Canon once again was the main sponsor at The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Canon offered people cameras and lenses to use each day of the event for no charge. Everyone was also given a free 8GB SD card so they could take all their images home.
For the second year in a row I worked in the large Canon tent manning the “Ask The Expert” counter. I stayed busy all day mainly showing people how to adjust their borrowed cameras to capture the days festivities.
The Balloon Fiesta is the largest balloon convention in the world. The number of registered balloons reached a peak of 1,019 in 2000, prompting the Balloon Fiesta Board to limit the number to 750 starting in 2001, citing a desire for “quality over quantity”. The limit was changed to 600 in 2009 — citing recent growth in the city and a loss of landing zones. On any given day during the festival, up to 100,000 spectators may be on the launch field where they are provided the rare opportunity to observe inflation and take off procedures. Countless more people gather at landing sites all over the city to watch incoming balloons.
One of the biggest events of the fiesta, where all participating balloons launch in two waves, filling the sky with hundreds of balloons at once.
Large numbers of balloons are illuminated at night by their propane burners. They stand static and do not take off during these events. The “Glowdeo” is a night glow for the special shapes balloons.
Finally got called up to the big league this summer.
Chicago Cubs hired me to try and capture what happens inside and outside the stadium during the playoffs. It was a lot of fun even though the Cubs only won one of the three games and were eliminated from the playoffs.
The 2017 National League Championship Series was a best-of-seven playoff pitting the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Chicago Cubs for the National League pennant and the right to play in the 2017 World Series. The series was a rematch of the 2016 NLCS, which Chicago won four games to two en route to their first World Series victory since 1908.
Here are just a few of the many photos I took during those three days in October.
I was fortunate to be home when someone from the The Cubs organization called me. “Can you be at Wrigley Field in a half hour? Green Day wants a photo with the Cubs World Series Trophy during their sound check”
I somehow managed to change my clothes, pack my gear for photo shoot and still make it to Wrigley in time. Shoot went well and the concert was great. Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tre Cool treated their Wrigley debut on Thursday night as if it was an opportunity to show they still were young at heart. Green Day played all their hits as well as songs from “Revolution Radio,” the group’s most recent LP.
The Taste of Uptown is a culinary celebration of Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.
The 2nd Annual Taste of Uptown is an event that celebrates Uptown’s amazing cultural and culinary diversity. This restaurant crawl featured small bites and samplings from Uptown eateries. Participants received a passport at check-in at Fat Cat Bar (4840 N. Broadway) and strolled from restaurant to restaurant along the Broadway and Wilson corridors enjoying samples at various locations.
You never know what you’re going to see when you go to a Milly’s Orchid Show. Fire eaters, singers, dancers, rope-twirlers, storytellers, poets, musicians, filmmakers and those less easily categorized. Over the years she’s had guests such as Blue Man Group, David Sedaris, Eric Begosian and Poi Dog Pondering.
Murphy was, and is, Milly May Smithy, a sassy, saucy, bespangled character, a sort of weird combination of Dolly Parton and a Las Vegas showgirl. She dresses in crazy outfits, has a huge beehive hairdo, giant eyelashes and some fitting gaudy makeup.
While attending the NAB Show in Las Vegas, I noticed some beautiful fresh flowers in the Bellagio Hotel lobby. I decided to get down on the floor and photograph the flowers at an angle so as to have the Chihuly sculpture on the ceiling as my background.