Circles, Assignment 1

24 09 2010

This first week of class Justin & I have assigned the students to create a blog page. Along with that page they need 2 separate updates, both containing circles. We put no limits on the content, how many, etc…..we just want them to concentrate on photography and always be thinking photography. I posted my first few circles in the post: “Class is in Session“. Now here are 2 more images, one from today, one from a recent trip to California Adventure, both were taken with my Blackberry:

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Circles on the Subaru Dash

 

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Circles at California Adventure





Oregon Air Photo

23 09 2010

In July 2008 I was asked to go on an aerial photography mission to assist a fellow photographer friend, Bryan Heim, to get images from the air of some car dealerships. We had the plane and pilot booked for a 2 hour flight, had maps of all the dealerships in and around the Portland area, and in between locations we took as many aerial photos as possible. The flight was a total success!

Over the next year we developed the idea to offer aerial photography to clients and Oregon Air Photo was created. Still in the early stages of the business, we are working to expand our client base and designing a marketing campaign for the future. For now, we have a WEB SITE and most of the social networking sites up and running:

Follow OAP on TWITTER, @oregonairphoto.

Become a fan on our FACEBOOK page.

Check out our YouTube channel.

Here are a few of my favorite images taken from the air and a pic of the OAP crew:

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OAP Photo Crew

 

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Twin Oaks Airfield

 

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Mt. Scott

 

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Mud puddle in the grass

 

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The Reserve Golf Course, Infrared

 

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Hillsboro Stadium, Infrared

 

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Kelso/Longview area, Infrared

 

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Air Museum

 

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Helvetia area

 

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Over Portland looking south





NWAACC Volleyball Action

22 09 2010

I photographed some volleyball action at Mt Hood Community College this evening. Brenda’s cousin, Janelle, plays for Chemeketa Community College and they happened to be the visiting team at Mt. Hood.

For this setup I used my pair of dynalite sports lights and bounced the light off the gym ceiling, just as I do with basketball (see previous blog post: Basketball Season & Arena Lighting!). Now this was the first time for me using the lights specifically for volleyball so a little testing was in order but I got them dialed in just fine and took some great shots of Janelle!

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Bell Blazers Classic

21 09 2010

Today I photographed the annual Bell-Blazers Golf Classic! The event takes place at The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Course in Aloha, Oregon, and is a benefit for the Oregon Partnership . Oregon Partnership, from their web site, is: “a statewide non-profit promoting healthy kids and communities through drug and alcohol awareness, drug prevention programs, and 24 hour crisis lines for treatment referrals and suicide intervention. We work with schools and community coalitions statewide, and our resource library is open to all to educate on the dangers of substance abuse.”

The event included Blazers Alumni as well as many of the Blazers corporate sponsors. Some of the Alumni included: Terry Porter, Buck Williams, Jerome Kersey, Michael Harper, Antonio Harvey, as well as our hall-of-fame announcer Bill Schonely. Some celebrity names included former KGW channel 8 anchor, Pete Schulberg, KGW channel 8 sports anchor, Adam Bjaranson, and Isaac & Big Suke from 1080 the Fan.

I arrived at the course at 930am to get set up and photograph candids of the registration and pre-golf events. The players all started golfing on what they call a “shotgun start” in which all groups of players tee off simultaneously from different holes. After the start at 11am, Carrie & I took a cart and searched out each group for team photos. Once all teams were photographed it was my job to print one 5×7 for each player. This year, there were 190 golfers playing in the same tournament which was a record number of tournament players for the course!

The day ended with a meet & greet with Blazer player Greg Oden, buffet dinner, and an awards program to announce the winning teams and raffle prizes. Here are a few images from today!

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The Reserve

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Bell Blazers Classic Banner

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BlazerDancers Stephanie & Michelle with the Taco Bell SRT Challenger

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A lot of golf carts!!!

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BlazerDancers Caitlin & Camicha

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Announcer Bill Schonely

 

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Table of on-site prints

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Mike Rice with BlazerDancers Vanessa & Lindsey





Class is in Session

20 09 2010

Today was the first day of my “official” teaching career. Just 3 weeks ago I was invited to teach the advanced lighting class to the 2nd year professional photography students at MHCC. I graduated from the same program back in 2002 so this means I have come full circle. Alongside Justin Myers, we plan to give the students a ton of info to get them a huge head start in their photography careers. The program will be a challenge for me and I will do my best to offer 110% to them. 

So, as I have mentioned in a previous blog post, Justin & I have challenged ourselves to create one blog post per day until classes end on December 6th. For the students, they are required just 2 posts per week. The idea behind this is to keep them thinking 100% photography at all times. We also gave them a “theme” for the photos they post to their blogs. This week’s theme: circles. I can’t wait to see the different interpretations each student comes up with! I too plan to take the “circle” theme challenge myself and I’ll be posting a few of my favs here on the blog, and on my facebook photography page

Here are a few images from my archives with the circle theme in mind: 

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Images for week 1: circle theme

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Images for week 1: circle theme

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Images for week 1: circle theme

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Images for week 1: circle theme





Donna & Gabriel’s Wedding

19 09 2010

Well, all I can say about this one, and the word of the day was: “RAIN”!

It literally poured rain all day from the time I arrived at Abernethy Center, to the time I walked back in the door at home. Now I didn’t let it get me down. I knew it would be a challenge to basically take every photo under the main tent there, but I made it work.

First thing I did when I arrived at 3pm was to set up the 4-lights and get them dialed in. Everyone in the wedding party arrived at 4pm and we never looked back! I still cannot believe how smooth the day went, even with the steady flow of water from the heavens!

After the pre ceremony photos, the ceremony started just after 630pm. Of course, due to the down pour, the ceremony was moved under the tent. Cocktail hour followed the ceremony and we wrapped the family formals just in time for the plated dinner (and it was goooood, I might add).

For the reception, DJ Erich from Rose City DJ’s took over and worked his magic. The crowd was very involved in all reception events and they didn’t hesitate to fill the floor dancing!

We ended the night with a true Oregon, rainy send-off. The newlyweds exited in the “100 Stretch Excalibur” from Chariot Limousine.

Congrats guys, thanks for a fun day! Here’s a few images from the day:





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!