The Campus Rail Jam Tour – locally known as “Snow in the Quad” – landed at Oregon State University on Friday evening – so I thought I’d go down there and try to grab a few frames. As it turns out – this west coast sensation actually got its start on the OSU campus – and much of the crew has Beaver ties.
Straight away – I have to admit I hadn’t been to an event like this before – and didn’t know quite what to expect. In the end – it’s everything you might imagine when you blend snow, beer garden, college campus, snowboarding, and music on a Friday evening in May. It was pretty electric – and always loud. In fact – next time – I should throw some ear plugs into the bag.
After picking up a media pass – I shot for the first hour or so. I missed the skiers and the finals – but nonetheless – this event was a great photographic challenge and heck of a lot of fun to shoot. If I’m able to make an event like this again – I’d be tempted to stick around a bit longer and try some wide glass.
If you ever get a chance to sport a media pass at an event like this – a few things to note:
- If you’re shooting long glass – spot meter is your friend.
- Athletes and gear are flying around you – and they’re not looking for you. Seriously – be careful inside those ropes.
- There’s a lot of visual distractions – colors, logos, people, snow, sky, lights, gear, … compose accordingly.
- There will likely to be a flotilla of photogs in there – be polite.
The Campus Rail Jam tour wraps up next week in Portland – but keep your eyes open for next year’s tour.