Dramatic cobblestone street in the older part of Portland. Canon EOS XSi EF 17-85mm at 17mm f/4.5 1/2000 ISO 800
I first noticed the fluttering piece of silk as I stepped out of my apartment and on to the sidewalk. It was caught in the grate around a tree and was rippling a little in the light morning breeze. I looked up the street and down the other side, there was a woman in the distance. I glanced down again at what I now saw was a luxurious turquoise silk scarf with a fringe on the ends. I bent down for the scarf to untangle it from the grate and ran towards the woman. She had turned the corner ahead of me and as I rounded the corner I found myself on a completely empty street. I stopped short, confused; in my run I had gotten quite close to her before she turned the corner but now she was just… gone.
I was walking around downtown Portland, which has beautiful old architecture and wonderful streets. I was crossing the street above and I was struck by the beauty I saw. The cobbles had the shine of the morning dew and the glistening rails pulled my eye off along the shallow curve deep into the frame. I wanted to emphasize the cobbles so I laid down on the street and got the camera on the ground, the wide angle emphasized the size and shape of the stones. The image cried out for a black and white treatment and with Nik Silver Efex I brought up the texture of the bricks and the silver sheen on the tracks.