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COME ALONG WITH ME ON A DOCUMENTARY SHOOT

We've been working on an on-going documentary film project in Spokane WA; filming a ton of interviews using the Sony PXW-FS7. I want to talk about recording and grading SLog3. I'm also evaluating the Rode NTG4+ shotgun and Sennheiser AVX livelier microphones. 

 
 

FS7 + Fireworks

 

THIS VIDEO SHOWS A FEW THINGS

a. Fireworks out of focus are super epic.
b. The Sony PXW-FS7 handles low light pretty alright. No noise reduction at all. I also love the dynamic range here... theres still a bit of info in the blacks (not much in the final grade) and it was able to retain most of the highlight info inside the explosions in the sky. 
ISO 2000 / f1.4 (and a speed booster) /  1/180 Shutter at most. (for 180fps)
c. 180fps on the FS7 is buttery and mixes well with 4k 60fps. There's definitely a noticeable loss in image quality when you drop out of 4k... not just resolution... I need to be careful about how far I push my grade on the 1080 slow motion shots.  
d. The lumetri scope almost looks cooler than the fireworks!

 
 
 

Mountain Cabin Wedding

 

A YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL NORTHWEST COUPLE

Rick and Elizabeth held their quant nuptials at her parent's gorgeous family cabin, up in the North Idaho mountains. The films I chose for these photographs were inspired by the beautiful, timeless... almost 70s vibe of this secluded setting. I'm using Fuji 400h for all the color images, which is a modern film, commonly used for weddings because of its washed out greens and easily faded highlights. I mixed these with two different black and white films; Ilford Pan F Plus 50; which has a vast dynamic range, super dark blacks and ultra white whites... and the negative side of the Fuji FP-3000b; which is super washed out and super faded and super grainy... I can't help myself... I love the mysterious look of an ultra grainy black and white image that's been push processed way too far. 

Enjoy this photo story. 

 

Ireland // Part 1

When we found out we were pregnant with Harrison, Shayla and I bought two tickets to Ireland and Iceland. We joke that it was our "we have to go now" trip. We photographed everything. We saw so much beautiful landscape, and met so many wonderful people, and talked so very much with each other.

There's a fine art photographer, Henry Wessel, who photographs the streets of New York, and practices this crazy workflow where he stores his film for a year before he ever looks at the images. He says this relieves him of the emotional attachment, and allows him to look at the images critically. Ultimately, this is the practice I’ve made with these Ireland and Iceland images. I’ve stored the photographs for well over a year and eagerly awaited the day that I’d be able to crack open the file. 

These photographs are for my wife. Shayla Lyn. I’ve curated a book of art from our travels to those two beautiful places, in order to remind her of who we are; who she is; beyond being a mom. 

Enjoy these images of Ireland, and be sure to check out part 2: Iceland.

 

Iceland // Part 2

When we found out we were pregnant with Harrison, Shayla and I bought two tickets to Ireland and Iceland. We joke that it was our "we have to go now" trip. We photographed everything. We saw so much beautiful landscape, and met so many wonderful people, and talked so very much with each other.

There's a fine art photographer, Henry Wessel, who photographs the streets of New York, and practices this crazy workflow where he stores his film for a year before he ever looks at the images. He says this relieves him of the emotional attachment, and allows him to look at the images critically. Ultimately, this is the practice I’ve made with these Ireland and Iceland images. I’ve stored the photographs for well over a year and eagerly awaited the day that I’d be able to crack open the file. 

These photographs are for my wife. Shayla Lyn. I’ve curated a book of art from our travels to those two beautiful places, in order to remind her of who we are; who she is; beyond being a mom. 

Enjoy these images of Ireland, and be sure to check out part 1: Ireland.

 

Larry H Miller Shamrock Sale

 

A quick and simple TV ad for Larry H Miller Lexus Spokane. 

The script was written by the General Manager, and the date was set for the shoot; we came in and interjected our humor and quality production.

 

Produced and Directed // Mitch Williams and Sam McGhee
Director Photography // Sam McGhee
Script // Bob McLean and Mitch Williams
Editing and Color Grading // Sam McGhee
Production Assistant and Key Grip // Kiefer Brown 

 
 
 

Fish The Mo

Fish The Mo

A short film and a curated gallery about an adventure nymph fishing for brown trout and rainbow trout on the Missouri River in Montana, and the people we got to know along the way.

Bright Night of Hope 2017

 

Thank you for joining us for a Bright Night of Hope Fundraiser on February 25th, 2017 benefiting GraceSon Housing Foundation, a home in Spokane that provides housing and hope to teen mothers ages 13-18. 

Here are a curated collection of candid images from the night, and the featured video.

 
 
 

Candid Photographs

 
 

Inland Northwest Engagement

Photographing people is becoming more personal for me these days. My daily work is so commercial that engagement portraits are just plane relaxing and... frankly... fun. It also helps when you're photographing close friends. Steven and Micaiah attended college with me, studying photography. Our love affair with super faded black and white films keeps our friendship close even though they moved across the state. 

For these images, I'm super inspired by Stan Flanagan. I studied black and white medium format film; when ever my exposure wasn't right, and I had to push process a ton, I'd get these super grainy, moody, almost mysterious images. I'm obsessed with this extreme look.

Cheers to these two and their beautiful little family.

Editorial Family Photos

 

I don't always do family photos... but when I do... I go all out editorial studio. All my portraiture is inspired by Victoria Will and Clay Cook and Robby Klein and Cameron Powell. Moody, editorial, studio, simple light setup photographs drive my creativity in the cinematography world. When I shoot portraiture, I add the look of a Fuji 400 film that's been push processed about a stop. This gives each photograph an emotive quality... skin tones are soft and pink, mid-tones roll smoothly into the shadows, shadows are just a tad faded up into a darker grey, and my favorite part: the subtle grain that emotionally takes you away from the digital production. 

My Grandma Diane was the family photographer. I remember traveling with her to Wenatchee, WA to photograph a cousin's senior portraits... she was never paid for her images; she was the family's photographer. Almost like... it was her duty to cultivate images of her people. So I am Uncle Sam, our family's photographer. 

Please enjoy these images of my little niece, Georgia Belle, celebrating her 1st birthday. 

 

2 Secrets For Crafting Beautiful Video

2 Secrets For Crafting Beautiful Video

Are you a content creator? A videographer? A company looking for new video content? Check out my most recent video production and get my tips for crafting beautiful video of your own. 

Brett & Danielle // Wedding at The FOX

Brett & Danielle // Wedding at The FOX

This wedding at The Fox Theater in Downtown Spokane was easily my favorite place to photograph in 2016.

Telect Cable Links Ad

I've been creating content for Telect in Liberty Lake, Washington for 4 years now and this was by far one of the most fun filled videos we've made. Telect makes gear for data centers and telcom companies. Their products are one of the huge behind the scene reasons Facebook, Google, Netflix, Verizon, and AT&T (just to name a slim few!) are functioning today. On this production I operated as Director of Photography, Cinematographer, and Editor. 

Gear Specs:

Sony FS7
Sigma 24mm f1.4
Canon 50mm f1.4
Sigma 85mm f1.4
Rode NTG4+
Rode Blimp
Fiilex Q1000 LED Light
Fiilex Q500 LED Light
Wescott 7ft Parabolic Umbrella
Small kit of low power LED panel lights that I can't remember... 

Jace // Senior Portraits 2017

It's a strange time of life when all my "little" cousins are becoming adults. I am excited to showcase these images of one of my many awesome family members. The lighting techniques I'm using here were designed to show off Jace's Suave attitude. Check out these images and many more from my photography studio in Liberty Lake, Washington. 

Madison // Senior 2017

Madison's senior portrait session hit close to my heart because she's a running start student. Like Madison, I too decided to get college out of the way while still in high school. She has this powerful "get-it-done" but still "go-with-the-flow" personality that I feel these images truly reflect. These are some of my favorite photographs I've shot in quite some time. Thank you, Madison, for making my job easy! Check out this senior portrait session.