Sunday, January 31, 2010

From the archives

I found a bunch of CDs full of old photos spanning all the way back to my days at Oregon State. More to come, I’m sure, as I’m sifting through thousands of photos in my spare time.

The picture of Ichiro is when The Sentinel scored a press pass for me and some photographers at Safeco Field (I used somebody else’s camera). The “No Alcohol” photo used to be my desktop background at school (ironic, eh?). And the bottom photo is my cousin’s children watching the eagles fly along Lake Coeur d’Alene.




Our cat was bored…

At least we’re productive when we have nothing better to do.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Flickr, baby!

I just finally discovered the power of Flickr.

Oh, I’ve used it in the past for minor things such as sharing newspaper designs and photos from my Blackberry, but last night I spent hours on the site. Unfortunately, I need to upgrade to a Pro Account to utilize the site best, but that’s $25 a year.

What’s more, I already upgraded my Google Picasa account, so I am going to see how the sites compare in the near future before upgrading Flickr as well.

Nevertheless, playing with Flickr last night showed me some awesome advantages: Groups, comments, notes, etc. Right after uploading some pictures, there were instantly both views and comments.

Obviously, I was stoked.

The greatest advantage I discovered, however, was viewing other similar photographs. I ran a search for Portland and saw images I had already thought of taking, but now I know they’re possible. Surely I won’t match the professionalism (they used damn nice cameras), but I can surely imitate. Even better, hearing some of their comments about my own shots was sheer awesome.

But now that I know some sweet spots around Portland for good photos, I cannot wait to get back out there.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Longer Night Video

Last night I was able to use the balcony outside The Crystal Ballroom to shoot photos for our Save The Dates. When I finished, I shot more video with my camera to make my first night video a little bit longer.

So, thanks to some more Coldplay, here is my latest nighttime video:

Burnside from Jake Donahue on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Crystal Ballroom

I’ve been racking my brain for ideas to design our Save the Dates for our wedding this summer, but alas, I’ve got designer’s block. Obviously, since I consider myself a pretty decent graphic designer, it makes sense that I want these to be the greatest thing I’ve ever designed; after all, you’re only supposed to get married once, right?

Well, I went down to the intersection by The Crystal Ballroom (where we’re getting married in June) to see if any good photos might lend their way into a design.

Not exactly. But I did snag a few pics I liked, although they’re far from ever making it onto my Save the Date.

IMG_6066The famous neon “Dance” sign adorning The Crystal Ballroom.

IMG_6087 Cars driving on the freeway underneath Burnside.

Night Video

Crystal Ballroom Traffic from Jake Donahue on Vimeo.

It’s no secret how obsessed I am with shooting photos at night. (See here, here, here and here… Get the picture?). However, one thing I’ve always wanted to play with was nighttime video.

I love photos of cars driving at night, the way they streak across the screen in just a red or white light. And I’ve seen videos of this effect elsewhere, so I know it’s not too hard to accomplish. Thus, why not combine the two. I’ve had this notion in the back of my mind for a few years.

Well, where better than downtown Portland?

Turns out I’m not the only one. I stumbled upon this website the other day where a guy specializes in just this sort of videography: Andrew Curtis – Time Lapse Photography. 

He is a friggin’ stud!

After seeing his site, I just had to finally buckle down and play with my camera. I figured a three minute video would suffice, and when all was said and done I finished with the 16-second scene above.

That just makes me wonder how long he spent making the following videos. This first video from Andrew Curtis is the original video I saw from him, and the rest are just mind-boggling!

The World Leaves Portland Behind from Andrew Curtis on Vimeo.


Dizzy Driving from Andrew Curtis on Vimeo.


Cinco De Mayo Carnival from Andrew Curtis on Vimeo.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Hot Dog Haiku – in print!

Last summer I was enjoying three hotdogs from Gittel’s Grocery in Coeur d’Alene so much that I penned a haiku on the subject. Well, it seems I’m not the only fan of those famous franks: A writer for The Spokesman Review in Spokane, Wash., also shares the same love as I.

In fact, he recently wrote an article on the matter (see it here). Even better, he quoted my haiku:

Searching online for details about the subject, I came upon a blog post, written by former local resident Jake Donahue, in which he eloquently waxes poetic about the wonderful wieners at "the Biggest Little Store in Town." His haiku showcases the typical emotional and physiological response to this divine lunchtime tableau: "My mouth salivates/Three for a buck thirty-nine/Hot dogs are pure bliss."

How sweet it is!