Eat at Joe’s

Joe’s and the Nashville Skyline

While walking to the bridge over the river in Nashville to make a shot of the skyline I saw this shot. I liked the busy road below as well as the skyline in the background. I knew that it would look good edited the way that it is above so I took some time to wait until the conditions were right. The stormy night really added to my skyline photos I think. Based on my one night in downtown Nashville I would like to visit at least one more time.

A Busy Fall

I will be on the road more this fall then ever before. Once the college season starts my travel will start as well. This should be a fun fall as I visit some new places that I have either never been before, or just not been to in a while. Photos like the one above came because I was out on the road to cover a team. It will be interesting to see what I come up with this fall while I am out on the road. In less than a month that journey begins.

 

Texting at the Fountain

Meet Me at the Fountain

One spot on campus that I love to photograph more than any other is the Engineering Fountain otherwise known as the Class of ’39 Water Sculpture. It seems like you can always make a new picture at the fountain. Earlier this summer I went down with a friend to make some photos of it and the rest of campus. As we were walking back to our cars I saw a group of students from the school paper at the fountain. One of them was on her phone, and I had the idea for the shot that you see above. This might just be my favorite photo from that night. It is simple, but yet something that I did not have before that night.

The Week in Photos

As I do every week I have put together some of my favorite photos from the past week into one Exposure post. This week of course is very heavy on the racing photos. In addition to photographing the racing on the big track I also included some of my favorite photos from the ARCA festivities at IRP as well. Here is a look at some photos that I enjoyed from the week.

Sioux Chief 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway

Photographing Racing at Lucas Oil Raceway Again

One track that I love to photograph at is Lucas Oil Raceway. I have been doing so as a fan since 2000. Some of my early racing photos that I liked came from there. Of course it was called IRP at the time, but that really doesn’t matter except when I try and officially use that name today. By the time I made it to the short track in Brownsburg I was already really feeling the heat that day. I wanted to do a lot more than I did, but spending all day in the sun at the big track took a lot out of me. I still made some photos that I liked, but I really took it easy at the track. There was still time to capture moments though. One that I really liked is above just before the ARCA qualifying began. Chase Briscoe the ARCA points leader was very relaxed before it was his time to take to the track. Chase would go on to win his third straight race to really pad his points lead. I love the intimacy that you get shooting these ARCA races. Everyone is great, and they allow you in to capture the moments. I need to photograph another ARCA race this season.

The Week in Photos

As I do every week I have put together some of my favorite photos from the past week into one Exposure post. This week of course is very heavy on the racing photos. In addition to photographing the racing on the big track I also included some of my favorite photos from the ARCA festivities at IRP as well. Here is a look at some photos that I enjoyed from the week.

The 2016 Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard

Kyle Busch Completes a Dominant Weekend by Winning the 2016 Brickyard 400

Looking back at the weekend as a whole it belonged to Kyle Busch. He won the pole for both the XFINITY and the Sprint Cup races Saturday morning. He then easily won both the XFINITY heat race as well as the Lilly Diabetes 250. I don’t know many people that did not think that Kyle would win the Brickyard 400. It is racing and anything can happen, but Kyle was just too good it seems for any bad luck to find him this weekend. Maybe he was just too fast for the bad luck to catch him.

Two Legends Share One Moment

Two Indiana sports legends shared a great moment after the race yesterday. After the race was over we waited for Kyle Busch to come back around the track to celebrate. Instead of stopping Kyle just sped right back down the track. Then we heard two more engines coming and realized what it was about. Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon took one last lap around the Brickyard together. I am not going to lie. I am a big fan of both drivers. They were the reason that taking this assignment was worthwhile to me. I was amazing to stand on the platform shooting two guys that I admire. Thankfully they were part of the weekend story that I was there to cover. Their last Brickyard driving, and my first shooting.

My Thoughts On Photographing My First NASCAR Race

Overall this was a fun experience. I did not have the access that I would have liked to have had, but I still was able to make some photos that I really liked. Everyone at the track was amazing during the three days helping whenever and however they could. That is saying something because of the heat we were all in. That has to be the main story of the weekend. Everything that I did was shaped by the extreme heat. While waiting for the race to start yesterday out on the track I could feel the heat coming up through my shoes. Even in very poor conditions I had a great time out there. These guys put on a show that makes it easy to photograph. Hopefully this is the first of many times that I will be photographing a NASCAR race.

The Week in Photos

As I do every week I have put together some of my favorite photos from the past week into one Exposure post. This week of course is very heavy on the racing photos. In addition to photographing the racing on the big track I was also at the ARCA festivities at IRP as well. Here is a look at some photos that I enjoyed from the week.

Kyle Busch Wins the Lilly Diabetes 200 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Kyle Busch Has a Dominant Day

Yesterday was a very good day for Kyle Busch. He started it off by winning the pole for the XFINITY series. He then won the pole for the Sprint Cup race. A very easy win in his heat race for the XFINITY series was followed up by a dominant win the the Lilly Diabetes 200. He should have had a tough time at the end of the race as he was the only driver with old tires on his car, but he still pulled away from the field for the win. He has to be the clear favorite for the race today.

Finding Your Spot

The hardest part about covering a race here at Indy is finding a place to shoot. Most of the good locations to shoot are off limits except for a small group of photographers. The trick is finding your spots that you can shoot and making something interesting. After the last two days I have a plan for the big race today. Let’s see if I can stick to it, or will the race dictate that I should change it up.

Brickyard 400 Practice Day

Jeff Gordon Returns to the Track for the Brickyard 400

This year I have been lucky enough to do some pretty cool things. Photographing Jeff Gordon as he returns to Indy is one of those. I saw my first Brickyard 400 as a fan in 1998, and Jeff won that race. I am here on assignment, and I am not supposed to play favorites. Luckily Jeff is one of the big stories of the weekend along with Tony Stewart so I am in luck. It will be interesting to see what Jeff can do after sitting out the entire year so far. It cannot be easy to just jump back into a car especially at a track like this one. The oppressive heat is also a factor this weekend.

Photographing the King

When I arrived at the track yesterday I picked up my credentials and then made my way into the infield. As I was walking through the garage area the first person that I saw was Richard Petty. They don’t call Richard ‘The King’ for nothing. He has 200 NASCAR wins and seven championships to his name. I made the picture above as he was talking to one of his crew members, and of course the conversation immediately shifted to the other side of the car. This was my first photo of the day, and it was a good start. You can’t get much better than photographing royalty to start your day.

The Heat is the Real Story

Yesterday I had a lot of fun moments during the day. One thing that was absolutely not fun was the heat. The temperatures on the asphalt were announced at around 140 degrees during the day, and you absolutely felt it when you stepped out onto the track. One thing the heat does is stifle creativity at some point. You are so drained that maybe you don’t make the extra move to get the photo that you should. So far today the clouds have graced us with their presence so maybe we can get a small break from the sun anyway.

In A Rain Delay

Waiting on the Rain

Last week the rain played a huge factor in my photos of the week. Two rain delays during the Prospect League All Star game ultimately led to it being cancelled in the fourth inning. During the last rain delay I stayed in the dugout editing my photos. To me if you are going to be stuck somewhere a baseball dugout is not a bad place. While I was editing I saw the photo above and found a way to make it. I really liked the photo. Not long after I made the photo the game was called, and I packed up my gear. I had already gone through the photos from the game so I assumed that I had everything on my computer. I forgot about the two photos that I made during the delay until the next time that I picked up my camera. I went back and used it for my photos of the week as a kind of bookend of the action. Sometimes rain ruins a pretty good shoot.

More Photos From the Prospect League All Star Game

I put together an Exposure page for the 2016 Prospect League All Star game that you can see here. I had a great time getting back to shooting some baseball over the course of the two days that I spent in Kokomo. This weekend my focus shifts to auto racing, but it won’t be long until I am back photographing baseball.

Dinner at the Heston Supper Club

Prime Rib at the Heston Supper Club

When I was much younger we would celebrate big events by heading to the Heston Supper Club just north of LaPorte. The food was good, and it was a great reward for good grades or even becoming another year older. Last night we drove north to join my parents and family at Heston to celebrate my father’s birthday. People drive from all over to this remote area just to have the prime rib. When you have it you know that it is worth the drive. As we were leaving I thought that I would stop quickly and make this photo of the exterior of the building.

A Busy Weekend

This weekend I won’t have any time for road trips as I will pretty much be on one the entire weekend. I will be down in Indy covering a lot of racing. Tomorrow I will be at practice at the Brickyard for the XFINITY Series and the Sprint Cup Series. I will leave in the afternoon to head over to Lucas Oil Raceway to photograph the ARCA series as they have a race on the little track that I used to call IRP. Saturday will be another day spent at the Brickyard covering qualifying and the XFINITY race. Finally Sunday will just be covering the Sprint Cup race at the big track. This will be a fun and hot weekend for me. I will have a lot of photos to share with you before it is all over. Follow me on Instagram at @pinolaphoto and Twitter @pinolaphoto to see some of what I am seeing as it is happening.

A Pastel Morning in Ocean City

Here We Are Again at the Ocean City Pier

Once again I find myself wanting to post another photo of the Ocean City pier. The beauty about heading to the pier before first light is seeing the complete transformation of the scene. You go from complete darkness, to a very pastel scene, to the sun rising, and then finally the start of the day. The light is different for each portion to the point I make way too many pictures over the course of the morning. I made a few photos at 24mm while the light was at this point, but I decided to zoom into the pier at 105mm to get this photo. I really liked how it turned out. My 10 stop neutral density filter really helped me smooth out the waves here, and that gives it a much more peaceful look than it would have been if I had stopped the waves with a high shutter speed. My Lee Big Stopper allowed me to keep the shutter open for 20 seconds with quite a bit of light in the sky at the time. I don’t use the big stopper enough. It usually comes out in Ocean City, and then a couple of other times a year. When I bought it I was shooting a lot more landscapes. I really need to get back to that.

Finding a Hobby

One strange thing about me is that my hobby is also photography. This whole thing started off with me shooting for fun on the side of my real job. When I made the leap to just making pictures for a living I kept making pictures on the side. I would make the pictures that I am getting paid for, and then go to some events and make pictures just for fun. That works for a while, but there is something that changes when you are shooting for a client. That extra sense of purpose really drives you a little more. I have been dabbling in some other forms of art lately. Yesterday I went to All Fired Up in West Lafayette to try my hand at painting. It was a very easy beginner painting, but it was also a lot of fun. The beauty about painting over photography is that the sunset always does what you want it to. I may have to keep doing this for a while and see where it takes me. It would be nice to have a hobby other than photography to fall back on. I will admit though that in the process of painting today I made many photos of my step daughter, her work, and my work as we were painting. Photography will always be around somewhere. If you follow me on Instagram you probably have seen a shot of my painting at about the midpoint from yesterday.

The Week in Photos

This week I feel kind of awkward posting my week in photos post on Exposure as it really just contains the same photos from my Prospect League All Star game story.  I took a few out from that story to make my photos of the week this week. Next week will have several events in it as the end of this week is really backloaded. Here is a look at my last week in photos.

Dreaming of Basketball

The Suns Sets on Indiana’s Game

By the time that basketball season comes around you will hear me grumble a little bit. I really enjoy photographing basketball. What I don’t like is the way that you are confined to photograph it. If you are lucky at a big game you will get a seat on the baseline to shoot. You want to be low for the men’s game so you want a spot on the floor. What I don’t like is the fact that you really can’t move around when you get a hunch. In most other sports I can move freely when I get a feeling. In basketball you are stuck in your spot with a couple of other photogs up against you for the game. It is a fun game to photograph, but it can get frustrating as well. Even with that being said I can’t wait to hear Mackey rocking this coming fall as the Boilers take the floor again. I don’t know if I will be there on the floor or in the stands, but I will be there.

Last night we had a very interesting sunset over the house. I went out with my camera to make a couple of photos of it. I came out from inside my house where the air conditioning was on, and my lens quickly started to fog up. I decided to let it go and see what would happen. I thought that it might add a little dreamy quality to the photo. The colors were good so why not try something new? When you are playing around in your yard why not try something new?

The Week in Photos

This week I feel kind of awkward posting my week in photos post on Exposure as it really just contains the same photos from my Prospect League All Star game story.  I took a few out from that story to make my photos of the week this week. Next week will have several events in it as the end of this week is really backloaded. Here is a look at my last week in photos.