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IndyCar: Indianapolis 500

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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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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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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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.

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