History is made (and captured) as the ten minute barrier falls at Pikes Peak

Posted by on Jun 26, 2011 in On Location

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The summit of Pikes Peak can be a harsh environment, even in June. It’s also not necessarily the best place to take photos at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, especially considering the scenery available on the rest of the mountain. So why would I spend 10 hours dealing the thin air at 14,000 feet, near-freezing temperatures and 40 mph winds for ten hours? To capture history. Check the best Camera straps at https://leather-toolkits.com/reviews/best-leather-camera-straps/

It was inevitable that the ten minute barrier would eventually be broken at Pikes Peak, and with the extra pavement added this year, it was almost certain that one of the top contenders in the Unlimited Class would break the mark. Reigning king of the mountain Monster Tajima was up to the task, smashing his own previous record with a time of 9:51.278. I was there to witness him cross the finish line, with camera in hand to capture the historic event. It was worth it.

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Pikes Peak Hill Climb photos, Practice Day 3

Posted by on Jun 24, 2011 in Published Work

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Pikes Peak will be completely paved over next year, and since I’ll be on the summit for race day, this was the last time I’ll ever photograph the cars on dirt. Such a shame, as the dirt adds such a wonderful element to photographing the cars go up the mountain. I made the most of it, catching the cars come up around a turn with the sunrise in the background, and hanging out on the inside of a hairpin to see (some) drivers skillfully drift through the turn. The pavement might make for fast times, but the dirt will surely be missed.

See all of the photos from Practice Day 3 over at Autoblog.com.

Pikes Peak Hill Climb photos, Practice Day 2

Posted by on Jun 23, 2011 in Published Work

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Day two at Pikes Peak. Last year this section (the upper third) was still dirt, and it was strange to see the cars charge up the hill on the new pavement. The scenery isn’t quite as special as the middle section, but there was still some good photos in the making. The sun hitting off the rocks near the bottomless pit between mile 16 and 17 was pretty spectacular for just a few minutes. You can see all the photos from today over at Autoblog.com.

Caught in the act – Heating tips

Posted by on Jun 22, 2011 in Behind The Scenes

Image: Olivier Le Moal / Shutterstock.com

High energy bills can hint at various problems around the home that are causing temperature variations and putting a strain on HVAC systems. Fortunately, many such issues are fairly easy to identify, and pretty easy and affordable to fix. Here’s what you need to know.

Seal Any Cracks and Gaps

One of the most common causes of temperature fluctuations is poorly insulated windows and doors. If they’re not properly sealed, they can allow cold air to enter your home in winter, or allow it to escape in summer. Even if you have double pane windows, if the weather-stripping is worn, it won’t be as effective — the same applies to weather-stripping on doors. Take a moment to seal any gaps and cracks, and make sure to check the entry points for plumbing and wiring as well.

Check Your Vents and Ducts

Proper air flow is important in maintaining a constant temperature in your home. If your air ducts are blocked by dust, this can impact the effectiveness of furnaces and AC units. Similarly, if an air vent is covered by curtains or furniture, they can also lead to uneven temperatures. Make sure that your air ducts and vents are clean, and not obstructed in any way.

Keep Doors and Windows Closed

This is particularly important especially if you have an AC unit, but also if you’re trying to keep your house warm without a spike in your electricity bill. In the summer, closing the door to the room you’re in will ensure that the air conditioning doesn’t take too long to cool it. Meanwhile, in winter, your heater won’t have to struggle to reach the desired temperature. Keeping doors shut is especially important for rooms that need to be aired more often than others, such as bathrooms and kitchens. So if you need to air out the steam after a shower or cooking smells, make sure the doors are shut in the process, to prevent temperature spikes in the rest of your home. Check out some of the most common issues you may encourage while heating your home.

Use Window Drapes or Shutters

Window treatments can make a great difference when it comes to fixing temperature fluctuations simply because windows are more responsible for cold or hot air escaping than walls. To prevent this, you can use either shutters or blinds, or even curtains and drapes. In the summer, they will prevent your room from getting too hot due to the sun beating down on them. Also, in winter, even a curtain can create a layer of insulation that will keep temperature changes off by a few degrees.

Install a Smart Thermostat

A programmable thermostat is ideal if you want to keep the temperature in your home at a comfortable level. Setting it to a desired level is no longer enough — in order to help you cut down your energy bills, you should also be able to program it by the hour, and even by the day. The ability to custom program a thermostat is especially important in winter, when sudden drops in temperature can result in your pipes freezing and bursting. Where you place your thermostat is just as essential, so think of which room you’re most likely to spend time in. If you can, upgrade your thermostat to a wireless one — that way you won’t have to worry about which wall it goes on, and you can just take it with you where you are in the house.

Make Sure Your Ceiling Fan Spins the Right Way

This energy saving trick is not only easy to implement, but also often overlooked. Ceiling fans don’t need a lot of energy to recirculate the air in the room and keep the temperature even, yet the way the blades spin plays an important role. In the summer, set your ceiling fan to spin counterclockwise, so that the cold air is pushed down, effectively cooling the room. In winter, set it to spin clockwise, so that the warm air drops down from the ceiling and is recirculated into the room.

Pikes Peak Hill Climb photos, Practice Day 1

Posted by on Jun 22, 2011 in Published Work

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Last year I missed out on the first practice session at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, and after seeing fellow photographer Linhberg Nguyen’s photos on SpeedHunters.com, I made sure to be up on the mountain bright and early for the opening day.

If you stand in the right spot as the sun comes up, the sky and surrounding area turn all sorts of amazing colors, and there’s a 2-3 minute window where everything looks simply epic. There’s nothing else like it in motorsports. My favorite photo of the day was Monster Tajima tearing up the mountain with a beautiful Colorado sunrise in the background.

Visit Autoblog.com for the entire set of photos.

Spectre 341 Challenge photos, day 2

Posted by on Jun 19, 2011 in On Location

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The second and final day of the Spectre 341 Challenge is a wrap. After scouting the route a few more times I found a fantastic location, and probably ending up spending too much time there. Even so, I liked these photos better than those from day 1. You can see a selection of images below.

Spectre 341 Challenge photos, day 1

Posted by on Jun 18, 2011 in On Location

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Day 1 of the Spectre 341 Challenge is in the books. This is my first time shooting the event, so there was a steep learning curve about what locations to pick. It’s pretty difficult to walk to different parts of the course, so once you pick a corner, you’re stuck for a couple hours! The scenery is pretty amazing, though, so I tried to take as many wide angle photos as possible to keep the mountains and the winding road in frame. You can see a selection of photos from day 1 after the jump.

24 Hours of Le Mans photos featured on Autoblog.com

Posted by on Jun 12, 2011 in Published Work

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The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the one event I’ve been hoping to attend since I started photographing cars, and I was lucky enough to finally go this year. The bad news was the I got the invite just a few weeks before the race, well after the last day to apply for photo credentials. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get trackside, but fortunately I managed to talk my way into a photo vest for a few hours at sunset and and sunrise. Having never been to the track there was a huge learning curve – even finding where to get into the photos areas was a huge challenge – but by the end I was satisfied with my photos for being a “newbie”. I hope that I’ll be able to attend again, especially with a photo credential for the entire race.

You can see the photos of the race over on Autoblog.com.

Featured in 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords, August 2011

Posted by on Jun 7, 2011 in Published Work

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The middle of the desert is just about my favorite place to photograph a car, so I didn’t mind driving out to Las Vegas to take pictures of this highly modified Mustang for a feature in 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords. I came away with some pretty cool driving shots of the car, so I was a little disappointed when it didn’t make it onto the cover. Even so, the photos looks great in the magazine. Follow the jump to see screen shots of the whole article.

Publication: 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords

Client: Source Interlink

Car: Manny Galvan’s 2007 Ford Mustang GT

Cover feature for Chevy High Performance, August 2011

Posted by on Jun 7, 2011 in Published Work

chevy-high-performance-august-2011I’ve had a few things published in Chevy High Performance in the past, but this is the first time that I’ve had a photo on the cover. The car was built by CGS Motorsports in Chino, CA. Coincidentally, my very first magazine cover was of a truck built by CGS Motorsports in 2004. I’m glad I could get them some good exposure once again.

Publication: Chevy High Performance

Client: Source Interlink

Car: 2011 Chevrolet Camaro by CGS Motorsports