Just me messing around with street photography and hockey photography during a trip to Washington D.C.
Thanks to Richie Martinez and the whole 10th Planet family for letting me shoot your tournament!
Hi, my name is Andrew...and I used to play lacrosse. I know, I know. Lacrosse is known as a sport that wealthy, white, douchey, frat bros play. However, if you look at the sport itself and not the type of people that stereotypically play it, it is awesome. It is fast, exciting and it's one of the only sports that encourages you to hit people with a stick. It's great.
Fast forward a decade and lacrosse is still a big part of my life: I work for a production company that films college lacrosse games (shout out to TVX Video. 619, represent!!!) At a recent tournament, I had some time to kill in between games that I was filming so pulled out my camera and started shooting.
Hey, y'all. This is my first post in a long time. Life got busy and the blog had to take a back seat. But in that time, I've been shooting photos so there should be more posts in the next few weeks.
Anyway, before my life got busy, I was able to visit my home town Roseburg, Oregon. "Is that close to Portland?" That is a great question, hypothetical reader. No, it's not close to Portland. It's a small logging town in southwestern Oregon. And when I say it's a small town, I mean it's a redneck, Toby-Keith-loving, cow-tipping, I-have-never-left-this-county-in-my-life, small town.
It's also a beautiful place to live. Nestled in a steep, tree covered valley, Roseburg is about an hour from the ocean and an hour from the Cascade mountains. To me it's still home and I love going back whenever I can.
A few weeks ago my buddy invited me to shoot a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) tournament . I'm always down to try something new and I have a casual interest in BJJ and MMA. Yeah, why not shoot it.
It was a very different experience than what I'm used to shooting. I usually photograph action sports which take place outside with a decent amount of light, the action is relatively fast and the actions of the athletes are predictable (they are going to hit a jump, go over an obstacle or do a trick roughly the same way). The BJJ tournament was inside with bad light, the action was slow relative to action sports and it is much harder to predict what the athletes where going to do. It was definitely a challenge that pushed me outside of my comfort zone.
The apocalypse has begun. All of Southern California is either underwater, under a landslide, washed out to sea or sinking into the depths of the Earth. This is a sign from God. It is the End Times. We. Are. Doomed. But...
...snow is dumping in the mountains right now. As of this writing, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit resorts have received thirty inches of powder in the last forty eight hours and it is still coming down. Even the smaller resorts are benefiting from this biblical amount of precipitation. In light of these historic storms, I thought it was the perfect time to share my first attempts at snowboard and ski photography.
My primary reason for getting on the slopes was to actually snowboard, not to take pictures. I only shot for about 30 minutes at the end of the day. I had a few ideas for different jumps and jibs (log, rails, walls, boxes) but as the day turned into evening, fewer and fewer riders where hitting the park. So I only shot at one jump.
Note: My camera and lighting set up was my Canon T3i with a Rokinon 8mm fisheye and a speedlight being triggered by a radio slave on a tripod. My shutter speed was 1/250. If I shot any faster my camera and my flash would be out of sync. I also curated and edited these photos as I normally would and I threw in a few extra pictures of the drive up and the bros. It's not always about shredding the gnar.
The biggest variable in all of this was the riders. Because my flash is very narrow, I had to guess where they were going to be in the air. The problem is that all of them took different trajectories so aiming the flash was almost useless. They also did different tricks so taking the picture at the height of the trick was a challenge. In hindsight, I should have chosen a rail or box to shoot instead of the jump. That way I could have a better idea of where the riders where going to be in the frame.
These are photos ok for my first time and I learned a lot. I am definitely stoked to get back up to the mountain and get some killer shots.
Very rarely do I shoot macro photography. Honestly, I know very little about the "rules" of macro photography. I usually find something that I think is interesting and shoot. All of these photos were shot with an old Minolta 50mm lens held in front of my camera body until the focal plane is where I wanted it to be.
Fun evening session at Ted's. My buddy Joe and I met with some other riders and had a good time. We also learned how the infamous bunker jumps (R.I.P.) came to be. No, it wasn't built by a pro team. No, some dude didn't hire immigrants to build them. It was one guy with a shovel, some sandbags and a ton of ambition.