Avondale Criterium Bicycle Race

I love bicycle racing. I used to do quite a bit of it when I was younger — I managed a bike shop, ran a club, raced myself as a Category 3 racer back in the day. I’ve forgotten more about bikes than most people ever know, so when it comes time for the racing season to start up here in Arizona I try to go out and hit a couple of races to stir the blood again. I’ve been riding my bike to work on occasion as well, and it REALLY feels good to be back on two wheels. Or rather, it really feels good now that my butt is once again used to the saddle. It hurt a LOT for a couple of days until that happened.

Anyway, a few weeks ago I went out to the Avondale Criterium in Avondale, AZ and shot some of the early races, and had a lot of fun. Bikes haven’t changed that much since I was riding seriously, but there sure are some good riders out there. There’s another race on the 26th that I may try to hit as well, just for fun.

Shooting cycling is a great way to practice a number of photography skills. First and foremost, it helps with controlling motion. The shutter’s function on the camera (as part of basic exposure) is to control motion. Shooting with a fast shutter speed will stop motion, while shooting with a slow shutter speed will allow the motion to register on the image. It’s the photographer’s job to decide what the final output needs to be, and in order to determine this it’s vital that the photographer understands the camera. So shooting bike racing is a good predictable way to experiment with shutter speed choice and control. Second, cycling is a great way to practice focus control and panning, meaning experimenting with the continuous focusing function of the camera and also following the rider with the lens as he zips by. See if you can figure out what my settings were in these photos!

Avondale Criterium Bicycle Race
Avondale Criterium Bicycle Race
Avondale Criterium Bicycle Race
Avondale Criterium Bicycle Race
Avondale Criterium Bicycle Race
Avondale Criterium Bicycle Race
Avondale Criterium Bicycle Race
Avondale Criterium Bicycle Race
Avondale Criterium Bicycle Race
Avondale Criterium Bicycle Race

The Rockin’ Sounds of JOYRIDE!!

Joyride is among the best cover bands I’ve heard in a LONG time — I mean, seriously, I don’t know any other band that can cover Evanescence and Pat Benatar and Journey in the same set and do it so well. And Sharett, the singer, is the sweetest thing ever (and so is her mom!). They played at Cactus Jack’s in Ahwatukee and absolutely rocked the joint. What a pleasure to hang with friends and do a little shooting and listen to great music.

You can see the whole gallery here. Band managers — if you like what you see, please contact me about gig and concert coverage. Concert promoters, venue owners as well — I can cover your events affordably and with the highest quality.

Joyride at Cactus Jack's!
Joyride at Cactus Jack's!
Joyride at Cactus Jack's!
Joyride at Cactus Jack's!
Joyride at Cactus Jack's!
Joyride at Cactus Jack's!
Joyride at Cactus Jack's!
Joyride at Cactus Jack's!
Joyride at Cactus Jack's!
Joyride at Cactus Jack's!

Lisa & Jesse, 19 March 2011

Saturday’s wedding at The Phoenician in Phoenix, AZ was a long one, a beautiful one with a lovely couple and delightful families. Anne of One Fine Day Photography and I were privileged to photograph the wedding of Lisa and Jesse, and we had plenty of time to make beautiful photos for these two doctors who have pledged their lives to helping people who are ill. A fantastic day with a deserving couple who are truly well-matched!

Wedding, Phoenician, Lisa & Jesse
Wedding, Phoenician, Lisa & Jesse
Wedding, Phoenician, Lisa & Jesse
Wedding, Phoenician, Lisa & Jesse
Wedding, Phoenician, Lisa & Jesse
Wedding, Phoenician, Lisa & Jesse

Pirate Daze

When we went to the Renaissance Fair, I met this delightful pirate and we met up for a shoot today. Pirate Jett (Mandy), is one of the sweetest, most fun people I have photographed. She has the most AMAZING eyes and is beautiful to boot. We did some portraits with Mom and then moved into ARRGGH mode and played with the pirate theme, and I just can’t stop smiling at how much fun we had.

Okay, so if you haven’t gone to the Ren Fair this year, go this weekend or you’ll miss your Pirate Jett Experience. Enjoy the photos!

Pirate Jett

Pirate Jett

Pirate Jett

Pirate Jett

Pirate Jett

Pirate Jett

Pirate Jett

Pirate Jett

Pirate Jett

Pirate Jett

Pirate Jett

Pirate Jett

Arizona Renaissance Fair

Took the kids to the Arizona Renaissance Fair on Saturday for a nice day out. it’s a long drive, but well worth it if you’re into the Renaissance Period or pirates and that sort of fun stuff. Yes, I know that a lot of the “history” there is questionable, but in chatting with the actors and performers and vendors there, I was amazed at how much actual historical knowledge there is at the Fair.

We met some really sweet people (especially Jett the Pirate!) and had LOADS of fun. Enjoy these photos.

Arizona Renaissance Festival 2010

Arizona Renaissance Festival 2010

Arizona Renaissance Festival 2010

Arizona Renaissance Festival 2010

Arizona Renaissance Festival 2010

Arizona Renaissance Festival 2010

Arizona Renaissance Festival 2010

Arizona Renaissance Festival 2010

Arizona Renaissance Festival 2010

Arizona Renaissance Festival 2010

Arizona Renaissance Festival 2010

Arizona Renaissance Festival 2010

Arizona Renaissance Festival 2010

Party Time!

Saturday night I had the privilege of photographing the the Keller-Williams East Valley Awards Gala. It was a classy affair, and there were many faces there I recognized from the last time I worked with them. Only this time, they were all dressed up to the nines and looking sharper than ever. Six hundred photos later, I am still going through them and I’ll post them as soon as I get them edited. But here are a few teasers! The complete set will be up here when they are finished.

Enjoy!

Keller-Williams East Valley Gala

Keller-Williams East Valley Gala

Keller-Williams East Valley Gala

Keller-Williams East Valley Gala

Keller-Williams East Valley Gala

Keller-Williams East Valley Gala

Devra and Corey’s Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

… was a wonderful event to photograph. The future (by one day) Mr. and Mrs. Kaplan are delightful people, and everyone seemed to be having a great time at Maggiano’s in Scottsdale, AZ. I love it when I can’t tell, as a photographer, who belongs to which family or group of friends, and this was just such an event. And then there’s the whole hand sanitizer thing… 🙂

Click on Proofsets to see the photos from the event!

Devra and Corey

Devra and Corey

Devra and Corey

Devra and Corey

Devra and Corey

Devra and Corey

Devra and Corey

\Devra and Corey

Navy JROTC

Last week I had the opportunity to go photograph the JROTC students at Independence High School. As a veteran myself, I was quite impressed with the future officers of our fighting forces. These young men and women looked really sharp in their uniforms, and they were unfailingly polite and respectful.

Everyone was super nice, and the principal stopped by to say hi. Here are some samples, and the entire gallery may be viewed here.

JROTC

JROTC

JROTC

JROTC

JROTC

JROTC

JROTC

JROTC

CCV Stars – Congratulations!

Congratulations to the CCV Stars soccer team on their tournament win last weekend in Flagstaff, AZ! We went up on Saturday and although it was raining, watched a great game in the afternoon. I can’t imagine how difficult it was for these young men from the Valley to play soccer in the rarefied air of Flagstaff, not to mention the rain and lightning storms.

The whole gallery may be viewed here.

CCV Soccer

CCV Soccer

CCV Soccer

CCV Soccer

CCV Soccer

CCV Soccer

CCV Soccer

CCV Soccer

CCV Soccer

CCV Soccer

CCV Soccer