Michael Allen Harrison benefit concert for the Franciscan Spiritual Center featuring Julianne Johnson.
The days are starting to get shorter and the weather is starting to dictate more indoor activities. Preparations are beginning for one of my favorite evenings of the winter; the annual Michael Allen Harrison benefit concert for the Franciscan Spiritual Center. Michael and Julianne, one of my favorite captures from last year’s event, is this week’s Image of the Week.
Harrison is among the best known local musicians and an internationally recognized pianist. He is equally well known for his charitable work, most notably the Snowman Foundation, and his benefit concerts for many local organizations. The Franciscan Spiritual Center is one of the organizations that is fortunate enough to be an annual stop on his benefit tour.
The FSC events occur annually at the Milwaukie Lutheran Church, a beautiful venue but one that is challenging for photography. Lighting is the challenge and flash is not a realistic option for the event. Fortunately the Nikon D7000 offers very good image quality even at high ISO settings, so I chose it along with the 18-200 to give me the most flexible kit. I set the ISO to 1600 to minimize (but not eliminate) the motion blur while still maintaining very usable image quality. You can see a slight amount of motion blur in the hands of both Michael and Julianne, but I think it gives the image a bit of life. It was important that Julianne’s face be very sharp as she held her note making this one of the most energetic moments of the evening.
The 2013 edition of the Michael Allen Harrison concert benefiting the Franciscan Spiritual Center will be on Sunday, December 1st. Ticket information can be found on the FSC web site or by calling 503-794-8542.
- Raw Image with Nikon D7000 @ 1600 ISO
- Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II Nikkor Telephoto Zoom Lens @ 18mm
- 1/6th of a second @ ƒ/4
- Sunday, December 2, 2012 @ 18:14
- Milwaukie Lutheran Church, Milwuakie, Oregon, USA
Ethan’s graduation ceremony from Cleveland High School.
This week’s Image of the Week is a departure from the norm. The photo is far from high art, the event it captures is a transformational one for a very special young man. Ethan’s Moment is one that I will never forget!
The ceremony was held at Memorial Coliseum in Portland where the lighting is less than ideal and we were going to be several hundred feet from the stage. My sister found us seats just a couple of rows up from the rail and nearly dead center, so we had as good a vantage point as anyone in the audience.
It was very important to me to try to capture the moment that he received his diploma. With the poor lighting conditions and relatively slow lens I utilized the Auto ISO function on the D7000 to get as clean a shot as possible. This allowed for the ISO to jump as high as 1600 if needed to keep a reasonable shutter speed, introducing a slight amount of digital noise but certainly producing a usable image. I took practice shots of some of the earlier graduates to get a sense of the pace and then relied on instinct to know when to start the sequence. Fortunately everything came together and I was able to grab just the moment I was after!
I’m very proud to call Ethan my son, and so excited to see how his future unfolds. It has been an amazing experience to watch him grow and see his horizons expand these past 18 years. I will always be able to relive this special moment in his life through this image with the knowledge that I captured it myself.
Ethan; the world is now yours to capture in your own way. I love you very much and look forward to watching you chart your course through a long and happy life!
- RAW image with Nikon D7000 @ 1600 ISO
- Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR DX Zoom Nikkor Lens @ 200mm
- 1/20th of a Second @ ƒ/5.6
- Tuesday, June 11, 2013 @ 21:20
- Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, USA
Due to some scheduling conflicts over the next few weeks I’m not sure when I’m going to get a chance to edit the photos from last weekend’s P-Town Throwdown. Due to popular demand to see more of the images I am breaking with my normal procedures and releasing the unedited photo backups to the public.
Please keep in mind that these are completely unedited and unfiltered. It is simply everything I shot that day with the good, bad, and ugly. None of them have been edited at this point with the exception of the previously released preview images. I will have a normal edited and filtered gallery for posting as soon as they are ready.
Fireworks over the Willamette River.
This week’s Image of the Week is the fourth image that is currently hanging in the Gresham Visual Arts Gallery. Bursts of Color is a fireworks shot with a few different stories behind it.
The fireworks event was one of the last family events we shared with Robin before his passing. His company had a company picnic scheduled for Independence Day weekend of 2011 that featured a private fireworks show on the Willamette River. However, flood conditions swamped the island that the show was to be launched from and the event was rescheduled for Labor Day weekend. We all knew that Robin’s health was on the decline so were very pleased when we were all invited to share the event with him.
During the fireworks show I found a location near the water to shoot from without people in the field of view. This shot was captured in the later stages of the show, but was not the finale. I used a technique for long exposure to capture multiple bursts in the same frame. The capture is 14.8 seconds in length which would typically blow all of the highlights and make for an unusable result. In fact, I used a piece of thick black poster board to cover the lens element for the majority of the exposure (from a tripod). I moved it away in a few quick bursts as the various shells reached their most colorful points. The actual time exposed was probably closer to 1 or 1.5 seconds of the time the shutter was open. The final result is effectively a multiple exposure showing several bursts captured in one frame.
This shot, printed onto aluminum, is hanging in the home of the gentleman who owns the company and hosted the party. It was presented to him by Robin and some of his coworkers. It meant a great deal to Robin and therefore to my family. A framed print is featured in the Gresham Art Committee‘s Passport to Adventure show running through April 4th.
- RAW image with Nikon D300 @ 200 ISO
- Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX AF 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens @ 14mm
- 14.8 seconds @ ƒ/8
- Sunday, September 4, 2011 @ 21:12
- Willamette River, Portland, Oregon, USA
Multnomah County Fair thrill ride.
After a week of dealing with thunder snow and crippling storms in Kansas City I want to share an image from the warm days of summer. This week’s Image of the Week is Kiddie Thrills featuring two of my favorite little ones enjoying new experiences at the county fair.
The county fair was one of my favorite events of the year when I was young living in a small farming town in eastern Oregon. The big city almost swallowed up the Multnomah County Fair but it has been reborn and now takes place at the historic Oaks Amusement Park. We joined up with Nathan and the Frarys and spent a fun day with the kids at the fair.
The kid’s roller coaster is a permanent fixture at Oaks Park. Claire had ridden it for the first time earlier in the summer and was excited to share the experience with Nathan. The carefree joy and excitement on their faces serves to bring a smile to my face when I am half way across the country looking forward to being back home soon!
This image is featured in the Gresham Art Committee‘s current Passport to Adventure show!
- RAW image with Nikon D7000 @ 200 ISO
- Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR DX Zoom Nikkor Lens @ 42mm
- 1/250th of a Second @ ƒ/10
- Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 15:21
- Multnomah County Fair, Oaks Amusement Park, Portland, Oregon, USA
A real life house like the one from the movie Up!
This week’s Image of the Week is just for fun. During a construction project on the Portland State University campus somebody had a great idea. They dressed up the small neighboring building with balloons recalling the house from the movie Up! Word spread fast around campus and I was able to capture this image; Up! House.
The new University Pointe at College Station housing complex is currently coming online at PSU. It was during it’s construction last year that the law firm located in an old Victorian home surrounded by the building attached balloons to the chimney. I wish I had had my dSLR with me that day, but even a pocket camera gives you an idea! Access was somewhat limited, so it was impossible to get a clean shot free of fences and equipment.
I try to always have at least a pocket camera with me at all times. You never know when an opportunity might present itself. This particular camera was a good companion but eventually failed. I currently carry the Sony Cyber-shot WX10 that is probably the best pocket camera I have ever owned. Sometimes a camera phone has to suffice, but these pocket cameras are far supperior for these “grab shots”.
- JPEG image Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS @ 200 ISO
- Integrated lens @ 6.2mm
- 1/400th of a second @ ƒ/2.8
- Thursday, June 30, 2011 @ 16:18
- Portland State University Campus, Portland, Oregon, USA
Mt. Tabor Downhill Challenge Poster event poster featuring a photo by Kroll Images.
Looking forward to the start of a very busy week of covering longboarding events around the Pacific Northwest. The Second Annual Mt. Tabor Downhill Challenge is tomorrow; I’m proud to have a photo featured on the event poster designed by Eric Hovey.
I will be shooting the event along with volunteering as a roving marshall. Ethan will be a corner marshall and have a camera at the ready as well. I will follow that up with coverage of the full run of the Maryhill Festival of Speed. Ethan will be working with me for that event and we will be joined by Todd Frary of Alternative-Shots for the weekend. Depending on scheduling today I may drop in on the skate scavenger hunt later today too!
This will be my second year covering Maryhill and Tabor, you can see images from last year at skate.krollimages.com. One of my favorites, of event organizer and defending champion Billy “Bones” Meiners, was featured as an Image of the Week earlier in the year.
Squeezed into the middle will be the start of summer term at PSU making for a busy work week. It’s going to be a crazy and fun week!
Max vs. the Peanut Gallery
Earlier this month the third event in the 2012 Switchbacks Series was held at Washington Park here in Portland. The fact that Max vs. the Peanut Gallery was one of my favorite images of the day and has an interesting story behind it make it a natural to be the newest Image of the Week.
The Switchback Series is a collection of races presented by Rip City Skate held on the Madison Trail at the lower edge of Washington Park. Each event has a mystery aspect that adds a unique twist and element of surprise for the competitors. This time three cones strategically placed on the course added breaking zones and passing opportunities to the course. Head to head heats made for some intense competition especially on the top portion of the course, and some physical racing down below. They are some of my favorite events to cover because the course is compact, the competition is friendly, and the people are great.
As the day moved along one of the top competitors; Max Myers, had an increasingly entertaining interaction with the crowd of eliminated riders. On the lower portion of the course two cones created right-left-right chicane and a wide variety of lines and strategies from the competitors. Max was the only one foot breaking into the section without regard to the ridicule he was receiving from his peers. His fellow riders were relentless in their jeers and verbal assault as he shamelessly kept winning heats with his unique strategy. As he exited the chicane with a large lead in a late heat he was all smiles while being heckled by the peanut gallery.
Max relented to the pressure and did not foot break in the semi-finals. Naturally, that would be his only heat loss of the day and he finished the day with a third place podium finish.
- JPEG image with Nikon D300 @ 220 ISO
- AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR @ 48mm
- 1/200 second @ ƒ/5
- Sunday, June 10, 2012 @ 15:45
- Washington Park, Portland, Oregon, USA
Switchbacks Series 2012 Event #3
The third wave of images from Sunday’s event #3 of the 2012 Switchbacks Series are now live online. Ethan’s images are uploaded completing the collection. If you’d like to receive email updates on postings sign up here!
Switchbacks Series 2012 Event #3
The first wave of images from Sunday’s event #3 of the 2012 Switchbacks Series are now live online. These take us up until about 3:15pm and are about 2/3 of the images from the day. I will get the rest posted as soon as possible and will update you here when they are live! If you’d like to receive email updates on postings sign up here!