Film’s Not Dead – Polaroid Land Camera & Fuji FP100c

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There is something incredibly rewarding about instant film. It’s somewhere between the actual instant gratification of digital and the excitement of shooting a roll of film and waiting for the negatives to come back. Waiting for the photo to magically develop right in front of you is a fun indulgence that the next generation may not understand. I was so excited to find a Polaroid Land Camera 330 and a Polaroid Land Camera 210 recently for less than $15. After some, well, a lot, of elbow grease cleaning up exploded Polaroid batteries (vinegar works great!) and then tracking down the awkward 3v batteries here I was ready to buy film and start shooting! For the Polaroid “pack film” style land cameras you have two main options. For these photos I used Fuji Film FP-100c. You can buy it online or at your local photo shop. The black and white option of this film, FP-3000B has sadly been discontinued but you can still buy it online, for now.

On Saturday I headed out to the Oregon coast with some friends to enjoy the wonderful weather. I brought my Petri FT EE rangefinder camera to run a roll of film though it, the Kodak Signet and the Polaroid 330. (As well as the Canon 5D mk3). Needless to say I had a ton of fun on the beach. We went to Heceta Head Lighthouse and then drove north to the historic waterfront of Newport, OR for some chowder and then over the hill to Corvallis and home. I managed to snap a few good photos with the Polaroid but they sure are hard to hold on to! When someone sees you peeling apart the photo it seems like they instantly want to take it home with them! Here are two of the favorite shots that came home with me.

Newport Oregon Boats Polaroid Land FP100cHeceta Head Polaroid Land FP100cIf you haven’t liked me on Facebook yet do so to see my latest work, I just started an album for my film escapades! I’m excited to send out some Polaroid shots with my next round of filmporvida cards. If you didn’t catch my last post about that you can see it here.

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Northern Lights over Eugene, OR

LaDuke PhotographyWe had a rare treat last night, the Aurora Borealis made an appearance over Eugene. Very few people have ever had the chance to capture images of the northern lights over the Willamette Valley so when we saw the solar storm peaking on Soft Serve News we grabbed our jackets and headed for high ground. If you would like the opportunity to view the northern lights in Eugene all you need to do is watch that KP Number and if it hits 7 head somewhere that is dark and has an unobstructed view of the northern night sky. This far south is usually presents as a dull green glow on the horizon, but with any decent camera you can take a long exposure and capture the dancing light streaks and reds and purples that are much harder to see with the naked eye. For more tips on viewing the aurora borealis check out these tips from the Space Weather Prediction Center. A HUGE thank you to KEZI 9 for featuring our photos tonight as well!

Eugene Aurora LaDuke Photo WM

Eugene Aurora Nate Spencer Butte WM

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How to Look Good in Race Photos – Eugene Marathon 2013 Edition

Yesterday was the 2013 Eugene Marathon and LaDuke Photography had the awesome opportunity to shoot the start of the race from a boom lift over Agate Street as well as having exclusive access to the finish line in Hayward Field. It was truly inspiring to see everyone running through the streets of Eugene. Runners are some dedicated and sometimes crazy folk! The sense of community was also touching, so many finishers ended the race with their hands over their hearts as a show of support for victims of the attack on the Boston Marathon. I couldn’t help but get choked up a couple of times.

In photographing 8900 dedicated souls crossing the marathon finish line I learned a thing or two about what is going to make for the best finish photos, and I feel like the photo says plenty, but I have also included a few pointers below.

  • Enthusiasm is EVERYTHING! It is my job to capture everyone who crosses the line, but if you are looking at your watch you get one or two quick snaps. People with a big smile who are celebrating their achievements are like magnets and get many more photos.
  • Emotion of any sort will be gravitated to by photographers.
  • Unique outfits – Did you know The Devil is a Red Sox fan?
  • Also, kudos to the guys who had the energy to do push ups at the finish line after the run!

Smiling faces and big emotional moments are what we love to photograph and what will REALLY look great on your desk to motivate you for the next big race.

To see more Eugene Marathon photos visit this gallery!

Are you involved in organizing a run, walk or other event? I’d love to photograph it!

To check my availability for your sporting event contact me here.

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:: Northern Lights : Spokane ::

Check out this beauty! I was in bed in Spokane struggling to sleep when I got a phone call demanding I go outside and look north. I am sure glad that I did. The northern lights were shining bright so I grabbed my camera and headed out to shoot the aurora borealis over Idaho. I’ve never seen them looking so bright and fantastic as they did the other night. Three cheers for elevated solar activity! I parked myself at the boat launch on Hauser Lake and watched the northern lights dance across the sky for hours. It’s such a magical feeling seeing something that so few people get to see.

aurora borealis northern lights over north idaho hauser lake

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Diving in Maui – Sea Turtles and Underwater Photography

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I’m just teasing, but those of you who know how hard it is for me to put down my editing tablet and take a break will be delighted to know that I have been on vacation in Maui this week and have really been taking a load off. I wish I were here to shoot a Hawaiian sunset wedding because I really do love destination weddings, but instead I’m being forced to relax and be a tourist.

I just wanted to drop by and share a photo from my latest adventure. I got to dive with sea turtles! We went out with Lahaina Divers and dove at Mala Wharf. It was absolutely stunningly beautiful. I foresee an underwater camera in my future. For now though Nate and I are sharing a little point and shoot, but it really gets the job done! (Props to Nate for taking this fantastic photo) I’ll have tons more to share upon my return to Eugene. Until then you can follow the adventure via Lacey LaDuke Photography’s Facebook page!

Scuba diving with green sea turtles on mala wharf in maui

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Landscape Photography in the Utah Desert

The desert around Moab, Utah is one of my favorite places in the Western United States. There are so many formations and textures and gorgeous vistas! I was lucky to get the chance to head to Arches, Canyonlands and Dead Horse Point State Park to do some fine art photography last week. Since I am in Spokane for work this week I can’t share everything from the trip, but I wanted to give you guys a little teaser! If you follow me on Instagram (Name: LaDukePhoto) or follow me on Facebook you can see a few more to tide you over until the rest are posted.

See the complete Moab album on my portfolio! (A work in progress)

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Action Photo Tips – Terrain Mud Run

On Saturday May 12th the Terrain Mud Run descended upon Camp Harlow in North Eugene. With several great obstacles and lots of mud  a messy dirty amazing time was had by all. I had the pleasure of photographing the event for the organizers. I usually am posting to show off my latest wedding photography album or a really neat set of senior portraits, but I also love to get out and capture some action! Below I’ve outlined a couple quick tips for making sure your action shots turn out as crisp and clean as possible.

  • Most sports shots will require a fast shutter speed. I rarely go below 1/500th of a second. If your photos turn out too dark at 1/500th then boost the ISO to compensate.
  • Consider using flash if you are within 15 feet of your subject. Just enough to light the face of your athlete will help even the exposure.
  • Position yourself to avoid background clutter. Safety nets, cars, advertisements, etc. can draw attention away from your subject.
  • Use a long lens if you can, it will make your subject stand out from the back ground.
  • Turn your camera to ‘burst’ mode. Things happen fast in sports, make sure you can keep up!
  • Think about your angle, will shooting below the athlete make them look ‘larger than life’ or is it better to shoot from above and display them as part of their environment.
  • Most importantly, timing is EVERYTHING! Anticipate movement, use predictive focus and wait until the peak of the action to shoot!

On another more specific note, if you’re going to be shooting anything muddy and dirty wear clothes that can get messy and use the longest lens you can. I was zoomed to 200mm most of the day on Saturday and I still ended up crusted in mud from the tip of my lens hood all the way down to the insides of my socks. If you do not have a weather sealed camera you might consider an easy trick that I use – grab a clear plastic bag and make a poncho with just the lens sticking out. On most cameras you will still be able to manage the controls even with it bagged up. good luck on your action endeavors, happy shooting!

To see more of my mud run photos visit the album

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Spring Hikes & Photo-ops in the Inland NW

It’s that time of year again, Spring is trying to take hold and dethrone Winter’s icy grip on the inland northwest. The weather may be  unpredictable, but it is worth braving to get out to take in some of the local outdoor recreation areas that are in their prime early in the year.

These area include the desert lakes and seasonal streams west of  Spokane such at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, Hog Lake and the seasonal Hog Falls,  and many others.

The native flowers are in bloom and the animals are waking up for their winter sleep and the babies abound.

Here are a few tips for taking better photos while exploring this Spring:

For better landscape photos shoot when the sun is lower in the sky, some of the best light is seen in the hour after sunrise and in the hour before sunset.  This is called the “Golden Hour” for an obvious reason.  When the sun is directly overhead colors are flat, there are no shadows to show depth and nothing looks dynamic.

 

Palouse Falls at Sunrise

Palouse Falls at Sunrise

 

To increase your chances of getting a good shot of an animal in its natural environment you should set your camera to continuous auto-focus (usually the ‘sport’ setting on lower end cameras) and plan on turning the camera onto continuous shooting mode. Taking several shots increases the chances of getting something spectacular. The beauty of the digital age is that you can just delete the photos that you don’t like, there’s no extra cost! Another great tip for shooting smaller animals (think turtles or ducks or marmots) is to get down low on to their eye level, it’s far more aesthetically pleasing to see an animals eyes than to shoot them from above.

 

Heron

Heron

 

One last popular Spring subject is flowers. Wildflowers, garden flowers, flowers in the pots around your windows;  they are all colorful and attractive and bring about hope that maybe Winter is ending and Spring will finally take hold.  Anyone can take a picture of a flower but making the picture as beautiful as the flower itself can be difficult. When you see the flower in person you gather so much extra information without realizing it. You see it from different angles, smell the sweet scent, see the bees buzzing and the buds gently swaying in the wind. To capture all of this in a photo is impossible, but you can come closer to preserving the image you are actually seeing.  Get in close and get low. Being on the same level as the subject helps. Also don’t be afraid to play with the focus or depth of field. Make sure that the subject is obvious but you don’t have to center and just shoot a flower. Let it tell a story and don’t be afraid to take a creative risk. Anyone can shoot a flower, but it takes an artist to make it appealing.

 

Lupine

Silky Lupine at Hog Falls

Most important of all, just get out there and enjoy Spring before it is gone. We’ve only got a small window of opportunity in the Northwest to enjoy the bountiful wildflowers, seasonal creeks and streams and active wildlife.

Additional info on outdoor opportunities for the region can be found on my adventure blog at LaDuke Adventures.