A few weeks ago I was approached by a co-worker and ask if I would be willing to take some photos of him proposing to his girl friend. He was going to do it on a break water going to the lighthouse in Manitowoc. Of course I said yes, and he filled me in on some of what he was going to do and when. The day of the proposal the weather was bad, the rain had ended but the wind was blowing over 25 MPH and it was cold. I arrived just ahead of the couple and took some photos of the waves crashing over the breakwater waiting for them to come past. When they arrived I made a little small talk and told them I was done and they could walk past and I started photographing in the opposite direction. I was able to take some great photos that they were both very happy with. Thanks Heidi and William for letting me be part of your special moment. Here are just a couple of the photos.
A couple of days after the Iditarod mushers banquet, they run the ceremonial start in downtown Anchorage. At the curb line of the street, snow fence is set up to keep the fans away from the dogs, then the night before the start, the city brings in 140 truck loads of snow to make the track that the teams will run on. There is an 11 mile course that travels from the downtown to a park on the South side of Anchorage. People will line the trail and cheer the mushers and dogs as they pass. There is tailgating and dressing up in unique outfits, it was our plan to get photos along the trail but it didn’t work out this year. Overall it is quite an event.
We were given the opportunity to work as “trail guards” to keep people off the street and out of areas that they didn’t have passes to be in, this also gave us access to be right next to the track. Thanks Shawn!!! Each team left the starting line in the order of their bib numbers at two minutes intervals. There is an auction where people bid for the opportunity to ride in the sled during the 11 mile run. This will usually cost over one thousand dollars and to ride with one of the more popular mushers it will cost over five thousand.
Since this was our first year at the Iditarod we had no idea were we would be, what equipment to use, what setting to use on the camera, so we just played and blasted away. Since we were working at trail guards, we couldn’t photograph each team, we had to keep an eye on the fans to keep them and the dogs safe. So here are some of our photos that turned out the best. For our first time I think we did OK.
Another blog to follow soon.
For Cindy’s birthday I surprised her with a flight and tickets to the “mushers banquet” in Anchorage Alaska. This is an event where the mushers that have entered the Iditarod dog sled race choose there bib numbers for the order in which to start the race. Right after the musher chooses the number they give a short thank you speech to all the people that support them in the race, then they come off the stage and sign autographs. I would guess there were about 100 people standing in line to get things signed. Most of the people had posters that were given out at the banquet, but one lady had an Iditarod Monopoly game that all the mushers got a kick out of.
The top photos are with Dallas Seavey, who has won the last 3 races, and the bottom photo is with Aliy Zirkle, Cindy’s favorite, and her husband Allen Moore. We had a great night and met a wonderful lady Shawn Sanders who was able to get us onto the street for the Ceremonial start of the race that happened two days later. Shawn has the mushers sign a t-shirt which she will auction off after the race and give the proceeds to a couple that lost a grand child.
It was a great night. More blogs to come.
I just found out that the Midwest Review will be using one of my photos again this year. I believe this is the fourth year in a row. Last year the chose three photos. This is unpaid, but it’s still getting published. YAY Here’s the photo that they chose.
Joe’s mother stated she loved black an white photographs, and she wanted to see a lot of the photos that way. After the rough editing, we converted quite a few to black and white and showed them along with the color versions. But a couple we had fun with and recolored some of the photo just to add pop to the picture. The must of liked them because some were picked for the photos that we supplied to them.
A few weeks ago Cindy and I were photographing Lindsey, a local high school senior. The afternoon started off very nice, some passing clouds and nice temps. But as the day went on and the more locations we went to, the more the clouds rolled in. Unfortunately it was getting late and the light levels were dropping so fast that we had to stop shooting. While talking to Lindsey and her mother in the parking lot of our last location I noticed that the clouds were breaking up a little and there might be a interesting sun set. Within less than 5 minutes we went from a dark gray skies to some of the most beautiful oranges I had ever seen, back to dark gray.
Luckily we had all the camera equipment handy, I gave Cindy a flash to hold and grabbed Lindsey and quickly posed her for about 15 shots before we lost the light. I’m sure glad everything was handy and we were prepared, otherwise we would have missed the shot. It also helps to be lucky sometimes.
We are down to less that two weeks until the Rural Art Roadtrip begins. Between a vacation and a surgery we are fast running out of time to get ready for our first big art show. We had talked to our host person (Tom from Tom’s Barnboard Arts in Kiel WI) a couple of months ago and he stated not to be surprised of over 2000 people a day show up. That a little more than daunting, its beginning (no it already there) to feel overwhelming. One of our concerns is how much inventory to you stock. On one hand to sell out would be great, but we don’t want to run out and have nothing to show people or to have to store a lot of unsold prints. We have come up with a plan we hope will work.
So if anyone is free on October 7, 8, and 9 come on out and take a look at some of the great artist in the area. There are 11 sites to visit and somewhere around 45 artisans showing there creations. If you go to http://www.ruralartsroadtrip.com you can get a map or they will have them at each stop. We will be at stop #2. Hope to see some of you out and about.
The view of my office and my style of organization. Things will get better in the next few days. I hope.