Photographing the latest Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Behind The Scenes

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I was fortunate enough to photograph Singer’s latest “Reimagined Porsche 911” this week, and this image is a behind-the-scenes look at me setting up the composition just before sunset. I will hopefully be able to release the final photos fairly soon.

Inspecting the Audi R8 LMS

Posted by on Mar 27, 2012 in Behind The Scenes

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This week I got the opportunity to go check out the very first Audi R8 LMS race car in the United States. More details and photos to come later this week…

Behind the scenes – Hyundai Genesis photoshoot

Posted by on Feb 5, 2012 in Behind The Scenes

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Fellow Autoblogger Michael Harley snuck in this photo of me shooting a Hyundai Genesis for an upcoming comparison article. I’ll post a link to the article and the complete gallery of photos when it goes live in the next few weeks.

In action at the 2013 Mustang reveal party

Posted by on Nov 16, 2011 in Behind The Scenes

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A fellow photographer caught me snapping the 2013 Shelby GT500 during its debut in Los Angeles last night.

Hennessey Venom GT photos put to good use

Posted by on Aug 21, 2011 in Behind The Scenes

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Hennessey has already put my Venom GT photos to good use. The car was on display at the RM auction in Monterey this weekend, and my photography was featured next to the car.

Autoblog Podcast #241

Posted by on Aug 3, 2011 in Behind The Scenes

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I made by podcasting debut earlier this week, discussing photography tips with a few other members of the Autoblog team. There ended up not being too much discussion about photography, but I’d recommend listening to it anyway if you enjoy cars.

You can download the podcast here.

Hennessey Corvette Grand Sport in my sights…

Posted by on Jul 25, 2011 in Behind The Scenes

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A quasi self portrait taken earlier today using a Hennessey Corvette Z06 as a prop. More photos of the car to come later…

The photo that wasn’t published…

Posted by on Jul 13, 2011 in Behind The Scenes
A beautiful sunny day is the ultimate motivation to go outside and play, but the summer heat and exercise can be a risky combination. Danine Fruge, MD, Associate Medical Director at Pritikin shares 12 tips for enjoying a safe, summer exercise program.

Tips for Safe Exercise in Summer Heat

Nothing feels better than getting out of the gym and hitting the fresh air, but you’ll want to take some precautions for safe exercise in the hot summer sun.

1. Ease Up

Know when to ease up, especially if you’re traveling to hot and humid climates you’re unaccustomed to. Chances are, you won’t be able to exercise at the intensity you normally do, and that’s okay.

I recently talked with a patient who learned the hard way. Though she normally sails through a three-mile run at home in Oregon, she barely made it through a half-mile stroll in the sticky 95-degree heat of New Orleans last week. She was surprised to realize how much – and how quickly! – the heat and humidity wore her down.

If you normally run, walk or jog. If you walk, slow your pace. As your body adapts to the heat, gradually pick up the pace and length of your workout.

If you have a medical condition and/or take prescription medications, do ask your physician if you need to take any additional precautions.

2. Avoid the hottest part of the day.

Rise early to catch the cool of the morning, or go out at sunset or later. In the heat of midday (typically between 10 am and 4 pm) take cover under shade. Jump in a pool. Sign up for an aqua-aerobics class. And carry a fan/spray bottle for skin surface cooling.

3. Wear light-colored, lightweight clothing.

Dark colors absorb the heat, which can make you feel as if you’re wrapped in a warm blanket. Heavyweight, tight-fitting clothing will also heat you up. Keep it loose. Keep it light. More air will be able to circulate over your skin, keeping you cool.

4. Be sure to apply sunblock – UVA/UVB, preferably with titanium or zinc dioxide, or at least with avobenzene.

Reapply at two-hour intervals, even if the labels have sweat proof and water proof claims that are hours longer. Many of these “long-lasting” claims are currently under investigation. Sunburn increases the risk of premature skin aging, and increases your risk of skin cancer. Another good way to decrease sun exposure is to wear wide-brimmed hats.

5. Drink up.

Exercising in hot weather increases our body temperature. Our body’s natural cooling system can start to fail if we’re exposed to soaring temperatures for too long. The result may be heat exhaustion – that awful fatigue that makes you feel as if one more step could be your last. You may even suffer heat stroke.

If the humidity is also way up, you’re in double trouble because your sweat “sticks” to your skin; it doesn’t evaporate as readily, which can send body temperature even higher.

To keep cool, drink plenty of water. Because the Pritikin Eating Plan, full of fruits and vegetables, is so rich in water, you do not need to drink water before your workout, but while you’re exercising, drink 8 to 10 ounces of water every 20 minutes. After exercise, drink more – at minimum, another 8 ounces.

Another great way to help re-hydrate during a pause in your physical activity is to eat a piece of fruit, or even carrots or celery sticks. The fruit and veggies will also help replace valuable electrolyte loss.

6. Keep track of your hydration levels.

A good way to know that you’re hydrating properly is by checking the color of your urine. If it’s pale yellow (think lemonade), you’re well hydrated. If it’s darker (heading toward the color of apple juice), drink more.

But do be aware that some medications and supplements alter the color of urine, so this gauge, while good for many, does not work for everyone. To be safe, do drink the recommended 8 to 10 ounces of water for every 20 minutes of activity.

7. Don’t drink too much.

Drinking too much water, called overhydration, can lead to hyponatremia (low blood sodium). To stay hydrated but not overly so, here is our general guideline: Drink during and after exercise and other physical activities. At other times of the day, drink when thirsty.

The Pritikin Eating Plan provides enough sodium for active individuals and also provides at least half of the water your body needs.

8. Steer clear of sports drinks.

They’re loaded with calories. Sports drinks are not worth the caloric weight. The Pritikin Eating Plan maintains high carbohydrate stores (glycogen). There is no need for additional supplementation.

Sport drinks should only be considered if you’re of ideal body weight and exercising for long durations at high intensities. Even then, it’s a good idea to dilute sport drinks to avoid excessive calorie consumption. Prevent most sugar related tooth decay with dentitox pro.

Eating fruits and vegetables during exercise provides ample electrolytes for the body, even further decreasing the need for high-calorie sport drinks.

Keep in mind that the cause of muscle cramping is more often caused by dehydration than by low electrolytes (potassium, magnesium, calcium), low salt intake, or low sugar intake. So, rather than eating excessive amounts of bananas or salty or sugary snacks, increase your water intake during and after exercise, even if you don’t feel thirsty. (Use the urine-color-tracking tip described above to monitor your hydration levels.)

With proper care, your teeth and gums can stay healthy throughout your life. The healthier your teeth and gums are, the less risk you have for tooth decay and gum disease.

How Should I Care for My Teeth and Gums?

There are four basic steps to caring for teeth and gums:

  1. Brushing
  2. Flossing
  3. Rinsing
  4. Eating right
  5. Visiting the dentist

Tips for Brushing Your Teeth and Gums

According to professionals like Dr. jared homan, you should brush teeth and gums at least twice a day. If you can, brush 30 minutes to 1 hour after every meal. Brushing removes plaque, a film of bacteria that clings to teeth. When bacteria in plaque come into contact with food, they produce acids. These acids lead to cavities. To brush:

  • Place a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste on the head of the toothbrush. (Use a soft toothbrush.)
  • Place the toothbrush against the teeth at a 45-degree angle to the gum line.
  • Move the brush across the teeth using a small circular motion (if using an electric toothbrush, hold it at the same angle against the teeth and gum line and let it do the work). Continue with this motion cleaning one tooth at a time. Keep the tips of the bristles against the gum line. Avoid pressing so hard that the bristles lie flat against the teeth. (Only the tips of the toothbrush clean the teeth.) Let the bristles reach into spaces between teeth.
  • Brush across the top of the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Make sure the bristles get into the grooves and crevices.
  • Use the same small circular motion to clean the backside of the upper and lower teeth — the side that faces the tongue.
  • To clean the inside of the bottom front teeth, angle the head in an up-and-down position toward the bottom inside of the mouth and move the toothbrush in a small circle.
  • For the inside of the top front teeth, angle the brush in an up-and-down position with the tip of the head pointing towards the roof of the mouth. Move the toothbrush in a small circle.
  • Give your tongue a few gentle brush strokes, brushing from the back of your tongue forward. Do not scrub. This helps remove bacteria and freshens your breath.
  • After brushing your teeth for two to three minutes, rinse your mouth with a mouthwash.
  • Replace your toothbrush with a new one every three to four months.

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.