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Gnarly Dude….

Ok, if someone tries to sell you a one-way ticket up a ski lift DO NOT BUY IT!!!
I happened to take a trip to Stratton MT in Vermont last week to see the Burton US Open Snowboard Competition. Actually, it was my daughter’s trip as she had gotten a free lift ticket/lesson combo when she bought her new Burton snowboard but you know how it is with kids – I was going to accompany her on her trip and the next thing you know, I’m driving and paying for everything…lol.
So back to my one way trip up the mountain. As I was standing at the counter eyeing the half pipe competition way the heck up the mountain, I ask the kindly, old gentlemen behind the counter “how do you get up there to see that?” He goes “well you could walk up.” Yikes! (How do all those people you see on TV standing on the edge of the half pipe watching Shaun White get up there???) So he goes “or I could sell you a one way lift ticket and you can walk back”. Ah, I thought to myself, coming back down can’t be as bad as going up so foolishly I began my journey up the mountain where no one should go who does not have skis or snowboard.

See those little ants down there at the bottom???

See those little ants down there at the bottom???

I first realized we were in trouble when the ski lift brought us right on past the half pipe. What an idiot! Did I really think a ski lift made stops? Ha Ha. Off to the top of the mountain we went. When I got there and saw the ramp we were supposed to ski down I had to frantically wave off the operator to stop. Luckily he did, or my one way ticket would have become a round trip – I was not about to jump down that ramp. Then with everyone on snowboards whizzing past us, my daughter and I began the journey down the mountain – me while clutching my expensive camera and also very expensive lens.

Sliding on our butts, clinging to branches and getting snow up to our ankles INSIDE our boots, we eventually made it to the half pipe. Should I mention I also dropped my camera lens down into the snow also?? I know you camera buffs are cringing right now.

Flying on a Deadhead board.

Flying on a Deadhead board.

OK, I would be lying if I told you it wasn’t worth it. It is simply amazing to see those kids doing those 360s right in front of your face. I actually had to move down the half pipe because I had only brought my 70-200mm lens and I was too darn close to them!
I found it is not an easy thing to photograph. You know they are coming because you just saw them on the other side of the pipe but you don’t know when they are going to show up on your side until they are right in front of your face, spinning and flying up over your head.

Girl on a Roxy board - yes the girls are just as into it as the boys.

Girl on a Roxy board - yes the girls are just as into it as the boys.

Blink and you miss your opportunity

Blink and you miss your opportunity

Framed by the sky only

Framed by the sky only

Now check out this shot below. I can actually see the lint on her underwear in this crop. Is that 70-200mm f2.8 VR worth its weight (did I mention it is HEAVY) in gold???

Sharp or what???

Sharp or what???

I couldn’t end this post without throwing in a shot of my daughter, Rachel, who took the big chairlift up the mountain and hopes to some day be on the half pipe herself. (And yes, I know she needs a helmet. It’s on our list to buy!)

Rachel on her Burton Board

Rachel on her Burton Board

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Clowning Around

Recently, my camera club Springfield Photographic Society, had a Hi-Jinx night.  You may ask what is a Hi-Jinx night and I will tell you that it is club meeting or event where you photograph things and some of the things are not always what they appear to be.   Sounds cryptic, I know.  Some of the things I’ve photographed at Hi-Jinx nights have been cute kitties, giant reptiles and slugs (yuck).   Birds of prey was the topic at last year’s Hi-Jinx night.  That was really awesome.  At Yankee Photo Society I’ve photographed plastic flowers under water, cut crystal dishes under black light and dogs with cute little bandannas sitting in wagons.

This year, our club invited some clowns from the Melha Shrine Temple in Springfield (donating their time for their charity of course).  It just so happened that one of the clowns is my friend and co-worker, Craig Kazin, who spends part of his days masquerading as a quack doctor named, of course, “Doc”.   I guess maybe his mother always wanted him to be a doctor and this is HIS way of living up to his family’s lofty expectations for him.
Craig wasn’t the only clown there that night.   I was also pleased to meet Binder, Chappy and Bubba.  I was surprised to find that clowns are not always what they appear to be.  I think they can have some dirty thoughts on their minds (even while in character)!

Anyway, enjoy our evening of clowning around.

Craig Kazin as "Doc"
Bubba the Clown

Bubba the Clown

Binder

Binder

Last but not least, Chappy.

Last but not least, Chappy.

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