Photo Blog: Would You Please Stop Hitting Me?…

Covered Boxing in Atlantic City last night…

Todd Eriksson of Dover, N.J., left, fights Troy Maxwell of Galloway, N.J. during the third round of the Super Middleweights bout.

Gabriel Rosado of Philadelphia, PA, right, fights Saul Roman of Mexico during the first round of the Junior Middleweights bout.

Gabriel Rosado of Philadelphia, PA, right, and Saul Roman of Mexico exchange blows in the third round during the Junior Middleweights bout.

Henry Bruseles of Puerto Rico, right, and Mike Jones of Philadelphia, PA exchange blows during the tenth round of the NABA Welterweight Title bout.

Kendall Holt of Paterson, N.J. fights Kaizer Mabuza of South Africa in the fourth round of the IBF Junior Welters.

Not for nuttin – I would be like the guy in the yellow shorts. Boxing is one of the toughest sports for me to shoot – incredibly challenging, that’s why I normally like it – but the lighting was really bad at this event. The boxing ring was in the middle of a reception room with 15 foot ceilings. The ring was 4 feet high and the lights came down around the ring about 3 feet off the ceiling. So every time you tried to shoot you were shooting into the lights – it was a really tough gig. Here’s an example where the light blew out part of the champs face:

Mike Jones of Philadelphia, PA, right, lands a fist on Henry Bruseles of Puerto Rico during the third round of the NABA Welterweight Title bout

Photo Blog: My Surly 1×1…

My first love is photography. My second is biking. My buddy Tony has a blog called Computer Cyclist – I sometimes wonder if I should have called my blog Camera Cyclist… just kidding. I bought a frame about a month ago and built my own bike with parts from all over the world. I never did this before so it was an interesting endeavor. This is a Surly 1×1 Frame that I found to build a single speed. It’s more beautiful in person.

Alot of my parts are pulled off of old bikes and some are new. Truvativ SS Crankset, Avid BB7 Mechanical Disk Brakes, My Surly Tuggnut Tensioner which doubles as a beer opener (most important part of the bike), Ergon Grips which are really comfortable, Shimano 18t cassette and the wheels are Handspun Rear 26″ Surly SS Disc Mavic XM719d with Maxxis 2.1 Tires that bought like 3 years ago but never used. With all the snow the 2.1s were not really the way to go but… oh well.

The bike has been built for a couple of weeks but the snow has prevented me from riding the trails (If I built a Pugsly it with Large Marge Rims it never would have snowed!). I’ve been riding the roads and I really enjoy the SS. Takes a little getting used to, mostly when going downhill or into a headwind, but it just kind of makes sense. On my gear bike if I’m just going on the flats I sit in one gear anyway and shift going up or downhill. With the SS I just have to pedal harder to go up hill and spin or coast going down. It’s a better work out. Here’s a couple more images of the things I’ve seen on my Surly 1×1 travels…

My Dad…

Governor Christie addresses his cabinet members and senior staff in the outer office while his daughter looks on. One of the things that’s awesome about the new Governor transition is having children in the statehouse. The Governor’s children range in age from 16 to 6 and it’s really exciting to see ‘Dad’ thru their eyes and to watch them take over the Statehouse. I think we should have children in the Statehouse every day (most days we just have people who behave like children).