Inspired by Rally!

29 09 2010

Now some of you know that I have been following rally and rallycross for almost 2 years now. It all started with an invite to shoot the Oregon Trail events at PIR in March of 2009 when I was fortunate to get to ride around the track with Rally driver, Pat Moro:

After my pre-stage ride with Pat, I returned the next day and went out on the course to shoot the first stages of the day. Here’s a video from my first shooting location:

The weekend ended and I shot some awesome images, including this one which hangs in my office as a 20×30:

Travis Pastrana, Oregon Trail Rally, 2009


That Christmas I was surprised, by Brenda, with a certificate to attend Paul Eklund’s Primitive Performance Rally School in Hillsboro, OR in March 2010. I attended the weekend school with my friend Kevin and of course shot pix and videos when I wasn’t in the car. Needless to say I was hooked!

Here’s a video of one of my practice runs during the school:

…and a couple photos of me driving and with the car:

So, after rally school in March 2010 I attended most of the local rally events and the Oregon Trail Rally. I’ve met a ton of awesome people and there are future plans for me to rally for many years to come (stay tuned for exciting news on that).

For now, here’s something that I shared a while back with a link on facebook. This video will surely get your blood pumping, and it’s a true taste of what stage rally is all about! Enjoy my rally Inspiration!


27 09 2010

This week’s blog assignment/keyword for the MHCCIM Students is: Inspiration. For me, I had to think a lot about this one and how I could relate it to a photograph. I’m inspired by quite a few things. Music always keeps me going no matter what I am doing. Other photographers images can be an inspiration….seeing how they view an image and how they choose to light it. Just the challenge itself of creating and lighting a portrait can inspire me. I think one of the very first things that inspired me to pursue photography in the first place was sports, action, and being up close at events to try an capture the moment of impact or winning goal.

Lately, I think what’s been keeping me going is in fact, lighting. Controlling light can be inspirational. Seeing how modifiers work, and using them to create an image is an undescribable feeling, especially when it’s an emotional wedding image or picture of the winning team.

I’m still thinking about what else inspires me but for now here are a few images I’ve taken that have inspired me to keep shooting.

Sunset Sailboat In Jamaica

Light Painting

Swimming Action

Jenny & TJ's first dance

Hawthorne Bridge

Subaru Rally Cars!