November 4th, 2008
Shot lots of photos this weekend at the LG Action Sports Tour Championships. Lighting was rough and angles were tough but overall it was a good time. There was bmx, inline skating, skateboarding, shows from The Game, MXPX, Pennywise and Hoobastank.
Check the event standings at the official website.
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October 30th, 2008
When I first purchased a set of Pocket Wizards, I thought that the 1600-foot range was a lot, but now that I’ve seen this new trigger I’m starting to see a bunch of new possibilities.
Robert Benson a Californian photographer, has come up with a brilliant trigger by using any normal hand held radio plugged into a camera’s shutter release port. The radio trigger can work up to twenty miles from the camera but it depends on what kind of radio you’re using and the objects in line-of-sight from the camera.
Keep in mind that this device is probably illegal considering the FCC prohibits you from using two-way radios to trigger another device. The device is patent pending and can be purchased here.
Make sure to check out the comments on Robert’s blog post about the triggers. There is some talk of using a cell phone to trigger the camera from possibly…around the world. Think it’s possible?
October 28th, 2008
For the past two years Krush Kulesza from Snowboy Productions has been putting on a rail jam on the steps of Qwest Field. This year the Snowboy crew put on a great show again with riders Jed Anderson, Nick Dirks, Jarad Hadi, Scott Stevens, Austin Sweetin, Jonas Michilot, Austin Hironaka and a few others. The judges were Darrell Mathes, Jon Kooley and Austin Smith.
If you tell anyone in North America that you live in or are going to visit Seattle, Washington it will most likely evoke stories of endless rain and the sweet sweet sounds of grunge rock circa 1994.
It didn’t rain, but there was a few grunge rock songs that played. Here are a few photos from the night.
To see more photos check out YoBeat’s Article and Jared Souney’s Blog Post.
October 18th, 2008
To those who didn’t make this event, shame on you, it was awesome. Besides Chase’s two Hangar photo events he hasn’t made a public speaking event like this since 2001. This was my first of his events that I’ve been to since living in Seattle. The book signing took place at REI in one of the conference centers on the top floor. The purpose of the event was to sort of launch Chase’s new Stevens Pass photo book. You can visit the microsite for the book, here. Unsurprisingly the book sold very well and there were about 200+ people in attendance. If you have a few bucks, snag a book before they go out of stock.
With there being quite a few people and each having their book autographed, I was only able to sneak in two questions for Chase. The first concerning the amount of web traffic that his site gets and the second one was asking him who is doing the design end of things for the business. After the questions, I snagged a few pictures of the crowd and Chase’s assistant/right hand man Scott, raffling off items. Along with the raffle, there was a silent auction of Stevens Pass season passes to benefit the Northwest Avalanche Center. I’ve posted some pictures from the event and also one of the videos that was played during the presentation. It was a completely filled event.
There were 3954 still frames were used in this video, pretty cool right? Here are some words from industry known professionals:
“Chase’s images have always had that certain intangible quality that set them apart. It takes a photographer who really knows skiing and snowboarding to document it well, and Stevens Pass captures this beautifully… What I also love about this book is that the photos go beyond cliff hucks and deep powder. By including some beautiful scenics, some quiet moments, and images of little tykes learning to ski, Chase has made this book something that everyone can enjoy.”
- Chris Jerard Associate Publisher | Freeskier and Snowboard Magazines
“Images and moments from one of Washington’s classic ski areas, Chase’s photos provide an intimate look at contemporary NW ski and snowboard culture.”
- Jeff Galbriath, Publisher, The Ski Journal & frequency: The Snowboarder’s Journal
“If a picture really is worth a thousand words than Chase Jarvis’ images from Stevens Pass go a long way toward putting us writers out of business.”
- Crai S Bower, 2008 Northern Lights Award Winning Writer
September 29th, 2008
This past weekend I’ve been in Portland and in Idaho visiting family and taking leaps at learning new things. I’ve also been spending more time on Twitter lately. If you’re on Twitter, make sure to follow my feed as I’ll be twittering new blog posts and updates.
Here are a handful of photos taken during the trip.
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September 24th, 2008
Imperial Motion (IM), as of a few weeks ago, launched a new blog catering to artists and photographers that they felt deserved some recognition. About two months before the launch I was contacted and asked to take part in this blog. I haven’t had much to post as of lately, but I did give them access to pull images from my blog so that they could post. IM decided to go with the GirlTalk photos from The Capitol Hill Block Party. Some of those photos were also used in an upcoming interview with Greg Gillis for Slug Magazine.
View the Imperial Motion blog here & view my post here.
September 6th, 2008
Yesterday was an inspirational day to say the least. Glazer’s camera is holding lighting talks and demonstrations this weekend over at their main store as well as their lighting and rental stores. They are also having a sale–10% off all of their lighting equipment.
At 6:30PM last night, a relatively new studio was having an open house for photographer, Olùgbènrò Ogunsemore. Great atmosphere and very nice people. Hasselblad, Epson and Bowens reps were present and showing their most expensive products. The studio actually hosts a full production business. There are sound studios, green screen, video editing suite, make-up/dressing area, client suite as well as a design suite all in this building.
Around 8:00PM Benro brought a model onto the seamless and set up his Profoto setup and explained how he shoots and works with models from start to finish. If you take a look at the following picture, you can see that he was shooting tethered to a 24″ iMac. The detail was amazing when viewing the file at full size.
After talking with Olùgbènrò for a minute or two, I noticed that he uses a large, definitely custom hand strap. I asked him about it and he quickly filled me in. Olùgbènrò had started a company called Grip60.
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July 27th, 2008
There have been lots of large-scale events happening in Seattle this week. From the Torchlight Parade to the Capitol Hill Block Party. A quick rundown of what the Block Party is:
“The Capitol Hill Block Party is an annual music festival that draws upon and showcases the best indie and underground rock in the US, with a special focus on Northwest artists. Launched 11 years ago, the Block Party has evolved into one of Seattle’s most anticipated outdoor music festivals. With over 50 bands on 4 stages, great food, and plenty of cheap beer, this is one of the best parties of the summer.”-The Stranger
Here are some Girl Talk songs to listen to while reading the post:
Girl Talk – No Pause (Feed The Animals Album)
Girl Talk – Play Your Part Pt. 1 (Feed The Animals Album)
July 18th, 2008
Here is a compilation of photos overlaid one another to show the color change and movement of the moon. The reason for the moon appearing orange in color is caused by the scattering of light in the atmosphere. When the moon is near the horizon, the moonlight must pass through much more atmosphere than when the moon is directly overhead. Dust and other particles also have a role in changing the color of the moon for that small period of time.