Sunday, November 24, 2013
Had the Rugged Maniac
race out at Firebird Raceway on Saturday. It was a 5k mud & obstacle run and those are always fun. Except the weather was threatening to make us miserable. All week long I was watching the weather and everything said rain most of the day Saturday. Showed up and it look bad most of the day but not enough rain to worry about finding the umbrella. So, it all worked out just fine.
Then on Sunday I shot the Great American Pie run. It was an easy day with a 10k and 5k and only about 300 racers between the two races. Nothing wrong with an easy day after a long day :)
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
That was an easy day but not without it's challenges. Rainy in the morning for my bike shot. With a leaky umbrella. It cleared up around 10a like weather.com said it would but then clear skies and the 90ΒΊ temperatures make it moderately hot while sitting in the sun in front of the finish line. All in all an easy day. I think I wound up with nearly 6000 bike images and on the upside of 5000 run shots. Followed all that up by a 3 hour awards ceremony and a four hour drive back to Phoenix at 9p on little sleep. Only nodded off a couple times, really a sustained blink if you will, and made it back at 1:30a to kick the dog off my pillow and climb in to let my tired, sweaty, and smelly body recuperate for a few hours before returning to the grind of normal life.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
But it's starting to pickup. I'm heading to Seattle this weekend for the Irongirl race there. I'm taking an extra day on Saturday to head out to Stevens Pass to shred the downhill mountain bike trails with some locals. Gonna be awesome. Maybe when I get back the heat will all be gone?
Monday, June 24, 2013
Well, that was fun! Got contracted to work Ironman CDA and after my first time up there two years ago I told the Mrs how beautiful it is. So, she decided to come and enjoy the area. And the rain. We got in Tuesday before the race and did some hiking, in the rain. On Friday I rented a Stumpy 29er from Two Wheeler Dealer
and had a great time riding the very challenging Caribou Ridge #79 near Beauty Bay. It cleared up nicely for the event with just a couple sprinkles at the finish line between 10p and midnight.
I pulled an early bike shot as my first assignment which meant I got to sleep in until 5:30a. Typically, I'd be getting up around 3:30a in order to get to transition and set things up but those duties did not belong to me this time. And it was a welcome change :)
As I returned the Mrs to the airport on Friday I was telling her it'd been a while since I worked a full iron. I wasn't sure if I was gonna enjoy it because they are 20 to 23 hour days that are pretty much nonstop. But, it all went quickly and smoothly. Shot bikes, went to the finish and before I knew it it was 9p and I'd been sitting at the finish line for six and a half hours. Got to spend the remainder of the evening getting promo images of the crowd, announcers, signage, and athletes coming in at the last minute.
Still enjoyed it immensely. It's not for everyone but I have a good time doing it.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
The Third Annual Run for the Thirsty
is in the books and images are uploaded. Now we're just waiting for the taggers to tag all the athlete bib numbers and we'll be live!
Keep checking my backprint site
for when it goes live and you can start ordering prints, files, and other merchandise!
Thanks for having us out there today!
Monday, May 6, 2013
Just returned from a fun weekend enjoying the heat up in St George, Utah. I lead a team for brightroom in 2011 when it was a full-iron and it was nice to get back, this time covering it for FinisherPix.
These Ironman races are actually a good time even though they are some long days. At the full-iron length races we are up and working for 22 to 26 hours straight. This half-iron was only 14 hours of work but then I had to drive back to Vegas and return to Phoenix via plane so it was still a 19 hour day. But seeing these athletes cross that finish line puts a smile on your face...
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Man, I'm always surprised at how many people they can cram into a small area at once. This is one of the TOUGHEST yet shortest races I cover. 4.2 miles is not long to separate 30k people so it's literally a WALL of people coming at you for 2 hours. Tough to get good quality shots but we come back every year so they are obviously selling :)
Monday, April 15, 2013
Wow, I was supposed to be working the Boston Marathon but got stiffed at the last minute. Now I'm a little happy but I certainly hope the best for everyone including the photographers in the photo bridge right where the explosions occurred and right where I would have likely been stationed.
Friday, April 12, 2013
I got contracted to cover this event this weekend. The best of the college athletes converge on Tempe this weekend to see who's the best at Triathalon!
Friday is a quick Sprint Distance with the men and women competing at different times. Saturday will be longer with a Olympic Distance race for the men and women at separate times. They'll follow it up with a Mixed Team Relay.
Another fun event even though it's a little warm to be sitting in the sun taking photos and cooking my brain!
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
It's up and ready for viewing and ordering.
SW Spine Mountain to Fountain Gallery
Unfortunately, there was some kind of problem on the backend and the site defaulted to it's retail prices which, in my opinion, are ridiculously overpriced for most items. Only a handful of orders were placed before I caught the error and they will be notified of their upcoming refund. The pricing is currently where I think it's a happy medium between Wide Open making a decent profit for our time out there and you athletes not feeling like you've been raked over the coals.
If you have any feedback PLEASE let me hear from you!
I want to hear it so I am better able to provide you athletes with a product you feel is worth the money.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
So, the 3rd Annual Southwest Spine Mountain to Fountain went off without a hitch. As smooth as any other event we've worked and the images are being uploaded as I write this. The gallery should become live by Wednesday so check wideopenevents.org
around then for your images!
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Well, not exactly my first race, but my first race as the sole provider of photos. I'm usually working for someone else but tomorrow's race, the Southwest Spine Mountain to Fountain 15k, is my first on my own. With any luck it will go just like last year's race as well as any of the hundreds I've covered before except that this time I'll get a little more money in my pocket... :)