Red Bull Crashed Ice

I was in St.Paul Minnesota over the weekend for an assignment. Going to Red Bull Crashed Ice, I had no idea what I was getting into. I watched the event countless times before, I knew what it was. I studied the course and athletes, looked at all the photos available from the past. Goal was to capture an action shot of the event without any secondary sponsor logos visible at the same time showing that it is a Red Bull event. For that the best location would be the start chute, where there was a huge Red Bull arch and the start of the event was really cool with St.Paul Cathedral in the background.

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When life gives you lemons… 2015 US Cyclocross Nationals

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. In other words my 2015 US Cyclocross Nationals images. Coming to Austin my goal was different, work on the location, get familiar with the course on Saturday and be ready for Sunday. I planned everything; I will be flying back to Chicago Monday morning and still make my afternoon meeting with McHugh for the upcoming shoot. Things don’t go as planned always. Race cancelled, then postponed to Monday afternoon due to logistics related issues.  Unfortunately I will be back to Chicago in the morning when the re-scheduled races start. So I sit down and started to review my images from Saturday.

Here some images from Saturday after editing.


Got Mud?

Coming here, I never thought I would see mud. I was imagining Austin would be a warm and dusty course. Well it rained. Rained a lot for Austin standards. This was the condition of 2015 US Cyclocross Nationals course on day four.

High over Chicago

Today I had a commercial aerial shoot for a construction firm which turned into a long waiting game. Snow delayed the things a little bit (6 hours to be exact!) but we were able to catch a break and take off just before sunset. Once I shot the images, I asked pilot if we have time to circle around the loop. To add more fun to the shoot, it was 4 degrees and we removed the doors.

Calm before the storm

It looks all quiet from high above. Weather was not bad either. Close to 50s and no wind. But the forecast predicts a snow storm by early tomorrow. Why I am not suprised! Just in time for Sunday’s aerial shoot for a construction firm.


Portrait of an Athlete

Mud and Racing

Photos from Tough Mudder and Warrior Dash in Chicago

Promo Images

Some select promo images for 2015 postcards.