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Archive for July, 2011

NASCAR Invades Kentucky Speedway

07.24.11

NASCAR fans in Kentucky have been waiting for NASCAR since the Kentucky Speedway opened. With the inaugural running of the Quaker State 400 their dreams finally came true.

I did not have a ticket to the race but thought I’d go down for the day and just hang out and shoot the pre-race festivities. If you’ve ever been to a NASCAR race, which I hadn’t, you’d know about the craziness before the races. Think NFL game tailgating times 100.

Typical of my bluegrass festival photos, I wanted to capture the event so that after you’ve seen the photos you feel like you were actually there. That’s very difficult to do, but I sure had a great time trying. I did end up going to the race, although these photos are not really about the race. They’re about the fans of NASCAR, and the pre-race party.

Thanks to all the great fans that let me capture their moment. Again, like the bluegrass festival crowd, the fans were friendly, down to earth and love anyone with a camera!

Here’s the entire gallery. Enjoy!

2011 Coney Island Balloon Glow

07.04.11

07-03-2011 Coney Island Balloon Glow

4th of July weekend, and so much to shoot! I shot fireworks in Fort Thomas, skipped the parade because it was raining so I decided I’d shoot the hot air balloon glow at old Coney Island. I had gone to this event one other time but I don’t remember it being so crowded. It took me 45 minutes to get from the end of the 275 bridge to my parking spot. And for future reference if you see this event advertised as “free”, make sure to take $10 for parking. I found myself counting change to get in!

The crowds and embarrassment of counting change to get in aside, this was a great event so be sure to put it on your list of 4th of July weekend “must dos”. The balloons and the crews that bring them are great, and the fireworks will take you back to the good ol’ days of the amusement park before the mega parks like King’s Island. The only things missing were the Shooting Star and The Mousetrap!

Here’s the entire gallery. Enjoy