Tuesday, July 13, 2010

7-12-10 Lightning

It all started with not a clue what was going on. Went to go get wings at 10pm. Didn't get any. Left at 11pm and started to head to a buddies with him in the car. Saw a storm go up to the north with vivid lightning. I said the heck with it, drove home with him still hostage, grabbed the camera, and went north looking for a good point to shoot from. After what seemed like eternity, we found a spot. Of course, the lightning literally stopped by then. Dumb summer storms. I didn't give up though, and BANG! Nailed my first lightning shot with stars in it! Totally made the day. It was the only one I got but it was sweet nonetheless! Whoohoo!

Here is a short timelapse of the storm from the few images I took.


Friday, July 9, 2010

4th of July Weekend

Lots of goings on last weekend including two races at Midway Speedway and Portsmouth Raceway Park that I shot. I also got some time before the Jim Dunn on Thursday night to shoot a few stars. Here is the stars revolving around the North Star in a 30 min exposure. I am not sure why light is in the corners, been trying to figure it out but can't find a reason for it.

Here is a shot of the stars moving with the 669er crew's bonfire atop of Hillbilly Hill.

Also the moon looked pretty cool in high cirrus clouds.

And finally a clean shot of the moon showing it's cool orange glow from the ozone on the hot summer night. The surface features can also been seen.

Here is a shot of a artistic shot from the race at Midway. The lone car in the pits at noon on raceday was that of Scott Bloomquist.

Don O'Neal hard in the gas down the back straightaway.

A brief glimpse of the massive crowd on hand at Midway. Can anyone find Keystone Korner?

Perhaps one of my favorite images, Drown in line at the chute to go out for qualifying.

The weekend went on after a night in Pittsburgh where I didn't have my camera and was greatly upset because the place we stayed at overlooked the city. Absolutely beautiful. The next day, a very hot Sunday, brought on Portsmouth Raceway Park. The racetrack looked very pretty with packed stands, the Ohio/Kentucky bridge in the background, flag blowing in the wind, and beautiful hot weather, perfect for the Fourth.

Here is a shot of a few late models lined up in the pits.

Dustin Linville wheeling it around turns three and four. By far the scariest infield I have been in.

Brad Neat flipped badly in turns one and two during qualifying, tearing up his car very bad. He was ok, but the car was trashed. They needed two tow trucks to get it off the track.

During the B-mains, the city of Portsmouth had their fireworks show. With the lights I wasn't able to get the kind of shots I have always wanted to get...but, late models in the foreground? Sweet. A photoshoot ensued. Here a couple of my favorites. I think they look pretty sweet!

You can see more of Midway Speedway and Portsmouth Raceway Park's photos on Ohio Valley Dirt Track Racing ( What a great weekend!