Sunday, January 30, 2011

Why Did Kevin Tilton Cross the Road?

To win the Sidehiller Snowshoe Race. One of my favorite shots from yesterday's race.
Why did Kevin Tilton Cross the Road?

Sidehiller Snowshoe Race

On January 29th, I had a great time shooting pictures for my friend Paul Kirsch at the Sidehiller Snowshoe Race in Sandwich, NH. Last year’s defending champions, Kevin Tilton of Conway, and Amber Ferreira of Concord, won the 6th Annual Sidehiller Snowshoe Race. This was Tilton's 5th straight Sidehiller win on what proved to be tough 4 mile course with sugar-fine snow conditions. Amber is a 2010 National Snowshoe Champion. There were 108 finishers this year marking the biggest field in the event's history. NH Chronicle captured the event for piece airing soon. The race was a qualifier for the 2011 National Championships to be held later this year in Wisconsin.

I've posted a gallery on my main website that you can view here

Check out this short video to see more of the fast, furious and wacky world of snowshoe racing

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Time Clarifies a Superstition Sunrise

I blogged photos from this trip twice back in November, 2009, here and here. I was always frustrated that I hadn't made anything of a batch of images I had taken at dawn. A recent comment by a friend sent me looking through my files at images of Arizona and I came across the disappointing series. At the time, I rejected the image because of some irregularities in the sky. I had set up my gear in the dark and hadn't noticed dust on my lens. I also couldn't seem to get the color right. After a little software tweaking this week, this photo is a great reminder that time can bring a fresh new look and change everything. Here's the backstory...

I was working at a conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. Golf scores and pending health care legislation were the topics of polite chats at outdoor cocktail parties where staff in starched shirts and vests passed plates of southwestern finger food. Good work if you can get it.

But no matter how nice that sounds, It was hard to be fully focused on work or the amenities of the resort. Tilting back my martini glass, I would inevitably gaze up and past the putting greens. The evening sky changed colors constantly and revealed new details on the ridge line. I was finding it hard not to abandon ship, have an adventure for myself and take some pictures. Nobody else seemed to notice.

After three days of not leaving the campus of the resort, I'm sure I was the only person to check out of the hotel at 4:00 a.m. I had about 30 hours before boarding my flight home and I was going to make the most of it. I drove for 45 minutes to escape the Phoenix sprawl. There was no traffic on the two lane road and the shape of the Superstition Mountains was starting to emerge out of the darkness. I pulled over and, after a few minutes of hunting the desert by headlamp, I found this Cholla cactus and stand of Saguaro.

Slab City-2.jpg

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Art Begets Art

This week I was excited to receive an email from an Dover, NH artist named Maggie Moloney. She wanted to know if she could use a photo of mine as a guide for a painting. I obliged and can't wait to see the results.

This is the original photo:

Nobody's Home

The house is in Sandwich, NH and one of Denley Emerson's old places. See a blog post I wrote for The Backside of America for the rest of the story and another image. Maggie has a personal connection to Sandwich and found my photo in a Google search. Make sure you take a look Maggie's site as well to see some paintings that I think are really great. Then make sure you check back in a couple of months and see what Maggie created from my photograph!

Friday, January 7, 2011

When You're Five

When you're five, you can be anyone you want to be.
Using a camera to look at things 1/250th of a second at a time can help too.

Rock Stars 2

Rock Stars

Rock Stars 3

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year's Day Snowshoe

The first day of 2011 felt like spring. A perfect day for a first time snowshoe adventure for my youngest.

Spring Snowshoe 2

Spring Snowshoe

Spring Snowshoe 3
Ossipee Pine Barrens
Freedom, NH
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