If there is one thing that I really love seeing, it’s my photos on the cover of magazines! It doesn’t happen all the time, but when it does, there’s nothing like it! I still remember the first time I was ON the cover and the first time my SHOT was on the cover. Both were amazing feelings of accomplishment.
So thank you Luna and Blue Skies Mag for making it happen! Looking forward to many, many more!
Once upon a time, Lesley Gale was the editor at the BPA’s (British Parachute Association) publication, Skydive the Mag. A few years ago she left there having gained many years of experience running a magazine geared towards skydivers, by skydivers and specifically for skydivers. She had a vision of what she wanted in a magazine, but wanted a different venue, a new medium to share the stories that were happening in the industry. As with most forms of print media, she turned to the web and has created a digital outlet for her vision.
SkydiveMag.com was just released a week or two ago and is a new approach at story telling for skydivers. Having had a good working relationship in the past with Lesley, she asked if she could use lots of my shots to help get her online magazine off the ground.
So when you have a chance, take a look at a pictorial of flying over the Palm, or how to do a Wingsuit Rodeo or even how to fly with a tube for that matter. I also have the profile shot for a story that was done on Amy Chmelecki and another story that was done on flying with cameras. So take a look around and enjoy the new magazine. Leave comments, share your thoughts and share some stories online with social media. Be part of the conversation and let me know what you think of this new venture.
At one point over the winter, they called off CarolinaFest. The DZ manager who had been putting on the show for years left for new opportunities and the DZ Owners didn’t want to undertake the event on their own. Well after a rather large outcry from the skydiving community, they canceled their original cancel and it was back on. Turns out the DZO’s were up to the challenge and they put on a hell of a show! For another year running their boogie had some of the best LO’s in the sport and some of the better pick up jumps happening all over the sky.
Thank you guys for deciding it was worth the effort to make happen and thank you for making this event more amazing than ever! Looking forward to the next one!
So with that, here is a little recap of CarolinaFest 2013 that also happened back in June, but hey, who’s counting….
To follow up with the New England theme of the last post, at the end of June I also visited Jumptown for just 1 jump before I had to run off to another engagement, also a common theme it would seem. This jump was the first attempt for the new Massachusetts State Woman’s Record that was set later on in the day. The record was shot by Dave Bryce, but I played a roll as the second camera for this load and again, got to catch up with people I haven’t seen in years. Looking forward to getting back up there again soon!
I think it’s past time I fired the blog back up. For those that don’t know, we made the big move from Denver to Boston in March and to be honest, just got busy with life. Nothing wrong with that, but this blog took a back seat for a spell. So over the next few months I’m going to play a bit of catch up 😉 As I fall back into my old role of being a computer geek as a profession, I also found myself heading up to Skydive New England to sneak in 1 day at their annual Tiki Bar weekend, then it was off to Newport for Labor Day. Unfortunately for me, that day was doused with clouds and the passing shower. We managed to squeeze in a few loads before the end of the day so it was still worth it. It was also great to see some of the regulars there after having not been there for ohhhhh 8 years or so. Here are a few of the shots.
Hello again! Sometimes the world takes us away for a while and eventually we find our way back. So it did with me after I got back from 2 weeks in Dubai and returned home to a new job and a cross country move staring me down. Packing up everything there was to pack and giving more to Goodwill than I ever have, we traveled the 2,000 miles across the country to a little village just outside of Boston, MA called Newton. As we settle in and attempt to get a handle on life back in New England, mail starts to trickle in from being sent across the country now twice.
As I started to flip through the magazines I saw that the Dubai shots I took were quite well received and I feel some recent publications are worthy of a post such as this.
And then I opened up the latest issue of Blue Skies Mag and I see an amazing centerfold!
The 2013 season is shaping up and I’m excited to see what shots I’m able to capture this year as the skill levels of the jumpers increase, so does what they are capable of doing in the sky. I just hope I’m there at the right moment to grab a frame of their magic. Thank you for letting me be a part of it!
Just after Winter Festival at Skydive Dubai, they hosted an invitation only event called the Dubai Sequentials. The goal was to engineer a really difficult dive and then keep at it until we nailed it. Even if it took all day, that’s exactly what we did, over and over again. The results were some amazing formations, pictures and video.
Here are a few select shots from that event. If you’d like to visit the entire gallery, please click here.
Have you been Dubai’d yet? I just got back from 2 weeks of skydiving over the Dubai Marina at Skydive Dubai. What an amazing experience! The event was Winter Festival and over 200 skydivers came and experienced all that is jumping over the Palm Island. Not only were the skydives amazing, but the sensory overload after you open your parachute compares to no where else in the world. Looking at the Palm while you’re flying next to the buildings of Dubai is something one has to experience for themselves.
My trip was covering 2 different events. The first one here is Winter Festival and the Euro Sequentials. The second one that I’ll post next week covers the Dubai Invitationals.
It might be one version out of date, but it’s still an amazing camera. The Canon 5D Mark II is still the camera I use day to day. It’s an amazing camera and now for this price, I’m thinking of buying a second one. BH Photo has a fire sale on it for a limited time….Take a peak: