Who would have thought you could find wildebeests among the beautiful hillsides of Scappoose, Oregon? My client- Andrew York, did, but not in a way one would expect. Our client had found a wonderful photo illustrator specialist, James Soukup, who pulled off some amazing visual effects. The best part about shooting this outdoors was finding the right light and the right reflections in the car to help with post-image illustrations.
Pro-Lift recently developed a line of suspension products. They wanted to find a look that best fit the quality and the durability that their products entail, so the premise was something innately rugged and outdoorsy. Art director, Greg Bousquet, from Swanson Russell agency dictated the backgrounds that best illustrated the story.
A huge thanks to Jenny Souza and Spencer Ramsay in assisting in this shoot. I couldn’t have done it without them.
So look for these marvelous images on the Pro-Lift website and magazines. Keep your eyes peeled though, you never know where these wildebeests or elephant legs will pop up next!
“We wanted to create an environment that didn’t signify anything too specific, but portrays the workspace of someone that takes photography a level above being just a hobby. The technology being developed here is very new to this industry, and through a new R&D initiative, Sigma is taking a giant leap towards new innovation in it’s products.” – Jeremy Dunham
Geographically speaking, Portland — whose metro area accounts for more than 50% of the total population of Oregon — is just a tiny fleck in comparison to our entire state. So, with Portland photographically defined by the Portland Squared event held in May (where both Polara photographers Derrin and Michael participated), Portland food photographer Michael Shay embarked on a new journey way past the city limits – the Western States 1000.
The Western States 1000, sponsored by the Rose City motorcycle club, is a 2-day ride that spans 1000 miles throughout Oregon and Washington. The proceeds, like with many of their rides, go to support local charities such as the Providence Brain Institute. The Western States 1000 ride went over Mt. Hood, across the Columbia, through the Northern Cascades, and stopped in Forks, Washington for the night (If you are a ‘Twighlighter,’ you know this place!). The return trip consisted of a stop in Port Townsend, a ride along the Hood Canal region, then to Astoria and along the Oregon coast, and finally, back home to the city of bikes, brew pubs, and beards…Portland!
All in all, over 130 riders participated with Michael’s bike holding the distinction of being the oldest. Although the oldest, Michael’s bike was outfitted with the newest gadgetry – a GoPro 2 camera, lent by lifestyle photographer Derrin Battles. By shooting 1 frame every 60 seconds, Michael was able to create an amazing time-lapse video documenting approximately 24 hours in the saddle and the variety of weather and terrain that lies beyond “Portlandia.”
Thanks to Scomber for the cool musical accompaniment to this time-lapse movie with the song “Flying by the Seat of Your Pants.”
Portland, P-town, The City of Roses, Rip City, Stumptown — there are many names for our city, but how would you characterize it? It may be difficult to define in words, but on May 19th, the “PDX Squared” photography event defined our city in images.
Hosted by the Oregon chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers, 49 photographers, including Polara’s Michael Shay and Derrin Battles, joined the PDX Squared contest to document the essence of Portland culture. The rules were simple: 1 square mile of downtown Portland divided into forty-nine quadrants, one quadrant per photographer. Photographers shot through the day in Architectural, Portrait, Documentary, and Lensbaby categories.
Derrin’s quadrant started from the SW base of the Hawthorne bridge down to Morrison and up to 3rd. While his quadrant lacked iconic landmarks and pedestrian hangouts, Derrin focused on capturing a slice of everyday working Portland. True to the Portland spirit, Derrin traveled his quadrant on bike and for his Portlandia series, even attached his camera to his bike frame and photographed while cruising the city. For his Architectural entries, Derrin captured skyscrapers framed by the greenery of lush, leafy trees – a natural coexistence that makes our city what it is.
Conversely, Michael staked his ground at the convention center and instead of searching for subjects, the subjects came to him. With the help of Michele Mitchell, one of Michael’s fellow board member and Art Institute of Portland student, Michael spent hours shooting portraits of passerbys against a canvas background which expressed an urban feel. After a little coercing, Michael was given permission and photographed his new-found subjects which ranged from mom and the kids to a runner to even a guy with his four-legged friend. What better way to describe our city than to document the people (and pets) that live in it?
So, while out-of-towners may continue to pronounce our state “ORYGUN,” with a glimpse of these PDX Squared photos, they will forever know what Portland is all about.
I took a trip to the Oregon Coast this spring and used some new lenses and digital techniques. I really like what I came up with. I used the Lensbaby quite a bit and manipulated the files in Lightroom to try and capture what it felt like to be there. Out of almost 3000 photos here are my favorites.