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





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!:

photo: jeffhinds.com

Mt. Hood Softball 2009-10

photo: jeffhinds.com

Mt. Hood Softball 2009-10

photo: jeffhinds.com

Mt. Hood Softball 2009-10

photo: jeffhinds.com

Mt. Hood Softball 2009-10

photo: jeffhinds.com

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: