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Old Dec 14, 2005, 7:32 PM   #1
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Here are three shots of lights at the Queen Anne Victorian Mansion in North Portland, Oregon. This is an old, restored mansion that is now used for weddings, receptions, and parties. There are literally millions of lights at this location. There are so many that they don't ever take them down. They are turned on for Christmas and for special party occasions. They start testing and repairing about a month before Christmas.

These are scanned 35mm negatives taken about eight years ago. Back then, we corrected "white balance" by using a blue filter with daylight film.

Nikon N70, Agfa Optima 100 print film, 80b blue filter. Lens unknown.







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Old Dec 15, 2005, 12:09 AM   #2
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Millions of lights you said? I wouldn't want to pay the electric bill for those lights. Some years ago a residence had so many lights allegedly they could be distinguished from the air by passing jets.

Very nice job.

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That must be a real treat to see! As Selvin mentioned, I'd hate to have to pay for that show...but by golly, I love to see light-ups like that! Really cool captures Cal! :-)
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Gosh.. That must be an eyefull to see.

Nice pictures Cal.

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Old Dec 16, 2005, 8:20 PM   #5
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I really like the last one!

How long does it take and how many people does it take to set this up each year?

Does it snow there during the time the lights are up? And, if so, does any make it to the ground within 100 yards of the mansion?

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No snow. As I said, there are so many lights that they never take them down. They spend about a month before Christmas testing, repairing and relamping.

I first spotted this display from the I-5 freeway about a half mile away, on my way home from a Christmas party in Vancouver, WA. It took us about 20 minutes to find our way to the mansion. It was worth the search!

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Here are a couple daytime shots taken a few months later (Spring).





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Old Dec 19, 2005, 12:42 AM   #8
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Cal,

Lovely mansion. Seems to have been well maintained. Love the color scheme.

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I hope that is long lasting paint! To remove all those lights from the mansion for painting would be a major task.

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