Challenge

I’m committing to competing in the Challenge Williamsburg this Summer.  I took an entire year off of racing and am itching to get back “in the saddle” so to speak.  I think I might be done (won’t really say “never”) with pure bicycle racing for now, but need/want to stay fit.  I think this is how I’ll do it.  I was looking over the course maps and sure enough, this is where it starts!

Jamestown Beach Park near Williamsburg, VA

Jamestown Beach Park near Williamsburg, VA

American Flyers

This picture reminds me of American Flyers (you know, the movie).  It reminds me of the part in the movie where they’ve arrived at the big race out west and the sun is rising on the first day.  I know, I know.  If you know the area, you’d know that this is a sunset.  But it still reminds me of the movie.

I very iconic view of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.

A very iconic view of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.

Burn

Got a chance to shoot at a firefighter training burn today.  Very cool.  I’ll be doing a volunteer recruitment video with the footage I shot today and I’m pretty stoked at how the footage turned out.

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Perspective

I know it may not look like it, but this lady pulled out in front of me and I almost hit her.  This is what the super-wide angle of 15mm will do to an image – it expands the space and makes things look so much further away.  I was testing out the new car mount that I got for my GoPro since I’d been having issues with the suction cup losing it’s suction (it’s a first generation suction cup mount).  The new mount is a heavy-duty magnet that is rated up to 100 mph.  So far so good – and a lot easier to set up.

Another "1-click wonder" using my presets "stacks."

Another “1-click wonder” using my presets “stacks.”

Click and Go

I’m really trying to be more efficient when it comes to editing images (and everything else, for that matter, to do with photography) just to improve my workflow.  I can honestly say that I’ve spent upwards of hours editing a single image.  I have to get more efficient with that.  Lightroom can do some heavy lifting when it comes to editing and I’m trying not to always end up in Photoshop because not every image needs it.  So I’m trying to create single and, possibly, multiple single one-click presets that can get the job done.  This is a photo from back in the Fall of 2012 with two “stacked” presets (2 clicks) in Lightroom.

On the way up to a iconic landmark in the Harrisonburg area - Reddish Knob.

On the way up to a iconic landmark in the Harrisonburg area – Reddish Knob.

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This time last year I was at Hollywood Studios shooting a Marathon.  I never made it back to the hat to get the night shot that I’ve always wanted.  Guess I never will.  Bummer.

Long live the sorcerer's hat.

Long live the sorcerer’s hat.