This set of photos is from a trip last weekend to the frigid winter of the central Appalachians to commence a now annual event with some lifelong friends. We have coined the moniker “Man Weekend” (somebody just said it and it stuck, as cliche-ish as it is). Every year for the past 5, we’ve gathered in some rustic outdoor location to spend a long weekend hanging out and catching up. We do this mostly in memory of a fallen member of our circle, who’s life was cut short a few years ago in a cycling accident involving a motor vehicle.
This year’s spot (and for the last 3) was the Red River Gorge. This little gem of a recreational area is on the northern edge of the Daniel Boone National Forest, in central Kentucky. It’s a beautiful area, filled with geologic formations and deep forested valleys full of wildlife. It’s a hiker’s and climber’s paradise with literally hundreds of miles of trails and seemingly infinite climbing spots. There are very sparse accomodations in the way of rustic cabins with rather spartan appointments, inclusive of minimal heat and hot water, but it makes the adventure a bit more real. It makes for a great getaway and “reset” from life – chuck some things in a bag and go literally “off the grid” for a few days. There is no television, cellular service or wifi once you enter the 1/4 mile long tunnel into the gorge just outside of Slade, Kentucky, so once in, you’re a bit of a captive audience to nature and the environment. I loaded up my iPad with books and magazines, took a fair amount of camera gear and spent the 4 days hiking and shooting with my longtime friends. When we weren’t hiking, we ate simply, yet well and spent the remaining hours of the days playing cards, telling and reliving the same old stories from days gone past (remember that time on the spring training camp when Travis…). We simply enjoyed the camaraderie that we once had and all miss since life and it’s complexities got the best of us in some ways.
This was an exceptionally good year, in spite of the fact that the weather was atrocious (highs in the low 30′s and lows in the teens) because for me, this year served as a bit of a “detox” of my recent diet and gave me time to ponder a great many things – most notably how unique our friendships are and the importance of maintaining them.
Here are some of the better shots I captured over the weekend. Enjoy!
It’s been a while since I last posted. Life sometimes has a way of “getting in the way” and that’s where I’ve been the last few weeks. With the holiday season upon us, I took the opportunity to experiment with my latest lens – the perennial favorite of a great many photographers – the Canon 50mm f/1.4. I purposely blew out the focus to get that beautiful round bokeh of which this lens is more than capable. I cannot wait to further exploit this lens. Happy Holidays! -GW
Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, f/1.4, 1/200, ISO 800
It’s been a couple of weeks since the event and since I posted the first day of racing – the American LeMans Series at COTA, Austin, Texas on September 21, 2013. I took a ridiculous number of photos at the weekend’s event and it’s taken me this long to get though them all.
This set is exclusively from the Sunday Main Event – the WEC 6-hour endurance race. I found some good vantage points throughout the day and captured over 1300 photos. These represent the best ones either from a composition, technical or artistic perspective.
Click “Event Photos” at the top of the site, or the link below.
I made investment in a new tool this week – a longer telephoto lens to use in those cases where I need something longer than 200mm. I’m finding more often, a need for longer focal lengths, whether it’s at the weekly soccer matches, the race track, or out in nature capture things from afar. Here is my first workout with the new beast – the Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM – (eventually I am certain they will manage to incorporate the entire alphabet in the name of a lens).
Tonight’s subject – the waxing gibbous moon in the southern sky, high overhead at 12 o’clock. I’m anxious to get out early and catch it coming up over the horizon at the next full moon.
Canon EOS 7D, Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM @ 500mm, f/8, 1/160, ISO 200
What a fun weekend it was, hanging out with some great friends and trying my hand at motor sports photography. Just like any other photographic endeavor, this has it’s own unique set of challenges and I learned a great deal upon careful inspection of the 3000 photos (still in progress) I captured last weekend. You can see the entire gallery by clicking up at the top of my site under “Event Photos” or click the link below.
I had my first opportunity to photograph a motorsports event last weekend – the 2013 ALMS and WEC Series at the fantastic Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas. I took nearly 3000 photos, tossed a mere 600 that were not of enough quality, and now I’m down to culling the remainder down to the best ones. I did a first pass this morning to separate the single car shots from the racing action and this one caught my eye.
Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM @ 200mm, f/4, 1/1250, ISO 200
These trees scatter the landscape on some of the slopes of the Colorado Rockies and for some reason I’m drawn to shooting them. Their naked branches form shapes and designs against the sky that are unique and although they are dead, they seem lifelike in some strange way.
Canon EOS 7D, Sigma 18-250mm DC OS HSM @ 18mm, f/6.3, 1/640, ISO 200, Edited with Nik Software