Becky Conzelman at the 2012 CrossFit Games

posted on 2013.03.25, under Uncategorized

Becky Conzelman

Coming out of the water on day 1 of the 2012 CrossFit Games, the remarkable Becky Conzelman.

Annie Thorisdottir – 2013 CrossFit OPEN 13.2

posted on 2013.03.15, under canon 1dx, CrossFit

Annie Thorisdottir (7)

The 2013 CrossFit Games season is here!  A sold out crowd at South Brooklyn CrossFit got to stand just a few feet away from the remarkable and photogenic Annie Thorisdottir.  Annie moved with focus and determination.   She never broke pace, for the 10 minute AMRAP workout, and the crowd went nuts.  She showed us why she is the champ, she glowed, she smiled, I think she even pranced.

Canon 40mm pancake lens
Canon 1DX
ISO 3200, f/4.5, 1/250

Scott Panchik & Chase Ingraham 2013 CrossFit OPEN

posted on 2013.03.07, under Uncategorized

scott panchik chase ingraham 2013 crossfit open

Scott Panchik is the biggest threat to Rich Froning (CrossFit Games Champion 2011, 2012) making a three-peat.

Panchik had incredible composure and calm before the workout.  He showed similar behavior during the 2012 CrossFit Games, where he took 4th place after only “doing” CrossFit for 1 year.

Feeding the talent

posted on 2013.03.03, under Canon 7D

hayley seagull

This was our third shoot in 5 days, at the same location with the seagulls.  They know us!

A relationship is evolving.

Today the birds almost immediately got into a circular flying formation, with little coaxing.  The previous shoots required about 10 minutes to get the birds to start flying overhead.

It is still difficult to get the seagulls to circle in the exact direction I want them to fly.  Ideally, they would fly into the sun, giving me a great shot of their faces.  I suspect it is the wind conditions that determine the direction that the birds prefer to circle.

Seagulls in Santa Cruz

posted on 2013.03.02, under Canon 7D

seagulls aptos

seagulls aptos (1)

A friend tossed a piece of bread into the air and these guys battled for the treat.  The seagulls are use to being fed on the ground, but they can be convinced to fly for their treats.   We were patient and only fed the seagulls that would fly close to us.  At first 95% of the Seagulls stayed on the ground, waiting to be fed.  Within 10 minutes, 50% of the birds started a circular pattern of flight over my head.  It takes a little bit of practice, and you can actually make gestures that alert a seagull that you are about to throw bread to him/her and they will come in for their treat.

After 20 minutes I had about 100 seagulls flying in a circular lineup vying for an opportunity to catch a piece of bread.


Canon 7D
Sigma 17-70
f/4, 1/1250, ISO100, 45mm