Wow what a wonderful day. I had the pleasure of photographing the New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix and Family Day in New Albany, Ohio. It was the 13th year for the classic and I think this is the second time I've photographed it. It seemed like it grew from the last time I photographed it.
It's been about seven or eight years since I last went. For the past few years it has been on a day I wasn't scheduled to work. As a freelance photographer though, I was thrilled to get the chance to photograph it. It is a classy and fun get together for families to enjoy a day out, and the event benefits the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence.
The event is held at the homes of Les and Abigail Wexner and includes rides, a petting zoo, inflatable games, musical performances by nationally known performers and a horsey jumping contest as Angela Pace who helps welcome guests to the New Albany Classic Invitational Gran Prix has called it. The event includes internationally known riders, and this year's musical performances were by a band from New Albany called New Hollow and American Idol Star David Archuleta.
I photographed the members of New Hollow a few months ago for the newspaper in one of the members basements where they rehearsed. It was nice to see them perform. Here are some of the photos from the event.
On Monday, the city of Westerville had a dedication ceremony for the First Responders Park at 347 West Main Street. During the dedication a piece of the steal structure from the 100th floor of the north tower of the World Trade Center was unvieled. Here are a few photos from the event in a slideshow.
I recently photographed the funeral procession for Reynoldsburg resident Michelle Kazlausky. Kazlausky was a cyclist in the Pelotonia in August and was killed by a motorist during the ride. Here is a slideshow of some of the photographs I took of the funeral procession from St. Pius X Church to Holy Cross Cemetery.
The Pelotonia is a cycling event that raises money for cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Riders select a route and raise money according to the chosen route. Each rider can use the online fundraising setup on the Pelotnia website to collect donations.
I decided to try out SmugMug.com to display some photographs and for embedding galleries quickly. I'm not getting rid of Flikr but I did want a place to easily sell prints and store galleries that wasn't going to cost an arm and a leg.
I debated between SmugMug, PhotoBucket and PhotoShelter but decided that PhotoBucket didn't seem to have the options I wanted and PhotoShelter is a bit too expensive. Though, I'm tempted to switch just on the slideshows that can be done with PhotoShelter. I may just change to them down the road, but for now SmugMug will at least get a shot and fill a need for displaying private content to clients.
I put up some of my portfolio photographs for newspaper work and created a slideshow for it. Enjoy.
Update 1-3-2011: The gallery has been removed because I closed my account with Smugmug. Since trying Smugmug for a month or so I decided it didn't present photographs as nicely as I would have liked so I closed my account. I've moved to PhotoShelter, but there are also some other places that are intriguing too.
A taste of the musical performance about the experience of Woodstock by Shadowbox Partners and Actors Theatre at Schiller Park. Song performed by Amy Lay
In early August I shot stills for the local newspaper from the musical Back to the Garden, and forgot I had planned to do a video. I cleaned some of test video from some of my archive folders and stumbled on this clip and thought I'd share it with some of the photos I took including an almost 360 degree panorama.
I love the singer's voice and the musical was great, at least what I could stay for. I only saw about 30 minutes before having to leave for another assignment. That was a bummer because it was looking like a pretty good show and I loved watching the crowd. BTW the crowd the largest I have ever seen Schiller Park filled. People were sitting over the ridge and had to stand to see the show. Some just sat and listened.
I had fun talking to the cast, crew as they were getting ready for the show. The spectators were pretty cool too. Some were actually at Woodstock and some dressed like they were at Woodstock.
The show combined casts from several theatres and it was a one time performance in Schiller Park, but as far as I know the musical was being performed on stage in either Cincinnati or Columbus probably at a Shadowbox Cabaret.
I shot the video and still with a Canon 7D and was really just trying out the on-camera mic and the abilities of the 7D to do video. The image stabilization feature on the new Canon 70-200 helped out immensely in turning a handheld shot into a completely useable clip. Though you may catch a couple quick hand jerks that the image stabilization couldn't smooth out. That's entirely my fault in trying to anticipate an actor moving or being momentarily distrac -SQUIRREL!- ted.