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Cyclo-cross – Photography

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This morning I went to a Cyclo-cross race, watched, and took some photos. Cyclocross (“cross”) is a form of bicycle racing, done on a varying terrain (mostly off-road), where the competitors do multiple laps of a course against a time limit, and there are obstacles, hills, and/or other challenging parts of the course where they might have to dismount and run carrying the bike to get by. (Check out Wikipedia: Cyclo-cross for a better explanation.) I’d never been to a cross race before and have been interested in seeing what it’s like so, when I found out about one close by, I happily took the chance to check it out. I haven’t been shooting much photography this year, so it was a good opportunity to get the camera out as well.

I really enjoyed it and think it would be neat to try sometime, though don’t have any serious expectations about really getting into it. More of a if I ever own a suitable bike I’d try it out at least once kind of thing. I did start working on convincing my wife that I need a cross bike though. ;)

It was fun shooting some photos, too. The course was very spectator-friendly and you could get right up next to the riders. I’ve found that I really like getting action and panning shots (not that I’m great at getting consistent good quality results yet) and it was cool to get a chance to get some cyclists in action. Here’s a random selection of shots I took with a few comments mixed in…

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There were 2 wooden barriers, about a foot tall, that riders had to cross. Most dismounted, ran, and jumped over…

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Others jumped the bike over them…

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a little hard to tell, but he’s completely air born here 

One steep hill on the course that most people dismounted and ran up…

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it’s steeper than it looks! 

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Thanks for reading and happy riding!

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December 2, 2017 at 10:30 pm

Dry Creek Bed Photos

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Yesterday I went out to shoot pictures for the first time in about a year. I’ve been so dedicated to training this year that I didn’t do many of the other things I enjoy. I really had fun yesterday and will make more of an effort to get out with the camera again while it’s still nice out.

Anyway, while running yesterday I crossed over this creek that was all dried up and cracking from the lack of rain we’ve had this year. Later in the day I drove back with my camera and shot some pictures, it was pretty cool.

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I’ll note, and you’ll probably notice, that the sky is really washed out in all of these. That’s my bad with the camera… mix of being out of practice and lazy.

I went up the creek a little in the other direction and came upon a really neat setting.

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There was a house to the left here and I’m pretty sure this was someone’s property. There was sort of a dam in the creek here and it would have made a nice pond. Still cool looking without the water.

When I first came here I made some noise, and a bird popped up.

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I’m no birder, but am pretty sure that’s a blue heron. There were also a few geese floating in the small pool but they left much more quickly and I only got blurry shots of them.

Surrounded the pool were tons of dead crayfish. I’m not sure whether they died from lack of water or the birds feeding on them, but there were a lot there.

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Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed.
Happy shooting!

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September 26, 2016 at 7:19 pm

Fireworks

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Hi, long time no post. Four months and a day to be exact. I didn’t intend on neglecting this blog but have been keeping busy and more or less forgot about it. While on vacation this week I figured I’d try to post a few things and hopefully will keep with it better moving forward.

This summer I tried photographing fireworks for the first time. It was a lot of trial and error and more bad shots than good, but I had a few “keepers” that I’m relatively pleased with.

The following are a mix from the 4th of July and my town’s annual fair. All were shot with my Pentax K-r and (I think) the 18-55 kit lens.

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December 28, 2015 at 2:39 pm

Mascot Mill Park

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I started experimenting with different routes home from work a few months ago to avoid traffic on the main route and happened upon “Mascot Mill Park.” It’s a neat little park with a couple of picnic tables, benches, a dam, and there are usually people fishing when I go by. I don’t know where the “Mascot” part of the name came from; there is a mill there as well, so maybe that’s where mascots are made?

It’s a quite photogenic setting and I’ve stopped a few times now to take pictures.

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One time I had a surprise helper with my pin hole camera:

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This last one was taken with Google Camera.

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August 27, 2015 at 8:50 pm

Carlisle Import & Kit Nationals Car Show

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Back in May my dad and I went to the annual Carlisle Import & Kit Nationals car show. Carlisle is a town in Pennsylvania, not too far from where I live, that has a big fair grounds and hosts tons of car shows throughout the summer. My dad goes to a few each year and I tag along from time to time. We had never gone to the import show before so decided to this year.

This shows features foreign cars from all over and kit cars. Though still big, it was smaller than many of the car shows held there; the American brands just bring more people I guess. Still, it was really cool to go to and I got to see some cars I’ve only ever read about or seen online.

Following are a ton of pictures.
Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking!

Some of the types of kit cars on hand…

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One of the coolest cars there…

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Some motor swaps…

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…had this engine…

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July 3, 2015 at 9:45 am

Columbia PA Car Show

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It’s car show season again and over the past couple months I’ve gone to a few. I’ve been really bad about saving photos and am working on getting caught up. Expect to see some posts as I go back through them.

These are all from a show I went to yesterday in a near by town. There had to have been a couple hundred cars there, so these are just a few that caught my eye. Hope you enjoy!

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June 21, 2015 at 10:47 am

Little Red Book

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When sorting through a box of stuff my dad got at an auction he came across this little red book. It turns out that it belonged to his Great Grandfather from the early 1900’s. I think it’s too cool not to share.

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The book is from Griffith & Boyd’s from Baltimore and contains a lot of information about fertilizers, farming and other general information. It isn’t dated, but my Great Great Grandfather kept records in it that are dated from 1919 through 1927.

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It contains a lot of different information about fertilizers and products Griffith’s & Boyd’s sold, as well as general farming information.

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Curious how old your horse is? Here you go!

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Curious how much your cow weighs but can’t get it to stand on the scale? Problem solved!
And, no power and need to preserve your eggs? No problem!

Aside from this type of information, it also contains more general info and even some trivia. Everything from how to forecast the weather, what caused our presidents’ deaths, home medical remedies, and much much more.

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The book also contains several blank pages for record keeping and my Great Great Grandfather used it for recording his finances. Many pages are filled with various financial records.

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As cool as all that stuff is, my absolute favorite thing in the book is his will. Seemingly randomly written between other records was this:

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May 16, 2015 at 9:26 am