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.

2015 Idaho State cheer competiton

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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Lake City vs. Rocky Mountain Boys Basketball

2013 Idaho Boys State Basketball Tournament – Day 1

This year I once again had the privilege of covering the Idaho Boys State Basketball Tournament for IdahoSports.com.  I was at the Idaho Center in Nampa for the 5A bracket on the first day.  Click on the heading of each game for the full gallery or view all of my 2013 Idaho Boys State Basketball galleries at this link: http://bit.ly/13qWySI

 Rocky Mountain (61) vs. Lake City (33)

Matt Grooms was the high scorer for Rocky Mountain with 15 followed by EJ Boyce with 14 and John Sherle with 13.  Chuckie Adams scored 8 and JJ Winger had 6 for Lake City.

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Highland (57) vs. Capital (56)

High Scorers for Highland Rams were Austin Andreasen with 16, Ben Stephens with 14 and Stefan Gonzalez with 12.  For the Golden Tarik Littlejohn with 11.

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Borah (54) vs. Madison (43)

The Loins of Borah were led by Junior and three year starter Isaiah Wright with 21, Cody Spjute added 14 and Zak Studebaker 9.  Lyle Sutton was the leading scorer for the Madison Bobcats with 18 followed by Stockton Berry with 14.

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Mountain View (44) vs. Post Falls (34)

Mountain View’s Tanner Percifeld scored more than half of the Mavericks points with 24, Kody Olson pitched in 9 and Randal Robinson added 7.  Nick Hall led the Trojans with 9, Max McCullough and Keaton Corr both scored 6.

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

2013 Idaho Girls State Basketball Tournament – Day 2

My second day of covering the 2013 Idaho Girls State Basketball Tournament for IdahoSports.com brought me to Skyview High School in Nampa for the 3A Division.  Below is a photographic recap of the 4 games, click on the heading for the complte gallery of each game or for all of the galleries from my the 2013 State Tournament visit my website at this link: http://bit.ly/UkgCBT

Bonners Ferry (45) vs. Priest River (35) – Overtime

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Marsh Valley (46) vs. Homedale (33)

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Snake River (33) vs. Parma (32)

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Filer (47) vs. Sugar Salem (21)

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

2013 Idaho Girls State Basketball Tournament – Day 1

I always look forward to making the trip south the the Boise area in February for both the Idaho Girls State Basketball Tournament as well as the Boys Tournament.   This year my first day of coverage for IdahoSports.com brought me to the Idaho Center in Nampa to cover the 5A games.  Below is a photographic recap of the 4 games, click on the heading for the complte gallery of each game or for all of the galleries from my the 2013 State Tournament visit my website at this link: http://bit.ly/UkgCBT

Post Falls (50) vs. Mt. View (28)

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Highland (63) vs. Meridian (39)

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Capital (42) vs. Madison (31)

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Coeur d’Alene (55) vs. Rocky Mountain (36)

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

2013 Battle of the Buck – Stop Motion Style Video

For the third year in a row I was able to make it to the Battle of the Buck spirit games between Priest River High School and Timberlake High School.  This time around I decided to cover the event a little different than normal.  With all of the activity of the crowd and the fun of the different competitions I decided to photograph the event with the intention of putting together a stop motion style video.  In all I used over 7,000 photos to make a video a little less than 10 minutes long.  I would not normally produce a video of this nature that was more than 4 or 5 minutes long, but since I was producing this to record the entire event for those that took part I decided not to cut it down.

Jason Duchow Photography is located near Priest River and Sandpoint Idaho and serves throughout Idaho and Eastern Washington.   Jason specializes in on location portrait photography and often employs the the use of dramatic lighting techniques to create his distinctive style.   Jason also does freelance work providing top quality sports photography for www.idahosports.com, The Coeur d’Alene Press, The Bonner County Daily Bee, Priest River Times, Newport Miner, Sandpoint Newsline and a handful of other newspapers and publications.

2013 Moose Madness

Last night it was time once again for the annual Moose Madness spirit games between Sandpoint High School and Bonners Ferry High School.  This event features a variety of different competitions and one of the few things that is taken into consideration for the winning school is the score of the two basketball games that serve as the backdrop of the games.  After the scores of the dance team, cheer leading  fan spirit, stop and moose call competitions were tallied it was Bonners Ferry that was able to hold up the moose antlers in victory.  To view all the photos from this event visit my website at this link: http://bit.ly/W6cOko.


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Jason Duchow Photography is located near Priest River and Sandpoint Idaho and serves throughout Idaho and Eastern Washington.   Jason specializes in on location portrait photography and often employs the the use of dramatic lighting techniques to create his distinctive style.   Jason also does freelance work providing top quality sports photography for www.idahosports.com, The Coeur d’Alene Press, The Bonner County Daily Bee, Priest River Times, Newport Miner, Sandpoint Newsline and a handful of other newspapers and publications.

 

12/14/2012 – West Valley at Sandpoint (JV & Varsity)

Last night Spokane Valley’s West Valley High School traveled to Sandpoint to take on the Bulldogs.  I was on hand for the Girls JV, Girls Varsity and Boys Varsity games.  Below you will find a selection of photos from these three games, for more photos and to order prints visit my website at one of these links.

Full Galleries:  JV Girls  /  Varsity Girls  /  Varsity Boys  /  All 2012-2013 Basketball Galleries

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09/08/2012 – Mercer Island at Coeur d’Alene (JV and Varsity Football)

On Saturday the Coeur d’Alene Viking JV and Varsity football teams played the Mercer Island Islanders from the Seattle area.  I was very excited for these games, partly because I knew there would be some great action but mostly because I would be able to enjoy the rare treat of shooting a Varsity Football game during daylight hours!  The lights that they use at Viking Stadium for night games are probably the best and brightest in North Idaho, but they cannot compete with daylight!  Below you will find some shots from each game as well as links to the full galleries where you can view all the photos from each game and order your own prints or digital files!

Full Galleries:  All 2012 Football Galleries   /   JV Game    /   Varsity Game

Halftime featured a performance by the Viking Dance Team as well as some Junior Tackle action on the field.

To finish up check out this sequence, it took a awesome effort for the Islanders Matt Orehek to pull down this catch in the middle of great coverage by Coeur d’Alene’s  Jackson Carslon (7) and Hayden Sharp (23).

You can also read about the game in Ryan Collingwood’s Monday Morning Notebook on  VarsityCDA.com

2012 Idaho State Boys Basketball Tournament (Day 3)

On the third day of the 2012 Idaho State Boys Basketball Tournament coverage for IdahoSports.com  I covered the 1AD2 3rd place game and consolation championship at Caldwell High School.  Here are some photos from each game.

Consolation Championship – Salmon River (62) vs. Sho-Ban (51)

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Leonard Edmo, Sho-Ban & Ethan Couie, Salmon River

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3rd Place Game – Castleford (39) vs. Dietrich (40)

 

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For more photos from these games and the entire State Tournament visit my website at this link: http://bit.ly/zZ5kWk