I recently volunteered to help my buddy Tommy shoot some footage for a City Lightspromo. Before we got rolling I took advantage of the awesome light that a covered porch on a sunny day provides. These were taken on an ordinary Minolta camera manufactured in 1981 and I love the way they look. You simply can't get an image like this from a digital camera. Film isn't dead, and it will never die (I hope).
I met up with a friend of mine, Daniel Hutcherson, in New York this past summer. He's a part of a 9/11 memorial project titled "dispersed memorial." These are a few shots from our visit to ground zero. Visit the Dispersed Memorial site to learn more about their project. I hadn't been to ground zero since 2005, and it's changed a lot since then. I think that the memorial is actually a great way to pay tribute to the lives lost on that day while showing the magnitude of what happened.
The memorial is essentially two huge holes in the ground. Buildings used to be there, and people used to work in those buildings. It's a lot to take in, but it's a peaceful and quiet place, so at least it's a good environment to do so.
If you haven't noticed, I love slalom waterskiing. So when there is a tournament in the middle of downtown Orlando that hasn't taken place since the year I was born, I'm going to be there. My friend Gareth and I took the seven hour trek in my TDi and stayed with my buddy Colin of HartFX in Orlando.
It turns out that the course on Lake Eola was only four buoys instead of six, and they slowed to boat speed down to 34 from 36 MPH since the conditions were so bad. But even with those drawbacks, I was still excited to see the sport I love most literally taking place in the middle of a big city.
We started out on the north side of the lake to get a good view of the jump event.
After the jump preliminaries, we met up with John Horton of BallofSpray.com (one of the biggest waterski websites, check it out) and ended up getting on a photo boat after hanging out by the starting dock for a few minutes. Unfortunately at this point, my digital camera's batteries were almost dead, so I used the Minolta X-700 once it was kaput. The 50mm lens wasn't exactly ideal, but I still got some shots that I'm pleased with.
This was definitely my favorite boat at the competition:
We made it back to the starting dock at the end of the Women's finals and waited for the Men's event to get going. Regina Jaquess ended up winning the Women's Slalom event.
Sitting close to the starting dock didn't give me a good perspective for photographing the actual ski passes, but I got a few good shots of some interaction on the dock, and we were able to hear the judges. Thomas DeGasperi of Italy and Nate Smith of Indiana ended up tying in a runoff four times! Eventually, due to some complicated rules, Thomas lost even though he tied with Nate.
The next morning, we met up with Thomas at his ski school at 8:30am. I felt kind of bad booking a lesson the morning after Soaked, so I talked to him at the tournament and he was all for it! Even though the weather was horrible during our lesson, he immediately picked up on a couple of bad habits and was able to put us in the right direction. I have major respect for him since he was willing to hang out with a couple of amateurs the morning after a tough tournament loss. Seriously, he didn't have to do it, but he was more than willing and was great at articulating specific instructions.
All in all it was a great weekend and we had a blast. I hope they are able to have the event again next year!
While I was in NYC, took my Minolta X-700 out to brunch one day to see how the Portra 800 performed in some gloomy weather.
Just don't ask...
I'm very thankful for my father. He's a wise man that has taught me so much. That is all.
I can't forget my mother! She's one of the most loving people on this planet.