Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Another One Bites The Dust

So another cell phone has gone belly up on me. Not sure how many cellphones I've had over the years but it's been a few. I guess it was for the best because I was outgrowing that phone really quickly. I guess I just held on to it a little bit too long. It was a good little phone though.

My new Blackberry

So I decided to get a Blackberry. I also looked at the Treo line. I thought about the features I needed and the Blackberry fit the bill. One of the more important features was being able to use the phone as a modem for my laptop. I never know where the next assignment will take me. Once in a while there can be internet connection problems at the venue where I'm shooting. Or there is no connection at all. Being able to transmit from almost anywhere allows me to accept more assignments. I could use my previous phone to connect to the internet with my laptop but that was using Sprints Vision plan and it gave me dial up speeds. The Blackberry is on a data plan so it's pretty fast. The one thing i need to do is get it working with my iBook. I got it working on a Windows laptop but not my Mac. I'll figure it out real soon though.

On a side note, I updated My Sportsshooter Page with some images from a softball game I shot Tuesday. Take a look.

Monday, May 28, 2007

It's Been Too Long

I really hate it when I can't post anything to the blog. Either I'm busy or just plain lazy. This time it's been a little of both. I will try to get caught up a little with this post. Can't put everything I've been up to here, just some.

I had a really cool assignment. Probably the best one I've ever had. I got a call one Thursday night at about 10PM from a woman in Arizona looking for a photographer for her friend, Chris. Chris was flying in to Portland the following day to meet his biological mother for the first time. She lives in Portland but was flying in from Italy. He was put up for adoption 39 years ago. This is stuff that I see on TV and thought it would be great to be a part of this. The hard part was getting through the gate without a boarding pass. Chris was a smooth talker and somehow got me through. It was really a treat to witness this. I wish I had an assistant for this but it was very last minute. The lighting in the airport is horrible. Chris, when you come back to Portland give me a call.

Shot some golf........

Some tennis.......

Shot some little 9 year old baseball tournament.......

I shot some HS playoff baseball and playoff softball on the same day.....

And I just got back home Saturday after spending 2 days shooting the WIAA Track Championships in Pasco, WA....

I did some other shoots for NSP and for some newspapers and a little assisting. I will try to do a better job keeping the updates current on the blog. My next mission is to update my sportsshooter page....with some good images this time! Shooting OSAA HS State Championship baseball this week. Hope I get some good stuff there.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Evening shoot

A few shots from a shoot I did Monday evening.

Wasted Day

I had to take a 3 hour drive to Seattle on Monday to shoot some teams at a high school. When I get close to the school I notice a few school buses pulled off to the side of the road and a cop car blocking the road leading to the school. I found out that 2 schools were on lock of them happen to be the school I needed to get to. So it turned out that I wasn't going to do the shoot so I made the 3 hour trip back home. Talk about a wasted day. 6 hours in the car and not one click of the shutter. To make things worse I have to fill my gas tank up over $3.00 a gallon it's killing my wallet. Something definitely will have to change. It was a really nice day out and I couldn't take DeShaun to the park or anything. I was really tired after all that driving. I took him to IHOP instead and got him a Rooty Jr. with a big strawberry shake to make up for not being able to take him out.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Quickie Portrait

A recent portrait of some pole vaulters I took during a track meet for the paper. Lit with one speedlight on a monopod, held by one of the kids dad.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Kite Night

Took DeShaun to the park Sunday evening to fly his kite. We have been to the park a few times to fly the kite but the wind just didn't cooperate. This time was different. We got a good wind and got the kite up pretty high. Then DeShaun lost interest and wanted to play on the play structure. This image was taken after the kite was put back in the trunk. A church group with a ton of kids came to the park so DeShaun had MANY kids to play with. I wanted to get a picture of him with his kite....I was lucky to get this one image of him.