Bloodsucker’s Bash Car Show

Wow, I’ve fallen behind on updating this. Sorry about that! What little time I do spend at home lately is usually spent in a horizontal orientation, which means I don’t get much computer time. Now taking donations for a laptop…

Anywho, not only have I been busy with my non-photography job, the race track I shoot at, and the car shows I attend, I’m also planning my own show! BashAdIt’s been a lot of work, a lot of stress, and I’m not done yet! Still have two weeks to get this puppy put together.

I know my posts are usually akin to short stories in length, but I need to get back to building trophies! Hope to see you all at the Bash!

Shoot, Edit, Re-Edit, Shoot More…

I knew going into this summer that I was going to be busy, but this is insane! My day job is currently getting 50+ hours of my week, and the photography gets the rest of it. That said, here’s what I’ve been up to over the last couple weeks.

 

Upping the Editing –  Told you I was going to be working on this. I went out to Barnes &  Noble and found myself a book on Lightroom 4, and you’d better believe I read the whole dang thing in a day. $40 well spent. If you take a look at the slideshow below, there is a discernible difference between the two images. The most obvious is the watermark, that is the “After” photo.

Before...After

 

 

Racing & Car Shows  –  My weekends seem busier than my weekdays with how much running around I’m doing! I have at least one event per weekend from now until snow flies (which, in Minnesota, could be next week), and many of them are booked solid and doubled up. I’ll list of what I have coming up at the end of this post. For now, here’s what I’ve been doing recently!

 

Jack & Jim’s Memorial Day Car Show

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A lot of folks stayed away because of the rain, but it was was still a decent turnout. Definitely going to go back for their shows coming up on 4th of July and Labor Day, if only with the hopes of taking more pictures and not getting hosed out of a trophy again.

Princeton Speedway May 31, 2013

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It was a beautiful night to be at the track… As long as you weren’t trying to drive on it. The sun was out, the clouds made for an amazing background, the wind was at a tolerable level and kept the dust from lingering too long. From the drivers perspective, there were nasty potholes on each end of the track big enough to swallow your car, and give you a major headache from hitting your roll cage. I won’t even go into how many restarts there were in the Mod 4 Feature. But the pictures look good! Can’t wait to see the UMSS Sprint Cars this coming Friday.

Grease Under the Nails Car & Bike Show

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Check out those clouds! Yep, we got rained on. Totally worth it for shots like these, I think. For being their first show, and given the weather, we had a nice group of cars and bikes there. I know I was having a blast trying to get the best cloud-to-car ratio that I could while trying to cut out other cars. Not always an easy task. Already on the calendar for next year, May 31, 2014.

Upcoming Events –

  • Friday, June 7 – UMSS Sprint Cars at Princeton Speedway in addition to their normal race schedule. Gates at 5 PM, racing at 7 PM.
  • Saturday, June 8 – Cruze’n 4 Food in Paynesville. 9 AM – Noon.
  • Sunday, June 9 – OPEN
  • Friday, June 14 – Rum River Days at Princeton Speedway. Gates at 5 PM, racing at 7 PM.
  • Saturday, June 15 – OPEN
  • Sunday, June 16 – Father’s Day, spending it with the guy that means the most to me.
  • Friday, June 28 – Regular Race Night at Princeton Speedway. Gates at 5 PM, racing at 7 PM.
  • Saturday, June 29 – OPEN
  • Sunday, June 30 – Car Show at Douglas County Fairgrounds 8 AM – 2 PM.

 

So that’s what the rest of my June looks like… As you can see, the weekend of the 21st through 23rd is going to be a chrome overload. I’m okay with that! Judging by the fact you’ve made it this far into my website, I’d say you are too. If you’d like to know about new stuff when I post it, scroll down to the bottom of the page and put your email in that little box there. It’ll send my latest rant and image showcase straight to you! Then scroll on back up here. I’ll wait. …Got it? Great!

See ya next time!
Bailey

Princeton Speedway May 10, 2013

Wow, what an opening night! I thought the practice was fun, but that was something else. You can find the gallery here. Cars should be separated by class and number to better find the car you’re looking for. Don’t have much time to write this week, so I’ll just post a few little tidbits.

E-commerce is now available! That’s right, you can now purchase prints directly from me through my webpage. I do all of my printing in house (except special orders for canvas or sizes my printer can’t do), and I only use archival-grade materials. Long story short: I’ve got my hands all over my work from start to finish, and it’s gonna last a while. Just find the image you want, hit the Add to Cart button, select sizes and quantities, and when you’re ready to checkout it’ll bring you right over to PayPal. Easy, safe, and secure.

Big things are happening! I plan on spending some time over the next couple weeks playing with different programs and web applications to better serve the requests I’ve been getting. Driver cards, HDR images (Google it, I dare ya), and possibly an expansion or two of my product offerings. Have something you’d like to see me do? Let me know.

 

It’s busy time! With the start of my car show season this Saturday, I’m going to be running all over the place to take pictures of some awesome vehicles. I still hope to have all images posted next day, but bear with me if it takes two or three. I’ll be sure to let you know on my Facebook Page when they’re ready to go.

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, May 17, 2013 – Armed Forces Night at Princeton Speedway 7 PM
  • Saturday, May 18, 2013 – Princeton Swap & Show Presented by Rat Rod Magazine at Mille Lacs County Fairgrounds 8 AM – 3 PM
  • Sunday, May 19, 2013 – Willmar Swap & Show Presented by Willmar Car Club at Kennedy Elementary School 8 AM – 3 PM

 

Hope to see you on the road!

-Bailey