2016 Track Season Opener

*** Disclaimer:  This post is more of an update about where I’ve been since my last post.  Nothing earth shattering ***

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Well, it’s been over a year since I last posted.   Why?  Burn out!  2014 was super busy for my photography business.  I was shooting for 4 different track orgs, running my photo booth business, and working my normal full time job.  By the end of 2014 was just plain burnt out.  I had no time to do anything else and I mean zero.  My marriage suffered.  My work at my full time job suffered.  My passion for photography suffered.  By the end of 2014 I was ready to walk away from all my professional photography responsibilities.

For 2015 I took a step back and knew I had to cut back on my photography responsibilities if I wanted to keep my sanity.  As a result, I let go my shooting commitments to all but one track organization.  When the 2015 off season arrived, I spent some time trying to rekindle the amateur photographer in me by shooting things I had not already experienced;  bird photography.  Wow, now that is a difficult type of photography!

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Skagit Valley Eagles on January 7, 2016 at in Dening WA. Photo taken by Jason Tanaka

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Bird Photography on January 25, 2016 at in Stanwood WA. Photo taken by Jason Tanaka

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Bird Photography on January 25, 2016 at in Stanwood WA. Photo taken by Jason Tanaka

Well the 2016 track season is finally here and last Sunday was the 2-Fast season opener.  Beautiful day to be out and enjoying the sunshine!  Dusted off the ol’ cameras and got to work!

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The Degradation Of Quality Photography

As a photographer, I have my opinions about what makes a technically great photo. One person recently made a comment about my photos, “One thing I miss is the lack of realism in the shot. Meaning you don’t set your shutter speed high just cause. It causes a weird effect on the shot. So you might get a less sharp photo but it looks more real.”

How did you read that comment?

Rich Kim focuses his exit

2014 Track Season Opener

T3 at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton WA. http://www.JasonTanaka.com


Ahh… Another track season is upon us. Time to dust off the big guy (Canon 400mm f2.8 L lens) and head out to the track. This year’s opener was a double with it being on a Saturday and Sunday. It was a bit rough getting back into the swing of things.
As with any other track season, I continue to look for new angles and locations to shoot on the track. I think I found a new angle, but it may be tough on days of variable lighting (patchy clouds). For sunny days where the lighting is consistent, I can put the camera in manual mode and set my exposure appropriately. This is new angle requires shooting against the sky and can throw off the camera’s metering. Using manual mode, I can set the camera to properly expose for the subject. Throw in mixed lighting and I can’t shoot in manual mode anymore. It’s going to be a challenge for sure!
I’ll keep looking for new angles… And saving my pennies for my next big lens…. Canon 600mm f4.0 L….

Mark of 2-Fast taking T3 at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton WA. http://www.JasonTanaka.com

The Abandoned Farm VR Tour

As I begin my venture into the world of real estate photography, something really caught my attention; VR tours. As I learn more about how to create VR tours, a whole new world of multi-row panoramas has opened up. So far I’m learning quite a bit and having fun doing it. Last Friday, after Thanksgiving, I took the opportunity of black Friday to apply what I’ve learned so far by created a VR tour of an abandoned farm in Sedro Woolley WA.
After quite a bit of post processing work, here is what came out.

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It’s Work


Shooting out at the track some days is just awesome. I get to be a part of an activity that many are so passionate about. But as time moves forward, things change. What was new is now old. What was fun becomes mundane. What was awesome is not so awesome anymore. I’m not trying to complain or anything, just telling it how it is.

At the last track day, lets just say the track wasn’t filled to capacity with riders. While shooting from the hot pit, a spectator next to me asked if I was having fun out there. Well, I’m generally an honest person, so I responded by saying, “it’s work.”

When I first got into photography and would watch pro photographers shooting big events like the Olympics and such, I would dream about what it would be like to shoot there. I still dream about being an Olympic photographer one day, but I know those pros are working. And working hard.

Cheers.

Dust from clean sweep kicks up as Mark rides through the first session. – http://www.jasontanaka.com

Grinding it out. – http://www.jasontanaka.com

2013 Seafair Milk Carton Boat Racing


This Saturday was Seafair’s milk carton boat races. It was fun to see some of the “boats” out there. Most actually made it to the finish with only a handful not. I could see trying to get a group of photographers to enter next year 🙂

Boat with the most people – http://www.JasonTanaka.com

Slightly breezy for the top heavy. – http://www.JasonTanaka.com

Uh, think they got a little warm? – http://www.JasonTanaka.com

Not everyone made it to the finish. – http://www.JasonTanaka.com

Biggest Wedding To Date!

Most of the weddings I’ve ever attended… Scratch that. All of the weddings I’ve ever attended or worked were around the 100-150 head count. This past Saturday I brought my SeattleSnaps.com photo booth to a wedding with an expected head count of 600! Wow! The night before I just couldn’t imagine a wedding of that size. It was crazy! People everywhere! The photo booth was super popular. There was a constant line of people waiting for the booth.
At one point I swear there was going to be a riot. As folks got rowdy and the line got longer and wider, folks were pushed others towards the booth to the point that the front of the line was inside the booth! People were screaming, the booth was rocking back and forth with about 8 people jammed into it. At that point I started waving my hands and screamed, “STOP! STOP! STOP!”

CRAZY!!!

In the end, I hope that folks enjoyed the booth and I wish the bride and groom the best of luck!

Constant line throughout the night. http://www.SeattleSnaps.com photo booth