Zi Yang Lai

Landscape & Cityscape Photography Portfolio


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PDX Aerials

I went up for a scenic flight on a mostly cloudless winter day in Portland to get some aerial shots (and test out a camera). The Cessna 150 I was in had windows that can only open up to 45 degrees, so my framing options were limited; it was difficult to keep the wing, strut, and gear out of the frame. I had to stick my hand and camera out in the freezing strong winds and rely on live view to compose my images.

Trying to keep the camera stable in 60 mph winds is really only possible with two hands, so using a polarizer was out of the question. The majority of these images were shot at 1/400 or faster at f/5.6 and ISO 400. Perhaps a helicopter flight would be better for this next time...

Aerial view of transmission antennas in the hills surrounded by lush trees
Transmission antennas in Portland's Forest Park/West Hills
Aerial view of Oregon Health & Science University campus in Portland, Oregon
Oregon Health & Science University
Aerial view of Portland's Fremont Bridge, Broadway Bridge, and Steel Bridge during sunset
Top to bottom: Fremont Bridge, Broadway Bridge, and Steel Bridge
Aerial view of Portland's I-5 Marquam Bridge and Tilikum Crossing
I-5 Marquam Bridge (top) and Tilikum Crossing (bottom)

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and USS Blueback (SS-581), located between I-5 Marquam Bridge and tilikum Crossing, can be seen on the far right of the photo

Aerial view of Downtown Portland, Hawthorne Bridge, and Morrison Bridge with the sun setting over the West Hills in the background
Hawthorne Bridge (left) and Morrison Bridge (right)
Aerial view of Downtown Portland partially covered in shade during sunset
Sunset over Downtown Portland
Aerial view showing Downtown Portland and 8 of its 12 bridges that span the Willamette River
Downtown Portland and 8 of its 12 bridges

List of the 8 bridges, from closest to farthest: Steel Bridge, Burnside Bridge, Morrison Bridge, Hawthorne Bridge, Marquam Bridge (I-5), Tilikum Crossing, Ross Island bridge, Sellwood Bridge (far background)

Aerial view of Downtown Portland partially covered in shade during sunset
Sunset over Downtown Portland