Day 2 at Shell Ecomarathon

Friday morning we woke to high winds that forced Shell Ecomarathon to cancel all testing on the outdoor track through downtown Detroit. The Cedarville team worked hard all morning & afternoon to get their super mileage vehicles ready & pass safety inspections.

Though Cedarville’s Gold Lightning II was the only vehicle that passed all the inspections & was able to get on the indoor test track and get several test runs, both Sting & Urbie passed several inspection points. With some additional work in the evening, both vehicles should pass the rest of their inspections Saturday morning and be able to get on the outdoor track along with Cedarville’s GLII.

Day 1 at Shell Ecomarathon

Day one brought a long day but we arrived in Detroit at the Cobo Center for the Shell Ecomarathon late in the afternoon.

After unloading the 3 vehicles from the trailer to the team’s paddock we headed to dinner. After dinner, the students were required to watch a Shell safety video. Everyone gathered back at the team paddock for a quick team picture & a meeting. Minutes after the meeting, everyone went to their task to complete what was needed. Saturday morning was going to come quickly and the 3 vehicles needed to be ready to pass all 10 Shell inspections before the vehicles can get out on the track for testing. There are only limited times throughout the day on Friday that the vehicles will be permitted to be on the track for testing.

CU’s Supermileage team goes to Detroit

It was a snowy Monday drive up to Detroit with the Cedarville Engineering Supermileage team. But it was a problem-free trip and we arrived safely at the Detroit Cobo Center, where Urbie was moved into the display hall. Yes, his name is a play on Herbie the Love Bug from the old Disney movies.
The team worked on the vehicle at the Shell booth in the lower level of the convention center, while Press Week at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), also known as the Detroit Auto Show, took place on the upper levels.

Later in the afternoon, we all went to the hotel downtown, then went to dinner. We watched the first half of the College Football Playoffs championship game, Ohio State vs Oregon, at the restaurant and then headed back to the hotel. I watched the rest of the game in the hotel room with a Michigan fan. Great game!

In the morning after breakfast, the team and I took the RTA (train) to the Cobo. While the team worked on a few more details to get the vehicle ready, I walked around the NAIAS show to look at new cars. I was amazed at all the media. Since it was press week at the show, many were reporting on specific vehicles while the manufacturers unveiled their 2015 creations. It was quite a spectacle. It was not very crowded and I could walk right up to the vehicles and take all the pictures I wanted.

I returned to the Shell booth and team was instructed how the afternoon would unfold. Not until after the event did I realize how big of a deal this was having the university engineering team at the Shell Eco-marathon booth.
The governor and lieutenant governor of Michigan also came by the booth to talk to the CU team and look at Urbie, as well as Shell-sponsored IndyCar driver Will Power, who is the current IndyCar Race Series champion.

The media frenzy kicked in when the Shell-sponsored NASCAR drivers Joey Logano and Brad Keslowski visited the booth and talked with Cedarville faculty and students. I enjoyed taking pictures of Logano and Keslowski as they took a genuine interest in the vehicle and asked the team details about the car.

As part of the Shell Eco-marathon promotion, Logano & Keslowski “raced” Urbie and Shell’s own Urban Concept car on the track next to the booth. The noise level pumped up quite a bit as the NASCAR drivers took off, even though the vehicles were not going very fast. The Shell rep’s had a press conference with Logano & Keslowski. Logano stayed awhile after the event and took each member of the CU team several laps in the Shell concept car. What a great memory for everyone.

A walk around the Detroit Auto Show …

After a long day, we packed up Urbie and headed back to Cedarville. We arrived on campus super late, or super early, depending on how you look at it (early in the morning that is). We were exhausted but satisfied at how things went and how much positive exposure Cedarville received.

A short trip to NYC

It’s kind of hard to go to NYC as a photographer if you’re not going to spend a few days there walking around to the sights and taking pictures.

I had a great 38 hours in NYC but I was not there to see the sights! I went to NYC to meet up with a group of Cedarville University students doing ministry on their spring break. We spent most of our time following Google Maps walking blocks, in a NYC Subway going from one borough to another catching up with the CU team. It was cold and it rained or snowed throughout most of the time we were there.

I did not want to be that kind of photographer that would run & gun for an image. When I did see an image, I did not have a whole lot of time to compose and take the shot! I’m not complaining, I’m just saying that I either passed up a shot and or just limited myself on what I did shoot. I’ll be honest, the weather played a part in walking past several photo ops, I just did not want to stop because it was just so cold and wet, I did not want to take off my gloves!

I’ve decided that I want to go back to NYC in the summer or at least when it’s warmer and spend a few days in the city. I do have a few shots in mind that I want to get.

Here are a few shots I came away with in my short visit to NYC.

Week 2 – PAD – Project 365

Week 2 …

Week 1 – PAD – Project 365

I’ve been shooting a photo a day but I’ve not posted any yet this year, so I have to catch up.
Here is week one of my photo a day project.

Family, farming & what it means for 2015

I’ve always appreciated farmers. I grew up around a farming area in northern Ohio and the last 20 years I’ve worked and lived in a farming community. For 2 summers during my high school years I worked picking corn in the early mornings at Sweet’s Corn farm.

Just this week after a weekend family get together, I have a renewed appreciation of farming. We went to my wife’s cousin’s house for a large family gathering. My wife’s cousin’s husband is a farmer, he raises swine. Just after Roxy and I were married in 1991, I was laid off at the photography studio I worked at in Evansville, IN. During that time I was not working over the summer, Steve employed me to work as an extra hand on the farm for a few weeks. It was hard work but I was thankful to be able to make some money!

He has quite the production, it’s very impressive. Not only does he raise swine but he also grows feed for the swine and sells it as well. He is a very busy farmer!

While at the party, I was hoping Steve would take me around the farm and show me his swine. I bring my camera along with me pretty much everywhere I go, and going to the party was no different. It was fun taking a few shots of the swine.

What does all this have to do with 2015? Good question! I’m always taking pictures. 2014 was the year of shooting with a large variety of my analog cameras and documenting it. #26cameras12months I really enjoyed shooting with film and I will continue shooting with film! Over the years I’ve shot a variety Photo A Day projects. I will again shoot a photo a day in 2015. Because of my renewed interest in farming & farmers, I also plan to work on a project called Farmers of Greene County. I thought of photographing Farmers of Cedarville but I did not want to limit it and Greene County has a fairly large farming community.

If you know of any farmers in Greene County Ohio, please contact me and give me their name and any information you have. I am thinking of documenting (photographing) 2 farmers a month.