Iwamoto's Photos

Painting with light.

Brandon Iwamoto is a freelance photographer based in Aurora, Colorado, USA

Rapids

Got the opportunity today to shoot portraits of Colorado Rapids players Kosuke Kimura and Davy Armstrong at the Dick’s Sporting Good Park for the cover of Asian Avenue Magazine. The two are a class act, great folks and easy to work with, made getting a few different shots in a few different places relatively easy.

It was definitely an interesting experience, my first time just chatting with and shooting portraits of professional athletes, especially a pair who just won a national championship with the Rapids this past season.

Also had a chance to shoot with my buddy Joe’s 5D Mark II, reaffirming my love for that particular camera body. The detail it captures is utterly amazing and I love the full frame. Just an all around fun day to shoot today.

Thanks for reading and look forward to posting more in the near future!

/Brandon

Biting the Bullet

Decided it was worth it. I registered for Flash Bus 2011, and I’m not sure if it was a good idea, but dammit I can’t resist.

In other news, I’ve got a couple of fun things coming up. I’ll update tomorrow on one, because should it fall through I’d rather not get anyone talking about it. The other, however, is a fun little cover shoot for Asian Avenue Magazine of Colorado Avalanche forward Brandon Yip and Colorado Rapids players Kosuke Kimura and Davey Armstrong.

So, for now things are looking up. Colorado Press Association Job Fair tomorrow, then prep for the portrait shoots over the weekend. Thanks for reading.

/Brandon

Peak Performers Final

As promised, here they are. The special section runs tomorrow, so I can post tonight, finally! Without further ado, the 2010 Fall Peak Performers:

Big School Football: Dominic Rufran (Palmer)

Small School Football: Tyree Walker (Vista Ridge)

Big School Volleyball (co-winner): Nikki Glass (Pine Creek)

Big School Volleyball (co-winner): Taylor Simpson (Doherty)

Small School Volleyball: Claire Felix (TCA)

Boys Cross Country: Spencer Wenck (Palmer Ridge)

Girls Cross Country: Hannah Everson (Liberty)

Field Hockey: Kaili Simmons (Palmer Ridge)

Golf: Cam Harrell (Air Academy)

Gymnastics: Kiersten Clowes (Palmer Ridge)

Boys Soccer: Ryan Dozier (Air Academy)

Softball: Mariah Peterson (Lewis-Palmer)

Boys Tennis: Jon Moore (Cheyenne Mountain)

That’s all of them. Two weeks of tight scheduling, lighting issues, drama and working days off’s worth of work. Enjoy, I’m certainly glad it’s over now. Ironically enough too, this is post number 100 in this blog. Cheers!

/Brandon

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P.S. For detailed lighting information, please view one of the photos on my Flickr page.

The Harder They Fall

Got to cover the state semi-final soccer tournament earlier this evening, a bout between the heavily favored, undefeated, number one-seeded, defending state champion Colorado Springs Christian School against a surprise team in The Classical Academy.

CSCS hadn’t lost a game in two years. With one quick shot in overtime, their undefeated streak, and their season, came to a close. As much as I like to shoot jubilation photos, sometimes the story really begs for the dejection shot.

As a journalist, I’m supposed to be fair and unbiased and so I knew that, despite the fact I know the coach, assistant coach and two of the players (thanks to the gf), I had to send this photo. I compared it to being like a dentist, and how by the end of it nobody is particularly happy with me. But ya gotta do what you gotta do, if I’m not prepared to send photos like this when it’s what the story calls for, then it’s a conflict of interest and I shouldn’t be shooting it.

Needless to say, there was a stunned silence from one half of the field and bleachers. Nobody expected it, the team had pulled off overtime victories in the playoffs before, it was not a new situation. But that’s why you play the game, you never know how it will end.

It’s games like this a lot of us live for: sudden death overtime, on a dimly lit high school field, the season on the line and an upset in the making. It always makes for great pictures. It’s just too bad one side or the other isn’t going to be happy about seeing it that way in the paper the next morning.

That’s all for tonight, thanks for reading!

/Brandon

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Think on Your Feet

Sometimes you get portrait subjects that are impossible to work with — naysayers about everything, unenthusiastic and who make it plainly obvious there are better things they could be doing with their time. Then there are subjects who are so easy going and laid back and open to anything that you think “Oh, this’ll be a piece of cake!”

Then sometimes they’re so laid back they don’t really bring the equipment you ask, are completely without ideas and do only and exactly what you ask. Which can be alright, if you’re good at thinking on your feet and have contingency plans out the wazoo. I am not one of those people. I hate to say it, but ideas are scare with me, especially when it comes to sports portraits, I just don’t have the creativity and originality required to pull off the kinds of things people like Donald Miralle can pull off. So when your subjects arrive without the things you wanted, sometimes you just have to revert back to the basics.

With Danny, a dual sport athlete in soccer and football (and damn good at both), it meant foregoing all of my original ideas that involved the dramatic juxtaposition of football and soccer and just go with nice light and a comfortable pose. Luckily being as laid back as he was, it was easy to get him to take a few extra minutes to try some weird and, ultimately, less impressive ideas. But all after making the clean, safe shot.

All that came after a bit of a feature hunt that really turned up nothing… until I pulled into the parking lot at Sand Creek High School (where I was supposed to meet Danny) and saw the entire baseball team, all on Fall Break, cleaning and painting the baseball field. Bam, a few minutes of working the scene and I found myself a nice, colorful little feature for the paper. It’s a little frustrating driving around everywhere in search of a feature and one just falls into your lap, but you’re still glad they did.

That quote I posted the other day, by Joe McNally? Today exemplified that down to a T.

Sometimes it’s all working for you and you still miss. Other times it all sucks and you get a terrific frame. You just never know. The one surefire way to get nothing is to not bother looking.

That’s all for today, time for a couple of days off and then back to it! Take care and thanks for reading!

/Brandon

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Not a particularly great day of shooting today, but ehh what can ya do? I try to go out every day and make a picture I’m proud to show on this blog (one of the many ways it’s helping to re-inspire me) and today was no exception, but unfortunately it just wouldn’t be.
I’m beginning to really appreciate and almost like soccer because of how often I’ve had to shoot it lately, but even so I know that hockey season here is just around the corner, so I’m sure it won’t last long… Hockey is a tough sport to shoot (so is soccer),  but I’m really hoping to come away this fall with some great images, something different than what I’ve shot after four seasons as a Colorado Eagles team photographer. It’ll be tough, but if I can nail something portfolio worthy then I’ll be a happy camper…. but isn’t that pretty much every day’s goal?
Anywhoo, keeping it short tonight. See yah!
/Brandon
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Not a particularly great day of shooting today, but ehh what can ya do? I try to go out every day and make a picture I’m proud to show on this blog (one of the many ways it’s helping to re-inspire me) and today was no exception, but unfortunately it just wouldn’t be.

I’m beginning to really appreciate and almost like soccer because of how often I’ve had to shoot it lately, but even so I know that hockey season here is just around the corner, so I’m sure it won’t last long… Hockey is a tough sport to shoot (so is soccer),  but I’m really hoping to come away this fall with some great images, something different than what I’ve shot after four seasons as a Colorado Eagles team photographer. It’ll be tough, but if I can nail something portfolio worthy then I’ll be a happy camper…. but isn’t that pretty much every day’s goal?

Anywhoo, keeping it short tonight. See yah!

/Brandon

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Too Tired to Type

Hey guys, I know I haven’t updated the past couple of days, and so I had to make sure I don’t go a third without posting. So despite being FAR too tired to make a full entry, I’ll just post a few photos from the past couple days. I’ve put in a combined 23 hours of work Thursday and Friday alone, so you’ll understand why I’m about ready to pass the hell out.

Without further ado:

Enjoy~

/Brandon