70.3 Los Cabos

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Transition area about to close as the sunrise starts to lights up the sky.

Transition area about to close as the sunrise starts to lights up the sky.

Luke Mckenzie at the waters edge on sunrise.

Luke Mckenzie at the waters edge on sunrise.

Pelican takes flight as the pro men warm up for the swim.

Pelican takes flight as the pro men warm up for the swim.

Terenzo Bozzone, Matt Chrabot, and Timothy O'Donnell sighting buoys as the course is setup.

Terenzo Bozzone, Matt Chrabot, and Timothy O'Donnell sighting buoys as the course is setup.

Pro Men waiting for race start.

Pro Men waiting for race start.

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Life Guards on paddle boards start making their way onto the swim course.

Life Guards on paddle boards start making their way onto the swim course.

Pro Men waiting for the gun.

Pro Men waiting for the gun.

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Fransisco Serano exits the water.

Fransisco Serano exits the water.

At this moment I started running to bike out to make sure I could get my hands on a moto.  I was told 3 motors were needed for ESPN crew and the 4th moto was for me.  The problem was that in Cabo they always book more motors than they need but only 1/3 show up on race day.  After 30 minutes of waiting and negotiating I finally got a moto driver to take me out on course.  By the time I got to the front of the race the pro men were already an hour into the bike.

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Lauren Brandon heading out on the toll road turn around as the men's chase group heads back into Cabo San Lucas.

Lauren Brandon heading out on the toll road turn around as the men's chase group heads back into Cabo San Lucas.

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70.3 Super Frog

IRONMAN 70.3 Super Frog, Imperial Beach, California.  I spent the morning wishing I was racing until I saw everyone running...  Pretty much the entire run is in soft sand..  In that moment I smiled knowing I made the right choice to be a spectator and take photos.  A rolling start for a 2 lap swim gave me a lot of options to document the swim.  I chose not to get in the water but I ran around to capture every other angle I could.  After the swim I walked a couple miles onto the bike course.  A 4 loop course gave me quite a few options to play around with different lens options.  After the lead pack made it through 3 laps of the bike I headed back to the run course to finish the day.

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A 20 Minute run with the Fuji XE-1

Going into 2016 still recovering from injuries from 2014 and late 2015, I saw glimmers of hope after making it through races that I didn't expect to see the starting line.  But that doesn't mean I avoided injury this year.  Injuries have haunted Katie and I making it an interesting year.  Amongst work, and travel for work, we have definitely found ourselves focusing on the rehab side of things so we can be strong next season.  We took a long break of proper regimented training to focus on recovery and business.  After completing our first full week of training last week we came into this week a little fatigued.  A 14 hour training week of mainly endurance aerobic exercise, I forgot how good it feels to complete a week full of my favorite disciplines.

With business being crazy busy and having the workload pile up I have been spending a lot of time on the computer.  The long hours going through photos, making albums, taking more photos, shooting more weddings, meeting with clients, emails, conference calls, paying bills, so on and so forth.  It gets to the point where I need to change it up a little.  Sometime I just need to recharge the batteries to remind myself how lucky I am that I get to do what I do for a living.

I grew up loving the art of cinematography but I have avoided it for years.  I create photos for a client monthly that asked me if I could shoot some video for some ad campaigns.  I took a few of the products that I had, created a couple 20 second clips and it lit a fire inside of me.  I forgot about my passion for video and video editing.  This was the perfect escape for me to create something different to get my creativity back where it needed to be.

When I work on photos for clients my head needs to be in the right place.  I love what I do and I couldn't be any happier with my choice of profession.  I have realized over the years that the best way to keep my head in the game is to switch things up when the mundane becomes too hard to obtain.  I'm not one to rush things out the door just because I can throw a one click filter on photos and hope people are going to be happy.  The sad thing is that one click filter is good enough for most people.  The good news is I'm not most people and I enjoy taking the time looking at each image and fine tuning things to match my aesthetics.

I have been taking my FUJI XE-1 on bike rides lately and I love that I can take a small camera  on the road that produces amazing results.  I don't have to worry about the FUJI the same way I have to worry about the Canon or the Nikon making it fun to experiment when getting a sweat on.

With the itch to create video and put more wood in the fire, Katie and I went for a 20 minute run to create this short film of appreciation.  Thanks to Saucony, Katie and I have both been pretty decked out in our favorite running gear this year.  We haven't been able to run as much as we would have liked so we thought this was the perfect way to showcase a brand that we truly stand behind.  Saucony, #findyourstrong 

FUJI Bike ride with ROGUEcs

My first time shooting video with the FUJI XE-1 and I happened to be on a bicycle...

I Took the FUJI on the road to experiment with its video capabilities...  I have been taking it on the road to shoot photos but after making a couple videos for a client with my DSLR's I wanted to test the FUJI.  I went on a bike ride with a friend, Jason, www.roguecyclesports.com I had no idea how the camera functioned with autofocus, continuous focus, rolling shutter, so on and so forth.  I played around a little bit.  Riding a bike and shooting video is not for everyone.. This is not GoPro point and shoot video that requires no attention to the camera.  My plan was to execute a 30 second video and to shoot enough angles to end up with this.  My first attempt at FUJI video while riding a bike with Rogue Cycle Sports.