Nature Valley Bike Races: Stillwater, MN (Sports Photography)

It was that time of year again, where hundreds of bikers participate in a four day race: Nature Valley Bike Races. They are exhilarating to watch. Two years again, I went and saw the race in Menomonie, WI. Last year I saw them in St. Paul, MN and this year, we watched in Stillwater, MN. Stillwater is where the bikers ride the hills. The smell of burning rubber/brakes were unbelievable as the riders came flying down the big hills. We made it about halfway around the race course before it started down pouring. We called it quits and retreated to the car before our cameras were soaked. Here are a few pictures, and though they each may have 1000 words behind them, I encourage everyone to go see them for yourself next year. Whether you are into bikes or not, it is inspirational and really cool to watch. Enjoy!

In the News!

While being in contact with the local paper for advertising reasons, they decided to do a business article about Kelly K Photo. About a week and a half ago, I went in for an interview and yesterday it came out in print! It feels so crazy to see my face printed on newspaper (thanks to my wonderful husband for taking the photograph!), and have a large article about what I do and everything I have worked for. If you want to read the whole article easier than these photos display, here is the link to the online article.

Twin Cities Marathon 2010 [Sports Photography]

Sunday was probably the perfect day for running a marathon. Sunny, but not too hot. Not like I would really know the ideal weather for running, I am NOT a runner, by any stretch of the imagination. BUT, if I were to run, I would think that Sunday was good weather to run in. It was nice weather to photograph in. :) There’s no way you could ever convince me that running 26.2 miles in a few hours would be fun. But for the 8,212 runners who did finish the 2010 Twin Cities Marathon, I give you props. I am proud. However, it would still be a lie if I said it was inspiring for me, sorry?!

The wheelers were pretty awesome. Here are two of them at the start. I wish I was at the finish when they rolled through. That would have been neat to see, but they were too speedy. I didn’t get to St. Paul quick enough to see them cross the finish line.

I was practicing my panning abilities here. I’m pretty proud of these two shots. Out of the like 20 I took, these are the only two that turned out. I think I need more practice….

Phil noticed this guy in the parking garage shooting with his telephoto. We both agreed he probably had a better angle up there then we did standing down along the street to photograph the start of the marathon. I took a photo of him and then Monday morning I saw what I would assume to be this guys photograph in the Star Tribune paper, and I was right; he captured a great image of the starting line, the mass amount of runners and the morning sunrise.

It’s no wonder that Medtronic sponsored the marathon. They will be the ones helping all these athletes when they need knee and hip replacements late in their life!

Different strokes for different folks.

Congratulations Erika!!!! Completed her first marathon ever in 4 hours and 20 minutes and 9 seconds. I’m proud. :)

Nature Valley

The other weekend I was in  Menomonie, WI when the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival was happening. It was the first year that they came to Menomonie, it was incredible! There were well over 200 men and woman that had already raced in St. Paul, Cannon Falls, and Minneapolis Uptown, before coming to Menomonie on Saturday. On Sunday they were finishing in Stillwater. The professional men’s race was 95 miles and the woman’s race was 76 miles.  There were amateur criterium races as well going on all afternoon. They were all awe inspiring events to watch, even though I came up with a rather extensive list of things I would rather do than sit on a bike seat for nearly four hours! It was cool to hear, feel and see 120 bikers whiz by you in a matter of seconds. I am a fan.

A Rider For Life.

My trusty guinea pig model and I took an addventure into the woods so I could practice photographing more “extreme” sports. I think I may have worked him a little hard, asking him to repeat things all the time so I could try something a little different. The end result was a tired model and a happy photographer. =)

UWEC Gymnastics.

Samantha’s mother contacted me to photograph her daughter’s last year in college gymnastics. She was going to make a scrapbook of all of the years Sam has been in the sport and a shadowbox displaying all of Sam’s awards and achievements. It was all going to be a surprise to Sam at the end of the season, so I had to pretend I wasn’t there just to photograph her, so here are a few shots that I captured of Sam and her teammates.