Friday, April 16, 2010

Nike Hoop Summit, USA vs World

The annual Nike Hoop Summit basketball game, held at Rose Garden arena in Portland, features teams that consist of the best highschool players in the US vs a team of the best 19-and-under players from around the world. The game was full of great action, with the US team coming back from a 15 point deficit to win the game, 101-97.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Chris Dudley for Oregon Governor

The annual Dorchester Conference is a GOP rally, that pumps up the party's constituents and candidates for upcoming elections. This year's conference, held in Seaside, was host to the first formal debate of the Republican's candidates for Oregon's Gubernatorial race, which includes former NBA star, and Portland Trailblazer, Chris Dudley. Dudley's performance was strong, and well coached. He faced Alan Alley and John Lim in the debates, and held his own on most topics. It'll be interesting to see how he plays as the election process moves forward, certainly he's a favorite in the GOP camp.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Michael Bublé

Every concert is different. Different styles of music, different stage lighting, different shooting positions. All of that factors in to how I make photos of the performance. Usually none is too big of a challenge, usually. On this shoot however, one nuisance did pop up that distracted me a bit. For this show, as with most shows, I had the first three songs to get my job done. Around the middle of song two, all of a sudden, some dude starts barking in my ear to sit down. He'd gotten up out of his seat a few rows behind me (I was at row 15) to come and tell me that he couldn't see the show from his very expensive seat because I was in his way (notice in the first photo that most everyone was sitting in their seats, rather than standing). I told him who I was, what I was doing, how long I'd be there, and that this is the spot that Bublé's people had assigned me to. That didn't appease him, as he kept hassling me, so I did my best to ignore him. He continued. That's when the security guard positioned next to me got up and escorted him back to his very expensive seat. For pete's sake... stand for a couple songs dude, it's a concert!

Other than that, it was a great shoot. It was the second time I've shot Bublé, who is a fantastic performer. He belts out those amazing croons and skiddybobs about the stage like a true pro, taking time to interact with the crowd here and there. Great stage lighting too, makes my job easy. He even had some pyrotechnics to start the show off right. Just wish his fans were a little less high-maintenance.

Friday, April 2, 2010

WWE Monday Night Raw

This is always a blast to shoot; lots of dramatic action, pretty lights, and a rowdy crowd that's very much into the moment. Not being a huge wrestling entertainment fan, it's always a challenge deciphering who's who, and what the story lines are. A no-brainer though as far as where to train my lens, constant action. All night they kept plugging the main event bout between Mr. McMahon and John Cena. In typical "bad guy" fashion, McMahon let 4 other wrestlers beat Cena down before he jumped in the ring and held him down for the 3 count. I guess that's the benefit of being the big cheese, rarely is his back to the mat.