The most anticipated drift event of the year has come and gone. Three days of hanging out with drivers, their significant others, media people and random car junkies from all over the continent. The competition seemed to take back stage to the over all sentiment of fun and friendship. I had a great night hanging out with My old friends, the Vatos and Anonymous Gangster crew. Twas also great to run in to one of the raddest characters in the midwest scene, another old buddy by the name of Derek King. Meeting the fine ladies and gents that are ShaDynasty again was also quite rad. I drool quite heavily when seeing their cars! No one else is sliding such stylish machines and if they try, it’s doubtful they would be half as awesome. Though that’s likely a personality thing… Special thanks to Stevie and Ben from Dirty Love, for helping Me out through out the weekend. Many thanks to the king pin of the midwest drift scene, Phill Lee (Grip Gambler), for making these events happen. Those of us who have been around for a long time know that without Phill, Maggie and the rest of the ClubFR family, the midwest drift scene may never have left the streets for these greener pastures we find ourselves on now. All of the other organizers in the region owe their position to You guys and I’m thankful to have been able to watch it all happen over the years.
As for the event it’s self, the trophy still resides in Chicago. Though it changed hands, with the v8 chorus of High Fade being eliminated before the semifinal round. Another eclectic crew, draped in red, rallied late and threw down their best run, claiming the win. Congrats to the guys of Risky Devil, Final Bout Champions. Nevermind the fact that at least one, if not more of Your cars were totaled by the end of the weekend. You’ve got a nice, cheap, trophy to stare at for a year while contemplating what to do about the vehicles…
I don’t function well in the heat, so I was quite lazy about shooting all weekend. I missed a lot of the action and then went home pretty early on sunday, missing more action…
I’m actually going to split this in to two posts. The bulk of which will be in this one. But, I shot a few time lapses and did some night shooting over the weekend, so that will come, with a bit more drifting, in the second round. Until then, here are four hundred and twenty views from the weekend.
September 9, 2015 | Categories: Automotive Photography | Tags: america, american, americans, animal style, autofactory realize, beater, bout, breaking, burning rubber, burningrubber, canada, canadian, canadians, club sandwich, clubfr, crash, damage, daring partners, dark squad, day, dirty love, drift, drifter, drifters, drifting, drifts, faction, final, final bout, finalbout, funk ad, goldstar, heat bloom, high fade, middle america, midwest, north, paint, proceed, risky devil, rollercoaster of love, rollercoasteroflove, shadynasty, shawano, sideways, slideways, smoke, street dancer, tandem, team, thenorth, tire, track, tracker, usa international raceway, usair, wheels, wi, wisconsin | Leave a comment
After the failed attempt to shoot hot air balloons on Saturday, we headed 15 minutes north. Neither of the guys I was with had been to the waterfall on the Willow River and since we were already three quarters of the way there, it seemed silly not to go. There was a lot more ice than the last time, but the falls were still flowing steadily. Here is a quick time lapse of it and a few pictures. Such a gorgeous place!
February 11, 2015 | Categories: Photography, Time Lapse | Tags: angle, angles, awesome, beautiful, bedrock, chasing, cliff, clip, close the the twin cities, cold, cool, creek, edge, exploration, explore, exposure, falls, flow, flowing, flows, forest, frost, frosty, hike, hiking, ice, icey, icicle, icicles, lapse, levels, logs, long, long exposure, lovely, moss, natural, nature, near the twin cities, photo, photograph, photos, pics, picture, pictures, rapids, river, river bed, rock, rocky, scenic, snow, state park, stepped, stone, stream, sweet, tiers, time, time lapse, timelapse, travel, tree, trees, valley, video, view, water, waterfall, waterfalls, wi, willow, winter, wisconsin | Leave a comment
The mass hot air balloon launch at the Hudson Hot Air Affair was cancelled, due to weather conditions. A Few of them still took the time to set up and inflate their bubbles though. So I shot a short time lapse of it…
February 8, 2015 | Categories: Photography, Time Lapse | Tags: 2015, balloon, balloons, cancelled, coverage, fail, field, footage, going up, hot air, hot air affair, hot air balloons, hudson, hudson hot air affair, inflate, inflating, no go, photo, photography, photos, picture, pictures, time lapse, video, wi, wisconsin | Leave a comment
January 18, 2015 | Categories: Photography | Tags: bedrock, cascade, chasing waterfalls, cliff, creek, explore, falls, flow, flows, formation, formations, freezing, frozen, ice, icey, icicle, icicles, icy, image, images, ledge, natural, nature, osceola, photo, photograph, photographer, photography, photos, pic, pics, picture, pictures, river, snow, snowy, stepped, town, valley, water, waterfall, wi, winter, wisconsin | Leave a comment
December 29, 2014 | Categories: Photography | Tags: angle, angles, awesome, beautiful, bedrock, chasing, cliff, close the the twin cities, cold, cool, creek, edge, exploration, explore, exposure, falls, flow, flowing, flows, forest, frost, frosty, hike, hiking, hoar, hoarfrost, ice, icey, icicle, icicles, levels, logs, long, long exposure, lovely, moss, natural, nature, near the twin cities, photo, photograph, photos, pics, picture, pictures, rapids, river, river bed, rock, rocky, scenic, snow, state park, stepped, stone, stream, sweet, tiers, travel, tree, trees, valley, view, water, waterfall, waterfalls, wi, willow, winter, wisconsin, wonder | Leave a comment
September 9, 2014 | Categories: Photography | Tags: awe, beautiful, cloud, clouds, cloudy, color, colors, earth, evening, freeway, glow, gorgeous, highway, huge, layers, light, midwest, natural, nature, north american, on the road, pretty, road, road trip, set, sky, splendor, storm, sun, sunset, wi, wisconsin | Leave a comment
This is a teaser… Though I spent half of My time at Final Bout working the gate, I did manage to get out on the track, as well as walk pit lane for a while. It will likely take a couple of days to sift through all of the pictures I took, so here is a little sample to gaze at until the rest finds it’s way here…
September 2, 2014 | Categories: Automotive Photography | Tags: 2014, 240, 240sx, 300z, 300zx, 350z, andor, andorius, animal style, animalestyle, blood runner, bloodrunner, boss town, bosstown, bout, breaking, brian peter, carolla, cart track, celica, chaser, chevy, club sandwich, clubfr, clubsandwich, coupe, cressida, crew, d*squad, datsun, dirty love, dirtylove, doom squad, door to door, drift, driftfaction drift faction, drifting, event, fc, fd, final, final bout, finalbout, first annual, first ever, footage, gathering, gold star, goldstar, good timmes, hatch, hatchback, high fade, hot boys, hot boyz, hotboys, hotboyz, is300, lexus, mazda, miata, moonlighter, mx-5, nerp, new, nissan, opposite line, opps, photo, photographer, photography, photos, pickup, pics, pictures, pit lane, pits, proceed, que, rain, rainy, risky devil, riskydevil, rollercoaster of love, rollercoasteroflove, rx-7, rx7, s10, s13, s14, sc300, sha dynasty, shady nasty, shadynasty, shawano, silvia, smoke, soarer, spectacle, street dancer, supra, tandem, team, team breaking, team oops, team proceed, team tracker, tire, toyota, tracker, truck, usa international raceway, usair, wet, wheel, wheels, wi, wisconsin, z | Leave a comment
Last night, My Brother and I wandered out of the city to find a nice view in the country. It was said there would be a meteor shower, or possibly even a ‘meteor storm.’ We headed east of town, trying to get ahead of the approaching clouds. The shooting stars that we were seeking should have been mostly in the northern sky. We roamed the rural roads north of Hudson, WI for a while, finding a lack of northerly views that weren’t spoiled by peoples lights. Then, there was an openning to the south which revealed an awesome array of stars. We parked in someone’s driveway and proceeded to shoot from there for 2 or more hours. In some of the pictures, You can almost make out the edge of the milky-way. I was however aiming directly at I94, Hudson and the Twin Cities, with all the light pollution they emit. So after a few shots I turned to aim up and above the horizon. Which gave Me the awesome star trails, layered up around the Earth’s northern rotational axis. We only saw a couple of shooting stars, but it was still a great time.
The slightly ghost-like picture at the end was aquired with a 10 second exposure, ISO-800 at an aperture of f/1.4. All pictures taken with a Sigma 30mm 1.4 Ex on My Canon t4i.
May 24, 2014 | Categories: Photography, Random Thoughts | Tags: .jpg, 1am, 2014, 23rd, 24th, 2am, 3am, all night, am, amazing, andor, andorius, aperture, around, axis, beautiful, beauty, capture, capturing, clear, constellation, constellations, country, digital, distance, earth, ether, ethereal, exposure, foreground, ghost, ghostly, gorgeous, high, hill, hudson, images, img, iso, long, low, may, mid-west, middle america, midnight, midwest, natural, nature, night, north america, photo, photograph, photographer, pic, picture, pix, polar, pole, pretty, rings, rotation, rotational, rural, scenery, shoot, shooting, shot, shots, silhouette, sky, somerset, spinning, spotted, star, stars, streak, streaked, streaks, striped, the heavens, tops, trail, trails, tree, trees, twilight, universe, view, views, wi, wisconsin, world | 2 Comments