I took the drive with my girlfriend out to Long Beach for the Grand Prix this year. My dad, Bill Patterson, was there doing his live painting gig per usual (he’s the one in the photos and that is Tommy Kendall auctioning the painting off with proceeds going to the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer, and some mutual friends of ours were there as well – they were working for the GMG Racing team. Plus it was somewhat of a mini-vacation for us, and for once, I didn’t have photo credentials. So most of these photos are through at least two layers of chain linked fence, some over the shoulder of other photographers. It was great to get out and shoot some racing again, I hope to again some time this year..
I was at this event mainly to help my dad, Bill Patterson, do his live paintings as he does every spring and fall at these NASCAR races. Last year my brother went but it was my turn this year, and I brought my camera. My dad was hired by the track and NASCAR to do live paintings periodically throughout the weekend including in victory circle at the end of the race.
This was played at Blue Cross Arena downtown Rochester. Proceeds went to local charities designated by the Rochester Lancers who are in the professional indoor soccer league. Fun day, the games went from 10am until 3pm. The winning team at the end got a free suite for that night’s Lancers game, and it sounds like they want NACKA to make this a regular weekend thing!
Wow what a day! Cori and Brian and the whole bridal party were great! We had a lot of fun heading up to Webster Park to get shots by the water, then the guys surprised us all with their own “show” at the reception at Eagle Vale Thanks to Brian and Cori for letting me document it all for them!
And thanks to my assistant/2nd photographer Michael Fisher for helping me out that day!
On our drive back from Laguna Seca in Monterey California to my dad’s house near Reno, Nevada we again had to drive through the gorgeous El Dorado National Forrest. You eventually reach an altitude of about 9500 feet before getting down to 4250 feet where my dad’s house is in a town called Gardnerville, NV. But on the way up and over the mountains is this really nice lake way back off the beaten trail at 8200 feet, you have to take a very windy twisty and sometimes near impassible road to get there, but it’s well worth it.
I would have liked to have been there around sunset, but I didn’t have much of a choice as we were just passing through and had to get to the house. So, the light is a bit harsh, would love to come back someday and make a trip out of it. They have some really nice camp grounds right off the shore of the lake on one side.
We had an unusually clear, calm, moonless night here at my girlfriend’s cottage on Keuka Lake the past few days. Here are a few shots from the past two nights, all taken with the 1D X and Tokina 16-28 f/2.8. Unfortunately I didn’t have my tripod because I wasn’t expecting the conditions to be like this, so I was propping the camera on objects to get it to stay still.