I'm proud to announce that for the first time, OLP has been featured in a full page, nationally distributed magazine for personal-two-wheeled enthusiasts: Cycle World, viewed by hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists in the US.
As is my habit on this blog, it's story time. As you may recall, in April this past year, I made my way out to Savannah, GA, to capture a personal project of mine: the Scooter Cannonball Run 2012 participants as they departed for their 8 day epic journey across the United States, ending in San Diego, CA. Though I wanted to take portraits of riders, I also was excited about getting candids of the starting line - showing those same participants who had posed with their bike before actually embarking on their journey.
Many of the participants on this journey are close friends of mine, including Kristin, the subject of this picture. This was Kristin's first time doing the Cannonball, and I immediately related to her excitement, nervousness and go-get'er attitude as a past participant myself. Kristin was ready to prove herself (and did!), and her game face as she was strapping on her helmet and about to head out on the first day of the ride personified this to me. I caught the moment out of the corner of my eye and swung around, and fired off this shot (the original, which was cropped for the advertisement).
After Kristin's successful completion of the event, she saw the picture posted on this site and showed it to Aerostich, which set off a series of events resulting in this image being utilized not only on the Aerostich homepage, but also for a flyer insert for the AMA International Women & Motorcycling conference announcing Aerostich's upcoming line of women's fit riding gear. Our contact at Aerostich also mentioned that a full-sized print ad was a possibility, but timing was not clear. Imagine my surprise (and giddiness!) to open my newest issue of Cycle World and see the full-pager. Major thanks to Kristin and Kyle for your support, without either of you, this would never have happened. I am forever grateful for what you've done with this moment in time.
For those who are curious, this photograph was captured with a Nikon D700, with a Nikkor 50mm AF-S f/1.4G @ f/1.4, 1/80th, handheld with no flash. Though the D700 is my back-up, it was right for this shoot - providing me with a light-weight and portable full-frame that has solid low-light capabilities. This picture was taken just at dawn, so light levels were pretty low but the D700 handled it like the workhorse it is, stepping out of my way and allowing me to focus on my composition and capture of the moment.