Archive for October, 2008

Long Range Trigger

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.

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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?

Downtown Throwdown

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.

Urban Snowboarding
Urban Snowboarding
Urban Snowboarding
Urban Snowboarding
Urban Snowboarding

To see more photos check out YoBeat’s Article and Jared Souney’s Blog Post.

A day of Substance: Moving Day & Nacho Challenge

October 23rd, 2008

Our Friends over at Substance seem to be having some fun. They just moved into the new Substance Head Quarters. Some of their moving day was captured via flip cam.

Substance Moving Day from Substance on Vimeo.

Nacho Challenge
All moved in and now they’re off to the Substance Nacho Challenge. I’m not sure if this was fun in the end, or if this was torture, but some things to know before you watch:
– Cory, Shaun and Erin are the competitors.
– Each container of nachos was from 711.
– There is no way these nachos tasted great.

The Nacho Challenge from Substance on Vimeo.

Canon goes Avril

October 22nd, 2008

Canon Canada seems to be taking a new approach by teaming up with Avril Lavigne. Why Avril? There are so many other well known people that would appeal to a larger audience.

Go to and you can sign up for their photo contest and possibly win some goods.

Adobe CS4 Suite Now Shipping

October 20th, 2008

CS4 Applications
Photoshop CS4’s new Adjustments panel (Screenshot courtesy Adobe)

Today Adobe has announced the availability of Photoshop CS 4 and the entire Creative Suite 4. It features a tabbed interface, enhanced color correction and non-destructive editing tools. After using Photoshop CS4, I noticed quite a bit of areas where they speed things up. The interface is also much smoother and fluid than CS3.

Here are a list of things to look for in Photoshop CS4:
-Smoother panning and zooming and fluid canvas rotation
-Adjustments panel
-Auto-blending of images
-Improved Adobe Photoshop Lightroom workflow
-Masks panel
-Better raw image processing (for us Photogs)
-Extended depth of field
-Content-Aware Scaling (this is very cool)
-Ability to work with 3D objects with one Click

Check out all of these features and more.

Also available today are the following: Photoshop® CS4, Photoshop CS4 Extended, InDesign® CS4, Illustrator® CS4, Flash CS4 Professional, Dreamweaver®CS4, Fireworks® CS4, Contribute® CS4, After Effects® CS4, Adobe Premiere® Pro CS4, Encore® CS4, Soundbooth® CS4 and Adobe OnLocation™ CS4. Pricing for the new programs is available at Adobe’s online store.

Chase Jarvis Book Signing

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.

Chase Jarvis Event At REI
Chase Jarvis Event At REI
Chase Jarvis Event At REI
Chase Jarvis Event At REI
Chase Jarvis Event At REI
Chase Jarvis Event At REI
Chase Jarvis Event At REI

YouTube Preview Image 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

Xrite Color & Hue Test

October 10th, 2008

Xrite Hue Test

Prior to taking this test I was unsure if I could distinguish between some of the color chips. Now that I know I’m able to see the hues correctly, I’m curious who else can.

Take the Test

Post your results in the comments.