Category Archives: event photography

The Super Plungers!

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.

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Top Photos from 2014

Is it too late for a “2014 Best of” post?  Hopefully this one is only arriving “casually late”.  Smile

That said, regardless of your photography experience, I think it’s a good practice to go through your photos periodically and choose a few that you consider to be among the best.  The transition from December to January provides, if nothing else, a convenient marker.

So, in no particular order, here are a few from my 2014 archive.



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This is arguably my best Milky Way image.  More details here.

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From a quick trip up to Mt St Helens – here’s an image of the edge of the crater that I’d posted over on the Facebook page.

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And there I was standing on the Morrison Bridge (trying to get an image for the Bite of Oregon) when the bridge went up.  I also posted a number of images from that gig over on the Camera 47 Facebook page.

10 for 2014-4

From the Harrisburg Harvest Festival and Tractor Pull.  More images from that afternoon can be found here.

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Who would have thought that fisheye lenses and historic bombers were a great combination?  More images of this B-17 can be found here.

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2014 was the year that I learned about the IR72 filter + X100s.  More details can be found here.

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Happened to be in San Francisco for business and brought the X100s along.  This is a panorama cobbled together from a series of handheld images.

10 for 2014-8

Could I really have an annual list of photos and not have a rodeo image?

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Or two?  More images from this year’s Philomath Frolic and Rodeo can be found here and here.  If you’re looking for more rodeo – check out the Exposure story.

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Or some hot air balloon photos?

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Just playing.  This photo can also be found over on my site.

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Had a chance to shoot some Polar Plunges for Oregon Special Olympics. The Portland event had a group of Super Plungers that ran once an hour for 24 hours into the very chilly Columbia River.  I posted a number of photos from my time with the Super Plungers over on the Camera 47 Facebook page.

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Just a bit of flooding here in Corvallis.

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More Viking! At the Bend Polar Plunge.  More images from my trip to Bend can be found here.

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The debut of Saddle Shop over the summer.  You can see more from this gig over at

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Was looking for a vintage-feeling portrait for this one that connected the student, his school, and sport.

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At the county fair for a dance performance and happened to have the X100s + IR72 filter with me.  Really dug the architecture + sun + colors on this one.  I thought the combination provided an unexpected industrial feel.

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Our dog was waiting for a bit of beef jerky in some pretty strong light with shadow.

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Christmas morning sunrise over Fish Lake just outside Leavenworth, WA.  Not sure what created all of the sparkles speckles.  I’m guessing it was a really dirty filter.  Then, again, it was Christmas morning.

Harrisburg Harvest Festival & Tractor and Truck Pull

HHF TTP - Sept 2014 - low res-5This last weekend I had the chance to get out and shoot for the first time at a Truck and Tractor Pull.  This particular event was at the Harrisburg Harvest Festival.  To be honest, I had no idea how such an event operated or what to expect.  But I just pointed my lens down the field and tried to record a few reasonable images.

Also on hand were a couple of old tractors and steam engines.  With those, I happened to have the X100s in the bag along with the IR72 filter – so I continued in my summer long IR experiment.

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2014 NW Art & Air: Hot Air Balloons

This year I had the opportunity to head on over for two mornings to the hot air balloon launches at the NW Art & Air Festival in Albany, OR.  Below are a few in no particular order.  Just for fun – I did give myself a bit of a challenge later in the mornings to look for opportunities to use the sun creatively.  Not sure if I met that challenge – but I had fun trying.  Enjoy!

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2014 Philomath Frolic & Rodeo: Rough Stock

Last week I shared a few from the Roping & Racing events.  This week – rough stock.

As it turns out, it was also an odd weekend for the bull riders as no one made it the full 8 seconds.  Good riders – just better bulls.

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Bull Riding

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That’s Bullfighter Cody Harsch.

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More Bull Riding

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Bareback Bronc

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Saddle Bronc

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2014 Philomath Classic Car Show

Had the chance to head on over to the 2014 Philomath Classic Car Show on Saturday to walk among some great vintage cars and trucks.  For more details on the show – the local Corvallis newspaper has a pretty good write up here.

Great side note on this 1929 Ford Coupe – as it turns out, the fellow who brought this to the show was actually looking to buy a motorcycle the day he saw this sitting on the side of the road with a for sale sign on it.  It didn’t have an engine at the time but he soon had one in it and was driving it around town in no time.  I could probably spend an entire afternoon just shooting this one car.  Philomath Classic Car Show 2014 - 1000 -12

1929 Ford Coupe

As photographers, we know that car shows are probably some of the most difficult places to create photos.  So, why do we do it? 

To be honest, I have no idea…

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1948 MG TC

But since I’ve been experimenting with this X100S + IR filter combo for a couple of weeks – I decided early to simply keep to the IR theme.  And though I’m still working out a few things for the technique – I kind of liked them.

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1934 Ford 5 Window Coupe

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B-17G: Nine-O-Nine

WWII Bombers - B17 - June 2014-1The Collings Foundation and their trio of aircraft again visited Corvallis this year.  And as I checked the archives of this blog – it looks like it’s been about 5 years since I last checked into the mostly-annual event.

They were scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, so I decided to try and catch the planes on approach (top photo).

WWII Bombers - B17 - June 2014-11As it turns out, as of midday Thursday, the P-51 still hadn’t arrived to Corvallis – but the bombers were available to scramble through.

On my way to the airfield, the overcast day was a bit disappointing, as I was looking forward to some blue-skies behind the shiny bombers.  But then I remembered a small bit not long ago from Kelby and his experiment of shooting iconic sites around the world on “seamless”.  In other words – he tried to highlight the structural beauty of the scenes – and simply treated the gray overcast as a giant softbox – and just let the background blowout (at least that’s how I interpreted it).  So I thought I’d give it a try (just for fun).  WWII Bombers - B17 -June 2014-5

WWII Bombers - B17 - June 2014-10The B-17G was the easier plane of the two to try this technique for two reasons.  The background behind it was a bit less cluttered – but more importantly – more people were meandering around the B-24.  Smile

For walking through the plane – I preferred the fisheye – as I thought it paired well with the curved interior spaces.

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(and if you’re curious – here’s my earlier post on the Nine ONine)

2014 Polar Plunge: Bend Time-lapse

Just for fun – I posted one of the Contours on a lamp post set to capture the action once a second.  The second camera (set to HD video), was worn by a search and rescue volunteer in the river.

The result?  A quick (3:40) overview of the day’s Plunge.

2014 Polar Plunge: Bend, Oregon

low res - Polar Plunge 2014 - Bend-47Had the opportunity to visit Bend this last weekend to shoot the 2014 Polar Plunge to support Oregon Special Olympics.  This was my second time at this low res - Polar Plunge 2014 - Bend-19event – and to be honest, it’s just a heck of a lot of fun.

This year, the rain broke just about the time plunger registration started – making for a great morning.  And, as expected, the water was a bit chilly.

Part of the event is the costume contest – though not required – it probably helps as a bit of distraction to the near icy waters.

Considered labeling this next one “More Beard!”.  Smile

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For this event – I have the opportunity to be in the water so as to photograph the plungers as they race in and race out of the very cold river.

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To stay warm – I wear extra thick socks and a very good pair of chest-high fishing waders (Thanks, Jim!).  They’re actually quite warm and keep me dry.  On the camera – I use a Kata rain bag and usually keep a lens cloth in my hand (in the bag) to brush off any drops that may get on the lens.

The Kata bag is a great cover and though it can accommodate up to a 70-200mm lens – I was using a 17-55mm for this event.

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There are also plenty of Search-and-Rescue folks out to help “just in case”.  This fellow was kind enough to wear one of the Contours.  In this photo – you can see that the camera is wet.  The cool thing about the Contours are that they’re water resistant to a meter and should be good with “incidental” water.  And though I do have a waterproof case for it – I was hedging that splashing plungers constituted “incidental”.  I’m still not completely comfortable using these camera yet – but the more footage I get – the more I dig them.

And what’s a Plunge without a Polar Bear?

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2013 Top 11 Photos

It’s always a great challenge to look back on a year’s collection and to trim to a list of the best.  It’s an exercise I recommend to every photographer out there.  That said, the extra challenge is to get that list to only 10 photos.  Well, I almost made it this year – I trimmed this one to 11.  Smile

So, in no particular order, here’s my 2013 list with a bit on each addition.


This first photo is from a children’s church group singing at a convalescence home.  It was a very sweet moment with folks stepping out of their rooms to hear the children sing Christmas carols in the hall.

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Once I saw these two barns – I just wanted to figure out a way to get the photo.  This is one of those rare images where (if I remember correctly) I was thinking black and white from the onset.

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In 2013 I had the opportunity to shoot two Polar Plunge events for Oregon Special Olympics.  This next photo is from the Corvallis event.  Initially I was torn between two photos for this list: “dynamic splash” and “pink tutu’s”.  You can see which one I chose.

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This was from the 2013 Photo Walk here in Corvallis.  It’s probably safe to presume that it took me over a hundred images to get this one.

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In the very next moment, this bull fighter found himself in the air (but my very next frame only had the legs of the bullfighter visible – I was zoomed in too far on the scene to get all of him in the air).

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The Lover’s Bridge in Danshui, Taiwan.  This is one of those rare images where I actually pre-visualized the final result.  Some folks are really good at that – I’m not.

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Jiufen, Taiwan is a great little market town.  Fortunately while we were there we were treated to this epic rain.

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Street opera in Tainan, Taiwan.  I like how this image shows the proximity of the street to the opera.

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Hot air balloon festival.  Another image here on the list with strong architectural elements.

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Sheep nor shearing are typically on my list of favorite images.  But, I liked this moment along with the lighting, color, and texture.

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Mt Hood in the clouds.  It wasn’t long after this image that the mountain was completely obscured by the incoming weather.

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