Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Windy Hill Ultra Series 9.5.10

After a what seems like a long summer break, Windy Hill is back in action with a District 29 Ultra Series race event. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Anytime there is a race or practice on the schedule for this track, I try my hardest to be out there. I don't know what it is but there is just something in the atmosphere at Windy Hill. Maybe it's because the track is located out in the peaceful country lands of Ellerbe NC or maybe it's because I can visit with old friends while I'm in town. Either way, I always have a great time when I'm there.

On to the racing!

Photo by Shonda Wallace
Perfect timing! Time enough to get my bright orange vest, time to talk with a good friend and time enough to get my photo gear ready. Practice was about a lap from being finished and the 1st class of the morning was already at the starting gate.

For the first motos, I decided to give my video camera a shot. I been itching to put some mx footage together but with other engagements already book, I really haven't had a chance to shoot any video. So this was a great opportunity to strut my stuff.

For the second motos, I decided to give my new Canon camera a chance to show me what it had. And I gotta say. I'm grateful to own these two cameras. Now that I have a good batch of photos, I am going to start focusing a little more on video. I think it's always great to see a good shot of someone blowing out a berm or throwing a whip in the air but it's even better when it's on video.

Joe Ussery watching over the race
Just before I was about to head out for the day, I noticed Joe Ussery ( owner of Windy Hill ) standing by and wanted to thank him for having me out. As always, Joe was extremely nice and even thanked me for coming out and shooting. I tell you what - now matter where you go or what you do in life, a good personality goes a really, long ways. And that's something Joe has perfected!

If you didn't make it to this Labor Day weekend racing event, then you definitely missed out on some good racing.

For more information on there schedule of events visit http://www.windyhillsportsmx.com/ 

Tyler Bright was here... and on the gas! This guys rips!

Mini Dads always make their presence when their riders are out.
And if something does happen, Ellerbe Rescue is always there to help.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Profile Videos

I've had this idea on my mind for a while now and I am finally getting some lead way on the first video. I've seen several versions of profile videos but I plan on stepping it up a quite bit. I'm not going for just the good ole "riding footage with music"...  I want to go much more in depth than that. Now there is clearly nothing wrong with riding footage with music but I plan to make these videos stand out from the rest. It's gonna be intense but exciting.

I am currently underway with the first profile and once it's finished, you'll have a better idea of what I'm shooting for.

Here is the details.

Cost: $75.00 - if you live far away, then a small addition fee may apply. Full amount is needed before any shooting begins.
I always try to be sensitive to riders since all their money goes to bikes and parts but if you want your very own video, then you'll have to bypass getting that new tire.

Location: Wherever you want
That's right! If there is a specific track you like better than others then I'll shoot your riding footage there.

Time: That depends
With the amount of footage that I want to capture, it will take a good 2 different days. If you can't swing 2 days then you may want to set aside an entire day. And I mean the entire day.

How will this whole thing work?
First you'll need to get in touch with me so we can talk about it. Then I'll need your full amount before I get started. Then we'll make a plan on meeting to get shots of you riding. There will also be shots that I'll need you to do several times. If all possible I'd like to meet at your place for extra footage but if that's not possible,we'll work something else out. You can choose the music you want for your video.

That's pretty much it.

So what are you waiting for? Get in touch via cell or e-mail and we'll begin planing your profile video.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Revolution MX 8.28.10

Now that I've had a few weekends to get some practice under my belt with my new camera, I felt that it was time to let loose. And let me tell ya. I did just that. In fact, I may have skipped over drive altogether and went straight to overkill cause I came back home with nearly 1,900 photos! That's what happens when you've got a rock solid camera and a fast group of riders on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon.

I always try to get the photos up as fast as I can cause it's nice to be able to wake up the next morning and check out your style. Being able to have them up overnight is the goal but I really try to make it easy to find your photos.

Back in the day when I was riding; if I saw someone out shooting. I would always hope to see them that next morning but more so than that, I wanted to see all of mine together and not have to look through all the shots just to find the few of me. So I take a little extra time to organize your shots so you can see all of them together. But seeing how this batch of photos was so large, I only went as far as organizing by bike brand. Enough talk about that..

Revolution was definitely a treat to shoot. Not only was I visiting a new track but I caught word that a few of my friends we're gonna be there. It just doesn't get any better than that. I must also mention that this track brought out the most vintage riders I've ever seen. There were some great looking bikes on hand that a few guys were riding.

Oh and one more thing. The track owners of Revolution MX are definitely committed to providing a nice track for riders. Once the dust got a little heavy, I noticed a few workers came out and grabbed a hose to lay down some water. With the summer we've had this year, having a track with no dust is pretty much unheard of. They also kept a close eye out for any type of accidents with a 4 wheeler ready to get to any point of the track within a minute.  That alone says a lot!

And with that being said, I'm definitely looking forward to going back.