Sports Photography at the Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival

Sports Photography at the Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival

After what was supposed to be a 45 minute drive, which turned into a 2 hour LA traffic experience (part of the not-so-unusual reality of living in Los Angeles), I arrived at Long Beach’s Dragon Boat Festival. Personally, I had never even heard of the sport until I joined my startup and my manager mentioned it. It turns out that not only does she practice it, she competes at an international level! As such, when she mentioned that she would be competing over the weekend, I felt privileged to attend the event and show my support!

As an added bonus, I was able to test my sports photography skills. Spoiler alert: I have a long road ahead of me before I can add these on my resume. That said, it was a good learning experience! A few of the things I learned: 1) Bring a telephoto zoom lens with you, 2) If possible, make use of a tripod, and 3) You have to be fast! I look forward to the next opportunity to fine-tune these skills. On the bright side, I made a friend (pictured above). I named him, Leslie.

Tell me, are you familiar with Dragon Boat racing? How are your sports photography skills? What do you think Leslie is thinking about?

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(Featured Image by: Mr. Ramdolfi)

Aquarium of the Pacific

Aquarium of the Pacific

This Memorial Day Weekend was extra special, not just because it was my first three-day weekend with the startup, but because it was my wife-elect’s birthday! Her adventure of choice: The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA.

After surprising her with birthday cake, treats, and a present, we were on our way to explore marine life. It was a gorgeous sunny day in Los Angeles with clear skies and (for once) barely any traffic. To our delight, we were at the harbor within an hour!

We also decided to take the Nikon DSLR I gave her for Christmas last year, and we couldn’t be any happier with the results! It allowed us to take some incredible shots! But it also taught us just how difficult it is to be an animal photographer: very.

By the end of the day we were exhausted, but beyond thankful for the opportunity to sea so many amazing creatures up close. We even got to pet a stingray! Yeah, pet. If you are ever in town, we highly recommend the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Tell me, have you ever been to an aquarium? What is your favorite sea creature and why? Would you like to pet a fish, or do you prefer to observe from behind a glass?

(Featured Image by: Mr. Ramdolfi)