Some times the Vision Changes.. I've decided to make this BlOG page the Home Page. Some structural changes have taken place to ease site navigation. Event links have now been moved into year specific, sub pages. All which can be accessed at:
The SpeedVision Events Image Portal
Missing it all..
There was a time only a few week ago when I was just about “Raced Out”. So far in 2014 I’ve shot 15 varied motorsport events. Shot over 25 thousand images which equated to almost 4 thousand, processed and key-worded images posted to the web. Yes, it was a loot of work, maybe too much at times, just trying to keep up sucked up all of my time. Two event weekends were the hardest, at one time I was about 8 thousand images and 2 weeks behind, but I caught back up. Sometimes I question if all the effort is worth it, as so far this year image sales have been relativity flat, I’ve taken some expensive equipment damage, and other projects have fallen by the wayside. But then I reach a point like today when I miss the bark of the big singes. the roar of the crowd and the smell of the greasepaint. Well scratch the greasepaint and maybe change to racing exhaust smells. I’m guessing I’ll have to wait until next month for the three BCTRA events on my dance card.. And I’ll be back in my Happy Place..
Trying to move in the right direction.
Several Riders have told me they find the Speed Vision of MD Events links menu structure confusing. Some things I can’t fix, but that I can. I’m in process of rewritten the sites menu structure to make navigation easer. Event links have been moved into year specific pages. Hopefully that will make it easer for riders to view their images. Hopefully all the links made the rewrite. Let me know it you come across one that doesn’t.
Outdoor racing, I hardly knew ye..
It’s hard to believe that the local, District 6/7 outdoor lat track racing schedule is complete, done, finis. While I certainly didn’t make all the races I sure made all that were in my 2hr drive, comfort zone. Plus i added ArenaCross . Red Bull AutoCross, and the two relativity close AMA-Pro-HillClimbs to the card. Big 1/2 mile tracks like Barbara Fritchie Classic in Frederick and The White Rose Thunder event at York, both first class events promoted by Steve Nace and his All-Star-National-Flat-Track Series, the mid size races at Trailways outside of Hanover PA. Which i missed due to a health issue and then a rain-out. The 4 races at the Goldelocks sized (not to big, and not to small, just right) TT Track at Piston Poppers. To the small, beating and banging type tracks like Baltimore County Trail Riders produced races at Delta and returning this year, Timonium Fair Grounds. Not to be forgetting the East-Coast-FlatTrackers at Lampeter PA. One I missed, and one I made.
Different venues all different but at the core, all very similar, a collection of wheels, tires, motors, all piloted by competition oriented “A” personalities. And what’s wrong with that?
Doors close, and others open up Fall Racing is Here.
Truer words were never spoken. Optimism and opportunity blooms forever. But in this case it’s more mundane, I finally finished the images from the All-Star-National-Flat-Track series at York 092014. It’s amazing how quickly one can get behind in this line of work. But it’s done, unless I go back and revisit some images for rework as gallery prints. Three hundred twenty two of the best, searchable by rider name and/or number, that no one will ever look at. Well the AMA-Pro-Hillclimbs at White-Rose-MC and Freemansburg are also done so I can close those doors and open the one to todays event at Piston-Poppers-MC. Already started loading my kit in the frost, yes frost, covered car. No shorts and t-shirts today, looks like time to break out the long pants.. What happened to summer like weather?
Last weekend I attended the “The Famous” AMA-Pro-Hillclimb event Freemansburg, PA., hosted by the Bushkill Valley Motorcycle Club, for the first time as a photographer. Other then being a spectator many years ago and trying to attack the hill with my trusty Yamaha 175 a few days later, I’ve never been anywhere need the upper elevations, let alone try to shoot image the runs. This beast is totally different from my only other Hillclimbing experiences which were at White Rose Motorcycle Club in Jefferson PA. event. Much longer narrower racing surface with limited access areas . Where as White Rose MC is very exposed to sunlight Freemansburg is a mixture of mostly shade with some sunny areas. As I am a “pack it in, Stay all day” shooter I made my lens choice out in the parking lot pre accent, and was more or less stuck with what I packed. I went up with the 18mm-35mm 40mm 100mm and big 100mm-400mm zoom. All of which turned out not to be ideal choices, Not knowing how the course shot, and the very lininted sight distance offered a better choice would have been the 70mm-200mm left back in the car. I’m not positive but is there a one place on the hill where you can catch all the action? I would have to go with no, it seems like shots from other photographers show most locations had similar issues, one sweet spot, some marginal areas and some parts of the run that are just unshootable. Life is a learning experience and at this particular event I came up a bit short. The action was usually to far away, or two close for the 100mm lens which I ended up using after the 100mm-400mm lens took a face full of dirt and stones an started malfunctioning. Oh well i did some images to work with like this shot of #37 Cory Strickler on his way past me heading for the top. .
I can’t close this post with out mentioning the “Verticross event..3 2-3 wide races to the top. Iinsane, frantic, but fun to watch, not too many other ways better to spend 10 seconds. .
See Ya! by for now..
Biting off more that I can chew..
Last weekend was a full one for me and my camera. Two events, The All-Star-National-FlatTrack-Series, on Saturday at the York Fairgrounds. (No I didn’t think it as loud as a jet airliner in a hanger.) And the AMA-Pro-HillClimbs at White Rose MC, Jefferson Pa on Sunday. With over 3000 images the first day, then 1500 the next, my shutters were burning up. I had anticipated having images processed and posted up by yesterday 092614. Seeing as I just halfway into both events that just isn’t going to happen, maybe by mid week, but seeing as I’m planning to visit the Freemansburg HillClimb this Sunday, maybe not. It’s not like I’m getting paid for this.
The Road Ahead..
Lately I’ve been having conversations with myself about what direction this noble endeavor is going to take in the future. One argument would have the whole operation pulling up stakes due to apparent lack of interest based on online image sales. But in another voice I hear a louder message of why give up doing something that gives you so much pleasure, on so many levels. But that’s a question for later on as this week the road would have me driving north to Pennsylvania both on Saturday and Sunday for two diverse events. Saturday event has the big flat trackers roar into York PA as Steve Nace’s All-Star-National-Flat Series pays another visit to the 1/2 mile limestone track at the York Fairgrounds, during the areas “White Rose Thunder” Event. Then Sunday, it’s back up into PA for the 2nd AMA Hill Climb at White Rose MC of 2014. There’s just something about those purpose built monster bikes taking on a hill that almost to steep to walk down, that sucks me in, and then spits me out when it over, wishing for more..
Piston Poppers "2nd Annual Over the Hill" TT
Piston Poppers MC TT 090714. What a day, what an event. what a unexpected journey into “Work-Flow Lessons Learned” Some days just stand out on several levels and I’m going to put the “2nd Annual Over The Hill” event at Piston Poppers MC on 09072014, in that bucket. Sure it was a long day as the Speed Vision of MD team, the always effervēscere Kristen Messmer, and the less so myself, arrived on site around 10:AM and finally started started that long drive home at 7:30pm. Surprising we bot had a good time even it Kristen almost got hit down around turn 2. and my choice of “dragging the shutter to get motion blur was a bit off, Together we bagged almost 9 thousand image from the event. Which is always just a starting point on culling out the real “Keepers”, I can’t speak for Kirsten but in the past my work flow went as this. Down load all the raw images onto one of my Drobo RAID’s, once done I then import the images into an Aperture v3.5 project folder in this years Library, General event Keywords and image Geotagging is also done during this import process. Once imported I would preform an initial grading pass, then start processing images that caught my eye. The next step would be uploading the final modified images to my web sites image gallery back end, at least key-worded with a bike # to make it somewhat searchable. With maybe a few images posted to Flickr with a link posted into a Facebook entry. The end result was a lot of images uploaded to the website with little or no visibility. Nothings worse that posting some pretty good images and have no one see them. Time to rethink the process Last year was the first where I made sure I had printout that included riders Name number and race finishing positions. this year was no exception. And I started using the printouts to metatag images with riders names, not always the easiest thing to do, case in point” How many 29’s are they? Getting a bit more efficient, but not by much, Moving froward to end of Aug and the BCTRA Delta race. I started two new initiatives, one to increase visibility and one to speed up the keywording process and ultimately the ability to search the galleries more efficiently. Image visibility was increased by simply uploading a small heavily watermarked image to and event specific album on Facebook. The second improvement was to use an MAC application by Circus Ponies, named Notebook which once entered allows me a searchable list. “Type once, copy and paste forever”. I like this use of the technology, Fast forward to Piston Poppers last week, and this entry. Using the available tools I was able totally process and upload a “keeper’ cache of 12% of total images to the website, in under 7 days from the first image. Shame Trailways was rained out I was looking forward to using the process on that’s event images. Oh well, just no control over the weather will do that. But there’s the big event at York and White Rose MC this upcoming weekend,weather at this point is looking good..
On the eve of the 2nd Annual over the Hill race at Piston Poppers MC
“Fastest TT Track in PA” I’m and fan and will not argue the point. Something about Piston Poppers keeps me coming back time and time even if it’s the longest drive I make to a track. Maybe it’s the high speed, maybe it’s the “jump, or maybe it’s the longer sight distance and the almost unlimited # of shooting locations. Or most likely it a combination of all of the above. I have to say this years “2nd Annual Over the Hill” is generating a lot of BUZZ across the Face Book pages. I hope they pack the paddock and stands tomorrow. Already starting to pack my gear for tomorrow, and once again I may shoot some video for the upcoming “secret project” (well the only secret is that it’s not progressing in a manner I had envisioned).
Once again, I will be teaming up with noted professional photographer Kirsten Messmer of KM Creative Photography to capture twice insane number of image from the event, my guess will be over 5K so we’re sure the get one or two good ones. Fingers Crossed, Hope to see you at the track.
BCTRA Delta 083014 Outdoor
Last Saturday was the finial outdoor racing event of the 2014 season for the Baltimore County Trail Riders Association (BCTRA). And what a year it was. First class events all. well the ones I made, Missed the spring Delta event. and of course the rain out. I can’t say enough about all the hard work the BCTRA puts into these venues., but it’s apparent, from many different viewpoints, I’ve said it on Face Book, Tweeter, and now here. “Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!” Looking forward to the 5th Annual Blind Enduro, and of course back to the “Cow Palace” for the indoors,
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