IPNC 2011 Mailer Tear Sheets

Posted by on May 21, 2011 in Licensed, Wine

Back in December, I shared how my photography was being featured by the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) organization in their efforts marketing the upcoming 25th anniversary event in McMinnville, Oregon.  It was really cool to open a magazine and see my licensed work in an IPNC advertisement.

That situation repeated itself when I opened my mailbox to see a mailer from IPNC promoting their weekend event in July.  And just as I stated in a post late last year, I am honored to have some of my work featured alongside Andrea Johnson, an award-winning photojournalist.

Here are the tear sheets from this mailer.  My shots include the salmon filet, the fork on plate, the peach dessert, and the lantern.

IPNC 2011 Mailer (page 4)

INPC 2011 Mailer (page 5)

IPNC 2011 Mailer (page 7)

The Flyover

Posted by on Feb 9, 2011 in Featured, Licensed

While on a photowalk yesterday around Green Lake, three jets from the Whidbey Naval Air Station flew over at low altitude.

I took a number of shots of their approach, then overhead, and finally as they passed into the afternoon sun (see image below).  I didn’t think much of these shots until later in the evening when I saw a post about the flyover on our neighborhood blog, My Green Lake.  While the post explained why these jets had flown over Seattle, there weren’t any accompanying photos to the story.

Having been in the right place, at the right time, with the right camera, I contacted the editor at MyGreenLake.com offering to share several of my shots which you can see here.  Just goes to show that you never know how an image (or three) might be put to good use helping inform those around you.

Update: King5.com has licensed a couple of my images of the flyover and is now featuring them here.  Interesting how much attention this event has received.

The Flyover

Captured on 02/08/11 with Canon 7D + EF28-135mm, 1/800 sec at f/8.0, ISO 200.

Going commercial and getting published

Posted by on Dec 24, 2010 in Licensed, Wine

It’s pretty cool when you open a print magazine and see one of your photographs published for the first time.

Such was the case yesterday when I picked up this month’s edition of MIX Portland and saw one of my photos in a print ad.  The shot of the salmon in the tear sheet below is mine, one of about a dozen images the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) licensed for use in their marketing efforts.  I am honored to be alongside the work of Andrea Johnson, an award-winning photojournalist whose photography has been featured in a variety of food, wine and travel publications.

MIX Portland Magazine, December 2010

This all began a few months back when the folks at IPNC reached out to me after seeing my coverage of their event at BeyondtheBottle.com, another site of mine that focuses on my experiences enjoying Oregon and Washington wine.

While working through the licensing arrangements with IPNC for print and online usage, I was also contacted by an Oregon winery about using shots captured at their location during the same event.  Even better, this winery ended up hiring me for assignment during this year’s wine harvest in October (more details on that project in a future post).

It’s been an enlightening and gratifying experience these last few months since having two entities become interested in my work on a commercial basis.  I’ve learned a lot about defining usage terms, drafting license agreements, formulating work assignments, and other aspects involved in commercial work.

As a result, I am eager to seek out more opportunities to license my existing work while generating new assignments within this industry, which offers the perfect combination of two long-standing passions of mine:  photography and wine.  I look forward to sharing more about my experiences in this space in 2011.

P.S.  If you love Pinot noir, then IPNC is an event worth attending at least once in your lifetime.  I’ve been twice and can’t wait to experience this amazing weekend again in the years ahead.

Photographing the Oregon wine harvest

Posted by on Dec 13, 2010 in Licensed, Wine

In October, I had the opportunity to cover the Pinot noir harvest at several wineries in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Due to a nice stretch of warm, sunny weather, I ended up being there during the peak of harvest activities in the valley. As a result, everyone from the picking crews to the winery staff was extremely busy – a perfect opportunity to capture all of the hard work that goes into each year’s harvest.

Unpicked and picked Pinot noir rows at Belle Pente Vineyards (Harvest 2010)

In terms of the shoot, I spent a lot of time in different vineyards, chasing the picking crews as they worked through each row clipping clusters and filling bins. When I wasn’t running up and down vineyard rows, I was planted at the top of a step ladder or hoisting a monopod above me to gain a different perspective on the harvest. My flash came in handy when using the monopod, as it was challenging trying to hold my camera steady on top of a five foot long pole. I soon found that shooting from the ladder, with the monopod stabilized against the top step, provided a more steady shot. Here are a couple of shots captured while using this method:

From the vineyard I then followed the action into the winery, where the grape clusters were hand-sorted and then moved into holding tanks. Once the pick starts, the fresh-picked fruit seems to have no end, as bin after bin is hoisted onto the sorting platform from morning to midnight. Along the way, there is constant cleaning, measurements, unloading/loading and other activities going on outside and inside the winery. The constant movement of people and machinery required all kinds of approaches from using natural light to flash, wide-angles to close ups, and hand-held shots to tripod mounted ones.

Overall, it was a terrific experience covering this event. I learned a lot by experimenting with different approaches, making a variety of mistakes, but coming away with some images that I am pleased with in terms of their ability to convey the hard work that goes into each year’s harvest.

For more photos and commentary, please visit BeyondtheBottle.com, a site that offers my perspective on Oregon and Washington wine.