The NH Bike Race took place on Sunday, August 21st. I had a blast taking pictures of the riders! This isn’t my first year volunteering for the event, but my first attendance with the camera. With my Nikon pressed to my faced as the riders approached me, I received many different responses.
The energy was already high from the adrenaline given off from each rider to complete their 63 mile course. You throw in a camera and everything changes – the moods and energy jump up a notch. Each rider had just a few seconds in front of the camera to show their humor and personality. Most of the riders would perform for the camera by doing wheelies, giving peace signs, thumbs up, hand waves, big smiles, and even a display of food with their mouth wide open as they go by at their race pace. Funny and fun all morning long.
I’m showing you several of my favorite photos I took that day. No food, no hand gestures, just an overall sense of what the NH Bike Race entailed. Enjoy!
The last several days I’ve been experimenting with natural lighting, camera settings, while composing action shots. My youngest dog, Scooter, is a great model to use as long as you are willing to be a ball dispenser. He is a natural athlete, photogenic, and full of youth.
The following photos are after experimenting with the time of day for proper lighting (morning seems best). I set several goals for myself to try to turn my idea into a photo. First, was to get a full body shot of Scooter along with the ball he is fetching in the frame. Second, to capture the shadows of the ball and Scooter in full view on the ground. Thirdly, to draw your attention to Scooter and the ball with no other distraction or merges from the background. I ended up taking over 100 photos with 1o photos being worthy of rating and categorizing in Lightroom as “keepers”.
I am so lucky to have a dog with so much personality, loyalty, and energy! :)
Vacation time is play time! I have three dogs and plenty of land for them to stretch out and run. After several requests, I have decided to open up my home to other dogs over the summer as families take their vacations. It is a great place for dogs to retreat to for daycare, customized playtime, trail walks, training, and 7 acres of running free!
In addition to having the retreat for dogs, my photography plays a role in the pet’s stay. If a pet is with us for multiple days, it opens up a great opportunity to do a photo shoot. I strive to capture the energy and personality of your pet in a safe, fun, and natural environment. Several of the pet’s photos are sent via Facebook or email to the owners updating them on their pet’s vacation with us.