Sunday, July 27, 2008


This was right after I dropped out of my first race of the year. Wow, do I LOVE a good criterium.

Even though I didn't finish, I wasn't that far off the mark. A couple more weeks of consistent riding would have made the difference. Of course, I picked the hardest crit of the year, at a time when everyone else has been racing for 3 months.

The kids had never seen anything like it and they were freaked out and excited at the same time.

Pictures are Everywhere

You just have to see them and you have to have your camera with you.

1/2 second exposure, 10.5mm fisheye lens, ISO 100.

Friday, July 25, 2008


A while ago I started taking my camera everywhere I went. It's a habit I picked up from reading my Ken Rockwell ( Rockwell was comparing cameras and highlighted that "technically" the best pictures were taken on his biggest, heaviest camera. Except, that he never had that camera with him, because it was too big and heavy. The lesson being, that you can miss great pictures because you don't have your camera with you.

It has been paying off recently, with unexpected pictures in unexpected places. Most of my mountain biking pictures are the result of my packing the DSLR and an extra lens whenever I ride somewhere cool.

This afternoon on the way home from work it paid off in a weirdly cool way. A celebrity spotting in Fairfax, Virginia.

I pulled into a local grocery store, and BAM, a cool picture opportunity was sitting there waiting for me to drive by with my camera.

Emeril Lagasse was filming (or taping) a TV show on the patio of the local Whole Foods. Heh.

I had no idea it took 30+ people to do a TV show. But, based on the number of teevee-types buzzing around, it must.

Fresh Fish on the Menu

Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Way to the Swimming Hole

Flowers on the way to the falls.

The sun went behind the clouds just long enough to allow me to shoot a 2 second exposure, making the water look like an actual waterfall.

We hiked down to the creek - about 1.3 miles - and came to what I figured were the pools and small falls described by the guide book.

We only walked 1.3 miles, so I figured this was about worth it. Until we walked a but further down the trail and walked into the real swimming hole. Once we got in the water, I didn't have time to fool around with the camera, so what you see is exactly what it looked like.

We had the pool to ourselves for about 5 minutes, when a huge crew of teenagers showed up and started doing flips and having a great time. I can only imagine that this little falls is a raging pool of freezing cold water in early May. We'll have to come back when you can jump off the tree. For now, it was too shallow.

For someone who never thought you could have fun in water unless you were at a beach, this was a ton of fun.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Happy Birthday, USA!

My first attempt at shooting fireworks. On top of figuring out the camera, it was raining, so I was holding an umbrella. Trust me, I have enough trouble with coordination in general, nevermind trying to run a camera in the dark, setting aperture, ISO, white balance and all the rest.

If I try it again, I'll be more mindful of two things: The wind direction and the ambient light. Too much of both in these shots.

Colors are cool, though. Most of my shots were f5.6 at ISo 100, 1" shutter.