I am a big fan of NASCAR, but I have even a larger passion for photography. When I put both of those together, I am in heaven. Making a weekend at the racetrack is hard work no matter which side of the camera you are on. I have now photographed Jeremy’s team three different times, and it is becoming more and more difficult to get the unusual shot. I try and try to do this everywhere and always learn more.
Getting 51 Ready
Here are a few of the images from the race. Inspections by NASCAR are very rigorous. The shot below was realistically a mistake, but it really works for me because it shows the motion of these guys getting the cars through inspection.
Going through Inspection
This image is from the first NASCAR Nationwide Practice on Thursday, April 3, 2014
I saw the reflection of Jeremy, I had to shoot it.
The Driver is hyper focused.
Pit stops are always full of action.
I am taking this blog post lead from Scott Kelby’s guest blog today of Bill Wadman. He tells us that we need to create a rapport with our subject when we photograph them. Even though I am Mr. Talk when it comes to just interacting with folks on a daily basis, developing a relationship with individuals when I’m photographing them is very difficult for me. I have known this young lady since she was about 3 years old. It was very easy to talk to her.
My problem is strictly from a confidence stand point. Hence, I like to take portraits of individuals of whom I already know. Then visiting with them is extremely easy. I feel as if I’m saying this on paper to help me with my ego behind the camera. This girl was a total stranger before I photographed her.
Babies and kids are another story all together. I love to take images of kids because they are so innocent and real. This is my youngest grandson Elijah.
Last week at Photoshop World, FJ Westcott had a booth set up with models for us so we could work with their lighting systems. I feel this is smart on their part because if we use them and like them, we are apt to buy them.
One model worked all three days. Wow what a tough gig for her. She did a great job.
One model was beautiful, but had some facial blemishes which will help with our Photoshop Skills to remove said blemishes.
One model was dressed as the “Mad Hatter.” This was a fun presentation to say the least.
The Mauger Family
Sunday, I took photos of my daughter’s family including her husband and their six month old son. This is a beautiful family, and no, I’m not biased!
We went to the downtown Oklahoma City area to the Myriad Gardens. This is a unique place where our city leaders have set aside for people to enjoy nature in the middle of the city landscape. Frankly, it is absolutely beautiful.
Oklahoma City Behind
I have not photographed a lot of children as far as just doing a photo shoot. Most of my experience has been shooting birthday parties and annual events.
The Little Farmer
Learning about the Farm
I had to think on my feet with this because of my inexperience, but I believe I did a good job. My daughter loved the images. I did too!
Today is the first day of Photoshop World. I always learn so much at this great event. Scott Kelby taught a great class called Designing with Type that was amazing. Who knew that one could make great looking designs without a bunch of fancy drop shadows, bevels and textures? Not me, that’s for sure.
The FJ Westcott booth had two beautiful women posing for the crowd. These women were doing a great job with this too even though they looked exhausted late in the afternoon.
As always, the Photo Safari was amazing this year. Moose Peterson, with his passion for air photography, tried his best to get us to have the opportunity to photograph the United States Air Force’ Thunderbirds at Nellis Air Force Base just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. However, things beyond his control put a stop to this event.
We ended up going to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to photography Exotics Racing’s cars. This started a bit slow, but turned out GREAT! For Safety reasons, Exotics limited the number of us that could be in the garage to photograph the cars when they were parked, but let the remainder of us photograph the cars as they went around the track.
We also had two models that were hired to give us a bit more variety. Both of these young women did a great job for us.
Once we finished at the racetrack, we went to Freemont Street for about an hour to shoot the ambiance of the area. This was an excellent choice by Moose to finish here.
We live in a time where communication should be easier than ever before. After all, the world is flat isn’t it? No other time in the history of mankind can something happen anywhere on the globe and people hear about it within seconds! We have telephone, smartphones, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and every Internet connection available, yet folks hold on to their info as if it was some sort of blessing from God, meant only for them.
- Come on people; share this information, the complete story.
- Be honest, the truth will come out eventually. Besides if it’s the truth, you don’t have to remember your lie.
- When you communicate, tell the facts instead of your opinion. We can form our own.
- When you communicate, don’t use adjectives. We can discern if something is shocking or not.
- Talk about events, not people. Help people when it is needed, talking about them only hurts.
Okay, I will get off of my soapbox now. And yes, maybe I tell too much about what’s going on in my life both business and personal. However, I feel it’s much, much better to give too much information than not enough.
This past Memorial Day weekend I helped in some of the cleanup for the tornado damage that occurred in central Oklahoma. I helped with one of the church groups in their efforts, and though I did clean some, my assignment was to get pictures for historical reference.
Some of the families were really busy working on cleaning their stuff, while others were nowhere to be seen. The woman in the image below really tugged at my heart strings. She is obviously not in the best health, but is really working as hard as she can to get her life back together.
Several organizations were there helping. I think the Red Cross was one of the main ones. However, that is their specialty and expertise. Papa Johns is here giving away free individual pizzas, Tysons is giving away grilled chicken sandwiches, and about every church organization in the area are helping where they can.
There are insurance adjusters going crazy trying to get these people situated so they can start rebuilding their lives. I’m not trying to be cold here, but those with insurance will be able to move on just fine. My heart goes out to the renters out there who, for one reason or another, didn’t have renters insurance.
The American Spirit
Yes the American Spirit lives on in Moore, Oklahoma!
As most of you know, most children don’t cooperate when sitting for portraits. I love going to the zoo to photograph the animals because they don’t pose at all, kind of like children. Thursday, I went to the Oklahoma City Zoo. I mainly went on this particular day because the weather changed, so I was hoping the animals would have been out. Boy was I disappointed. Most weren’t out at all, however, the ones that were had beautiful coats ready for winter. And, the zoo was all decorated for Halloween.
The Grizzly Bear is absolutely gorgeous. The thick coat looked as if it was just groomed unlike when I saw the bear last summer in the heat. A few months ago the bears looked mal nourished with mange. I know this isn’t the case, they were just shedding and not yet fattening up for winter.
The OKC Zoo is sporting four tiger cubs that don’t look like cubs now. They were born in the summer of 2011. To me, they look full grown. These four cats are absolutely majestic in their appearance.