory - a complex of several buildings between the tracks going off of Swan Island and the University of Portland. a Google map to a nearby street.

Views and Vantage Points
Council Crest - In the SW hills Dull views, but plenty of sky

Crown Plaza parking structure - 2nd and Clay, can see over to the river, I-5 and Hawthorne bridge

NW Maywood drive - In the NW hills, pretty good view from there without too much in the way of obstruction

OHSU – 9th floor balcony, great for Mt. Hood sunrise shots and the tram

Powell Butte in SE Portland

Rocky Butte in NE Portland

South along Terwilliger - Sam Jackson Parkway, nice views looking directly down the Ross Island Bridge, and also looking up (north) to the city (a side view)

Smart Park rooftops - for city light pictures

Portland City Grill – restaurant with views, shoot through glass

Top of W. Burnside – Take the #20 bus, walk up to the top of the cemetery

Vista St. bridge over Jefferson Street
OregonVelo 10 years ago
Great list... I did some location and information updates on it.
thinkable straw [deleted] 10 years ago
muddled watch [deleted] 10 years ago
The Japanese Garden has a photo policy that says "no portrait photography".... like they enforce it?

"The Portland Japanese Garden defines portrait photography as all family portraits, wedding, senior, and engagement portraits, and any other posed portraiture of individuals by professional photographers or amateur photographers acting as professionals"

Just FYI
Triangle Park - Below U of P on VanHouten Pl. Site of former strobist meet and incredible graffiti art, abandoned warehouse and a dilapidated pier.
Rosborough Photography 10 years ago
Fantastic list! Does anyone know of a good small creek location? I just booked a senior shoot for tomorrow and the mom wants a creek not a river....

Any help would be great. Thanks in advance.
enchanting chess [deleted] 10 years ago
Maybe Johnson Creek along the Springwater Corridor in the Tideman-Johnson Nature Park: www.portlandonline.com/parks/finder/index.cfm?action=View... Corridor Map.pdf


It is nice down there and fairly accessible.
Doug S photo 10 years ago
Thanks for putting this list together, definitely a great reference.
Rosborough Photography 10 years ago
Thanks spncrwllms! That looks perfect. I found some images on pbase of the park and is exactly what I was looking for.

Whoowl Posted 10 years ago. Edited by Whoowl (member) 10 years ago
FYI- Gasworks park is in Seattle

Oh and the first link under industrial is to a picture at "Triangle Park" named after the company that owns the property, Triangle Park, LLC. As already mentioned we had a strobist meetup there too.
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