2015 Dragon Boat Festival

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The 2015 Dragon Boat Festival in Toledo, Ohio was over the weekend. I worked 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.

To view more photos from the race, please follow the link below.

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PlayTime at Toledo Musuem of Art

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When was the last time you went outside and played? The contemporary show Play Time poses a serious question about a seemingly unserious topic: Is play—the spontaneous, unstructured time found to foster creativity and problem-solving skills—strictly for kids?

“As we grow up we tend to trivialize play and relegate it to childhood, but it’s an important element of life that we wanted to explore in this exhibition,” said Halona Norton-Westbrook, the Museum’s Mellon fellow and associate curator of contemporary art. “This show is not only about play in the traditional sense, but also the idea of being in the moment, of inspiring wonder, of invoking your natural curiosity.”

Here are some favorite images from the Play Time exhibit at the Toledo Musuem of Art. If you haven’t seen it, please go check it out. My images don’t do justice with how much fun you can actually have!

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Detroit Lions OTA

NFL: Detroit Lions-OTA

It’s gonna be here before we all know it…. FOOTBALL! The Detroit Lions had Organized Team Activities last week and I was there to refresh and tell a story for USA Today Sports.

Here are some of my favorite images from OTA. I will be back at mini camp next week.

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IndyCar Duel in Detroit

IndyCar: Dual in Detroit Race 2

Following an exciting previous weekend covering the Indianapolis 500, I was covering the Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle. Bell Isle, is a park in-between Detroit and Windosr. I was really excited for the race, but the 90% chance of rain all weekend sucked the creativity right out of me. There is nothing worse than shooting in the rain. I would personally rather have it snow.

Let’s get on with the photos.

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Juan Pablo Montoya wins the 2015 Indianapolis 500

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The Indianapolis 500 is known as the Great American Race, it’s held Memorial Day weekend along with the Monaco Grand Prix and the Coca-Cola 600. Motorsports biggest weekend in the world! If you have never been to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway you need to just once in your life. The history and the size of the track is something that television doesn’t do justice.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is so big that you can fit Churchill Downs, Rose Bowl, Roman Coliseum, White House, Liberty Island, Yankee Stadium, Taj Mahal, and Vatican City.

This is my 6th Indianapolis 500 and I got to work with another amazing crew to produce some beautiful images for USA Today Sports. My main priority was working features and the grid prior to the race and then shooting outside of turn 1 and in between turn 1 and 2.

The biggest crash of the race literally happened right in front of me, the cars crashed right in front of the safer barrier at my shooting position so I bailed out of the way. In my head I wanted to stay with it but with parts flying in the air, no thanks!

I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day, enjoy!

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Biggest Week in American Birding

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The Biggest Week in American Birding is right here in Northwest, Ohio. An estimated 80,000 bird watches flock to the area for 10 days when the migratory songbirds stop near the shores of Lake Erie before continuing north.

Having the chance to see some of the most rare and colorful birds right in my backyard is something I couldn’t pass up. I headed out to Magee Marsh and walked the boardwalk with the rest of the birders to see Yellow Warbles, Screech Owls and may other rare birds.

I also made a stop at the Toledo Zoo to check out their “Keet Retreat where you can feed parakeets for a $1. Also saw some other active animals and birds as well.

I hope you enjoy and I can’t wait for birding in May 2016.

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World Famous Glass Blower: Lino Tagliapietra

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Italian master glassblower Lino Tagliapietra has spent his 70-year career creating magnificent glass works, raising the international standards of glass craftsmanship in the process. The Maestro was in residence at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Studio from May 2 to 10, showcasing his technical expertise and glass craftsmanship to sold out crowds.

I got the opportunity to photograph Lino working in the Toledo Musuem of Art Glass Studio making some beautiful piece of glass. He makes it looks so easy, as he is molding play dough.

Getting the opportunity to work with the Toledo Musuem is amazing I get to spend time with internationally known artists and get photography and amazing exhibits. I am super excited to photograph Play Time which opens on May 22nd.

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Belize

Aerial view of the Great Blue Hole in Belize.

I just got back from a week long vacation in Belize. I was celebrating my 26th birthday with my wife Stacy. We have always wanted to travel there, so we cashed in our airline miles and away we went.

Belize is known for it’s crystal clear blue water, world class diving and snorkeling, rainforests, Mayan Ruins and the best part about Belize is the iconic Giant Blue Hole.

Belize is a place to go if you want to lay around and just relax and do some snorkeling. But I wanted to explore and experience some night life. We stayed on Ambergris Caye, which is the largest island where the resorts are located. Until last year Ambergris Caye didn’t even have a paved road. It was all dirt and gravel and even today a lot of the roads are still like that.

There isn’t much of a night life compared to other places like Cancun or Bahamas. But being able to wake up every morning and look out our balcony and see the beautiful blue Caribbean Sea and Palm Trees along with the 85 degree weather, could make anyone happy.

Looking back on the trip, Belize is naturally beautiful, but seeing the uncivilized town of San Pedro where locals were living 10-15 people in a shack above a small fruit stand or restaurant next a a pile of rubble was a little bit of a turn off. But the locals were very friendly and always open to talk or answer your questions.

I hope you enjoy the photos from Belize.

To view more photos from Belize and to purchase them check out the link below.

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Wet and soggy in Bristol

NASCAR: Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand up to Cancer

Bristol Motor Speedway, the Worlds Fastest Half-Mile. But that was slowed for almost 5 1/2 hours after rain rolled through Thunder Valley. Matt Kenseth ended his 51 race drought with a win at Bristol.

With beautiful blue skies and warm temperatures I enjoyed covering my 5th Food City 500.

I hope you enjoy the photos.

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2015 Walleye Run

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Every year thousands of walleye make their way up the Maumee River into Lake Erie. Many of you might not know this but, a walleye is one of the most sought after game fish in North America.  Walleye, makes its annual spawning run over the flat limestone of the Maumee River. These fish spend the majority of their lives eating and growing in Lake Erie, but each year as the snow melts and the days get longer, fish pulse up the river in staggering numbers.

Fisherman flock to the banks of the Maumee River hoping to catch the prized fish. The daily limit is 4 per day per fisherman.

Over the last week I have been working on capturing images of the Walleye run. Thanks to all of the fisherman that allowed me to photograph them and special thanks to Coe McKinley to doing a little modeling work last night as we shot some portraits.

Thanks and hope you enjoy the images.

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About

Andrew Weber is a professional sports photographer based in Toledo, OH. He was a place kicker for The University of Toledo football team for four years. Andrew's primary focus is capturing important events on film. He was a staff photographer for the Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune covering a wide variety of events ranging from high school athletics and late-breaking stories to local county fairs.

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