Christmas Abbott at CrossFit HOPE

posted on 2012.06.14, under Canon 5D Mark III, portraits

Christmas Abbot showed up in Washington DC and participated in the CrossFit HOPE event.

As always Christmas was kind, beautiful, engaging and a high-level CrossFit performer.

Christy Phillips at CrossFit HOPE

posted on 2012.06.12, under Canon 5D Mark III, portraits

Super star CrossFit athlete Christy Phillips raising money for CrossFit for HOPE.

This event had athletes from around the United States converge on Washington DC.   There must have been 20 pro photographers shooting the 2:00PM heat which was filled with jaw dropping human physiques.

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 16-35mm lens

Narobi Mombasa Highway

posted on 2012.06.01, under Canon 5D Mark III

My car broke down on the side of the highway (25 miles outside of Mombasa, Kenya), and I waited three hours for a pick up truck to take me back to my hotel.

There was a steady stream of people walking along the highway including hundreds of school children.

These boys stopped and studied me for several minutes before I pointed my camera at them; at which point they took off in a full sprint.


Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 100mm  macro  f/2.8

Lizard on Lizard in Mombasa

posted on 2012.05.29, under Canon 5D Mark III, Lens, Macro

When you can’t sleep, this is what you may see at sun rise in Mombasa.

It took me about 15 minutes to get close enough to this prehistoric guy, to land this shot and hundreds more.  The lens hood got as close as 2 inches from this guy.  I was stealth and patient, but the biggest reason I got this shot, was because this reptile did not want to leave his kill.

I shot photos and video for about 30 minutes.  Several hundred ants showed up on the seen within minutes and began biting the predatory lizard (and me).  The lizard was smart and simply dragged his kill 2 or 3 feet away from the attacking ants.

To get most of the shots, I had to lie flat on the ground.

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 100mm  f/2.8

Rita Benavidez at CrossFit Nor Cal Regionals – 2012

posted on 2012.05.24, under Canon 5D Mark III, Photos, portraits

Rita does a 70lb dumbbell split snatch at the 2012 CrossFit Nor Cal Regionals.

This was the first stop on a 4 city tour (San Jose, Chicago, London, Copenhagen).  I did not want any check in luggage so I reduced the “joe the camera man” kit to just camera, lens, mic, hard drives, card reader, flashes (2) and computer.

It was painful, reducing the kit, but so far so good.  No C300 on this trip.  I have been using the Mark III plus a couple mics to shoot any video.

The camera bag has 3 lens, 100mm f/2.8 (used for these photos), 24mm f/1.4 and the Canon 65mm MP-E Macro lens.



Riding with your eyes closed

posted on 2012.05.22, under Canon 5D Mark III, Lens, portraits

6AM London, England, I spot a stunt rider in the streets.   This man can navigate the busy streets of London with his eyes closed.
I shot humans on bicycles (in Trafalgar Square) for an hour today, using the Canon 100mm f/2.8.  A great lens for sure.

Annie Sakamoto – CrossFit Regionals 2012

posted on 2012.05.20, under Canon 5D Mark III, portraits

Get your camera and goto the CrossFit games, it is raining great images.
I haven’t use any flash yet for the CrossFit regional photos.  This photo was taken about 12 noon in San Jose Califronia.

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 100mm, f/2.8 – Macro lens



The Spider, The Bee, and the Flies

posted on 2012.05.16, under bugs, Canon 5D Mark III, Flash, insects, Macro

I tried to go on a walk this sunny San Diego morning, but I did not make it 30 feet out the front door, before I found this spectacular photo opportunity.

This green spider captured the bee and several small flies (?) have jumped on board.

Video coming soon!

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 65mm MP-E macro lens
Canon Macro Flash MT 24-EX 

Rich Froning looking to repeat as CrossFit Games Champion

posted on 2012.05.14, under Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 5D Mark III, portraits

It seemed impossible, to repeat as a CrossFit Games Champion, until Rich Froning arrived on the scene.  Rich put on a spectacular show for the packed house at the 2012 Central East CrossFit Games Regionals.

I carried two cameras at this event.

Canon 5D Mark II & Mark III
Canon 70-200mm, f/2.8
Canon 16-35, f/2.8


Ben Smith – CrossFit Regionals 2012

posted on 2012.05.10, under Canon 5D Mark III, Photos

Ben Smith could win the CrossFit Games.

Here, Ben is finishing his 30th rep of 225# power cleans.

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 50MM 1.2 lens