Highway 30 at St Johns Bridge

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Comments (12)

Ben Sandberg on December 17, 2006

If you hadn't been there yourself, you'd never know this had been Photoshopped.

Julia Wahl on February 1, 2007

cool atmosphere, kind of spooky ;-) nice work

Snemann on February 6, 2007

Very cool! I would like to know how to do this with some of my own shots. I suppose Photoshop is required?

Ilona LaRue on September 11, 2007

Hi Patrick, I drive by this building often, always think -How spooky... your photo captured it just as it is in my mind...even more! Very nice work Regards Ilona

Patrick Waterlander on October 14, 2008

Thanks for the comments. This building is the old corporate headquarters for GasCo (now Northwest Natural Gas). The site has been designated as a superfund site due to massive pollution in the 1920's and 1930's. There's a large pit, covered over with soil, where thousands of tons of waste were dropped from gas and oil refining. Unfortunately that waste is now leaking into the river. The photo has been photoshopped, but only to remove the oil storage tanks in the background. The overall effect comes from using an infrared filter on my camera, not from any photoshopping.

Patrick Waterlander on October 14, 2008

An added comment. If you plan to photograph this location, please be aware that there are armed guards patrolling the area. This photo was taken from the bed of my pickup, using a tripod, beside the barbed wire fence. The guards in the area forced another photographer and myself to leave, although the other photographer was able to use some delaying tactics so I could get the shot.

Ilona LaRue on October 17, 2008

Thank you Patrick, honestly, I was a bit scared ! ( Honestly - A LOT scared,) I saw the signs, so I just aimed and shot as fast as I could and get out of there... ( also had my AF lawyer husband with me, - just in case) Ilona

PaulCedar on November 3, 2008

Hi Patrick, I took a Panoramio picture of this too. I also took the liberty of adjusting my levels to bring out the creepy aura, but not much messing around was necessary. It would be a really good place for a haunted house or haunted school at Halloween. Your picture is even creepier than mine.. good job! Paul Cedar.

James Dineen III on November 8, 2008

Marvelous picture.

Patrick Waterlander on January 30, 2009

A couple of notes:

1) "schmoozing" the guards at this location MAY work, but please notice that they are armed, and at least in my situation they approached my vehicle with their hand ON their gun.

2) This building was never a train station. The original Portland train station burned down, and Union Station was built to replace it.

3) This building was built BY Gas Co, and never had any other purpose than being the company headquarters of Gas Co (now Northwest Natural Gas). It was abandoned when the headquarters were moved, and has not been used since then due to massive pollution of the surrounding land.

jessjustlooking on October 29, 2012

I first saw this building, a little over two years ago for the first time. I was just in awe, I couldn't stop thinking about it. I had guessed it was an old train station because of the clock, but I now know what it was. I'm still telling you that building has a life of it's own.

Sheri MC on September 21, 2015


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    by Patrick Waterlander