It was another scorcher of a weekend in New England (with no signs of it letting up). For the second consecutive Saturday, I pulled double duty, shooting a triathlon for NuVision Action Image in Amesbury, Mass. in the morning and a busy NASCAR Saturday afternoon/evening at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon for my shift at the newspaper.
Amesbury, Mass. was the site of the DAM Triathlon Saturday morning. I was stationed out on the course to pick up shots of the competitors on their bikes and then running through the same spot. I tried to pick a somewhat scenic spot and there was slim pickings along the route where they overlapped. As usual, the athletes weren’t shy in hamming it up for the camera. With temperatures forecast in the mid 90′s, I was relieved that the sky remained overcast with a nice breeze in the morning, keeping it nice and comfortable for me, AND of course the competitors.
Following this event, I trekked up to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. I got into the track shortly after 1PM. By that time, the sun had broke through, and the air temperatures had broken 90 with pretty gross humidity. Unfortunately, on Saturday, we have to park pretty far away from the infield, and it’s hit or miss whether or not you can snag a ride to the infield. On top of that, shorts are not allowed while working near the pits (though there were plenty of people who didn’t follow this guideline). The Lenox 301 on Sunday was the main event of the weekend, but Saturday featured the Town Fair Tire 100 Whelen Modified series race, which was won by Rhode Island Native Mike Stefanik by .003 second.
Following the Whelen race, the Nationwide Series ran their F.W. Webb 200. I was asked to get shots of X-Games star Travis Pastrana, Danica Patrick and local driver Matt Frahm, of Salem, NH. Patrick and Pastrana’s cars were next to each other in pit row, and Frahm’s was not far behind, and following introductions, it was easy to get some good feature shots.
During the race, Pastrana (99) wrecked early on and Brad Keselowski, who led for much of the race, took the checkered flag. Additionally, Austin Dillon and his sweet cowboy hat won a $100,000 Nationwide dash for the cash prize.
The highlight of the day came at night, and unfortunately, I couldn’t stick around for longer, but they ran a Global Rally Cross race on one quarter of the track that involved a dirt section, a few small jumps, a big jump, and plenty of action.
After a relatively easy exit from Loudon, I got home after 9 in time to prepare for Sunday morning and hit the hay.
Sunday morning brought a new challenge. I met with an old friend from UNH, Anthony, and his wonderful bride-to-be, Chloe, at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye. Odiorne Point is one of my favorite places in the state for many reasons. We had scheduled an engagement shoot and a meeting to discuss their wedding in May, 2013, which we will be shooting. These two were awesome to work with. It was getting really hot really fast, and the sun was pretty high in the sky. I set up a monolight and a softbox and went to work. We moved from the seawall to the rocks to a nice gazebo and finally a path with funky trees along the beach. I am happy with how the shots came out, and I hope they are as well! I look forward to working with them in the Spring (and I imagine it will be a few degrees cooler!)