PDX Squared Event

Updated on June 4, 2018 in Photography
8 on March 2, 2018

Something people in the NW may get a little excited about:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-squared-2018-contestant-registration-pdxsq18-registration-43056833147

I just registered. Holler, if you think you’ll be going. It’s on my birthday weekend, so good excuse to spring for the reg fee!

 
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1 on March 29, 2018

Super cool thanks for sharing Max; keep us in the loop how it goes!

 

on April 14, 2018

Thanks for posting this Max, So bummed I missed the registration , on the wait list …. oh well, there’s always next year… 🙂 

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0 on May 27, 2018

That was pretty cool. I’m not used to staying out all day/night shooting, so it took some self coaxing to keep going. I only got told off once though, (well, literally pushed down the sidewalk, telling me “gangs run this street, they don’t want you around, cop or not.”. That was a little weird, as it’s Portland. Anyway.

I got a little bored with my hood, and I wasn’t really turning up anything super exciting, so I headed across town to photograph an underground bike race with some friends. After that I tried to push it and headed back downtown for later than I’m normally awake, but was just drained. Late the next day I got all but one of my best shots. I think the one that I took that actually ended up winning the “Portlandia” category (!) Was one taken just a few shots before I had to call it and start editing.

The judging was all done live. It was pretty brutal for the most part for those that made the final few cut. Prior to that they would just go down the line and say yes/no and vote them into a final group. All but one of mine missed any sort of in depth discussion. It was super cool though, you don’t really get to see that side of a selection process anywhere else I’m aware of.

I’m not sure of when they plan to put something up online. Pro-photo supply had an Instagram post. I guess there’s also a gallery showing of a bunch of the photos early next year that one of the sponsors will put on.

I would probably do it again.

I posted my submissions on my website:
maxmerkle.com

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2 on May 27, 2018

Also I won a bunch of stuff. I have a couple of things I want to give to someone on here. Let me first get it sorted out with the sponsors to make sure I can transfer them.

on May 28, 2018

One of them is a Lensbaby Twist 60 lens.  It’s based on some of the older Russian optical designs, giving the off-center background blur a rotated look.  It’s a pretty cool effect.  It just doesn’t mount on my camera!  You can get it in Nikon, Canon, Sony mounts.  Let me know if you want it and I can give you the online gift code.

on May 28, 2018

For free. Just want to emphasize that

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1 on May 29, 2018

The other one I can give away is a copy of ON1 Raw photo processing software.  It does all the essential things that Lightroom would do in terms of photo processing.  Let me know if you’re interested in getting this for free.

on June 4, 2018

So cool, Max! I’m so disappointed I didnt get in but my husband and I went to the waterfront esplanade on the east side … for some reason, I cant upload any images but will post to another thread… Hope to get in next year!

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