Winner #1 – Sarah Morse

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 703 Liker Giveaway, the response was truly amazing!  Thank you to all of the new Facebook Likers, please feel free to help spread the word about Jason Duchow Photography so we can reach another “interesting number” and have another fun contest.  If you missed the post on facebook then you might not know how the final results panned out.  In Sandpoint the winner was Natasha Roop, Priest River saw Tyler Douglas run away with a poster, Newport’s Sarah Morse is celebrating in victory and the winning voter was Morgan Bach.  Tonight I finished the first of the Senior Posters, since Newport’s Senior Night is less than a week away I started with Sarah’s poster.  The poster has been sent off to the printer, but you don’t have to wait for the print to see the poster, here is a peek at Sarah’s winnings:

703 “Liker” Giveaway!

My Pastor, Jim Osman, seemed to think that it was a strange thing that I chose the 703 number for a contest.  His response does not surprise me, I think he is a neat and tidy kind of guy and 703 is just kind of messy!  So, why did I choose 703?  Here are two reasons; First, the facebook numbers always seem to change, I can have 700 fans one minute and 698 the next so I simply don’t trust that there are 700 “Likers” until it reaches 703;  Second, and most importantly, I just thought that 703 was more interesting than 700.

The contest is simple, I am going to give away a Senior Poster to one senior from each of the three High Schools that I photograph regularly, Sandpoint High School, Priest River High School and Newport High School.   Below is a list of all of the seniors, in the comments section on the bottom of this post please vote for one senior from each school.  Also, might I suggest at this point that perhaps some of those seniors might want to leave a comment and tell you why you should vote for them.

The answer to some expected FAQ’s:  Yes, you can vote for yourself.  Yes you can campaign for more votes, share the link on Facebook, Myspace, twitter or e-mail it and recruit your friends to vote for you, but also let them know that they MUST be a “Liker” on facebook to be eligible for the next part of the giveaway.

There is one more giveaway in this contest!  If you are a “Liker” of Jason Duchow Photography on facebook and vote for at least one senior you will be entered into a drawing.  The winner of that drawing will win their choice of the following: 1 custom poster of the athlete of your choice, any athlete from any sport*.  1 8×10 print from the Landscape galleries. or 1 $40 gift code redeemable on for prints from sporting events or from past or future custom portrait session.

Now, the list of athletes to choose from for your voting:

To close, I just want to once again thank all of you who have been so supportive of me and my work, I am very appreciative!  Now go ahead and vote, remember you have to be a “Liker” on the facebook page to qualify for the drawing, if you are not yet a fan or “Liker” of the Jason Duchow Photography page visit it here and click the “Like” button at the top of the page.

Senior Posters – Basketball

We are right in the middle of the High School basketball season, but before you know it “Senior Night”, the night of the last regular season home game will be upon us.  For senior night one of the traditions of many schools is that the seniors will create and display a senior poster for people to view at that last game.   I thought it might be fun to come up with a few of my own.  I randomly picked a few seniors, here is what I came up with.

This first one features Priest River Senior Guard Jaden Barrett.

For this one I could not find a vector graphic that even closely resembled the Spartan mascot of Priest River so I decided I needed to spend the time to make my own replica of the one that is displayed in the PRLHS gym.

Next is Sandpoint Senior Wing Cole Fuhrman

No, I did not create that bulldog graphic, I bit the bullet and forked out the money to buy one with an unlimited reproduction license.

Lastly check out the poster of Sandpoint Senior Guard Erik Nikssarian . . . .
Eric, the Basketball Roster spells your name Erik but on facebook you have it Eric, I concluded that you probably spelled your own name right when you created your facebook account, but if I I concluded wrong let me know and I will fix it!

When I took this shot I remember seeing this lane open up and Eric bursting through it, I used an effect to try to give him the same sense of motion that I saw through the lens of my camera.  Whether or not I was successful, you be the judge.

The Beach In Black and White (Sandpoint Photographer)

Over the Christmas and New Years break break my family and I have been near the coast in Northern California visiting family.  On the last day of our visit we had a bright ad sunny day to go and visit the beach together.   Of course I brought my camera!   After a short time at the beach I decided to give myself an assignment, that assignment was to use the harsh direct sun light to create some dramatic lighting for some black and white photos.  Here are a few of  my favorites from the day.

Here is the favorite of grandma Juju and great grandma Pat.  I was seeing spots for a while and had difficulty focusing (my eyes) after shooting a few into the sun, but it created a fun effect and some interesting lens flare.

Originally I was planning on focusing my black and white venture on landscapes, as you can see my focus shifted quickly to my kids!  But, none the less, here is one landscape photo to round out the post.