Archive for December, 2008

The Lewi Longmire Band

Lewi Longmire 01

Stage 01

Lewi Longmire 02

Every Thursday, the Lewi Longmire Band plays at the Laurelthirst bar on Glisan Street. It’s a free show from 6p-8p and I’ve been going fairly regularly for the last couple of years. Great music, great crowd, almost home by dinner!

I talked to the band and asked if they would mind me taking photos. I got the ok, and rented a Canon 85mm f1.2 L lens for the night. Wow, that lens was awesome. The depth of field is so shallow wide open, that if the focus is off by a few centimeters, you won’t end up with a usable photo. I lost a lot of photos due to this, but when I got it right, the focus was ultra-sharp. I wish I had an extra $2000 to buy my own…

I decided not to adjust the white balance when mastering the photos. They came out a bit hot, but I think that they worked out better this way with the lights, textures, and background colors.

Portland LumberJax Third Training Camp

2008.12.20 -- LumberJax Training Camp

2008.12.20 -- LumberJax Training Camp

2008.12.20 -- LumberJax Training Camp

This is the last LumberJax training camp. While I’m excited for the upcoming games, the informality of the training camps offered some views into the game and players that I would otherwise have been able to capture. It’s nice to be on the field during practice. It’s also great to shoot from the bench and not have to shoot through the Plexiglas walls. That all ends when the season begins.

You’ll notice that a color photo has creeped into the set. Well, I just don’t want to get rusty with color photography! In reality, some photos don’t translate into black and white as well as others.

This training camp was held at the Rose Garden which provided better lighting, but even at it’s best, 1600 ISO is required to stop any action. I’m not sure why the bottom photo is one of my favorites, but there’s just something about the empty stadium, the bright lights, and goalie Joel Weber.

School’s Out

2008.12.11 -- School's Out

2008.12.11 -- School's Out

I decided to lug my gear on our nightly walk tonight. It was dusk and I wanted to take a couple of shots at the closed school down the street from us.

The idea was to get some longer exposure shots of the building in the dark. Of course, things don’t always turn out the way you want and most of those shots did not even come close to meeting my expectations. These two were the only ones I liked out of the whole batch. Becky and Otto quickly became bored as I stood around and took long shot after long shot of the school building. Ironically, if they didn’t get bored and sit own, I would have lost one of the two shots that I liked. That works out to a loss of 50% of the final shots!

Seattle Museum of Flight

Seattle Museum of Flight

Seattle Museum of Flight

Seattle Museum of Flight

For science geeks like me, the Seattle Museum of Flight is awesome: giant airplanes, multimedia kiosks, and technical history galore!

As a photographer, I’m rarely without my camera gear, and this was no exception. It’s never convenient carrying a huge bag of heavy gear, but somewhere in the back of my mind there’s a voice that says: “You’ll miss something exciting if you don’t bring your camera.” And of course, it snowballs out of control because I can’t just bring one lens and my camera body. What if I need my wide angle? What if I need my zoom? Can I live without a fast lens in low light? Will I need my flash? Bringing a tripod couldn’t hurt, right?

So, I’m that guy that’s dragging a big bag of lenses and accessories around to places that are normally enjoyed unencumbered.