Out Foxed

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Unfortunate Fox

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This goes into the category of, “Don’t see this everyday.” and “A strange thing happened on our way to school.”.  Yesterday while standing at my son’s bus stop, we noticed this from afar, but thought it was a gag.  Today, we took a closer look, since it was still there.  No gag!  Looks like this fox crossed one fence too many, lost his footing and fell into a tight and unfortunate position.

Fall into Pawpro

As the leaves begin to fall here in Washington, D.C., Pawpro is working on several projects.

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Three weeks left in the campaign and I’m putting the final touches on a Presidential Election video.  This pro-Obama video is to be released on YouTube within the next 5 days.

In November, I will resume night owl duty and a video presence for the second running of the Anything Is Possible 5K race, which is a national running event.  It’s held in cities all over the U.S. on the night the clocks turn back.

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This year that night is November 4 at 1:50 AM.  New to this year’s race, participants will receive a pair of PJ pants from Old Navy–while supplies last.  Each participating city provides its own unique after party.

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Pawpro Unveils RAAM stills of Len Forkas/Hopecam Effort

Today I am opening a gallery of photos taken while I followed Len Forkas in the 2012 Race Across America–a 3,000 mile, 12 day bike race.  The social media coverage provided by Pawpro was a substantial part of why Forkas and his non-profit, Hopecam.org was able to raise more than $300,000.

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Pawpro Media footage of Len Forkas compeating in Race Across America (RAAM) in 2012.

These are purely photos which is a distinction from the miles of video I compiled. In almost two weeks on the road, I only dedicated myself to shooting stills for a few hours total because of the priority to get video coverage and the limits on awake time, available wireless signals, editing time, and time being in proximity to Forkas to shoot footage. The collection will grow as I begin to review the video footage and create stills from certain moments of it.

When solo shooting a live event such as this the photographer/videographer must commit to one medium or the other for fear of capturing nothing if caught transitioning. The photographic moments either occur at a painstakingly slow or frustratingly unexpected pace. In sports gab, that means you must be on your toes at all times. If I had it to do again there would be things done differently, and other things that would be impossible to do differently under the same conditions. As an example, as much as I wanted to stay awake for 48 straight hours, sleep a few hours, rinse and repeat, no amount of Red Bull was going to keep me awake beyond a certain point. It was an experience that I will never forget. It took several weeks for my hand to recuperate from constantly holding the camera.

I was going to start this post by drawing the parallels between what was accomplished by Len Forkas and his Race Across America for Hopecam and Diana Nyad’s latest attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida. I was rooting for her, and remember how captured I was by her initial attempt back in the late ’70’s. It was that spirit for adventure that inspired me to join in the excitement of Race Across America. Then word came she had been pulled from the water–beaten by jellyfish, weather and sharks. My initial thought was, “I’m so relieved that there were no jellyfish or sharks to worry about in RAAM!” I don’t think the Hopecam crew would have survived as long as Nyad in such elements. As it happened, we didn’t have a drop of rain in our 11 day crossing of the U.S.

Thankfully, Len Forkas met with success in his endeavor. However, falling short at any extreme adventure comes with a fair amount of pride in having planned and made the attempt, at all. I am of the belief that so few can even claim to have conceived and committed to such outrageous challenges, that to have tried and stopped is no failure in the world of extreme sports. Although, I know that the individuals who commit to these challenges are rarely satisfied just by the attempt.

Untill the next adventure!

American Odyssey Relay 2012 Video Released

Newly released, the American Odyssey Relay video for 2012 produced and shot by Pawpro Media.  Don’t miss the most spirited team paying homage to comedian Will Ferrell by way of vintage 70’s athletic swag and exhibitionism with a penchant for public nudity.  All in a day’s work, I say!  It’s always great to work for race director, Bob Fleshner on this great event.

And speaking of events, seven days to go before Pawpro takes off for the start of Hopecam’s Race Across America.  We’ll be following Hopecam’s cyclist as he makes his way across the U.S. in 12 days in this infamous and awe inspiring event.  Follow our progress in real time on Facebook and Tumblr.  It starts June 13, 2012.

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Pawpro to Follow Hopecam Founder and RAAM Cyclist in June Race with Nikon D7000

It’s official.  Pawpro will be a part of the Hopecam.org crew following Len Forkas’ solo attempt in the 2012 Race Across America from Oceanside, CA to Annapolis, MD next month.  Pawpro will provide daily video reports for Hopecam’s social media audiences during the 12 day race.  The event crosses California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and ends in Maryland.  Followers will be able to track Len and the crew’s progress live online through the Hopecam blog.

Also known as RAAM, some people consider these 3,000 miles, and 170,000 feet worth of climbing the toughest bicycle race in the world, but it hasn’t achieved the acclaim of the Tour de France even though it’s 50% longer and doesn’t allow any days of rest.  Once the clock starts it doesn’t stop until a racer crosses the finish.  Now in its 30th year, the winner of RAAM usually makes the crossing in 8 days.  At a minimum solo riders must pedal 250 miles a day to finish within the time limit, and it’s not uncommon, especially for the solo racers, to experience hallucinations during the race as they push their bodies’ endurance levels through extreme conditions.

Len Forkas is the founder of Hopecam.org which supplies a much needed social connection for children homebound and isolated because of treatment for leukemia or any life threatening illnesses. Len formed the charity over ten years ago after his son was diagnosed with leukemia and became homebound.  Through his participation in RAAM, Forkas hopes to raise money so he can serve more children in the US and abroad, and raise awareness of this critical aspect of treatment for children.

A crew of nine people in three vehicles will provide different types of support for Len as he makes his way across the country.  This is Len’s first attempt at RAAM, but all solo racers must qualify in order to participate.  Len has competed in a number of ultra and other high level endurance events through the years to benefit Hopecam.  First time solo riders in RAAM stand a 30% chance of making it to Annapolis.  In an effort to improve those odds, Len and a skeleton crew has already completed two-thirds of the course in a series of practice sessions.

This will be the second significant project using the new Nikon D7000, newly rigged with a follow focus and a host of new lenses.  Can’t wait to have the camera ready as I cross some of the most scenic American landscape and capture the race events as they unfold.  Currently, I’m putting the final editing touches on a new video for the 2012 American Odyssey Relay from Gettysburg to DC.  I’m eager for its release in the very near future to show off the great footage that comes out of this camera.

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Historic DC Flyby for the retiring Space Shuttle Discovery

I headed to Arlington Cemetery to catch a shot of the Space Shuttle on its way to retirement at the Udvar-Hazy Center, National Air and Space Museum near Dulles Airport this morning.  Unfortunately, the traffic getting there and the flight pattern didn’t make for the best shots.  It flew directly over me, as you’ll see.  It was still a thrill to see it.  The better viewing was probably over by the Washington Monument or I hate to say it, on the roof of my house which I contemplated.  I’m sure at the Udvar-Hazy parking lot it was pretty good viewing, too.  My daughter even sent me an iPhone shot from her high school. Ultimately, I decided I wanted the DC backdrop.

I wasn’t in position for the first pass, which was a little earlier than predicted and came from behind. Everyone was caught off-guard by the initial approach.  Since when does government work get done early?  And, I was almost to the point of leaving when it passed over the second time.  I hadn’t heard any reports say it would make several passes.  It made a total of three flybys. Unfortunately my footage is all handheld.

This was the first use of my new Jag35 rig and ultra new Nikkor 2.8, 24-70 lense, which worked great under unpredictable conditions.

Anyway, it reminded me of the few times when I caught sight of the Concorde passing through the area when it was in operation.

Another American Odyssey on the Horizon.

Less than 30 days and counting before Pawpro is on hand to capture the guts, glory and comradery of the finish line at the fourth annual running of the American Odyssey Relay to DC on April 27 -28, 2012.  Last year I covered the entire 200+ miles of the course.  I’ll miss seeing the runners along the beautiful backroads between Gettyburg and DC, but probably won’t miss being awake for 36+ hours.  I’ll leave that to Race Directors, Bob Fleshner, Kelly Cameron and the runners.  Have fun and be safe.

 

 

I’ll be looking for good shots near the finish line and on the last leg.  Another video will be in the making and we’d love to put you in it.  Smile for camera and don’t be afraid to come by and say hello.