Friday, October 24, 2008

Spooky Things

These things used to be a lot spookier when I was young. Looking back now, I don't see how I ever fell for any of it...running frantically from room to room, trying to anticipate any and all monsters hiding behind corners, and looking to find the exit as quickly as possible. Haunted houses now, however, pose a new challenge: The task of making photos while enveloped in dense fog and little to no light. Although, I have a ways to go in overcoming this new challenge, at least the monsters can't scare me anymore.

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Cyclocross

I never knew this existed until 12 hours before I went to shoot it. And when I try to explain it to people, I find myself saying, "Well, it's kind of like a mix between road biking and motorcross. The guys wear spandex, but they race around a dirt track. And oh yea, sometimes they have to carry their bikes over obstacles..." So for all of you I confused in my explanation of the sport, hopefully this helps a little bit. Here are a few of the photos I took on Saturday. If you want to see more check out the slideshow.

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Caption: The Cross at Xilinx race in Longmont featured 2 sets of triple barriers, sand, 4 sections of off-camber, a double-sided pit, and an off-course start grid. The entire course was 2.1 miles long on Saturday, October 18, 2008.

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Caption: Scott Fliegelman warms up for 25 minutes on his stationary trainer, then does a lap or two of the cyclocross course before racing in the Senior 35+ group at the Xilinx campus in Longmont on Saturday, October 18, 2008.

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Caption: Team members and fans provided bikers with water as they came around the last turn of the course at Bluesky Velo's cyclocross race at the Xilinx campus in Longmont on Saturday, October 18, 2008.

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Caption: James Kinsinger topples over the handlebars from hitting a mud pit, and causes a 4-bike pile up during the Senior Men's 45+ and 55+ cyclocross race at the Xilinx campus in Longmont on Saturday, October 18, 2008.

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Caption: Cassidy Dzekcidrius-Bailey, 9, celebrates his win, while Trevor Way, 9, is awarded second place in the Juniors 8-9 group that raced at Xilinx campus in Longmont on Saturday, October 18, 2008.

Butterfly Bonanza

This weekend I was shooting at a Cyclocross race in Longmont (which I will upload next) and as I was walking back to my car I noticed two huge flower bushes that were infested with hundreds of pollinating butterflies and bees. So I stuck around a while longer and had some fun with it. Unfortunately I didn't have a macro lens with me, which would have been really nice because I could have gotten more detail, but I think they came out well anyway. Now I guess I have to start adding a nature section to my portfolio.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Dancing Elders

This was an event I went to really quickly before heading to a soccer game tonight. I was only there for a little while, but the sun was starting to set and the light was great. I love how it hits only Mrs. Elvira's face as she twirls about in her traditional garb. This was at an Inclusive Community Celebration, that showcased numerous culture groups from the community. It was very colorful...and there was free food.

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Caption: Elvira Contreras, a member of the Ballet de Mi Tierra, performs folkloric dances from many different countries at the Inclusive Communities Celebration at the Longmont Civic Center on Tuesday, October 7, 2008. The Inclusive Community Celebration showcased the City of Longmont and several other community programs that are working on inclusion efforts and promoting understanding about the many different cultures that are a part of the community.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Aspen Adventure

Yesterday my boss plopped a map down on my desk and said, "Here is your assignment. Aspen trees." Basically, I was to drive up Boulder Canyon and make my way to Rocky Mountain National Park over the course of several hours. My goal was to take photos of Aspen trees changing colors for the fall. Not too shabby! Anytime somebody will pay me to drive around in the mountains to take photos of beautiful trees, forge rivers (or creeks), hike through huge meadows, get nailed by freak hail storms, wander through old mining towns, and stumble across large packs of elk, I am more than up for the job.

I found that when I have free range and no strict time limit when shooting I can be much more creative. I take my time with each scene and see things differently. Yesterday actually reminded me of my travel photography, mainly just because of the state of mind I was in. Everything looked new and exciting. These were places I had never seen before, people I had never met before, and it allowed me to pretend I was farther than just a couple miles away from home. However, I have to admit that living so close to all of this is something to brag about. After exploring for six hours, I pretty much realized that I had taken up the best profession I could have picked for myself.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Michelle Obama at CU

It's interesting to think that I am playing a part (a small part) in history by attending these events. Today Michelle Obama spoke at the University of Colorado at Boulder...in the middle of campus. The event was a voter registration rally to try to get unregistered people to make the Colorado deadline, which is Monday. Some papers said that it was the largest crowd of people to ever gather on Farrand Field... I questioned that recalling a certain "holiday" in April around the 20th where supposedly 10,000 kids showed up.

Anyway, I have never been around so much media before, it was like I couldn't get a unique shot because there was always another photographer shooting right next to me. I guess that's when ditching the press section for the crowd pays off.

Lessons Learned:
1. Podium shots, although sometimes required and necessary, are boring.
2. Always listen to the advice of your editor, so you don't walk around shooting an event on a sunny day at ISO 1600... I guess I learn the hard way.

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Caption: Michelle Obama visits the University of Colorado at Boulder to give a free speech on Farrand Field to students and the public on Wednesday, October 1, 2008. The event is part of the campaign's nationwide efforts to get unregistered voters to register before Monday, the state's deadline.

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Caption: Wandering through the crowd, a man dressed as Barack Obama hugs, waves, and takes pictures with fans awaiting Michelle Obama's appearance on Farrand Field at CU on Wednesday, October 1, 2008.

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Caption: "I've been registering people to vote on campus and it is exciting to finally get everyone together to feel the spirit," said Natalie Bograd, a sophomore at CU, while cheering for Michelle Obama on Wednesday, October 1, 2008.

To see more photos you can visit MICHELLE OBAMA at CU