Last fall, I did something that was definitely outside of my comfort zone … I approached a local food cart, Cheesy Stuffed Burgers, and asked if I could do a photo story on them.
Just to be clear, this wasn’t one of those times when I’d already built some sort of low-level casual relationship. Nope. The bottom line was that they made some awesome hamburgers that not only did I like – but my family liked, too. And when I recommended them to friends – they liked them, too. They seemed like great people and a fun, local business – and the idea of a project sounded like a creative challenge.
So, after placing an order one time, I said something like “hey, I was wondering if you folks might be interested in a photo story”. Except – I probably sounded even more stilted and awkward than that. And Janice – one of the owners very cheerfully and kindly said – “Sure – drop us an email”. So, I did – and included links to my portfolio, Facebook page, and Exposure stories.
Then I met with Mark (Janice’s husband) and pitched the idea to him – and we started that weekend. The funny thing – the trio of owners hadn’t yet looked at my portfolio. They just thought it would be fun – and we seemed to connect well. That was enough.
I showed up at 1oPM on that first Saturday night and shot to midnight:thirty or so. And it was way different than I thought it was going to be. And it was a heck of a lot of fun.
Fast forward to a few months later – and I’ve now published that photo story. If you get the chance, check it out. Better yet – if you’re in the Corvallis area – go get yourself a burger and fries. My favorite? The Sriracha Burger.
Earlier this week, I posted a few “best of 2015” rodeo images. So, here’s a few from the “everything else” bucket.
Looking over these images – there’s quite a bit of low light work in here. I don’t recall setting that as a 2015 goal – but if the shoe fits…
In no particular order:
These next two photos are from a yet-to-be-published project with a local food cart.
From a basketball tournament for Oregon Special Olympics.
Cliff Lake at sunset in the Seven Lakes Basin (Oregon).
Milky Way over Big Lake (Oregon).
Milky Way over Waldo Lake (Oregon).
And, of course, a few hot air balloon photos.
These next few images are from the photo story I did on the Super Plungers – a small group of Polar Plungers that jump once an hour for 24 hours into the very cold Columbia River – as part of a larger event to raise funds for Oregon Special Olympics.
It’s that time of year when I like to look back on the year that just closed and try to distill a set of “best of”. As I had the chance to shoot a bit of rodeo this year – let’s start with a few of those.
So – in no particular order – here you go.
The Polk County Fair and Rodeo – not only did it produce more good barrel racing images than the bronc events – but the bull riding images were some of the best from the night. I often don’t shoot straight into the gate – but on this evening it worked well. And like the barrels – the light + dirt were nice compliments.
As I mentioned over on the Camera 47 FB page – it’s an odd day when I get more barrel racing keepers than from the bronc events. But that’s exactly what happened up at the Polk County Fair – rodeo provided by Wild West Events, Inc. It was mostly an evening of rough stock (bareback bronc, saddle bronc, and bull riding) – but there was also some barrel racing – and just for fun – some mutton busting.
All too often, I can get into a groove (rut?) when shooting rodeo – mostly because I have a preferred location (or two) for each event. But while up at Polk County, to be honest, I was a little out of sorts. It was a pretty small arena but for the horse racing segment – I happened to be outside the arena near what is often the 1st barrel (depending on the rider’s preferred pattern) – and in between some gulps of water – tried for a few images. The dust + low light were great elements to work with.
This trip to the rodeo was also the first gig with the new camera. I’m digging it – but I’m still trying to dial in the nuances. Hopefully, more on that later.
In no particular order – here’s a few barrel racing images from the evening:
This had been on my “list” for awhile and last Friday night during their Test & Tune evening, a buddy and I headed on out to the dirt track at the Willamette Speedway. It’s just unfortunate that I can’t push some dirt, exhaust, and engine rumbling through the screen to you.
This was the first time I’d taken the opportunity to shoot fast moving cars and, truth be told, it was a heck of a lot of fun. The Test & Tune format really provided a great opportunity to get some daylight images without a lot of distraction.
At the Willamette Speedway, these Test & Tune nights are free to attend but for $15 you can get yourself in the pit. If you’re asking – it was worth the $15.
And if I have my classes right – #25, #90, #31, and #22 are Street Stock. #0 is Modified and #33 and #2 are Super Sports.
Yesterday’s post from the 2015 Great Oregon Steam Up had images from the Oregon Electric Railway Museum. Today’s post includes steam tractors, fire trucks, and some farm tractors.
If you read yesterday’s post – just for fun, I suggested that the last photo gave a hint about today’s post. That hint: IR. As for the images today: each of these continue my experiment with IR + X100S.
So, let’s talk a bit about the IR process. With this technique, if you’ve not yet had the chance to work with an IR filter – the images out of camera can look like this:
A very orangey / red photo. Blah.
So, the challenge when working with IR images is deciding on the best technique to get them to something that looks interesting. There are some great techniques out there – and I’m constantly fiddling with mine – but generally my steps include (1) apply my custom LR preset (2) flip the red / blue channels (3) adjust as needed. The results can look something like this:
But during this batch, I guess I was feeling a bit impatient, and started fidgeting with the photos after the preset – and I sort of stumbled on what I’m going to call Bleached IR. So, here’s a few from that set.
To be honest, for these very industrial tools – I like this treatment.
But maybe it was the “vintageness” of the hardware that inspired me to add a bit of “remix” sauce to a few. So – here’s a few with the the Bleached IR + Remix:
This last Saturday, I had a chance to head out to the annual Great Oregon Steam Up. It’s an event I haven’t visited in a few years – and much like car shows – these sorts of photos are not my strength – making it a great challenge to pull together a few reasonable photos. Just for fun – I’m going to split this post into two parts. Part 2 is scheduled for tomorrow.
So what’s out at Steam Up? Well, the focus is on vintage equipment: farm tractors, steam engines, fire trucks, construction, and early engines (e.g. hit and miss). Demonstrations include flour making, logging, and blacksmithing. And, if that’s not enough, there’s also a swap meet for folks looking for vintage parts and what-not.
Part 1 of this two part series will focus primarily on the Oregon Electric Railway Museum – a relatively small part of the event – but a part I like to visit. Within the car barn are a number of pieces from around the world. And outside the barn are a few (I assume) electric buses in various states of decay.
This year I went light on the gear – just the X100S and the Fuji Instax Mini 90.
If you’re in the Oregon area, you can still make it out there – the 2015 Great Oregon Steam Up runs through next weekend (1-2 August).
If I remember correctly, the car below is from Portugal.
These next two photos are part of my recent Fuji Instax experiment.
And this last one gives a bit of a hint about tomorrow’s post.
Had a chance to shoot the Philomath Frolic and Rodeo last weekend. And just for fun – I thought I’d change it up a bit. So, here you go, in no particular order – some of the top dismounts I was able to put on film.
Two frames before the image below – you’ll see this fellow in a near swan dive. Unfortunately, it’s not a very usable image. Still – I thought this one worked well, too.
These little guys took some spills, too.
OK – so it wasn’t entirely an unplanned dismount.
Can’t have a list like this without a bull rider.
Maybe a better title for this one (and I completely stole this from Alicia) would have been “The Secret Lives of the Super Plungers”.
That said, it’s possible the writing is a bit shaky on this one – but hopefully the story successfully highlights this team’s efforts to raise money and awareness for Oregon Special Olympics.
So, here it is, my next photo story over on Exposure – The Super Plungers.