Frozen Falls

12 12 2009

Every year I make it a point to keep an eye on the weather, looking for dry conditions with freezing tempertures. This past week the forcast was just that so i made my annual trip up the Gorge to photograph some of the waterfalls.

Any of these images are available as fine art prints. I offer all sizes from 8×10 up to 20×30. Contact for pricing. Here’s a few!

Wahkeena Falls 1

Wahkeena Falls 2


Wahkeena Falls 3


Horsetail Falls 1


Horsetail Falls 2


Horsetail Falls 3

Lakeridge Girls Varsity: “Fast & Furious”

11 12 2009

Had another awesome team photo shoot last week. This shoot was for the Lakeridge Girls Varsity basketball team! This year their theme was “Fast & Furious”. Here’s a YouTube video and the final poster shot!:

HUGE thanks to Mike Reams for shooting the video for me!!!!!!

Lakeridge Girls Varsity "Fast & Furious"

Lakeridge Girls Varsity "Fast & Furious"

Basketball Season & Arena Lighting!

17 11 2009

In the past, I have always photographed in small gym’s and they always have terrible lighting! I mean, in order to stop action, especially very fast action like dribbling basketballs and 6’9″ guys slamming a serious dunks, etc., you need expensive lenses and top-of-the-line cameras, ie: Canon 1D Mark 2’s or Mark 3’s that can follow focus that fast action. 

At a minimum you need 1/500th of a second and in those dark gym’s that means shooting 1600 or higher ISO’s. What’s wrong with that, you ask? Quality! The newer camera’s are starting to get better with the grain quality but what better way to get good quality but to lower that ISO down in the 400 range, and stop the action with flash duration (I will probably make a blog post in the future regarding flash duration but a basic explanation is the time the light from the flash that falls on the subject) but anyway…. use arena lighting!!

So, with the upcoming basketball season I thought I would finally sit down and create a couple video clips to share with potential clients. The argument is this “oh, I dont want those bright flashes going off during the game because it will distract the players….”. Uh, not if you do it right! The positioning of the lighting is crucial, yes, but if proper testing is done, it can be perfected and create amazing results!

Oh, and remember, I don’t charge a fee for shooting action so email me your team’s schedule and have me shoot a game for your team!

Here are two videos I created that show the full-speed action, along with some still images in between. ENJOY!

Can’t forget the ladies!….

The gym at Mt. Hood Community College with 2 lights bounced off the ceiling:

2 lights bounced off the ceiling

photographed with 2 arena lights

photographed with 2 arena lights

photographed with 2 arena lights

photographed with 2 arena lights

photographed with 2 arena lights

Now this is taken without the lights firing, same settings, horrible quality!

Mt. Hood Softball at Timberline

11 11 2009

For the past couple seasons I have taken the team and individual photos for the Mt. Hood softball team. The shoot has become know as the “fire shoot” where we light softballs and bats on fire. I look forward to that shoot the every year! ( click here for a video clip from the infamous fire shoot!!!!)

Since the team doesn’t actually play their first actual game until March 1st, 2010, coach Meadow called and wanted to have a fun Christmas photo taken. She wanted something different and a little more interesting. Her idea was a team photo up in the snow. We planned the shoot for November 10 up at Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood. Here’s a few from the shoot!:


Mt. Hood Softball 2009-10


Mt. Hood Softball 2009-10


Mt. Hood Softball 2009-10


Mt. Hood Softball 2009-10


Mt. Hood Softball 2009-10Mt. Hood Softball 2009-10

Sports Photography Slideshow!

31 10 2009

Happy Halloween!

Today I was invited to be a guest speaker for Chris Ryan at his weekend photography class. I went down to Newspace and shared my photo thoughts on sports photography and shared an awesome slideshow of my best sports images. A HUGE “thanks” to Chris for the invite, I had a blast today!

Check out my cool slideshow:

Blazers – Game One!

28 10 2009

Wow, can’t believe the regular season is finally here! It was great to see all those familiar faces…and some new ones too. How long has it been, like 6 months since we played Houston in the playoffs? I heard the Canzano show on my way to the game that: “it seems like we’ve been playing Houston all summer”….for sure, LOL!

For me, tonight started like we left off back in April…CRAZY! My shot list was full for pre game so if you yelled at me on the concourse and I missed you or if I just gave a wave…sorry but I was runnin’ everywhere!

It is definitely nice to be back shootin’ the games…can’t wait to see how these guys play together and follow the team again. One down, 81 games plus playoffs remain….UPRISE part 2, bring it!

GO BLAZERS! Here’s a few from tonight!

Jenny & TJ Engagement Session

27 10 2009

All I have to say is “WHEW” for this one! We had planned the engagement session and set the date about a month ago for sunday Oct. 25th. Jenny & I both kept up on the weather reports and sunday was supposed to be a down pour of rain, BOOOOO! We decided to move the shoot up a day to saturday the 24th and it worked out just perfect, I’m still in shock about how great that evening was!

We started the shoot in downtown Vancouver, WA. at Esther Short Park, did a quick walk around the streets there, then headed down to the river near the I-5 bridge. Here’s a few from the session!