05/09/2015 Sandpoint at Lakeland (4A IEL Regional Softball Championship)

Sandpoint and Lakeland faced off in the 4A IEL Reginal Softball Championship game to see who would move on to the State Tournament the following week in Coeur d’Alene.  Sandpoint jumped out to a strong lead early but the Hawks rallied a comeback to win the game 12-8.  To view all of the galleries from the 2015 Softball Season, including this game, and to order prints please visit my website at this link: http://bit.ly/1ByLXFh

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Jason Duchow Photography is located in Oldtown, Idaho and does on location portraiture throughout Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington.   Jason specializes in environmental portrait photography often with the use of  dramatic lighting techniques and is also known for his freelance sports photography work for www.idahosports.com, The Coeur d’Alene Press, The Bonner County Daily Bee, Priest River Times, Newport Miner, Living Local and a handful of other newspapers and publications.

05/08/2015 IML Regional Track Meet

I was on hand to cover the second day of the 3A IML Regional Track Meet held at Timberlake High School.  Results from this meet can be found at Athletic.net.  For the complete galleries from this meet and to order prints visit my website at this link: http://bit.ly/1GRnq1J

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Jason Duchow Photography is located in Oldtown, Idaho and does on location portraiture throughout Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington.   Jason specializes in environmental portrait photography often with the use of  dramatic lighting techniques and is also known for his freelance sports photography work for www.idahosports.com, The Coeur d’Alene Press, The Bonner County Daily Bee, Priest River Times, Newport Miner, Living Local and a handful of other newspapers and publications.

2015 4A IEL Regional Tennis

I was able to make it to a handful of the 4A IEL Regional Tennis matches hosted by Sandpoint High School at various locations.  The meet featured tennis players from Sandpoint High School, Lakeland High School and Moscow High School.  For full galleries from this meet and to order prints please visit my website at this link: http://bit.ly/1FRTzUd

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Jason Duchow Photography is located in Oldtown, Idaho and does on location portraiture throughout Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington.   Jason specializes in environmental portrait photography often with the use of  dramatic lighting techniques and is also known for his freelance sports photography work for www.idahosports.com, The Coeur d’Alene Press, The Bonner County Daily Bee, Priest River Times, Newport Miner, Living Local and a handful of other newspapers and publications.

05/07/2015 Lacrosse (Coeur d’Alene at Lake City)

Cross town rivals Lake City and Coeur d’Alene faced off for the final time in the 2015 season.  Coeur d’Alene was the victor with a 9-5 final score.  For a full gallery of photos from this game and to order prints visit my website at this link: http://bit.ly/1dfJ5oq

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Jason Duchow Photography is located in Oldtown, Idaho and does on location portraiture throughout Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington.   Jason specializes in environmental portrait photography often with the use of  dramatic lighting techniques and is also known for his freelance sports photography work for www.idahosports.com, The Coeur d’Alene Press, The Bonner County Daily Bee, Priest River Times, Newport Miner, Living Local and a handful of other newspapers and publications.

2015 Idaho State cheer competiton

2015 Idaho State Dance and Cheer Competition

After taking over 100,000 photos and spending 150-200 hours editing, the 2015 Idaho State Dance and Cheer Competition galleries are finally finished!   I knew that covering this event was going to mean two very long days of photography and many hours of editing, but I did not expect it to take me a month and a half before I could finally write this blog post.  Now after going through the thousands of shots I culled it down to just under 31,000 photos to edit and publish.  I have a few things to say about the event and the work that went into covering it, but first let me mention that I am offering a screaming great deal on the photos from the event so if you were a competitor, parent or grandparent of a competitor please keep reading for the details.  Rocky Mountain High School dancers performing during the 2015 Idaho State Dance CompetitionIn my years of sports photography I have captured images of dance teams and cheerleaders at many different sporting events but this spring I had my first taste of the competitive side dance and cheer.   With most sports there are moments of peak action and often there is one or more athlete involved in that peak action.  I watch for those moments and react to them in an attempt to capture an image or series of images that are compelling and interesting.  Most often these moments are somewhat predictable and the better you know the sport the easier it is to follow and anticipate what is going to happen.  Even with sports like Soccer and Lacrosse where there is constant play there is plenty of time in between peak action when I am not taking photos.  Dance and Cheer, on the other hand, is not like that at all.Kellogg Cheerleader performing at the state cheer competition

The official rules of the dance routines state that the routine has to be 2-3 minutes long.  For Cheer three out of the four kinds of routines of have a maximum time limit of 1 minutes and the show routines have a maximum time limit of 2 minutes and 30 seconds.  My goal at an event like this is to capture at least one or more great images of every single dancer or cheerleader but the tricky thing is I only have 1 to 3 minutes to make sure that happens.  This is in no way an easy task; it means holding my camera to my eye constantly scanning the court back and forth and firing away like a mad man trying to make sure that during every pass I at least attempt to photograph every performer.

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One thing that I did to help capture as many images as possible was to set up a remote camera with a wide angle lens. This camera was triggered by a remote placed on the camera in my hand which allowed me to get close up shots and wide angle shots at the same time.  Here is an example of how I was able to isolate a single cheerleader in midair with one camera while also capturing the entire context of the moment with my remotely triggered camera.

20150321-JD1_5778-2Since this was my first ever Dance and Cheer competition I was so very grateful for how helpful the event coordinators were to work with.  Julie Hammons, the Event Director and Lisa Hahle, the Co-Event Director were genuinely glad to have me there and were so very helpful to me.  I also enjoyed the fleeting moments between routines when I was able to chat with the judges.  I learned a lot from them which in turn helped me to do a better job behind the camera.2015 Idaho Dance competition

I really enjoyed being a part of the event and I would love to cover it again in the future but now it is time to see if the hundreds of hours I have spent on the project were a worthwhile investment and whether or not covering it again in the future is a viable business decision.   If you or someone you love was a part of this event and you think this was a worthwhile use of my time you can cast your vote by placing an order for prints or digital copies.  As I mentioned in the opening paragraph I also have a super great, all inclusive digital package that may be the best value I have ever offered. You can check out the details for that below.

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All Inclusive Digital Package

For the 2015 State Dance and Cheer competition I am offering all of the photos of your dance or cheer team’s competitions and awards as a digital download for only $199.  This download link for the photos can be shared with every member of your team so that means that everyone on the team gets to have their own copies to keep and treasure forever.  You can split the cost between teammates or purchase the package as a gift to share with your team.   Below you will find a link to view all of the photo galleries on my website where you can view and order individual photos as well as a link to purchase the complete package.  If you have any questions or need any assistance you can contact me through the contact link at the top of the page.

Links:  View the Galleries  /  Purchase the Package

Now for some more images from the competition

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10/25/2013 Football: Coeur d’Alene at Lake City

Here are a few photos from the Varsity football game between Coeur d’Alene High School and Lake City High School.  For the full gallery and to order prints visit my website at this link:  Full Gallery Link

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Jason Duchow Photography is located in Oldtown, Idaho and does on location portraiture throughout Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington.   Jason specializes in environmental portrait photography often with the use of  dramatic lighting techniques and is also known for his freelance sports photography work for www.idahosports.com, The Coeur d’Alene Press, The Bonner County Daily Bee, Priest River Times, Newport Miner, Sandpoint Living Local and a handful of other newspapers and publications.