Drove up to Portland on Sunday to shoot the 50 Million Lost Rally from 2-3 PM in Pioneer Courthouse Square. The rally was to recognize the 50 million lives lost to abortion since the Roe v. Wade ruling in January 1973. Police working the rally estimated the crowd at 5000 or so.
A pleasant day in Portland for mid-January. Clear, blue skies and probably mid-40′s with a bit of breeze.
As you might imagine, a rally this large for one voice draws an opposing voice – and sure enough, there were 50 or so protestors (my guess) talking up the other view. Originally, they were behind the crowd, but the police had them move to the other side of the street.
Not sure who the band / group was that opened / closed the rally – but they were enjoyable. The speakers were also good – but I couldn’t find a speaker list to post here in the blog (though I was able to get photos of many of them).
Surprisingly, I didn’t bump into too many photographers – only 6 or 8 others – and I imagine one of those was probably from The Oregonian.
Events like this can make for great photos – as they’re often filled with passionate people and signs. Though I had three lenses in my bag – I stayed with the 70-200 f/4L – aperture priority at f/4 and ISO near 800. I grabbed just under 600 frames over the 90 minute rally – a lot of them people with signs.
The panorama below was saved by Elements Photomerge. I often shoot in aperture priority (and when I say “often” – I mean something like 95% of the time). Well, in the midst of shooting from the corner of the stage – I see this probable panoramic photo in front of me – and I start grabbing frames. I get home – and rats! – camera (of course) was in aperture priority – and, in turn, the shutter speed varies from frame-to-frame. All I have to say is that auto blend in Elements Photomerge ironed out my oversight.