Show opens Tuesday!
An event opening Tuesday is the subject of this week’s Image of the Week post. Life in Action is the latest Gresham Art Committee exhibition and sale. I created the Promotional Poster for the exhibition that features four pieces from Kroll Images; that poster is this week’s Image of the Week.
Four of us have worked together to curate this season’s show. As a relatively new member of the Gresham Art Committee I have contributed to the curating efforts of a few other shows, but this is the first time I have that I have been a part of the full experience. Lead curator Cindy has certainly carried the heaviest load and been the guiding force, each of us have grown together through the experience. There is a great deal more work behind the scenes to produce one of these events than meets the eye. I’m trying to take it as a learning experience leading into the first show I will be lead curator on: Reflections coming up in October, 2014. I’ve had some unexpected demands on my time that have somewhat limited what I’ve been able to contribute to the cause, so I’m especially thankful that we have such a great team working on it!
Creating the poster for Life in Action was my most significant task for the curating team. The concept actually came together fairly quickly thanks to a wonderful selection of art to choose from for the featured images. My biggest stumbling block was what to use as a background that would add to the interest of the poster but not distract from it’s message. I played with a number of different possibilities but none of them fit the bill for me. I was leery about featuring any of my work on the poster; I do not want there to be any hint of favoritism. I would never use a derivative of anyone else’s work out of respect for their art. That lead me to decide to try out one of pieces in a derivative form as the background, as you can see that is what made it to the final version!
I want to give a shout out to the athletes featured in the images. Billy “Bones” Meiners is featured in what is still one of my all time favorite skate images and among first that I really got right. Billy is a fixture in the skate community, promoter (not to mention 2 time champ) of the annual Mt. Tabor Downhill Challenge, and known far and wide for his signature skeleton skate leathers and sugar skull helmet. Patrick Switzer and Robin “Robskey” McGuirk are the two lead riders in one of my favorite images captured at the Maryhill Festival of Speed. Patrick is a world champion downhill skater and among the best known riders on the international circuit, he is also the guiding force behind the outstanding Greener Pastures series. Robin is a legend in skateboard push racing (long distance endurance races) and the innovative proprietor of Eastside Longboards. The subject of the most recent skate image in the group is JP Rowan. JP is one of the most outspoken advocates for skater’s rights and safety along with one of it’s biggest event promotors, a producer of the PDX Downhill site, and helped put Rip City Skate on the map. The jet sprint boat image features the Sling Shot Race Team #16 with driver Rick Henderson and navigator Richie Henderson at the Field of Dreams course in Tangent, Oregon.
The artists reception for the exhibition is this coming Tuesday; the show runs through the sixth of February. I’d love to see you there for the reception or invite you to come see the show during it’s run into next year!
- Promotional poster produced using Adobe Photoshop CS5
TJ Swinkels sails through the night to win the Big Air Competition with a 35 foot leap.
The recent Cathlamet Downhill Corral is once again the subject of this week’s Image of the Week. Biggest Air is from a few hours after Sunset Flight and features the winning jump from the Big Air Competition.
Big Air is one of the most intense competitions of the weekend. TJ Swinkels won the event with a 35 foot leap that was just longer than that of Brian Bishop. Both riders put on an amazing show bringing incredulous reactions from fellow competitors and spectators alike. I especially liked Scott Lembach’s reaction to this leap that shattered distance records not only from Cathlamet but from around the sport.
Shooting the event was a challenge. Things were running late so it crossed from daylight to twilight to night. I chose my 11-16 2.8 so I could keep the aperture wide open while capturing the surrounding scene and giving myself more margin for error if I didn’t track the action perfectly.
It was essentially dark when the longest leaps were taking place. Flash was a necessity but as it got darker it got very difficult to perceive distance looking through the lens. With my position adjacent to the landing ramp I had to err on the side of caution and bail out of several shots when it looked like boards or riders might be heading towards me. With so many other photographers shooting it was also challenging to get clear shots and not have shots blown out by multiple flashes. I ultimately ended up moving under the takeoff ramp for a different, and safer, perspective.
- RAW image with Nikon D7000 @ 400 ISO
- Tokina AT-X Pro SD 11-16mm f/2.8 (IF) DX Zoom Lens @ 16mm
- 1/250th of a second @ ƒ/2.8
- Sunday, August 25, 2013 @ 20:16
- Cathlamet Downhill Corral, Cathlamet, Washington, USA
Host JP Rowan takes flight in the Slopestyle event at the Cathlamet Downhill Corral 2013 presented by Rip City Skate.
The recent Cathlamet Downhill Corral is one of my favorite weekends of the year. This week’s Image of the Week is one of my favorites from the event. Sunset Flight features event host JP Rowan just after takeoff.
The wide variety of competitive events is what sets the CDC apart from other longboard events that I cover. The Downhill race is certainly the signature but the weekend is stacked with everything from very technical slaloms to high flying big air competitions.
One event that is fun to watch but a challenge for still photography is the Slopestyle. The competition is typically held on a paved hill with perhaps a ramp or other obstacle thrown in to spice things up. It is difficult to translate the expertise and style demonstrated by the competitors with still photos, it simply translates better with video.
This year JP and the hardworking design and setup crew for the CDC blew up the mold and took Slopestyle to a whole new level! There were a wide variety of ramps and jumps including many from the Boardercross. They also found a unique use for one of the moving trucks turning it into an obstacle and an announcing stand. They turned the slopestyle on it’s ear and it resulted in some of my favorite photos of the entire weekend including Sunset Flight.
For this image I broke a couple of basic rules of photography. One rule is to use your zoom to keep yourself at a safe distance. In this case I was full wide and right under the action, but safety was a consideration as I was directly adjacent to the takeoff ramp and out of the flight path. Another rule is to not shoot directly into the sun. I clearly broke this one as well but used it to dramatic effect and utilized a hot shoe mounted flash to fill in the shadows. By the time the image was captured the sun had mostly set, but a few minutes early it was a dramatic feature of images like the one at left.
It takes many hard working people to put on an event like the CDC. I’d like to dedicate this image to them and thank them for putting on a spectacular weekend of fun, friends, and great photo opportunities!
- JPEG image with Nikon D7000 @ 400 ISO
- Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II Nikkor Telephoto Zoom Lens @ 18mm
- 1/250th of a second @ ƒ/13
- Sunday, August 25, 2013 @ 19:33
- Cathlamet Downhill Corral, Cathlamet, Washington, USA
Billy ‘Bones’ Meiners takes down the Cathlamet Downhill Corral’s signature Downhill Race.
I am back in Topeka, Kansas on business this week. The Image of the Week is from this past weekend’s Cathlamet Downhill Corral. Bones Conquers Cathlamet is actually a square frame created to be an Instagram post from the event site.
It was an exciting weekend in Cathlamet capped off by watching ‘Bones’ capture the event he helped create. It was a very popular victory and I wanted to be among the first to share the results & congratulate Billy.
It is becoming increasingly important to post at least a sampling of images either from the event site or as soon as possible following an event. Instagram helps with this a great deal, the app is popular in it’s own right and makes it easy to share to other services. For this image I put an eye-fi card in the second slot of the D7000 and used it to transfer a few selected images over to my iPhone. I then used Diptic to create the three part image, it is a fast and flexible app available both on iOS & Android along with the Mac. Finally I published it using Instagram along with pushing it to Facebook. All of this could have been done in minutes following the conclusion of the race, I had some other obligations but still posted within 90 minutes.
Congratulations to Billy on the well earned victory on an often wet course! You can find preview images from Cathlamet now and many more as I’m able to process in the galleries. You can follow me on Instagram by searching my username: PDXoutre. It is worth mentioning that this Instagram feed is my personal one, so it is a mixture of images both professionally and family oriented.
- Images with Nikon D7000 and transferred onsite to iPhone
- Frame created with Diptic and published with Instagram
- Sunday, August 18, 2013
- Cathlamet, Washington, USA
Douglas Dalua Silva leads Tongue, Maytum as they pass me in neverending left (turn 1). Championship Finals of the 2012 IGSA Maryhill Festival of Speed in Goldendale, WA.
This week’s Image of the Week is a flashback to the event that I am at right now. I am at the world famous Maryhill Loops Road near Goldendale, WA for the Maryhill Festival of Speed. Maryhill FOS Sunday Finals 18 _D3C4253, is from the championship finals of last year’s event.
This photo was captured up on the course in one of the more challenging high speed corners during the finals. Patrick Switzer would ultimately win the event, but at this point on the course he was not in the top three. There are multiple opportunities to pass on this highly technical course. I really enjoy covering the event and the people involved in it, the five day festival is one of the highlights of the summer for my son and I. This is just one of many images from the event, and I covered portions of the 2011 races as well.
MFoS is one of the signature events in the newly formed International Downhill Federation World Cup series. Athletes from around the world will race in groups of six on the twisting and turning 2.2 mile 22 turn course at high speeds. The seventh annual edition is running through Sunday, is free for the spectating public, and is only about 2 hours from Portland so come see us this weekend!
- JPEG image with Nikon D3000 @ 200 ISO
- Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR DX Zoom Nikkor Lens @ 34mm
- 1/125th of a Second @ ƒ/9
- Sunday, July 1, 2012 @ 19:37
- Maryhill Loops Road, Goldendale, Washington, USA
Switchbacks May 2013
Covered an hour or so of the Switchbacks event this weekend and the photos are posted now. It was an abbreviated visit due to other family obligations, but Claire and I enjoyed what we were able to catch!
Raffle winner during Post Race Festivities of the 2012 P-Town Throwdown.
Spring has sprung and with it the first big event on the Portland skate calendar is just around the corner. Hosted by Robin “Robskey” McGuirk of Eastside Longboards, the P-Town Throwdown is held on Memorial Day Weekend each year. This week’s Image of the Week; Winning Joy, is from the 2012 event.
The event is a “push race”, a longboard skateboard endurance race running 8.5 miles from Mt. Tabor Park to Sellwood Park. McGuirk has won every event run on this course dating back eight years and will be trying to make it nine this year. Following the event there is a raffle for the participants held at Sellwood Park. Winning Joy was captured during this raffle at last year’s event. The young man in the photo had just won one of the top prizes, the board he’s holding over his head. Everyone enjoyed how excited he was with the possible exception of the young man over his left shoulder!
As always this year’s P-Town Throwdown is a benefit for the Oregon Food Bank. Come on out on Sunday, May 26th to join in the fun and help set a new record for food donations!
- JPEG image with Nikon D7000 @ 220 ISO
- Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR DX Zoom Nikkor Lens @ 18mm
- 1/200th of a Second @ ƒ/11
- Sunday, May 20, 2012 @ 11:05
- Sellwood Park, Portland, Oregon, USA
Constructed from 1909 to 1913 by Samuel Hill (1857–1931), Maryhill Loops Road is located off Washington Scenic Route 14 just east of U.S. 97.
This week warm weather and sun has me thinking about the summer to come! One of our favorite events is theMaryhill Festival of Speed and it’s scenic setting. I’m proud to present The Loops of Maryhill as this week’s Image of the Week.
There is an incredible amount of history about Maryhill Loops Road and the area surrounding it. It was built from 1910 – 1913 as the first paved road in Washington by Sam Hill with Samuel Lancaster. Hill was the champion of “Good Roads” in our region and funded the construction in an effort to convince the government of the viability of a paved road through the Columbia River Gorge. That would lead directly to what is now the Columbia River Gorge Historic Highway that was designed by Lancaster.
In 1998 the Maryhill Museum of Art repaved and refurbished 3.6 miles of the road. This steep and curvy section now serves as the course for the Maryhill Festival of Speed each summer. The Loops of Maryhill was shot from near the starting point for the downhill longboarders near the famous Maryhill Tree. Racers in full leathers and helmets navigate the multitude of hairpin turns and steep downhill grade reaching very high speeds during the world championship level event.
- RAW image with Nikon D300 @ 200 ISO
- Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX Digital Zoom Lens @ 11mm
- 1/25 seconds @ ƒ/18
- Sunday, July 3, 2011 @ 09:32
- Maryhill Loops Road, Near Goldendale, Washington, USA
Playing some catch up on photos from this past summer at the Maryhill Festival of Speed. Just posted about 850 shots from Saturday qualifying and practice for stand up and lugers. This supplements the roughly 1400 images previously posted and I’ll be adding images from Wednesday – Friday soon.
I’ve tagged the qualifiers so if you search for a name of interest those images should come up. I’ve tagged some but not all of the other images. If you are looking for a specific athlete the search is not all inclusive but is a good starting point. Their is a search box at the top of each gallery page that searches all galleries.
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Keep an eye out here and at skate.krollimages.com for more updates.
An All Star battle in the Quarter-Finals. (Maryhill FOS Sunday Quarter-Finals 20 _D3C4054)
The 2012 Maryhill Festival of Speed was great fun to attend and photograph. This week’s Image of the Week is one of my favorite shots from Championship Sunday. Maryhill All Star Battle (Maryhill FOS Sunday Quarter-Finals 20 _D3C4054) features a stacked field including the eventual event champion and the world speed record holder.
Every position was hotly contested as they passed my vantage point at the exit of never-ending left. Kevin Reimer, who would to on to reach the finals, was in the lead. Close behind were the duo of Kyle Wester, fresh off of his Laguna Seca victory, and eventual champion Patrick Switzer. Mischo Erban, who holds the world record for speed on a skateboard at 80.74 mph, is next and would be the third rider to advance from this heat. Louis Pilloni, who wowed us all at the 2011 Cathlamet Downhill Corral with his long jump, was fifth as they passed me. Zen Shikaze, one of the key figures in last year’s controversial finish, was a very close sixth. This Quarter-Final round had a world class field!
I am working backwards through images from the 2012 Maryhill Festival of Speed. All images from Championship Sunday are now posted. The day was highlighted by the championship finals in all classes, but some of the best racing and photos were in the preliminaries. I have titled and sub-divided images into groups by class and racing round to make it easier to find your favorite skaters. I’ve also tagged or captioned many riders so you can find them by searching, this is by no means all inclusive but should give you a head start to finding specific athletes. The first images from Saturday are live now, I will have images from all five days of the event when complete.
- JPEG image with Nikon D300 @ 200 ISO
- Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S VR DX Lens
- 1/200th of a second @ ƒ/13
- Sunday, July 1, 2012 @ 15:45
- Maryhill Loops Road, Goldendale, Washington, USA