Archive for April, 2009

Astoria Beer Adventure

Astoria Beer Adventure

Astoria Beer Adventure

Astoria Beer Adventure

Astoria Beer Adventure

Last weekend, I had an overnight assignment in Astoria.  And guess what?  Yep, it involved beer.  I was sent out to explore the beer scene in Astoria and meet the movers and shakers, and of course, drink a lot of great beer!

Even though I retired my Canon 50mm 1.4 lens to the studio, I can’t seem to live without it.  A couple of months ago, it was knocked off the players bench at the Rose Garden while shooting a Portland LumberJax training session.  Both auto-focus and the focus ring were broken, but the glass was intact.  So, while the photos turn out fine, I have to manually focus by pulling and pushing the end of the lens in and out!  It’s really not convenient, but I don’t have a replacement for it yet.  For still shots of objects, it’s not a problem.  But when people are involved, it’s hard to capture that spontaneous moment when it takes 7 seconds to pull or push and fumble with a broken lens!  Oh well, glad to have it, even with it’s flaws.

On Saturday, I met with the brewers of Fort George Brewing Company and Astoria Brewing Company–and then proceeded to drink a lot of beer.  From noon to 5:00pm, we drank an assortment of over twenty beers in samples, pints, and goblets.  I’m glad I had a notebook and a camera to document it all, because I will be relying heavily on those to piece together my article.  Usually, I’m not so excited to work on the weekends, but there was no downside to this weekend!

Portland LumberJax v. Calgary Roughnecks

2009.04.17 - LumberJax v. Calgary Roughnecks

2009.04.17 - LumberJax v. Calgary Roughnecks

2009.04.17 - LumberJax v. Calgary Roughnecks

While this game didn’t really mean much to either team in the bigger picture of the season, it was still pretty hard to see the Jax down 8-2 at halftime.  It’s still a great sport to watch and photograph no matter what the score, but a deficit like that at home takes a bit of the life out of the Rose Garden.

I had to toss an abnormally large amount of photos out tonight while going through post-processing.  They just weren’t usable.  The glass seems to get exponentially worse each game, more scratched, more scuffed, and more hazy.  Because of this, shooting at any angle along the glass can trash a photo easily.  That limit can’t stop you from crossing your fingers and shooting, but the percentage of usable shots drops dramatically.

This was the last game of the season, but the LumberJax made the playoffs, so they’ve added a home playoff game on May 1st.  It should be a great game against the Stealth, very physical and emotional–a great way to end the home season!