The thing about road trips is that there’s always a a sense of romance before the actual trip is underway. That sense of an open road and of endless possibilities; Americana has been deeply ingrained into the minds of many of us Americans. But for some reason, there was none of that typical dreaming or romancing before the trip with rice media personalities Will Roegge and Jesse Lee to the wine country of Sonoma, California for the sixth round of the Formula Drift series. We knew exactly what we’d be getting into: a six hour drive up the state of California, a two star motel in Vallejo, and of course, the photography and video for the drift event at Infineon Raceway. All pretty cut and dry stuff if you think about it. So, as the weekend started to unfold, the three of us realized that this trip would be more than just doing media coverage of an event.
There’s never a shortage of coverage from the girls and models around the Formula D grid. But they’re always taken with the same disconnected feeling that these girls are just there for pure male eye candy. Many people forget that behind their stunning looks really does lie real living person underneath. These girl’s work just as hard as the guys that throw their cars dangerously into corners, and hoping that it’ll stick.
This is a photo I was able to snap quickly of the Hankook tire model, Ashley Sarto, just as the sun was about to peak under the rolling hills of Sonoma, California. The wind was picking up towards the end of the day, and the temperature was dropping insanely fast. But, that did not stop, the already cold, Ms. Sarto, from losing her glamourous countenance…
You know you’re nuts (or, in this case would it be grapes?) about something when you’re on a weekend away, and you sincerely decide to get up before the sun is up so that you can catch one the best time of days to shoot photos and video. That’s exactly what Jesse Lee, Will Roegge and I decided to do while we were in the beautiful wine country of Sonoma California this weekend. Shots of grapes and grapevines bathed in the warm morning light? Yeah, that was just too hard to pass up…
Did the our spaceship somehow manage to lose power and come crashing down on some alien planet? Nope, this is a photo from the Bonneville salt flats in Utah. Standing on the flats and just taking in the view is literally, an out-of-this-world experience!
Check Speedhunters throughout the week for coverage of the 2009 Bonneville Speedweek.
When the rice media isn’t shooting photos of the actual event (whichever event we’d be covering), we’re enjoy being just absolutely stupid. Drew Fishbein sent me this photo on facebook which he took from the Formula D Seattle practice and qualifying day of some of our photographic adventures we have when there are no cars on the track.
I was able to borrow a Canon 15mm F2.8 for a bit, and the absolute wideness of the lens just floored me. You can take a picture of the whole world with that lens. If you notice in the last photo below, you will see the Evergreen Speedway’s main grandstand, then a k-rail concrete barrier which is on the track just opposite to the grandstand –epic wideness. I need a 15mm in my life…
Drew took these first two photos of absolute rice stupidity:
He took this shot of, fellow rice media personality, Will Roegge, jumping off the concrete barrier with me getting the shot with that epicly wide 15mm:
Which resulted in this:
scienvsromance: “First day of the last month of Summer!”
Such a revelation didn’t hit me until I read just that. Who would’ve thought that summer would be coming to a close so soon! As the day started to draw to close, the sun’s last show of daylight leaked into my room and it had the feeling that of a summer. The camera had to be pulled out to capture such a gorgeous warm light, and here is the result:
The Cure – Last Day of Summer
Peter Li is the person that inspired me to get a camera and taught me all that I basically know now about photography. He continues to inspire and influence my own personal work with his latest creative explosion from China. This shot was hugely influenced by Peter’s street photography style which is so moody and cool.
I definitely need to do more of this. I love bokeh bubbles!
Here’s a shot after Thuy, Denisse, and I finished up shooting on location in Huntingon Beach. I just love the bokeh bubbles…
Bokeh is like a drug. Once you take your first hit (in my case, it was with the Nikkor 50mm F1.8), it becomes a downward spiral of wanting bigger apertures, more blurring, and more bubbles. It’s a terrible, vicious, and well, expensive cycle!