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Speedlite Lighting & Wisdom Doctor

August 4th, 2007

Got back from the “wisdom doctor” yesterday. They were afraid that my teeth were overly smart so they decided to inject me with some sort of relaxant, and they stole my smart teeth. This must be legal in Clarkston, Wa.

Or how about the real story…

You could know the true short story. Yesterday morning I went to the doctor in Clarkston and they pulled my wisdom teeth out. I guess they do it in stages–they first split the tooth down the center and pull each piece out instead of all at once. Sounded pretty gruesome but I didn’t notice it thankfully.

The torture is horrible…puddings, Jell-O, chicken noodle soup, tapioca, ice cream etc. I’m starting to wonder if I’m in heaven. Moving on…I purchased another Canon 430EX flash to compliment my current Canon 580EX in the mail and decided to play while I was down. I took a few shots to practice lighting subjects Strobist style. I didn’t bring out my snoot though–that will come out today.





News, Photos and what else?

July 15th, 2007

Last night was interesting to say the least. Every night since Thursday, the city has been closing down the city park due to vandalism of some buildings. Kids have been spray painting on the buildings and in turn, ruins it for everyone who likes to lounge around down there after hours.

I ended up parking just in downtown Orofino and firing a few photos off. These were all taken on the same block around the construction in the Courthouse parking lot. I believe they’re putting in a new EyeCare building. All of these photos were long exposures ranging from 20 to 30 seconds.





There were a few events happening on the 4th–the raft race was one of them. I shot quite a few photos of the rafters for the tribune. This seemed to be their favorite. The photo was on the front page of last weeks tribune edition.

Raft Race - 4th of July

After shooting the photos I decided to go for a swim…well apparently I forgot that my cell phone was tagging along and it went in for a swim. When I realized that it was still in my pocket, I jumped out of the water and tossed it onto the shore. After I was done swimming, I headed to the house to upload the photos from my CF card and sat down with my phone and a jewelers screw driver to take it apart. The internals on the phone weren’t complicated and I cleaned it, put it back together and it finally worked. I guess I learned that you don’t take cell phones near the water. Most likely you won’t be as lucky as I was. I also doubt that the iPhone can go for long swims and still live to tell the tale.

Workflow Question & Answer

June 23rd, 2007

I think I may start doing a weekly, maybe even daily, question and answer post. But for now here’s a question from Andy. He asks:

“What’s your typical digital work flow? From CF card to finished piece ready for print.”

I work on an Apple Mac Pro so my work flow is lean and mean to say the least. In the past I’ve been troubled by working on a PC but now that I’ve made the switch, I feel as if nothing really stands in the way of my work flow. Moving onto my process, I’ll run through some of my work flow steps briefly.

1. When I get to my station I tend to close all of my applications and pop the card into my SanDisk reader and open up Aperture. To import quickly I use the quick import shortcut (CTRL + I) to import the items directly into the library. I like to keep organized so I make a new album and continue importing.

2. Once all of the photos are fully imported, I’m ready to skim through and rate images. I rate the images from one star to five stars. One star being the good, five stars being the excellent. Once I’ve rated all of the images, I tell Aperture to select all of my five Star (sometimes 4 star) photos in a selection area for the next step in the process.

3. With a larger number of photos–sports–I like to organize them into groups/stacks (I.e. tackles, kicks, catches). With portraits I tend to organize by full, half or head shots. This is a huge way to cut down on time trying to decide which shots are best to use (time management).

4. After sorting, rating and stacking, I then begin color correction and other post work that might need to be done.

5. After post-processing is done, I can finally select the images to export at full quality TIFF’s or JPEG’s and designate the sizes for the printer. I just leave my PPI (Pixels Per Inch) at 300 for best print out quality.

Andy also asked me:

“What’s your preferred method of long term storage for your digital images?”

I would have to go with Hard drives. Even though its not the safest storage option, it is the most convenient for me. I backup all of my photos onto Aperture’s Vault system and maintain backups elsewhere. See my post about backing up your work.

Weekly Re-Cap and Photo blogging.

June 13th, 2007

The annual Carson Ianson Memorial Snowboard Jam went down last Friday and Saturday. We had plenty of video and photo coverage throughout the day. Mark Oliver and myself were shooting photos as well as doing some filming (I will post a few photos below this). My brother Eyler lent me his Super 8 Film camera. I’ve always wanted to film with it so this was my chance.

I purchased two rolls of film from B&H Photo and Video to start off. Each roll is two and a half minutes and 50 feet in length. I also had a Sony VX2000 3CCD video camera to shoot with as well. The bad news was that I’d been shooting all day long with this camera to find out later, that none of the footage had even recorded. Apparently this happens when the video heads are dirty and need to be serviced. I’m still bummed about the situation but I do still have the Super 8 footage to get processed. All in all the trip was great and I know the other videographers did get footage.



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On another note, I just took a look at some of the entries for this weeks photo contest and there are two photos that pop out. Both are worth viewing so check them out at Our Weekly Photo Contest.

Here are some photos from a hike I took with some friends and my brother when they were over visiting. The water fall was 380ft tall (I didn’t have the wide angle to get the whole drop in the picture). I also attached a photo of a bird that wouldn’t fly. The cat had gotten a hold of it and had to make the it release the bird.




Boise Photographers

May 31st, 2007

A couple of weekends ago I was in Boise, Idaho shooting photos for the Clearwater Tribune as well as for the Orofino Track team. Being that I am proud Canon and Apple owner, I love to see other photographers equipment. I’ve taken a few photos of the cameras slung over shoulders and lenses being used. There was quite a few photographers shooting Nikon D2 bodies, but the majority were shooting with two or more Canon 1D Mark II or 1D Mark II N bodies.




On the second day I did walk into the press/media room to check it out and see if there was any food. I didn’t find any food nor did I see many Apple laptops. There was one college student that was reporting that was typing away on his Macbook. Most of the photographers were on PC notebooks.

I’ve been in the need for more ram in my Macpro. I asked Dave Kugler where he bought his ram and he mentioned OWC. The ram arrived quickly and worked great.

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