Archive | August, 2017

Starting Again

Does soccer really ever end? Fall season, tournaments, winter training, spring season, state cup, tournaments, tryouts, a month off. Then practices, tournaments, new season…  To answer my own question–not really.

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Flat Trackin’

In the name of trying to better myself and grow as a photographer, I have found myself in some odd places this summer. From standing in the mosquito infested woods shooting grass roots mountain bike racing on a Thursday night; to the stands of a rodeo at the Isabella County Fair; to most recently, trackside at a flat track motocross race at the Polka Dots Motorcycle Club on the outskirts of Midland, Michigan. All of the events posed a variety of challenges to me as a growing photographer, and they were all entertaining to shoot and to spectate. 

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Saved With Black & White?

Over the past two weeks, I made the 20-minute drive south to Alma, Michigan to shoots some photos at the Thursday Night Alma Mountain Bike Time Trial. For most of the first race I had some success, finding a spot in the woods with enough light to capture the action without getting too high in the ISO department. A week later I was not so lucky. I tried a different location and found myself fighting with the light (and the mosquitos) and shooting at a super high ISO. It felt like a huge waste of my time.

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Salvaging A Ride

My ride this past Wednesday was extremely lackluster. I didn’t eat a proper breakfast (a hard boiled egg, coffee, and some almonds), and my legs were just dead. The air was thick, the sun was hot, and I had nothing. I thought that the initial mile of climbing would wake my legs up, but it only served to make it feel worse.

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