Despite a wonderful shoot at Emerald Falls yesterday and near-freezing temps today, I had the itch to get out and meander completely aimlessly around Portland’s Pearl District. It is, undoubtedly, my favorite neighborhood in the downtown area and is positively brimming with little gems and cultural cornerstones. The sky was blue— flat and boring. Fortunately, I wasn’t concerned with looking up today. No sir, I was all about swiveling my head left, right, and down. My goal was to isolate little things that caught my eye. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular but I knew when I’d find that something. I also created an entirely new texture collection with images solely sourced from the Pearl District. That should go live at the Matiash Shop soon. When I was done with my shoot, I ducked into a coffee shop to import and work on some photos before returning home. I figured it’d be as good of a time as any to test out some of the texture files that I had just found. My goal when editing these photos was to give them a clear painterly/ethereal quality and I’m really happy with how they turned out!

I kept things pretty simple today. All of the images here, photos & textures, were taken with my Sony a6000 and Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 lens. No tripods, no filters, no accessories. Just me and my camera. All editing was done in Lightroom and Photoshop.