Daron Horwitz, president of Daddies Board Shop, took his longboard for a ride on Mt. Tabor, in Portland Oregon for the Willamette Week story, Very Hill, Much Speed. That dude was going soooo fast, almost impossible to get sharp at f2 with some motion blur. So we cheated a little bit on this one. Daron's longboard is actually rolling at a slow creep. The sun was right overhead for this one (notice his shadow, and the light on his back) so we needed a lot of juice to make this work. I used 1 Profoto B1 light with a zoom reflector and a 1/2 CTO warming filter just out of the frame to the left and directly in front of Daron. The camera (Canon 1dx) set to 1/15th of a second, ISO 50, F2, and I used an ND filter to balance the ambient exposure. With Daron holding his pose, I had him roll down hill slowly (about 5ft/second) and panned the camera right to left with him. The strong flash helped freeze Daron and expose his face, while the slow shutter gives a nice motion blur, creating the illusion of speed. Questions or comments about what goes on behind the scenes? Email us at email@example.com
Last fall NashCO (Leah Nash & Christopher Onstott) teamed up with Jan Sonnenmair to shoot a little NW soccer action for the New York Times Travel Section. Those Timbers Fans are not messing around. Many of them slept in line overnight to be the first ones in the stands. Not to mentions the costumes, the Timbers Army, the green smoke and those ubiquitous scarves. In some ways the fans are way more interesting to watch than the soccer itself (and way more fun to photograph). The game we shot they ended up beating the Sounders 1 to 0, which means the green smoke was flying. In a city with not a ton of professional sports options (and the Blazers will break our hearts every time) and not a ton of what I would call your typical sports fan, it is so amazing to see Portland rally around soccer.
Quite a 2013 for Reed College and NashCO. They got a new Performing Arts Building, we got to be there when the confetti was flying and along with a variety of amazing college students, classes and alumni events. We're really excited to see how they used our photos in all the Reed College collateral! You can see more of our college and university photography under the Learning Tab: College Life.