Glass City Balloon Race

For those who are frequent readers of my blog and follow me on Facebook and Instagram know that I am around hot air balloons a lot. There is just something so magical about hot air balloons that I just can’t describe.

Four weeks ago local balloonist Jake Tyler contacted me about being part of a committee to bring the Glass City Ballon Race to life! We spent weeks and hours contacting companies for sponsorships and donations and in a very short time we put together a great event!

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Jaume Plensa

Jaume Plensa is one the world’s foremost sculptors working in the public space, with over 30 projects spanning the globe in cities such as Chicago, Dubai, London, Liverpool, Nice, Tokyo, Toronto and Vancouver.

Over the past 25 years, the artist has produced a rich body of work in the studio and the public realm. By combining conventional sculptural materials (glass, steel, bronze, aluminum) with more unconventional media (water, light, sound, video), and frequently incorporating text, Plensa creates hybrid works of intricate energy and psychology.

Plensa is most known for the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park in Chicago, where hundreds of faces show on the glass pillars with occasional water spitting out for everyone to enjoy on a hot Chicago day!

Over the last month I have been working with the Toledo Museum of Art documenting the installation of the Human Landscape that opening on June 17th in the grounds of the Musuem. The show consists of seven larger outdoor sculptures, including some show in the USA for the first time.

I first met Jaume in 2012 when he came to Toledo to install Spiegel which sits on the corner of Collingwood and Monroe Street. Being able to meet and work with such a world renowned  artists is truly an amazing experience. When I heard he would be returning to Toledo to give a talk I was extremley excited. He stayed in touch over the last several years when I would see his works in different cities that I would travel to.

Here are my favorite images, over the last month that the exhibition has been installed.

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Cleveland Cavaliers Championship Parade

WOW just WOW! Cleveland, Ohio you put on one heck of a parade to welcome home the 2016 NBA Champions the Cleveland Cavaliers! I arrived in Cleveland around 8:30am and already hundreds of thousands of people were lining the streets!

Once I settled into my roof top location, it was amazing to see people come from every direction to get a peak at King James and the Cleveland Cavaliers partying!

It was amazing to see 1.3 million people that lined E 9th Street to celebrate the first championship in Cleveland in 52 years!

Here are my favorite images from the parade.

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2016 Toledo Dragon Boat Festival

The 2016 Dragon Boat Festival in Toledo, Ohio was over the weekend. This is the second year I was working with the Partners in Education to document the event for them.

Partners In Education hosts the annual Dragon Boat Festival and race. Dragon Boat racing is a team water sport that is growing fast worldwide. The annual Toledo Dragon Boat Festival draws over 30 local businesses and organizations to participate with teams. Each team consists of a 25 person roster that includes 20 paddlers, 1 steersman, 1 drummer, and 3 alternates. The festival draws 700 paddle team participants, 100+ event volunteers, and 5,000 to 10,000 event spectators.

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Review: Nanuk 945 Phantom 4 Case

A few weeks ago, I reached out to Nanuk who makes professional protective cases about getting my hands on the Nanuk 945 case they would be releasing soon for the DJI Phantom 4. The Phantom 4 does come with a foam case, but it’s not strong enough to be shipped or checked when traveling.

I have over a dozen Pelican Cases for all of my gear, but they are very heavy and a pain to lug around airports. Nanuk has fixed that issue with that innovative and lightweight design made for so many different types of cameras and audio equipment.

Each case is lightweight, rugged and waterproof, all cases are IP67 rated, which means they can withstand ANYTHING!

The best part about this case is you don’t have to take the propeller blades off you Phantom to put it in the case, it has foam holders to keep them in place when traveling.

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Why You Should Take Snapchat Seriously

Let’s take a second to talk about Snapchat. Every day, I’m running into people who say, “I don’t understand how to use Snapchat or why I should be on it.” I’m going to help you understand why you or your brand should be on Snapchat and killing it.

Four years ago, Snapchat was created by Evan Spiegel at Stanford University. At the time, it was known as the “sexting app.” That’s how most people still think of Snapchat.

Fast forward to today. There are over 200 million active users and 7 billion videos created daily on the platform. The White House is on Snapchat and Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is utilizing Snapchat to reach a younger demographic. Advertising on Snapchat is going to explode in 2016. (Snapchat Advertising)

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Brand New Goodyear Blimp

I am a huge aviation geek, from hot air balloons, small air crafts, drones and even the Goodyear Blimp.  In 2015, I went up in the Goodyear Blimp for the Daytona 500 for almost 8 hours and I was hooked! After spending that much time in an aircraft that is extremely cramped you learn just about everything you possibly can about the aircraft from the amazing pilot.

I have stayed in touch with the public relations team for Goodyear since then. I was suppose to go up for the NASCAR Miami race, but due to bad weather it never happened. Fast forward to January of this year, I was suppose to travel to Akron where the Goodyear Blimp is built to get a sneak peak of the construction, but I was out of town. A few weeks ago, I got an email inviting me to a VIP event to come check out the recently finished Wingfoot 2 Zeppelin Goodyear Blimp. This is the second style of the Zeppelin built in Akron.

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