Saturday, March 28, 2015

The River is Running

It's gray out there, but the melt is on! Even if it's only 35 degrees...
Ossipee River
Freedom, NH

Thursday, March 26, 2015

BREAKING NEWS: Official Photographer for 2015 Races at the Mt. Washington Auto Road!

Here's the BIG NEWS folks! I'm excited to share that I will be the official photographer for several races at the Mt. Washington Auto Road and Great Glen Trails this summer. Joe Viger Photography will be the official source for competitor photos and downloads as well as providing images for the media.
The plan is to cover four races including one of my favorites... the Mt. Washington Road Race. I will also be photographing 3 cycling races: The Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb, Newton's Revenge and 24 Hours of Great Glen. These are fantastic events featuring amazing athletes and I'm super excited to have this opportunity to work with the folks at the Auto Road. I look forward to seeing y'all out there and making some great images!
Here's Sage Canaday cruising along the Great Gulf during the 2014 Mt. Washington Road Race.  I can't wait to capture more moments like this one!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Stay tuned...

I've been out of the blogosphere for a while focusing on social media sharing of news and images, but stay tuned.  We're going to get back in the swing with Joe Blog!  In the mean time, thanks for checking out the other ways you can catch up with Joe Viger Photography including my website at facebook at and Twitter and Instagram @joevigerphoto.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

City Portraits

Wow... I'm a way overdue on blog posts!  Sorry folks.  The reality is that Facebook, Google+ and Instagram get the bulk of my attention these days.  Make sure you follow me on those social media channels!

Roaming around Boston with my guys this week, I loved making on the fly portraits of them.  All of these images where made with the Fuji X100s.

Saturday, July 26, 2014


When I photograph a race, a goal is to try to get a strong photo of every competitor.  Strong for me means sharp focus with the person looking athletic against a great background.  Many times because of the logistics of the course layout,  you get one chance and if you miss it, you don't have a photo of that athlete.

At the recent Cranmore Hill Climb, the course layout provided several great opportunities to photograph nearly the whole field.  This allowed me to be a little more creative and as folks ran the home stretch to the finish, that meant making some panning shots and taking advantage of the wonders of motion blur.

I don't use this technique that often.  Honestly, it can be sort of elusive for me and, like I said, you hate to miss getting a usable image of a competitor.  But after a few test shots at Cranmore, I was getting pretty reliable results and I'm pretty happy with the images.  Best of all, the runners seem to love them!

It takes a few shots to dial in the settings when shooting motion blur.  Panning your lens is obviously a key element to these shots.  Twist your body towards the subject and pan your lens it moves by you. The key to the shot is definitely shutter speed.  Start at around 1/200 and tune it from there depending on the light and the look you're going for.  The slower the shutter speed, the more blur you'll create.  All of these images where made with at f/18 and shutter speeds between 1/15th and 1/40th.

Friday, June 27, 2014

The 54th Northeast Delta Dental Mt. Washington Road Race

7.6 miles in length.  An average grade of 12%.  Extended sections of the course have an 18% grade.   The last 50 yards steepens what is affectionately called "the wall" with a 22% grade. The Mt. Washington Road Race is a New England running tradition and a rite of passage for mountain runners everywhere.  I photographed the race for the fourth time last week and it's more fun and more remarkable every time.  The 2014 men's champion was Joe Gray.  After a string of strong showings, I was excited for Joe to take the win.  Last year's winner, Eric Blake was second with 2012 champ Sage Canaday, Zach Miller and Ryan Bak rounding out the top five.  Shannon Payne of Colorado took the women's race in her first try at Mt. Washington followed by Italian World Champion Valentina Belotti, stand out Brandy Erholtz, former US and World Champion Kasie Enman and NH favorite Denise Sandahl.  What a day!  Here are a few of my favorite images. 

Zach Miller and Ryan Bak
Sage Canaday
Eric Blake at the hair pin

Joe Gray
Joe Gray sees the win
Joe Gray breaks the tape

Joe Gray contemplates the hard work

Eric Blake
Ryan Bak

Justin Freeman, Nordic Olympian and top NH Men's finisher
Brandon Newbould
Kasie Enman

Shannon Payne, Women's Champion
Denise Sandahl, 5th woman overall and top NH women's finisher

Darrin Dia Blo

Ashley Krause of Western Mass Distance Project

Paul Bazanchuk, Central Mass Striders

Peter Maksimow and Simon Gutierrez of Team Colorado

Friday, June 13, 2014

Vintage Signs and Meeting Interesting People

One of the things I love about being a photographer is how it's a passport to meeting people.  Outside Jack's Diner in Albany, NY, I was approached by someone asking about the photo I was making.   It turns out he was a painter who restores painted signs on buildings and he was prepping to work on the American Glass lettering in this image.

Here's a photograph I made of the interior while I ate a great breakfast.

Photographs were made with a Fuji x100s.
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