Spectre 341 Challenge photos featured on CarandDriver.com

Posted by on Jul 14, 2011 in Published Work

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After spending three days in Virginia City, NV as one of the official photographers for the Spectre 341 Challenge, this is just about the first set of photos I’ve seen published from the event. Car and Driver’s Aaron Robinson was in attendance and drove a Cadillac CTS-V Wagon up the 5.2 mile course, and I managed to get several photos of him tackling the hill. You can see the photos and the story at Car and Driver’s web site.

New Singer 911 photos released to the world

Posted by on Jul 14, 2011 in Published Work

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Back in April Singer Vehicle Design hired me again to take photos of their second customer car. I don’t think the White and Olive paint scheme is as photogenic as the previous Green and Orange car, but it’s beautiful nonetheless. To make it even better, Singer was going to have both cars on hand so I would have the opportunity to photograph them together.

With Singer issuing their press release regarding the new customer car and their partnership with Cosworth, the photos have now appeared on many of the leading automotive web sites around the world including Autoblog, Autocar, and Top Gear:

Hopefully the images will be in print in the next few months.

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.

Featured in 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords, September 2011

Posted by on Jul 12, 2011 in Published Work

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First off, let me just say that drag strips are not my favorite places to photograph cars, at least in California. They just aren’t photogenic. But where else are you going to photograph a 2,500 horsepower Mustang built to pull off six second 1/4 mile runs? The one redeeming factor are the burnout and wheelie shots, the latter of which I was hoping would be used a lead or even a cover shot. Alas, they went with the standard front 3/4 photo, and I can’t really complain. Besides, another one of my photos made it on the cover of the September issue anyway.

The photos aren’t exactly portfolio-worthy, but they got the job done and look good in the magazine. Follow the jump to see screen shots of the whole article.

Publication: 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords

Client: Source Interlink

Car: 2011 MMR Shelby GT500 Race Car

Cover feature for 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords, September 2011

Posted by on Jul 12, 2011 in Published Work

50-mustang-september-2011The September 2011 issue of 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords came out today, and I was fortunate enough to have my photo selected for the cover. The car is a 2011 Mustang 5.0 built by a company called Raceskinz. I first saw the car at SEMA last year, and it was by far my favorite Mustang at the show. Originally I had done a photoshoot of the car without any driving shots, but I knew the car was cover-worthy, so I set up another time to photograph the car in action. Thankfully, the extra effort was rewarded. Follow the jump to see screen shots of the complete article.

Publication: 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords

Client: Source Interlink

Car: 2011 Ford Mustang 5.0 by Raceskinz

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.

I’ve been taking photos for a while now, but I do recommend for beginner photographers to get the the best canon camera with flip screen on Technomono at https://technomono.com/best-canon-camera-with-flip-screen because there are so many questions rotating in our mind when we start to think of stepping in the photography world, but you shouldn’t compare your art with others and just have fun.

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.