The Sandpoint High School deadline for Senior Photos is only a couple of days away so this week has had it’s share of last minute senior sessions. Today I went out with Brayden, our goal was to get one particular shot today for the yearbook and then we will do a full blown senior session a bit later in the year. This one shot needed to incorporate much about Brayden, his cymbals, his didgeridoo and if you know Brayden you know the hat had to be in there somewhere! We found a great spot, asked the owner if we could borrow their front yard for a quick photos shoot and then we worked the shot until we had it just right. It was not as easy as you would think, that pesky sun was very bright but with the help of Brayden’s grandmother doing some “Subtractive lighting” for me and a couple of flashes at full power we were able to get the right exposure. Alright, enough words about the shot, here it is . . .
Tyler and I arrived at Memorial Field in Sandpoint at the brink of dusk to shoot some dramatic football themed senior photos. We had to work quickly to be able to get some shots of the victory bell in the background before it became too dark to capture it adequately.
After dark we had the opportunity to do some fun lighting . . .
At the end of our we set up some of my favorite shots of the evening, I put a couple of flashes in the stands to use as a background. It is very possible that this is the last football season that those stands will be there so years from now I am sure Tyler will look back with fond memories of those stands that have seated thousands of fans for many years.
For the final photo of this post I compiled a Senior Poster mixing together a great shot from our time together and a couple of photos from the last two football seasons.
The second week of the fall High School sports season was a busy one. Soccer was the main sport this last, I covered 9 games this last week, 7 varsity and 2 JV. Also on the schedule was some football, with a JV game at Lakeland and the Post Falls vs. Lewiston varsity game. Here are some shots from the week along with links to the galleries where you can see all the photos.
08/22/2011 Varsity Girls Soccer – Moscow at Lake City
The full gallery from this game can be located at this link: http://bit.ly/n2IHx8
08/23/2011 Varsity Girls Soccer – St. Maries at Priest River
The full gallery from this game can be located at this link: http://bit.ly/qoj2CB
08/22/2011 Varsity Boys Soccer – Lewiston at Post Falls
The full gallery from this game can be located at this link: http://bit.ly/nWNTS1
08/24/2011 Junior Varsity Girls Soccer – Lewiston at Sandpoint
The full gallery from this game can be located at this link:http://bit.ly/qiCAOQ
08/24/2011 Junior Varsity Boys Soccer – Lewiston at Sandpoint
The full gallery from this game can be located at this link: http://bit.ly/oRg48X
08/24/2011 Varsity Girls Soccer – Lewiston at Sandpoint
The full gallery from this game can be located at this link: http://bit.ly/mVMBsj
08/24/2011 Varsity Boys Soccer – Lewiston at Sandpoint
The full gallery from this game can be located at this link: http://bit.ly/nqyDo9
08/25/2011 Varsity Boys Soccer – Lakeland at Lake City
The full gallery from this game can be located at this link: http://bit.ly/pNjbxO
08/25/2011 Varsity Boys Soccer – Bonners Ferry at Coeur d’Alene
The full gallery from this game can be located at this link: http://bit.ly/ocgxtP
08/25/2011 JV Football – Lake City at Lakeland
The full gallery from this game can be located at this link: http://bit.ly/pNjbxO
08/26/2011 Varsity Football – Lewiston at Post Falls
The full gallery from this game can be located at this link: http://bit.ly/oqnV9Z
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By the looks of the forecast and the rain clouds in the sky I thought for sure that I would have to postpone my photo shoot with this family, but I was wrong. The oldest of the three boys would soon be heading off to the Army and the almost impossible task of getting the whole family in one place at the same time had been accomplished, so come rain of shine this photo shoot was on. We did have to make some adjustments due to the rain but we found a place under a large tree to get a few group shots and then the rain let up just long enough for us to venture out from under the tree’s protection for a few more shots.
If you are trapped under a tree for your family photos, why not take advantage and “Family Tree” photo!
Of course the rain clouds did make for an interesting and dramatic sky, which we took advantage of!
I know it feels like summer has barely started, but July is almost over and August is right around the corner. That means that the fall high school sports season is not far away! I recently downloaded fall season calendars for a number of the North Idaho teams and am beginning to formulate my plans for what games and teams I am going to be shooting this season. I shoot freelance for a number of Northern Idaho papers as well as for idahosports.com, but as a freelancer I usually get to decide what games I am going to be covering.
Over the last year I have received quite a few requests from parents and athletes to come and photograph different games and teams and have tried to accommodate those requests as much as possible. With many athletes and teams requesting photography I thought that I might publish a few tips. So, how do you increase the odds of having Jason Duchow Photography show up to photograph your games? I have two easy to remember tips.
1. Bribe me! Yes, I can be bought! Food is often tempting, but for those of you that recognize me you know I don’t need any more goodies! Feel free, however, to offer me large sums of money!
2. Buy prints or downloads! This works kind of like the bribe, except it requires only small sums of money and you get high quality prints and high resolution digital files to keep forever!
One more bonus tip. Grab last year’s prints before the new school year starts. Last year’s sports seasons will soon be completely lost in the dust of the new school year, cruise on over and get your prints from the 2010-2011 seasons before that happens! Here is a link!
Here is to a great 2011-2012 sports season, I am looking forward to seeing some great action this year through one eye pressed hard against my viewfinder!
This last weekend I attended and photographed my first Hoopfest. Thank you to everyone that helped me figure out the teams that would be there, I wish I could have gotten photos of every one of them, but unfortunately that was physically impossible! This blog post features a few of my favorite photos from the day as well as a video at the bottom of the post. Look for the link to the entire gallery below the video.
Check out the video. If you have a fast internet connection you can watch it full screen in full HD!
To see the rest of the photos and to order your own prints or digital downloads visit the gallery here
This afternoon I met with Kyle and Kelsey, cousins from Priest River to shoot some portraits of them. The sky was dramatic which I really liked, but unfortunately it did not hold on to it’s payload for very long. We were able to get a few shots and then the wind blew over one of my light stands, right into the dirt of the baseball infield. As we were cleaning it up the snow began to fall and in the distance it was clear it was only going to get worse. So, once again this week I have another photo shoot that had to conclude only shortly after it began! I am looking forward to getting together with these guys again soon to finish up what we started, here is a look at a few of the shots we were able to get before getting snowed out!
This afternoon I published a little teaser on my facebook page for today’s blog post, if you did not see it here it is for your viewing pleasure:
That is right, today’s blog post is about Jim Low, Web Slinger.
There is a story involved here and of course stories, to be rightly understood, require context. If you want to properly interpret the following photos you have to read the story, otherwise you might come up with some very wrong ideas about Jim. . . . . . trust me, that is not a good thing!
We saw in the first blog post, “The Many Faces of Jim“, that Jim is a young man with exactly that, many faces, some might even say many different personalities. We found out in the second blog post about Jim, “The Jim Low Band“, that he has a musical side. Here is another peek at that side of Mr. Low, caught almost in the act of carving “The Jim Low Band” into the wall of an abandoned building:
He looks so innocent, but we know the truth!
Yet another personality of Jim is the one that I came to know him by. I have spend the last few months photographing many of the North Idaho basketball games, including those of the Priest River Spartans. While capturing a Priest River game there was one thing I could always count on, if Jim was there I would always see “The Jim Low Point”. It just was not the same if Jim was not there to point his finger in my direction during a game, something kind of like this:
So what about this other personality of Jim? What is this Web Slinger thing I began the post with? You did not know it but Jim is also your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man! Oh but wait, before the proof of this claim I must continue the story. Just as the Spider-Man you have grown to know and love has an alter ego, that of Peter Parker, so too Jim Low is the alter ego of Priest River’s own Spidey! Here is an example of the fairly reserved, slightly dorky, Jim Low that we all know and love. Yes, I know he is not really reserved and slightly dorky, but work with me here, after all this is fiction!
Ahhh, now isn’t that cute! You look at Jim here and you know that this guy could never be North Idaho’s famed crime fighter, he has cheeks that you just want to reach out and pinch, gently of course because you don’t want to hurt him! Oh, but there is so much more to Jim! Inside of this mild mannered high school student there is a stoic and brave superhero, courageously defending the poor and helpless and standing up for Truth, Justice and the American Way! (Oh no, I think I just stole Superman’s line, oh well on with the photograph)
Pretty intimidating isn’t he? Who would have known Jim was this cool!
You might have thought that the “Jim Low Point” was only for basketball games, but sure enough there is so much more to that index finger, it is actually the part of Jim’s body that is responsible for those famed Spidey senses! You thought all those points were just a pose for his photo, but all along he was using it as a disguise to employ his super hero senses to find out if any one was in trouble and in need of help. Wow, ingenious if you ask me, almost as brilliant as Clark Kent’s glasses!
Not only is Jim a fearless warrior, there is a softer side to this champion. He has a warm and compassionate side too, one that reaches out to those in need. Always willing to lend a hand to the helpless and downtrodden!
And now, the evidence that you have been waiting for. The photographic proof that Jim Low is indeed “The Amazing Spider-Man”, here he is caught red . . . . I mean web-handed!
Well folks, that is today’s story. But that does not mean that there are not more photos to view. Here are a couple more that I simply did not take the time to work into the story line:
Here is the second installment of photos from my session with Jim. Did you know that Jim is a musician? No, he does not actually play little kid’s instruments like in the last blog post ! Here are a couple of photos with Jim’s prop of choice, his recording microphone.
Now, how about a future album cover?
And of course we need a few promo shots of the band’s front man . . . .
That’s enough for tonight, tomorrow I will work on editing and publishing Jim’s favorite shots of the day for the grand finale!
Today Jim and I set out to do some testing of some new lighting equipment that I had not yet tried in the field. We set out to get our testing done quickly and then just have some fun playing around. Well, we ended up with some really cool images that I can hardly wait to share, but for tonight I am going to share some of the goofy ones. Here are the many faces of Jim, starting with his band!
Now with a little more psychedelic flair added to it.
Good thing Jim had plenty of friends to hang out with while he waits for the bus.
“Oh Jim”, calls out mom
“Yes mommy dearest”, replies Jim
“Time to take out the garbage.”
“Now worries ma, Jim, Jim, Jim, Jim and Jim already took care of it!”
This last one makes me think of the classic song, “Stop in the name of Jim”.