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Best of 2012

2012 was an interesting year for me, as you’ll see in the following selection of images. That’s it for the preface (exciting, eh?), now on to the images!

| March 16, 2012 – Sebring International Raceway – Sebring, Florida |

The IMSA GT3 Cup races were quite feisty. There were many fender benders and flat tires. But towards the end of the day’s 1st race, a flat tire led to a loss of control for Wayne Ducote and his GT3 Cup machine careened into the tire barrier directly in front of me. He walked away unhurt.

| March 30, 2012 – Harper’s Ferry Station – Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia – Multiple Exposures |

A modern scene at an old train station.

| April 17, 2012 – Hains Point Park, Washington, D.C. |

The SCA carrying the Space Shuttle Discovery along with a NASA escort flies down the Potomac River near National Airport. The Discovery was destined for the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles International Airport.

| May 11, 2012 – New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, NJ |

Automatic Racing Aston Martin Vantage takes the final corner at the Thunderbolt Raceway.

| May 30, 2012 – Skjerstadsfjord – Ljønesøya – Norway |

The view of the Norwegian fjords between Fauske and Bødø, Norway from the train. One of the most gorgeous rides on the planet. And this was just for starters…

| June 1, 2012 – Lille Molle, Lofoten, Norway from on-board the car ferry Vågan |

Our ultimate destination was a village out on the remote Lofoten Islands, but my father and I hadn’t figured out this part of the journey until we had already gotten up there. The obvious route is to take the ferry from Bødø to Moskenes. Unfortunately, this boat is almost always full with delivery trucks and we soon learned that we would not be able to use it. Luckily, I found a 2nd ferry route about half-way up the road to Narvik in the small town Skutvik. It was out of the way. It was perfect.

After stopping by the island fishing village Skrova, we made our way along the coast of the Lofoten Islands, and this is one of them. The entire chain was covered in low-hanging clouds. A veritable Middle Earth.

| June 1, 2012 – near Flakstad, Lofoten, Norway – Multiple Exposures |

| June 2, 2012 – Gimsøystraumen, Vestvågøy, Norway |

| June 4, 2012 – Overnight train between Kiruna and Stockholm, Sweden |

After an hour or two on the train to the south, the moon began to rise. I spent over an hour trying to get shots of it. This was the result.

| June 7, 2012 – Riddarholmskyrkan – Stockholm, Sweden |

| June 30, 2012 – Eldersburg, Maryland |

To get this image, I had never been in more danger in my life. This was the evening of the now-infamous ‘Derecho’ that swept across the eastern US on that day. I had gone out that evening on the idea that it was just a line of thunderstorms. But it soon turned into a bit more than that. I set up near my apartment at an overlook. That yielded a few ok shots, but as the storms intensified I became alarmed at the damage that was being done. My route home soon became blocked by numerous fallen trees, so I had to find a different way home. A few minutes later, I had to seek refuge off the main road on a boat ramp. The lightning became concentrated on a point directly in front of me, so I began taking a series of timed exposures. Voila!

| July 28, 2012 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Paris Saint-Germain – RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C. |

| September 8, 2012 – DuClaw Real Ale Festival – Bel Air, Maryland |

This is the spile in a keg of Brewer’s Art real ale.

| September 13, 2012 – Virginia International Raceway –  Alton, Virginia |

| September 14, 2012 – Oak Tree Turn – Virginia International Raceway – Alton, Virginia |

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| September 15, 2012 – Virginia International Raceway – Alton, Virginia |

| October 9, 2012 – A Tonic for the Troops collaboration brewday – Pratt St. Alehouse – Baltimore, Maryland |

Brandon from DuClaw Brewing Co. and Steve from Pratt St. enjoy the aroma from their foolhardy attempt to muddle a pound of Juniper Berries with a single Mortar and Pestle. This eventually ended up with Brandon smashing the berries with a large Ash Mallet down in the brewery. The smell was divine. The beer was exquisite.

| October 18, 2012 – Petit Le Mans – Road Atlanta – Braselton, Georgia |

| October 20, 2012 – Nissan DeltaWing – Petit Le Mans – Road Atlanta – Braselton, Georgia |

| October 20, 2012 – Petit Le Mans – Turn 10 Complex – Road Atlanta – Braselton, Georgia |

2012 ALMS Virginia International Raceway 240

Last weekend I shot the VIR 240 down in Danville (technically Alton), Virginia. I hope you enjoy these images.

 


2012 VIR 240 – Images by Daniel Putz

2012 Baltimore Grand Prix

Here is a selection of images I shot on Friday at the Baltimore Grand Prix. Access is extremely limited, so there aren’t very many!


2012 Baltimore GP – Images by Daniel Putz

Bottle Shots

…so, this past Thursday was #IPADay. As an avid Homebrewer, Craft Beer Aficionado, and owing to the fact that I hadn’t used my LumoPro strobes in a while I decided it was time to shoot a few portraits. Now, I had limited space (a small kitchen table in a small room) and limited experience shooting glass, but I think all went well. Many thanks to Daniel Berman and Bård Fleistad for a few tips on my technique. I still need some work! Enjoy!

 

This is my Beer Yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

Ibrahimovich’s Debut for Paris Saint-Germain

With my good friend Jack Megaw stuck in London for the Olympics, the privilege of shooting European football star Zlatan Ibrahimovich’s first game for his new club, Paris Saint-Germain, was acquired by yours truly. Having never been to RFK, it was certainly a special experience that I wont soon forget.

Maryland Thunder

Late evening, June 29th, 2012 saw some of the strongest thunderstorms I can recall. I count myself lucky as I was able to drive the 5 miles back to my home unscathed. But along the way were tons of trees and other debris scattered on the roads, making driving downright hazardous. The first 2 images are taken from the Soldier’s Delight outdoor recreation area, near my home. The bottom two are from the side of the road near Eldersburg, Maryland. Enjoy!

 

Norway, or should I say…Middle Earth

After a few days in Malmö and Göteborg, we headed up to Oslo to see what’s what.

This is the new Oslo city center, being constructed around the more recently renovated Sentralstasjon.

A man waves to his wife and children just before they depart for the Oslo airport aboard a Flytoget express train at the Lillestrøm station.

An NSB Lokaltog departs Oslo Sentralstasjon for the suburbs.

The Trondheim Harbor sits in relative calm on a cool spring evening.

Somewhere along the Norway-Sweden border between Trondheim and Bodø, Norway.

The last image I took on the 10 hour train ride from Trondheim to Bodø. Simply stunning.

A view from the side of the E6 between Bodø and Narvik, on our way to meet the ferry.

Our transport, Vågan for the trip across the Norwegian Sea from Skutvik to Svolvaer with an intermediate stop at Skrova, a small fishing village.

The view from Skrova northward, towards the main islands of the Lofoten archipelago.

The views don’t change much as you drive along the islands.

This was the scene when we first arrived at Nusfjord.

One of the fishing vessels moored at the docks at Nusfjord, which is still a commercial port.

Spring in Lofoten.

Between the main road, E6, and Nusfjord, there is a small road about 8km long. There is also a lake and a very large amphitheater-shaped rock. This image is not doctored in any way, the burned edges are actually the inside of the imaging circle because the lens I used was designed for cameras with a smaller imaging sensor.

Stockfish, the local delicacy, is Cod that was caught in the fall and hung up to dry during the winter. We arrived at the time of the year when they are stacked on pallets and loaded into trucks for shipment to, of all places, Italy, where the majority of the local Stockfish production is sold to Italian restaurants and hotels. It smells a bit like beef jerkey, and is actually pretty good, despite it’s unappetizing appearance.

This is the view from Nesland looking south-west. The majority of this area is a sheep-grazing pasture, but at the end of the 10km road is this quaint village. Full Cell phone coverage, too.

This is the fishing village and port of Moskenes, looking North.

The door at the right is for our Rorbu Cottage (Fisherman’s Cottage, in Norwegian). The accommodations were impeccable.

This is the LKAB dock in Narvik, a city that pretty much owes its’ existence to the Iron Ore railway from Kiruna, Sweden. The mines and the railways have been in continuous operation since 1913 and LKAB is still expanding mining operations in Sweden.

This is one of the last views of Norway we saw, before we departed Narvik for Uppsala on the overnight train. This is the lower end of Ofotfjord as seen from the train station at Straumsnes, the last station easily accessible by car in Norway The rest of the stations are very remote with access only provided by hiking trail or by railroad.

My next post will document the following week of travel and images between Narvik, Norway and Stockholm, Sweden. I can’t wait!

What a Day

An 8hr flight, preceded by a 2.5hr delay, a bit of indigestion, and mild dehydration we finally arrived at our first destination: Malmö, Sweden.

The taxi ride to the airport.

Roof Detail, Dulles International Airport.

Harry’s Taproom, Terminal B, Dulles International Airport.

Gate B43, Dulles International Airport.

Föreningsgatan, looking East.

I SEE DENMARK!

The taps at the Malmö Brygghus.

Dad and his Summer Ale in a cool glass.

The candle fixtures were ornate and the candles themselves hadn’t been changed in quite a while.

Cacao Porter. The barman even told us to wait a bit for it to warm up. And he was right, after about 2o minutes, it was spectacular.

Blog Initialization

From this point onward – for the next 3 weeks – I’m going to attempt to document my travels throughout Sweden, Norway, and Finland. As I write this, batteries are being charged, and leftover German Chocolate Cake is being consumed to give me sustenance for the long voyage ahead.

See ya at the airport!

Grand-Am New Jersey

Last weekend was my first chance to go to a Grand-Am race. After having watched this race on TV in previous years, what I was most glad about was that it wasn’t 110 degrees. The lovely weather made way for an excellent weekend of races. And even though I’m still in my infancy when it comes to motorsport images, I think I’m just beginning to understand the dynamic of a race weekend. I’m aware I have a long way to go, and I can only hope that I can cover a race in some sort of official capacity in the near future. In the mean time, I hope you enjoy these images.

The entire gallery of images can be found at this link: Grand-Am New Jersey Image Gallery