Photography Locations in Portland Oregon

If you are going to visit Portland, and like to take photos of the city, here is the list of locations, you might capture good moments.

Japanese Gardens
Good for wide angle lens, telephoto lens for city view, as well as close up lens for beautiful flowers.
The Garden is located in the west hills of Portland, Oregon, directly above the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park.
Address: 611 SW Kingston Avenue, Portland, OR 97205.

Rocky Butte Natural Area Joseph Wood Hill Park
Great place to take photos of city overlook, mountains and PDX airport in the distance.In a clear day you can see Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helen. Rocky Butte is an extinct volcanic cinder cone butte in Portland, Oregon.
Address: NE Rocky Butte Rd
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Rose Garden
International Rose Test Garden has fantastic roses all over from the world, carry your close up lens and 35mm lens or 50 mm lens for more scenic shots. You will see a lot of fir trees, colorful rhododendrons and other native plants.
Address: Washington Park International Rose Test Garden
400 SW Kingston Ave Map
Garden hours: 7:30am-9:00pm Park info:
Store Address: 850 SW Rose Garden Way, Portland, OR 97205

The Grotto
Bring close up lenses as well as fast wide angle lens such as f1.4 or f2.8. Because of tall green trees, it has a lot of shades.
Tall trees, on the hill, very green and serene atmosphere. Inside the building floor the ceiling tall glasses will show nice portrait of the city. Nor suitable to take photos behind the glass, but great to look at the city in a quite area.
This beautiful 62-acre Catholic shrine and botanical garden is located in Portland, Oregon.
Address: 8840 NE Skidmore Street, Portland, Oregon 97220
Main entrance is located at NE 85th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard

Vista Bridge
Bring zoom lens, for day time 50mm lens will be sufficient. At night is dark and cityscape without a fast zoom lens is difficult. You get more fun to take photo of MAX line underneath you.
The Vista Bridge (officially, Vista Avenue Viaduct) is an arch bridge for vehicles and pedestrians. It is located above MAX Light Rail line and Jefferson The bridge’s total length is 248 ft and Height 120 ft. It is built 1926.
Address: 1200 SW Vista Ave.mPortland, Oregon
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Pioneer Square
Pioneer Square is considered the “living room” of Portland. A lot of people hanging around. You can take photos of people, statues as well as tall building near by, and the old Pioneer Courthouse building. This is the heart of downtown Portland , day and night, you will see lots of people, and events. Do not forget the take photo of “Umbrella Man” Seward Johnson’s Allow Me statue.
The square is named after the Pioneer Courthouse, an 1875 federal building occupying the block directly east of the square.
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South Waterfront
South Waterfront is Portland, Oregon’s newest great neighborhood. Walk around the river, take photos of the bridges, OMSI side of the city. At night bright neon sign light of OMSO looks good. If you are into architectural photography, get your wide angle lens read for tall, shinny, modern, full of glass buildings!

Mt Tabor Park
Between the tall tress, there is the city view. A wide angle for clear days, and fast telephoto for details city view a must. You need a tripod for windy days.
Address: SE 60th Ave & Salmon St.
Park hours: 5:00am-midnight. The park is closed to motor vehicles all day Wednesday, and from 10:00pm to 5:00am all other days. The road gates at Salmon, Lincoln/Harrison, and Yamhill Streets will be closed during those times.
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Pittock Mansion
You will see from the garden of Pittock Mansion, the whole downtown. In clear days, looks great. Bring your wide angle for Pittock Mansion building, it isan impressive building to take photos of it! During the Christmas, visit there, they have nice lightings and decorations.
Address: 3229 NW Pittock Dr Portland, OR 97210

One of my favorite spot. Right in front of OMSI by the river, you will see great downtown scenery. Day or night you can go there with your tripod take photos. Do not forget to take photo of the submarine too.
Address: 1945 SE Water Ave Portland, OR 97214

Lan Su Chinese Garden
Beautiful flowers, nice water features, great place to take pictures. The tea house inside the garden offers, tasty drinks!
Address: 239 NW Everett St Portland, OR 97209

Portland Audubon Society
Nice hiking areas, bring telephoto for taking bird pictures!
Address: 5151 NW Cornell Rd Portland, OR 97210‎

Oregon Zoo
Fun place to take photos of animals. It is easy to go by Max.
Address: 4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR

Oaks Amusement Park
It is by the river, free to get in the park, picnic areas, and good view of Willamette river.
Address: 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, 97202

Washington Park
400-acre SW Portland public park has lots of tall trees, some statues, many hiking trails. Wear good hiking shoes and carry monopod!
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Outside of Portland

Take a drive up the Columbia River to the Columbia River Gorge, many waterfalls waiting for you.
Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls is a waterfall on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge, located east of Troutdale, between Corbett and Dodson, along the Historic Columbia River Highway. Longest drop of the waterfall is 542 ft (165m).
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The Columbia River – Vista House, Crown Point, Oregon
Most the time windy, bring good tripod, wide angle, zoom lenses!
The Vista House was built in 1916 , the park supply great panoramic view of the valley.
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Silver Falls State Park – Oregon
Situated within the foothills of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains, Silver Falls State Park, located 25 miles east of Salem.

Sauvie Island Wildlife Area
Good for birdwatching and river scenes.
Best time to visit: September – March for viewing waterfowl and sandhill cranes. January – March for viewing bald eagles. May – August for warm water fishing. Spring and summer are best for songbird viewing. Portions of the wildlife area are closed to public access October – April for the protection of waterfowl.
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