Vance Creek Cycling Road Race

6 05 2012

I joined a cycling racing team here in Olympia this year.  (As if I didn’t experience enough public humiliation).  I didn’t race the other day, but I helped out by driving a ‘follow car’ for a morning race for the beginning group of racers called Category 5 (or “Cat 5”).  In the afternoon, I was the lead car for the Master’s 50+.  I didn’t get to take many photos throughout the day, but it sure is something I could enjoy doing.  I did get a couple of photos before and after the races.

These racers are tough folks. Before and after the race, they are all smiles, good friends and quick to laugh… but put them on a bike, point them in the same direction and let them go, then it is pure competition.  The best racers are able to ignore the burn in their legs, lack of air in their lungs… or the sting of souvenir scrapes and gashes on their arms and legs.  Yes, the road can be hard. This competitive spirit reminds me of horses.  Get two or more of them together and it is a race.  Neither horse wants to be behind. They all want to be in the lead!

Well… since I was volunteering at the race, and not there to officially take photos, I only got a couple .  I look forward to the rest of the season of racing – both as a racer and as an opportunity to capture the athletes of the sport.  Stay tuned, it is only just beginning!

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If you want to see more cycling photos, I recommend you check out Graham Watson’s website.  He is perhaps the best known and most accomplished cycling photographer. Based in the UK, Graham follows the peloton around Europe on the back of a motorcycle capturing the beauty and sometimes pain of the sport.  Check him out!

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2010 Military Family Support Day

15 11 2010

It has been a busy summer.  It is slowing down now with the fall so it is my intent to get somethings posted that have long been delayed.  First and quickly, I want to post the slideshow from this year’s Military Family Support Day.  The MFSD was established 8 years ago by the Hawks Prairie Rotary Club to recognize the sacrifice of the families left behind when a soldier deploys.  Money raised in the community for the event are directly back into programs to assist military families in the Lacey and Olympia, Washington, area.  It all goes back.  It is a wonderful program and one that I help sponsor through my donation of photographs the event for the Hawks Prairie Rotary Club.

You can view the slideshow on YourTube here: 

Stay tune for more updates in the coming days.  I have photos from sessions this past summer and fall I will be posting!





Family Touch Points

18 03 2010
The Distifeno Family

The Distifeno Family

I had the privilege to photograph another family under the Operation: Love Reunited program: The Distifeno family.  Chris is about to be deployed to Afghanistan and I will be sending him his album shortly after he deploys.  They are a fun loving family and their love for each other shines.  It was a great pleasure for me to share in their afternoon.

It is obvious to anyone who knows or has worked with me that I love working with families.  Capturing these images, these slices of time in their lives, preserves the moment long after the memory of the event has faded. In fact, when the children grow older and they look at the photos on their… iPhones, iPads, iWhatever… they won’t remember who took it or even that there was a photographer present.  They will see their lives – their childhoods – as they remember them and almost from the viewpoint of an omnipresent story teller.   As they grow older, photos will become the anchor points to their life’s memories, feelings, sights and sounds.  It is being the anonymous ‘man behind the curtain,’ providing these photographic touch points, that motivates me.

I created a short slide show from the shoot.  You can view it here:

Thanks for reading!

— Jeff





Port Angeles, WA

1 03 2010

A couple of weekends ago, I drove with Sherry to Port Angeles, WA.  She had a day and a half of Rotary meetings which,  left me free to run wild photograph the town and the surrounding area.  That part of the state is now known for the Twilight series of books and movies.  Fortunately, because there was no full moon, werewolves were not on the prowl, so I only had to worry about the vampires, or those looking for vampires while driving, and texting and talking to the person sitting next to them!

Port Angeles is also where the entrance to Olympic National Park is located.  The Park is beautiful at all times of the year.  On one side of the mountains is a true rainforest.  The other side (the Port Angeles side) is in the ‘rain shadow’.  According to the owner of the B&B we stayed at, (the house at the beginning of the sideshow) told me they only receive 27 inches of rain a year.  Heck, in Olympia, we may get that in a weekend!  Twenty seven is still more than we got in our last year in Berthoud, CO, but more appealing to me.  Anyways, the point of this story is that Port Angeles has more to offer than vampires and rain.  It is a beautiful area to hike, bike, eat and… oh, yeh… photograph!

Since early on, I’ve always enjoyed the power of music and visuals to capture emotions and to tell stories… correct that… not to tell stories rather, set up the scene and let the listener/viewer create their own storyline.  Sometimes that storyline is straight forward, such as a wedding. But other times, much more can be left to the imagination, such as in the slideshow I’ve put together below of Port Angeles.

Enjoy!