Inspired by Rally!

29 09 2010

Now some of you know that I have been following rally and rallycross for almost 2 years now. It all started with an invite to shoot the Oregon Trail events at PIR in March of 2009 when I was fortunate to get to ride around the track with Rally driver, Pat Moro:

After my pre-stage ride with Pat, I returned the next day and went out on the course to shoot the first stages of the day. Here’s a video from my first shooting location:

The weekend ended and I shot some awesome images, including this one which hangs in my office as a 20×30:

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Travis Pastrana, Oregon Trail Rally, 2009

 

That Christmas I was surprised, by Brenda, with a certificate to attend Paul Eklund’s Primitive Performance Rally School in Hillsboro, OR in March 2010. I attended the weekend school with my friend Kevin and of course shot pix and videos when I wasn’t in the car. Needless to say I was hooked!

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Here’s a video of one of my practice runs during the school:

…and a couple photos of me driving and with the car:

So, after rally school in March 2010 I attended most of the local rally events and the Oregon Trail Rally. I’ve met a ton of awesome people and there are future plans for me to rally for many years to come (stay tuned for exciting news on that).

For now, here’s something that I shared a while back with a link on facebook. This video will surely get your blood pumping, and it’s a true taste of what stage rally is all about! Enjoy my rally Inspiration!





Blog, I’ve missed you!

17 09 2010

Well, after a long time-off from Blog posting, it is now time to get back in the blog “game” and update you all with some new material! But before all that I have some great news to announce…..I have recently accepted a teaching position at Mt. Hood Community College in the Integrated Media Program! I will be teaching along side Justin Myers, teaching the Advanced Lighting course to the Professional Photography students! I am very excited to share my photo knowledge with them and look forward to the next couple months of intense photography classes and training.

Now, back-tracking and reviewing the past years-worth of missed blog opportunities is going to be tough, but basically I have been busy! Here’s a very long, run-on sentence worth of the past 7 months:

My last blog post left off with Sarah & Ryan’s wedding from the Silcox Hut on Mt. Hood. After that experience, in February, I went to ex Trail Blazer, Bill Walton’s, house in San Diego with Blazers, took the Primitive Performace rally driving school with Paul Eklund  , shot action photos at the NWAACC Basketball Championships in Tri Cities, WA., in March, and shot a wedding and went to the Seattle Supercross event in April. In May, I shot action photos and VIDEOS of the Oregon Trail Rally in Dufur, OR, shot action photos in Portland of the NWAACC Softball Championships , and shot more action photos of the NWAACC Baseball Championships in Longview, WA. Also in May I accepted the team photographer position with a local IBL basketball team, the Vancouver Volcanoes, and I photographed 6 home games through mid-June. June was a mix of graduation ceremonies, wedding meetings, etc, and the month ended with an Aerial photo mission over Portland with Oregon Air Photo, a new partnership formed with Bryan Heim Photography. July was the beginning of wedding season with 4 weddings: Rebecca & Frank, Austin & Stewart, Whitney & Jace, and Angela & Dan. August was another wedding month with 6 total: Amanda & Levi, Amy & Ben, Kelsey & Adam, Coutrney & Charlie, Kristen & Dustin, Engagements for Brenda’s cousin Michelle & Curt, and Jenny & TJ….CONGRATS TO ALL NEWLEYWEDS, and thanks so much for trusting me to cover your special day, WOOT WOOT!!!!!!!!

I wont quite get into September yet in this post so stay tuned as I am going to challenge myself along with my new students to make a blog post, or simply a photo post every day til classes end on December 6th! That should make for some interesting content :>)

Ok, thanks for reading all this and please feel free to add comments and thoughts in the future on whatever ends up here! Cheers!





Silcox Hut Wedding

9 01 2010

As a photographer nothing is better than shooting in a different location, especially for a wedding. When I met with Sarah & Ryan they told me about their winter wedding plan to get married on Mt. Hood above Timberline Lodge at the Silcox Hut.

Now, if you haven’t heard of the Silcox Hut, it was built in 1939 by Ferdinand Silcox and it’s primary function was to be used as a warming hut for the Magic Mile chairlift, the 2nd chairlift in the United States. The Hut is located over 1 mile up the mountain at 6950 feet, 1000 feet above Timberline Lodge. (For more info visit Wikipedia).

A few weeks before the wedding I met Sarah & Ryan at Timberline for a quick ride in the snowcat up to the Hut. We went over details and I scouted the place for my first time. I knew before even getting up there that it would be impossible to take a bad photograph at their wedding!

So, over the next few weeks after the meeting, I came up with a few ideas and knew what I needed for lighting and camera gear. I packed as light as possible so I could carry everything in one trip on the snowcat. The ceremony was scheduled for after sunset and at that time the inside of the hut would be very dark so a light kit was a must! Also, with every wedding I plan to take at least one well-thought-out, amazing photo….all I had to do was wait and see what the weather threw at us!

Once we arrived at the hut on the wedding day the weather was great but blizzard-like conditions and 8-12 inches of snow were in the forecast! We quickly took a few outdoor photos, then headed inside to set up for the rest of the afternoon/evening. Everything went as planned, the ceremony was awesome, and the winter weather rolled in!

Now for the last photo of the day, the “blizzard photo”! Since the bride would be in her wedding dress (plus a pair of boots) I needed to work fast! The snow was blowing sideways and the temperture was in the 20’s! I set the camera on a tripod and planned for a 4-5 second exposure. While the shutter was open I used 2 canon 580ex2 flashes to add a small pop to the outside of the hut, and to the “dipping” bride & groom. Well, without further explanation, here is the final image, a short  behind-the-scenes video, and a few more images from the wedding day. Enjoy!

Sarah & Ryan: "Blizzard Photo"

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan's Silcox Hut Wedding

Sarah & Ryan: "Blizzard Photo"





Melissa’s Paint Shoot

29 12 2009

Way back in May of 2009 Melissa contacted me and wanted to create some unique portraits for her portfolio. She got an inspiration from the Dixie Chicks video: “Not Ready To Make Nice”. In the beginning of the video it shows the Dixie Chicks wearing white dresses and being painted with black paint. She wanted it to be a fun shoot, and have a few serious images in there too. We decided on two paint colors & two outfits. With each outfit would be a different lighting setup and background color.

Here are some photos and 2 very cool videos of Melissa’s now infamous “paint shoot”. ENJOY!

Part 1 YouTube video:

Part 2 YouTube video:

Melissa's Paint Shoot

Melissa's Paint Shoot

Melissa's Paint Shoot

Melissa's Paint Shoot

Melissa's Paint Shoot

Melissa's Paint Shoot

Melissa's Paint Shoot

Melissa's Paint Shoot

Melissa's Paint Shoot

Melissa's Paint Shoot





New Photography Studio!

29 12 2009

At long last I now have a photography studio! It’s just what I need to get started and can’t wait to schedule more photo sessions in there.

My basic plan is to use the space as-is for now and work on the details as time progresses. The space is fully functional and available for any type of photo shoot. I also plan to rent the space to other photographers and I am in the works on putting together hourly and monthly packages which can include the space by itself, or it can also include a light kit for those who may not have one available to them. If you are interested in using the space for your own photo shoots please contact me and we can work something out!

For now, any type of photo session with me is free, yes, free, no session fees!

I’ve done a couple photo sessions in there to date, so here are a couple photos of the studio and a couple images from those recent photo shoots!

Jeff Hinds Photography Studio

Jeff Hinds Photography Studio





Introducing: Photoshelter

19 12 2009

Wanna see more of Jeff’s photo’s? I am happy to indroduce my new stock image web site at Photoshelter.com! Rights-managed images are available for purchase and direct download through the site. I will be adding many more images as my archives are sorted but for now enjoy what I have on the site!

Click the photo for my Photoshelter site:

Hawthorne Bridge: A view from ground level





Wilsonville “Contenders”

15 12 2009

Back in November I did the team & individuals for the Wilsonville girls Varsity team. Just like the girls at Lakeridge, they too had a team theme….”Contenders”. Their idea was to have boxing incorporated into the team poster!

For the final poster image, I had a perfect idea, knew exactly what the team needed and how I wanted the final image to look. I wanted to use two images photoshopped together: a background image of a boxing gym with an image of the girls superimposed over it.

For the background image I wanted to  use a technique called “HDR” or “high dynamic range”. Basically, it’s a photoshop merging of 3 different image exposures. Luckily, my father-in-law is a boxing trainer for the #1 ranked female boxer in the nation, Molly McConnell, so first thing was to call Molly and set a date to shoot the images at the gym where Molly trains, Grand Ave. gym in NE Portland. The main image of the girls was taken on the day I shot the team & individuals at the school.

Here is the final composite image, the HDR background, and the main image of the girls as taken on team photo day:

Wilsonville Girls Varsity: "Contenders"

Grand Ave. gym, photoshop HDR

Wilsonville Girls Varsity 09