Location Sportraits

5 10 2010

This week I am teaching sports and action photography in my lighting class…..right up my alley and it’s gonna be a fun week!!!

We started monday’s class on location at the Mt. Hood softball field to demo a lighting setup for location sports portraits, or “sportraits” as I call them. I arranged to have 2 players, Amanda and Kendra, to meet me and the class for a quick portrait session in the dugouts. The assignment for the students is to create a portrait of a sports player, someone they do not know, in their respective environment, using a 3 light setup. Can’t wait to see what they come up with!

Here’s a few I took for the softball lighting demo:

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Mt. Hood Softball, Location sportrait shoot

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Mt. Hood Softball, Location sportrait shoot

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Mt. Hood Softball, Location sportrait shoot

Jeff Hinds Photography, www.jeffhinds.com

Mt. Hood Softball, Location sportrait shoot

Jeff Hinds Photography, www.jeffhinds.com

Mt. Hood Softball, Location sportrait shoot

Jeff Hinds Photography, www.jeffhinds.com

Mt. Hood Softball, Location sportrait shoot

Jeff Hinds Photography, www.jeffhinds.com

Mt. Hood Softball, Location sportrait shoot

Jeff Hinds Photography, www.jeffhinds.com

Mt. Hood Softball, Location sportrait shoot





Inspiration

27 09 2010

This week’s blog assignment/keyword for the MHCCIM Students is: Inspiration. For me, I had to think a lot about this one and how I could relate it to a photograph. I’m inspired by quite a few things. Music always keeps me going no matter what I am doing. Other photographers images can be an inspiration….seeing how they view an image and how they choose to light it. Just the challenge itself of creating and lighting a portrait can inspire me. I think one of the very first things that inspired me to pursue photography in the first place was sports, action, and being up close at events to try an capture the moment of impact or winning goal.

Lately, I think what’s been keeping me going is in fact, lighting. Controlling light can be inspirational. Seeing how modifiers work, and using them to create an image is an undescribable feeling, especially when it’s an emotional wedding image or picture of the winning team.

I’m still thinking about what else inspires me but for now here are a few images I’ve taken that have inspired me to keep shooting.

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Sunset Sailboat In Jamaica

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Light Painting

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Swimming Action

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Jenny & TJ's first dance

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Hawthorne Bridge

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Subaru Rally Cars!





Firewood Circles

25 09 2010

Today was mainly a chill day and work-around-the-house day. With that, I cut some firewood for the fire pit and…viola….found some circles for the class assignment! Both images taken with my Blackberry…

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Firewood Circles 1

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Firewood Circles 2





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:





Sep, 14, 2010 Sunset

17 09 2010

Ok, as promised, the blog-post-a-day challenge has begun! Justin, you in? LOL. I see many of you have checked out my last post, thanks for that, stay tuned for more, suggestions are always welcome!

Now for the image of the day.

Last week I shot a golf tournament with the Trail Blazers. Fun gig, we take a couple players around and get group photos with the golfers, then I hurry back to the clubhouse and print one photo for each player as a keepsake for them to take home….such a fun gig…thanks to everyone involved for making the day go smooth!

While there may be a great photo or two from that event, the image I selected actually was taken on the drive home….just couldnt pass up this shot, enjoy!

Pumpkin Ridge Sunset, Sep 14, 2010





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!