Campus Rail Jam Tour 2010: OSU

campus rail jam tour - 2010-1The 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.

campus rail jam tour - 2010-5Straight 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:

  1. If you’re shooting long glass – spot meter is your friend.
  2. Athletes and gear are flying around you – and they’re not looking for you.  Seriously – be careful inside those ropes.
  3. There’s a lot of visual distractions – colors, logos, people, snow, sky, lights, gear, … compose accordingly.
  4. 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.

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