26 December 2011

Off to Africa...

When I went around the world twice back in 2007 and 2008 one of the places that I didn't get to spend as much time as I wanted to was Africa.  One of the main areas that I wanted to visit was the south eastern cost, specifically Kenya and Tanzania.

As of this posting, my journey to that region has finally begun along with 10 good friends.  The plan is to fly to Nairobi, travel overland to Arusha, climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, go on Safari and then off to Zanzibar for a little R & R.  The hike will be 7 days and the Safari another 5 or so ending with 5 more days on the island off of the eastern coast of Africa.  The entire time I will be tracking our positions and providing updates as connectivity allows.

To get updates and follow us online to the summit and beyond, you can visit My Map Here.

The updates will begin on Dec 27th with our drive from Nairobi to Arusha.  The ascent up Mt. Kilimanjaro begins on the 28th and will be completed 7 days later.   If you aren't seeing the updates daily, it most likely means that I don't have a connection.  Either way, you can follow limited updates made by our guide on their Team Kilimanjaro website.  Our group code is: NARE x 11, 28th December 2011 – 3rd January 2012, Chief Guides: Fred Achedo and John Naiman.

Also, if connectivity IS an issue, I will update the climb notes and stats once I have connection again, even if it is after the fact.  And of course, once I return from lugging my camera across Africa, I'll be sure to have some pictures for everyone to check out!

I think we got everything......


23 December 2011

Frittfall Kalendar

What a great way to celebrate the new year!  With another month in Frittfall's 2012 Kalendar!  A few shots from Chicks Rock at Skydive Elsinore will do the trick.  Thanks guys!

09 December 2011

Ellie

I did my first Senior Portrait shoot with a good friend's daughter a little over a month ago.  I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but I can very comfortably say that I'm happy with the results.  We started in the studio and then went outside to take advantage of the fall colors.  Mom was my very important assistant and helped with wardrobe and hair that was flying in the breeze.  All in all it was a good experience and I'm looking forward to doing more in the future.

If you'd like to book your photo shoot or contact me with any questions you might have, you can do so right here online.











29 November 2011

It's Christmas Shopping time!

Black Friday has come and gone and you still don't know what to get that skydiver on your x-mas list?  Well, let me suggest you get them something that you wouldn't mind looking at either!  All of my in stock Gallery Wrapped Canvas Art is on sale.  Make sure to order early if you'd like it in time for Christmas!  See what is left by visiting my website and ordering online.





22 November 2011

February is my month

I wish it was February all year long......Not only was I born in February, but the 2012 USPA Calendar is sporting one of my shots of Brad and Jenny Cole in the month of February.  We took the shot in early June around 8:15 in the morning on a clear blue day with snow still covering the Rocky Mountains in the background.  Thanks guys for getting up early!


16 November 2011

Aspens in Colorado

October was a busy month for me.  I was literally gone every single weekend on this coast or that.  Over the summer I was really excited to get the so iconic aspen pictures this fall that help define Colorado.  Unfortunately we were having a warmer than normal fall and all of the trees were turning late.  So the last weekend in September was the last weekend that I could go and search out some nice aspens.  As luck would have it, we stumbled on a few and here are some of the choice shots.  Next year I'm hoping to be around more so that I can enjoy the changing of the seasons here as I once did in New England.  Aspens don't quite compare to what New England has to offer, but they are quite beautiful in their own right.





09 November 2011

Meet the Artist - Denver Arts Week

Quick mobile post.....Just a quick thank you to SkyVenture Colorado for hosting my art this week during Denver Arts Week!  And thank you to those that came out and supported the event.....until next time.


03 November 2011

Skydive Sebastian's Halloween Freefly Extravaganza

Skydive Sebastian hosted their Annual Halloween Freefly Extravaganza this past weekend, but someone forgot to put the Freefly part in there.  Remnants of Hurricane Rina covered southern Florida and put a stop to all jumping with winds and rain.  Aside from a few hop n pop loads on Saturday, there wasn't one jump to be had.

It's a sad thing really to travel across the country and spend a bunch of money getting there to end up not making one skydive.  It does happen from time to time, but that still doesn't make it any less sad.  With that said, the saving grace to this trip were the Halloween Costume Party and the Fear Factor Food contest that were held Saturday night.  Jumpers weren't going to let the fact that they couldn't jump get in the way of the party!

Here are some of the choice shots from the event.  If you'd like to check out the ENTIRE GALLERY CLICK HERE.







Again, if you'd like to check out the ENTIRE GALLERY CLICK HERE.

25 October 2011

Denver Arts Week coming up in November

November 4-12, 2011 is the Denver Art Week.  I will be displaying my work at SkyVenture Colorado down in Lonetree, CO.  10% discount during that week only!


SkyVenture Colorado is hosting my exhibition to emphasize the experience and beauty while skydiving.  Meet the Artist on both Sat, Nov 5 (5p-9p) & again Wed, Nov 9 (5p-8p).  Light appetizers and drinks provided!  Self-guided tours daily during DAW beginning at 9am.  Admission to the Art Exhibit is Free!

13 October 2011

Thank you Summerfest

Another shot from Skydive Chicago's Summerfest on the cover of Parachutist!  Thank you guys for making it all happen!  If you didn't build the formations, I wouldn't be able to take pictures of them. ;)


06 October 2011

Chicks Rock 2011

Another Epic Chicks Rock at Skydive Elsinore along with a stop on the Size Matters Tour with SkyVenture Colorado!  The turn out was huge and the 4 turbine planes were starting to back up.  There was so much going on I didn't even get to jump with all of the organizers!  Heaven and Hell was the theme this year and you'll see in the shots below, the costumes lived up to it!  Looking forward to next year!

To jump STRAIGHT TO THE FULL GALLERY CLICK HERE.

















29 September 2011

36th annual Snowmass Balloon Festival

A few weekends ago I headed up to Snowmass to check out the 36th Annual Snowmass Balloon Festival.  I've only jumped out of a hot air balloon once and it was an amazing experience.  But this was more about seeing lots of balloon all right next to each other.  Between the evening glow session where they just fired up the burners and inflated the balloons to actually launching them in the early morning hours attempting to capture that still air it was an amazing experience to see that many, balloons that close together.  For a photographer, photographing balloons is almost too easy.  They always launch early in the morning because of the favorable wind conditions and at the same time for us, it's that magic hour of the day when the light is warm and just begging you to take a picture.

With all of that said, here are a few of my favorites from the session.  If you'd like to SEE THE ENTIRE GALLERY CLICK HERE.








Again, if you'd like to SEE THE ENTIRE GALLERY CLICK HERE.