Leave it to Brian Bonham to have a blue moon idea. Brian, Lars Gustafson, his sister, Erin Gustafson, and I romped around Portland in the frigid cold with no real agenda on Jan 1st. With a boring sky and nothing really piquing our interests, we retired to a Stumptown Coffee to warm up and get all caffeinated. It wasn’t until Nicole S. Young texted me to let me know about the amazing sky that we all bolted out to try and catch it.

This is where Brian came out to shine. He saw a tall parking garage nearby and hatched a plan to make it to the top floor. It was from here that we were treated to some sweet vantage points of our home. It was a great time… until we got kicked out by a security guard. :)

In terms of processing

This is a seven exposure tone-mapped HDR image using Photomatix Pro. I stylized by blending Kryptonite, Golden Hour Enhancer, and Blue Dawn in Perfect Effects 4 by onOne Software.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.3.