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The Independence Day Parade in Colfax this year, which took place on July 3rd, turned out to be a lot of fun. It was a little frustrating to have to wait for the train to pass before the festivities could begin, but once it got rolling things quickly looked up.
Highlights of the parade were the Quinn Family Clowns, lots of free flying candy, a little campaign stumping by Scott Owens and plenty of kids and family friendly fun.
Capping off the entire event were the fireworks later that evening. We were there, but I decided not to take pictures.
Check out the gallery of what I did take here.
Last Saturday, June 20th, 2009, we headed on down to the Third Annual Pirate Festival at Mare Island in Vallejo. It was free and I have to tell you, we really got our money’s worth. I had more fun there just walking around than I have had in some time at any other event.
I really appreciate it when someone is so into it that they go the extra step to do it right. And whereas at many other events the women step it up and make the men look like pathetic wannabes, well, it wasn’t that way at the Pirate Fest. In fact, it was hard to find too many women that were as glammed up as many of the men.
I highly recommend checking this event out next year. It’s worth going out of your way for. It’s just a good, family friendly, exciting event. There were a ton of kids there and I didn’t see one making complaint.
Great music and food and fantastic shopping, especially if you’re into the kind of duds that pirates might favor.
Check out the gallery here.
I had seen Lance race earlier this year in two legs of the Tour of California (Sacramento and Solvang respectively). Although it was great to see him riding
again, he didn’t seem like the dominant force he was back in the day.
Galleries from both of those races are in the Mesomorphic album here.
Watching Lance at that time was more entertaining than serious racing. Don’t get me wrong, he was still a lot faster than many of the other riders on those courses, but he wasn’t even close to matching Levi Leipheimer’s performance. To be serious, I thought he was more about promoting cancer awareness.
I figured it would be more of the same this time around.
I was sorely mistaken.
The Lance that showed on in Nevada City was a different man. He was noticeably stronger. And the man was a monster on his bike. For the first 25 laps he rode with Levi trading off first position almost every lap. But there was a point at about the 30th lap where he just changed. Anyone there paying only minor attention would have surely have seen it.
Suddenly, he was throwing his bike back and forth as if he were hell bent on a mission. An older gentleman that was standing beside me looked at me and said, “What just happened?” The next time he came around he was clearly separated from the paladin.
From that point each successive lap the distance only grew and I was blown away when about three laps later he was all by himself and the rest of the group was out of site.
At the end of the race while they were interviewing Lance the emcee asked, “What inspired you today Lance?” And he answered (this is from memory so forgive me if it isn’t perfectly accurate), “I don’t know. The crowd was just electric. And there was the smell of the barbeque and the beer and the smell of something else I can’t talk about here.”
The crowd laughed. Nevada City. What can you say?It was a great race.
See the Nevada City Classic gallery here.
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The Furr Ball was everything it was chalked up to be. Kind of like a small slice of the playa transported into the unlikely location of Gold River, which is a small borough in Rancho Cordova. There were fire performers, mutant vehicles, lots of art and a couple of hundred people dressed up in their playa finest.
The theme was fun fur and Roger Rabbit, so there were plenty of outrageous costumes moving to the music of a half dozen DJs.
I set up a pair of strobes off in the corner and planned to take a bunch of portraits. Unfortunately, there was so much going on outside many of the patrons never made it inside or failed to notice I was set up if they had.
Due to this detriment I was able to get outside and run around and I actually took some of the first fire performance shots I have taken in probably two years. Yes, I know it’s hard to believe. I was supposed to go to Fire Drums VII this weekend, but due to my current situation with opening the studio I decided to bow out.
As I said last year, there’s always next year. Maybe not!
Check out the Furr Ball gallery here.
I know it’s hard to believe, but for the second time in as many years someone has taken it upon themselves to throw me a massive birthday party. I know, I couldn’t believe it myself, but it appears that the good folks at Camp Inspiritum have stepped it up and really went beyond the call of duty to throw me the biggest bash ever.
Me, being the gracious guy that I am, suggested, HEY, why don’t you guys make it a combination benefit party for your camp while you’re at it? And they were like, Why didn’t we think of that? All I could do is shrug.
So yeah, you can support one of the most awesome camps on the playa while you are also celebrating my birthday. And as an added bonus I will take some kind of amazing photo of you in your furry finest.
That’s right, in lieu of a gift there is an advanced $20 donation required. Hey, $20 bucks for 8 hours of solid rollicking partying, the likes you haven’t seen, well, since Erin threw me that bash last year. And this time there is going to be performances and fire and all kinds of insanity. It’s really going to be something.
Need more information? There’s plenty of it here.
But why bother with information. Just go buy tickets right now and save yourself some trouble. Buy tickets here.
Okay, so to be honest this doesn’t have anything to do with my birthday. It just happens to correspond with the actual day. And I will be shooting special portraits there, which will be posted in a gallery on my site and announced, probably a week or two after.
This was the first time I had an opportunity to shoot a time trial event like this. Accordingly, I decided to use my time to practice my ability panning. Another photographer was sitting beside me and I’m pretty sure he thought I was crazy, as he felt it more important to go for the clean, clear shot on each rider.
I’m not a great bike fan so for me that wasn’t as important as getting something more interesting and creative, as well as developing my ability using this technique.
I am content with some of the results and less so with others. You can make up your own mind. Visit the gallery here.
The Coat Check Party had a very cool concept. Choose a coat to wear and cram the pockets full with whatever items you felt like bringing along. When you got to the party you checked your coat and they give you a number. After everyone has arrived they start re-distributing the coats. The result was a bunch of people walking around with funny looking coats that didn’t always fit. Then as you watched you see the wearers pulling out whatever happened to be in the pockets. Chewing gum, knick knacks, flasks with liquor in them, condoms, you name it. While I would have expected the majority of the coats to have had silly things lining the pockets, most of them had truly interesting and creative items.
I only snapped a few images, most of them either around the neon light in the bar or using an off camera flash. But I did get a few images I thought were worth sharing. It was a cold night and we ended up staying close to the fire in order to stay warm. Great idea for a party though.
Check out the gallery here.
This has to be a record for my posting a gallery. 176 pictures. This party was a real blast. Lots of new faces (for me and my camera). Thank you Erin & Lars. And congratulations. I think there are some great shots of the two of you.
I mixed them up. Each page is consecutive in order, but the pages are not.
See them in the Gone Beyond Folder here.
This is one of my favorite sets of images. I have literally hundreds of shots of simple flashes of reflected light. Usually, it’s reflected from windows, but sometimes you’ll see a strange pattern of geometric shapes coming off a chrome wheel or a shiny tank. The best results usually involve a well defined object shadowing the beam, such as a leafless tree or an unaware pedestrian coming between.
I’ll be adding lots of pictures to this gallery.
See the first offering here.