Event Photography

Bicycle Photography: El Tour in a Blur

One of the great joys of bike-tography is catching cyclists in motion. And when you’re shooting a bicycle race, that motion can turn into a blur. Which raises one of the great photographic questions: Should you freeze the action or embrace the blur? In this shot of El Tour de Tucson 2010 finishers, I chose…

Event Photography: 4th Avenue 2010 Winter Street Fair

This past weekend marked the return of a Tucson tradition, the 4th Avenue Winter Street Fair. The cloudless skies and warm temperatures brought thousands of people out to enjoy more than 400 arts and crafts booths, 35 food vendors, two performance stages, a bevy of street musicians, and unlimited opportunities for people-watching. On Sunday, I…

Bicycle Photography: El Tour de Tucson 2010

This past Saturday was a bike-tography extravaganza for Yours Truly. The 28th annual El Tour de Tucson drew me and my camera to the Downtown finish line for some photographic fun. First, the anticipation. The top finishers hadn’t arrived yet. But Tucson’s tifosi were waiting for them… The 109-mile race was won by Eric Marcotte,…

Event Photography: Fall 2010 Bicycle Swap Meet

America’s second largest bicycle swap meet happened in Tucson this past Saturday. The fall 2010 edition of our two-wheeled buying, selling and trading extravaganza drew thousands of cyclo-philes to Fourth Avenue. And the bike swap had something for everyone. So, you say you need some new sneakers for your favorite mountain bike? Gotcha covered… Or…

Event Photography: All Souls Procession 2010

This past Sunday, the annual All Souls Procession wound its way through Downtown Tucson. This event is meant to help participants remember the departed, and attendance is well into the five figures. Like any large Tucson event, there’s a substantial police presence. Here’s part of the law enforcement contingent that gathered at 4th Avenue and…

Event Photography: New Stadium, Same Old Ending

This past weekend was Homecoming at the University of Michigan. For its alumni, the university pulled out all the stops. Take, for example, the College of Engineering. My father’s an alum, and I attended the college’s events with him. The pre-game party included a Michigan Marching Band concert… An a capella version of "Hail to…

Event Photography: Tucson Meet Yourself 2010

Tucson Meet Yourself is an annual celebration of the Arizona-Sonoran region’s cultural diversity. Over the course of three days, you can chow down on food from all over the world, try your hand at various folk arts, visit historical exhibits, and learn new dance steps. And then there’s the music. You name the culture and…

Event Photography: 2nd Saturdays Downtown

The heat of the summer months is starting to abate, which means that late afternoons and evenings can be enjoyed outdoors. This past Saturday, thousands of Tucsonans did just that. They converged on the heart of the city for 2nd Saturdays Downtown. This event combines street performances, arts and crafts tables, and business specials. The…

Event Photography: First Thursday Art Walk

Yesterday evening was one of those times when the "Yeah, right!" storm clouds stomped through central Tucson. You know those clouds. They throw out plenty of thunder and lightning, but rain? No way. So, I got on my bike and pedaled over to Main Gate Square’s First Thursday Art Walk. This month’s event featured work…

Event Photography: Flags and Memories

When I was in my early twenties, I set the goal of bicycling through all 50 of the United States. I accomplished this over a 12-year period, and wrote and published two books about my experiences. My travels also took me into Canada. During a 1987 ride down the Icefields Parkway between Jasper and Banff,…

Concert Photography: Mid-2010 Retrospective

ArleneWow! (the exclamation point is part of her stage name) came all the way from Connecticut to play for a very appreciative 2010 Tucson Folk Festival audience … Since concert photography is turning into one of this blog’s most-used categories, I figured that now is a good time for a complete list of all the…

Event Photography: Close-ups at the Bicycle Swap Meet

Last month’s Swap Meet was a great place for the buying, selling and trading of anything having to do with bikes and bicycling. It also presented a wonderful opportunity to engage in the art of bike-tography, which combines bicycling and photography. In addition to getting wide-angle shots of all the action, the Swap Meet was…

Event Photography: Tucson Folk Festival 2010

The first weekend of May is generally when summer returns and breathes its fiery breath all over Tucson and southern Arizona. Not this year. If you didn’t bring a sweater and raincoat to this year’s Tucson Folk Festival, you wouldn’t have been very happy. And that would have been a shame, because the 2010 event…

Event Photography: Watershed Management Group Earth Month

Throughout this month, Tucson’s Watershed Management Group has been celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. WMG’s Earth Month celebration included a block party, street painting, a bike tour of water harvesting sites, and several workshops. The last two Earth Month workshops were held in my neighborhood. A nearby neighbor had a culvert cistern installed,…

Event Photography: A Bicycling Trifecta

This past Sunday featured a trifecta of bicycling events here in Tucson. The festivities started with the twice-yearly Bicycle Swap Meet on Fourth Avenue. Both new and used bikes, accessories, and bike parts were on sale… Want some cycling-themed clothing to go with your new or used bike? Swap Meet regular P. Nosa’s ready and…

Event Photography: Rock and Stroll through Downtown Tucson

The Meet Me at Maynards weekly social/run walk just turned a year old. To celebrate, 1,261 people converged on Maynards Market and Kitchen in Downtown Tucson. They began the festivities by sampling the wares from a variety of local vendors… In front of the market was a health fair featuring Rock and Stroll sponsor Tucson…

Event Photography: Fiesta en el Barrio Viejo 2010

This past Saturday, a Tucson tradition began. Nine local bands joined together for a rousing good fundraiser for our community radio station, KXCI-FM 91.3. As one would expect from a station that plays a little bit of everything, a wide variety of musical talent was on display. Headliners Calexico weighed in with a tasty blend…

Event Photography: Solar Rock 2010

This past Saturday was another one of those warm, sunny Tucson classics. Perfect for one of the first days of spring 2010. All the better for holding Solar Rock, a sun-powered concert in Himmel Park. Attendees could review and sign the Solar Energy Industries Association’s Solar Bill of Rights… Or how about some Arizona sun-baked…

Event Photography: 4th Avenue 2010 Spring Street Fair

This past weekend was one of those springtime Tucson classics. Sunny days, warm temperatures, and who wants to spend a moment indoors? Time to head down to 4th Avenue for the 40th annual Street Fair. If you rode your bike to the fair, the City of Tucson offered free valet parking. And, yes, I took…

Event Photography: Tucson Festival of Books 2010

Care to share your love of reading with thousands of your best friends? Well, the Tucson Festival of Books is your kind of place. Now in its second year, the festival drew bibliophiles of all ages to the University of Arizona Mall. While there were plenty of booths filled with the latest books from all…

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