Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Aieeee! Crap! Last week's Wednesday at Wakefield race

So I meant to post this last week when it wasn't a week late, but work got the best of me...

I got out last week to shoot the second of Potomac Velo Club's Wednesdays at Wakefield mountain bike race series. The night was cool and comfortable (compared to what's predicted for tomorrow's event). The shooting with the new 7D was amazing. I fired off roughly 1,070 images and of them, about 1,040 were keepers. Maybe not Sports Illustrated-keepers, but keepers.

Here are a few favorites:

Crossin' 'em up.

A bit of Photoshopery for fun.

Fast corner.

The rest of the gallery can be found here (and in the links over on the left). Hopefully this week's race will be a bit more timely spoken of.

Oh, for those of you into that sorta thing, I created a Facebook page or group or something. Come on over and join in the fun. Ok, so there's not much "fun" there yet, but I'm hoping fun people show up and bring some "fun" along with 'em. And beer. Bring beer, too.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

2010 USAF Clarendon Crit

A few weeks back, I got out to shoot the 2010 USAF Clarendon Crit in Clarendon, VA. It's one of my favorite local road races to shoot due to the vibe and location.

I didn't have press creds this year, so I wandered the field as a spectator with a camera. I tried coming up with different photo ideas, but in all honesty, this year's shots look pretty similar to last year's.

The one thing I did that was new and exciting for me was to shoot HD video using my Canon 7D. I didn't have a tripod with me, so the video is simply braced against a barrier, so it's a bit shaky, but for a first try, I dig it.

I haven't the faintest idea how to embed video in a blog post, so if you're interested in seeing a < 1 minute clip, go here:



Monday, April 26, 2010

Just like LL said...

"Don't call it a comeback...I've been here for years..."*


...I just haven't had much to say lately.

I finally got out to shoot something interesting (relatively, I guess). The 2010 edition of the Greenbrier Challenge mountain bike race was held this past Sunday in Boonsboro MD. I made the drive north and clicked off a couple of thousand images on my new(ish) Canon 7D camera. The day was overcast and threatened rain, but produced none (thankfully). The course was damp/wet and I settled in at a sloppy log crossing complete with a landing zone of roots and ruts about a mile from the start/finish line. Hilarity ensued. (Not really. There were a few crashes but thankfully none very bad. Everybody re-mounted their steeds and rode off.)

Airborne mountain biker

The overcast lighting and high ISO abilities of the new camera produced some great images. And the new AF system on the camera allowed me to come home with far fewer throw-away shots than my old 30D ever did.

Anyway...help pass the word to others who may be interested in seeing themselves in all their muddy glory.

Uh, edit to add, I guess a link would be helpful, eh? Sorry, I'm a bit rusty at this.

Greenbrier Challenge gallery.

* Have I used that line before? I think I might have.