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World Cup Cyclocross Photography

Night

There are three days of racing at Jingle Cross, with two elite UCI races and the World Cup all on separate days. The Wold Cup has always been held in full sunlight and the UCI races in 2017 both were held long after the sun set, creating a wonderful nighttime canvas that provides the opportunity to paint some really exceptional photographs that are not possible when the sun is shining.

This first photograph is of the elite women charging hard down the starting straight away. In this shot, the MUSCO lights do a good job of lighting up the dust that's being kicked up by the women.

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For the start of the men, I was using almost the same vantage point as I used for the women's start, but moved off to the right, focused on an area that was not lit up by the stadium lights. Throw in one small speed light, camera left and Telenet Fideas Quinten Hermans and Michael Boros of Pauwels Sauzen take the hole shot. If you look really close, you'll see that Quinten's inboard foot is unclipped.

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Here Quinten Herman easily clears the barriers. The big Musco stadium lights are doing a really good job of lighting up the barries from the left. To stop motion like this requires a really fast shutter speed. By throwing in a speed light camera right, I can use a low ISO setting and use the really short flash duration to freeze the action.

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Here Gianni Vermeersch powers up the top of the climb in his big ring. Up on the top of Mt. Krumpit, its really really dark even with the lone stadium light. Press your shutter with the ambient light, and with a super high iso you might luck out and be able to make out the text on the barricades. Throw in your own light just uphill of Giannia and viola!

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Here is another Krumpit picture where you can pick out Caroline Mani's trademark grimace.

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Near the end, Laurens Sweeck has a huge time gap on everyone else and floats over the barricades. I'm 40 meters away using a long lens, and if you take a careful look, you'll spot my speed light clamped to the fence.

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Daylight

I think it's harder to get really unique and interesting photo's during the daylight. That may just be me. I'm not certain who the Flyers guy is, but this really captures what it's like to make turn from the top of Krumpit into the hair pin turn that if you follow the fall line, just drops straight down. 

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Sanne Cant dominated the Women's World Cup event. Ellen Nobles wearing the Rapha kit is even shouldering her bike here.

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My World cup photo's were shot for a European publication called GritCX. They had the rights to publish for the first 90 days, so this is the first time I've show these anywhere else. In this image, Stephen Hyde, Americas hope to make it big crests Krumpit.

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Near the top of Krumpit is a roped off area for the press. There's a guy shooting the live video feed, and two others with still cameras. The guy at the front wearing the world championship stripes is Wout Van Aert. This is early on in the race where no one else can match his tempo.

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A few laps later and VanAert continues to push the pace, and forces everyone else to try to keep from being gapped.

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CIRREM 2018 - Race Photographs

February 24th was the scheduled start date for the 10th edition of CIRREM. The week leading up to race day, meteorological forecasts of driving rain turning into snow and ice falling from the skies had the social media feeds lit up with pictures of mud encrusted drive trains and ice covered bodies fanning fear among newbies and veterans alike. You could hear a big collective sigh when the race was postponed a week.

There's this trend that's starting to appear. For the first seven years of CIRREM, the mercury had a hard time climbing into the 30's, and usually hung out in the 20's, half the time with wet sloppy gravel being dished up. Including this year makes three years where it's been almost shorts weather. 

Here's the story I saw unfold out on the gravel roads of Madison county.


Cumming Tap

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Near Badger Creek

Clear blue skies in early March in Iowa usually means wind, blustery and relentless wind. Fourteen miles into the race, Brenden Hardy, Jonathon Wait, Mark Savory, Randy Reichardt, Adam Ventling, Brian West and Bryan Wenzel had a gap of a minute up on the chase group. While the winds were favorable in the first westward leg of the race, your early season fitness and a high tempo starts to shred the field.

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The sign on the side of the old weather beaten Ford pickup truck that TJ Fort and Keven Betters ride past says "Lloyd McDonald Winterset", Iowa". A little searching shows that presumably Lloyd McDonald and his wife Wilma lived on this farmstead up until 1986 when Lloyd died and was buried up the road in the North McDonald cemetery. Bruce Reese rides past the abandoned farm house, which might just be a remnant of Iowa's 1980 farm crisis.

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North McDonald Cemetery

Mark Child makes a right onto Old Portland on this near 40 mph descent. 

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North River Trail

Twenty five miles the same group of nine continues to put time on the chasers.

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Near the Checkpoint

Forty miles into the race and it's long slog, much of it straight into the wind. 

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Turning east onto 220th Trail right after the check point is an old dilapidated house. I'm not a betting person, but I'm guessing at least one person today thought the writing on the old truck body describes todays last 20k home.

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Windwood Trail

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Lisa Vetterlein almost packed it in a the check point. Lisa and
Dee Mable finish one and two for the women.

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Headshot Photography, making first impressions

When it comes to your profile picture, you only have seconds to make a first impression.

What does your headshot photograph say about you?

Make sure your headshot matches your brand.  Whether used on your company's web site or for a social profile, the quality and style of your headshot conveys a lot about you as a person, and how you conduct business. The type of photograph you select is a personal branding decision, however a blurred or poorly cropped images will convey a lack of attention to detail that will carry over to your reputation.

The image you select for your headshot needs to convey something about your personality, show confidence and show that your are approachable. When you are in front of the camera, a good photographer will direct and guide you to move your body, head and facial expressions into positions that bring out the best of you.

 Professional Portraits with Personality

Other things to consider for your headshot are clothing and location. Suits and ties may be appropriate if you want to convey a professional can get it done attitude, and something more casual is appropriate if that's how you meet and work with your prospective clients and customers on a daily basis. The bottom line is your clothing should reflect the real you, and be reflective of the personal brand you want to portray. 

Headshot portraits can be made using studio setting using a plain background, or may use an environmental location. Either way, gone are the days of headshots being boring or stuffy. If you're more comfortable in your daily environment and if that location ties in something that's a part your brand, then by all means use of it. 

Lastly, we all go through physical changes over time, so if it's been more than two years since your last headshot, chances are you're in need of a new one. 

Call, email or text and let's talk about what you want your headshots to look like.

Wade Frank Memorial Cup - East Village Criterium

Just before the start of the Pro 1/2/3 race, Michael Zimmerman introduced Wade Franks brother Travis. From the steps of Iowa's state capitol, Travis talked about how and why the race weekend came to bear the name of his brother. Wade was tragically killed two years ago, on a Sunday morning at 10 am by a man convicted multiple times of driving while drunk, and had been up since early in the morning drinking. Earlier this year Senate file 444 became law, and Iowa now has a sobriety monitoring program that is similar to the program used in South Dakota where impaired-driving offenders travel twice daily to a monitoring center for a breath test.  Much of this was made possible by the great deal of effort and energy that Wade's parents put in to see this legislation through. I hope they find some comfort in that something good has come from Wade's death. 

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