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Fisheye Friday at the Prescott Rally

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Taco Tuesday…Wet T Shirt Wednesday…Drunk Annoying Pack of Sloppy Woo Girls Thursday… and now Fisheye Friday.

I have always loved rally racing, and the top levels of the sport play host to what I believe are the best drivers in the world.  It had been a little over a year since I shot my last rally, WRC in Finland.  I have wanted to shoot the Prescott Rally for several years and something always comes up that prevents it.  This year I had an opening in the schedule and jumped at the chance to do it.  I was familiar with the area as I had been on some of the stages in the past with off roady friends and I knew there was some fantastic scenery so I was looking forward to the weekend.

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The Copper State Welcomes the Silver State 300

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Saturday, September 26, 2009 4:02 PM; I am squatting in a shallow stream that more closely resembles a bog.  I have been waiting for a racecar for about 30 minutes and I can hear the sweet sounds of a race engine approaching in the distance but the swamp scene from Stand By Me is on my mind.  While I have not seen the movie in well over 15 years my paranoia keeps returning me to when Gordie finds a leach on his wiener.  This day could take a major turn for the worse at any moment.

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Shooting the Shooters – USPSA Production Nationals

Angus Hobdell

Angus Hobdell


Stardate – September 13th, 2009.  I drive through a guarded checkpoint on the west side of Las Vegas to see hundreds of men and women milling around armed to the teeth.  The sound of rapid gunfire is in the air and bullets repeatedly pierce humanoid forms in the distance.

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Giving Back with Banning Motorsports

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I recently received a call from Andy the Crew Chief over at Banning Motorsports about a project they were working on. Banning along with the help of many other sponsors was building a new Dual Sport buggy to be raffled off by the American Sand Association (ASA) to raise money. The car will tour the off road show and race circuit and will be awarded to a winner in September of 2010.

I was asked if I would donate some time and shoot photos of the new car to be used in promoting the raffle and I readily agreed as it is for a good cause.

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Prudent Posturing in Primm does not Pay Off

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It is Saturday, September 12, 2009, 2:30 PM, raceday for the SCORE Terrible’s 300.  Trophy Truck driver Robbie Pierce has just gone wheels up and I am getting jacked by a BLM Ranger again.

This adventure starts two days earlier with a drive to Las Vegas.  The Primm area is rapidly being shut down to racing and the three sanctioning bodies that hold races there have been forced to use a single race course.  While this makes it a bit easier to shoot since I don’t have to scout new locations it also gets boring fast for all involved.

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My First Foray into Football – Idaho State at ASU

View from the PRess Box prior to the game.

Foos Ball is the Devil!

This past Labor Day weekend I shot my first college football game.  First things first, don’t let anyone ever tell you shooting football is easy.  Staying ahead of the play, running up and down the field all the while loaded up with long glass and heavy gear is a real challenge.  I rank it right up there with shooting golf on the physical level.  Despite that it’s a lot of fun to shoot as well.

A few weeks ago I learned I would be shooting some football this season.  As many of you know I am primarily a motorsports shooter so this would be foreign territory to me.  Immediately I knew that I wanted to get in some practice before my first real game.   I called up Scottsdale Community College and got credentialed to shoot their home opener against Snow College on August 29th.

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Siltbeds and Rocks and Brothels! Oh My! – Vegas to Reno, The Long Way.

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For 2009 Best In The Desert (BITD) decided to up the ante on its annual Vegas to Reno off road race.  Traditionally it is a 1 day point to point race from Beatty to Dayton, NV and approximately 500 miles. This time it would be a three day race covering 996 miles of tough Nevada desert.

I had been debating whether I would shoot this race for months.  With just a few weeks to go I committed to covering it but I was really dreading going given how long it would take and no time to pre run the course to scout photo locations.

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Vegas to Reno Part II

Vegas to Reno Part II

About 7 years ago I drove from Tahoe to Phoenix on this same route and I have always remembered this “adult building” as it was a mobile home surrounded by freestanding roman columns.  While it always made me laugh I never had a photo of it so I had to stop and get a few.

Columns purchsed when Ceasers Tahoe was sold.

Columns purchsed when Ceasers Tahoe was sold.

Nikon D300, 17-55mm, ISO200, f2.8, 1/8000th.

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A Flock of Fourteen Fifties Flog Lucerne – MDR Night Race

After a two month break from desert racing I ventured out to Lucerne Valley, California on August 15th for the MDR California Championship Series, California 200 night race.  It has been a couple of years since I shot this race and being the final night race of the season I was not going to miss it.

My day started at 6am loading all my gear into the truck.  Being back in the desert means lots of extra equipment: 2 spare tires, air tank, cooler, spare parts, tools, floorjack, tent, sleeping bag, generator and more.  Then all my regular camera gear and all my lighting gear since it was a night race.

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I’ll make it rain on ‘em… I’ll lay a game to ‘em. NASCAR from Watkins Glen

Thursday, August 6th Mark Rebilas and I flew out to Philadelphia then drove to upstate New York to cover the NASCAR Heluva Good! at the Glen.  This race is one of only two road courses NASCAR runs each year so I was excited to see some right turns and ringers.

Track Map

I had been to the Sears Point race a few times but this was my first trip to Watkins Glen International also known as The Glen.  Friday morning we set out for the track but got there late, missing the start of the first practice session.  Just before practice is a good time to grab driver shots so I was a bit disappointed.  Luckily the session was stopped several times and for some reason the drivers came back to the garage more than normal so I was able to grab some decent shots.

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