The 2015 Trans-Sylvania Epic.

Looky, looky – it’s the 2015 Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic Stage Race! I can’t really think of anything better than spending a week outside, centered on riding a bicycle through the woods. It’s pretty much summer camp with all the hijinx and good people with a professional-level mountain bike race right through the middle of it. The racing was incredible in the front of the men’s and women’s fields, (with some podium switch-ups at the last stages!), and the group of U25 kids brought a crazy-good energy to the camp. No, the media team did not get a lot of sleep through the week, but we needed to make sure we got it all on camera and thrown into race reports to satiate our readers. There is lots of coverage and race reports all over the place on the interwebs, but a good place to start is the TSEpic Facebook Page.

PLEASE READ: As always, if you love a photograph, please buy it! And if you want to post to Social Media, please keep my watermark intact and link back to my site, in addition to tagging all your friends on the photos. And if you’re looking to license an image for your sponsor or company, let’s talk soon:

Here is the link to the galleries for all SEVEN STAGES (and TWO unofficial stages) – ENJOY: 2015 Trans-Sylvania Epic Print and Download Website Collection.

2015 Lu Lacka Wyco Hundo.

Ever since I heard about the Lu Lacka Wyco Hundo ride (no, that is not a wacky crazy typo), I knew it was something special. Between the feverish rush to get registered and the massive growth of the ride from 18 to 150 to 300ish people over three years, it has a reputation for being a hard 100 miles early on in the season, unless you’ve been riding through the winter <wink, wink>. It was a gorgeous and warm day, with bright sun all over the gravel roads in Northeast Pennsylvania, and to make matters better, the usual suspects from the mid-Atlantic region of cycling were present and in top form. Even some rode from Philadelphia and NYC to get to the ride (!). My only regret is not having the skills to ride a bike and take photos at the same time and experience the grind.

Here is a link to the full gallery, and feel free to post watermarked photos on social media. And if you love it and get a print, I’ll love you forever! Check them out here: 2015 Lu Lacka Wyco Hundo Print and Download Gallery.

2015 Crystal City Wednesday Night Spin Series #3.

BOOM. #3 of the Crystal City BID Wednesday Night Spins Series. Looks like fields are filling up and more people are sticking around to watch the other fields race-their-rides/ride-their-races. With goodman Bruce Buckley providing the great shots of the evening for all the fields, I took a step back to work with remotes, off-camera-flashes, and some detached lens majick-tricks. That said, this week’s collection doesn’t have everyone or all the fields pictured, as I have a future project in mind for the photos…

If you love it, please buy it, and if you share it, be sure to tag-and-like A.E.Landes Photography – I’ll love you forever. Here is the print and download site for the 2015 Crystal City Wednesday Night Spin Series #3.

2015 Crystal City Wednesday Night Spin Series #2.

And here we are again! Just from the amount of smiling (and some in-the-pain-cave) faces, there was DOUBLE the amount of riders and spectators last night at the Crystal City Wednesday Night Spin Series #2! Congrats to the night’s winners, as I think everyone received a delicious Acme Pie of their choice and some bonus date-night cash. And much respect to everyone out there – I think the crowds made everything a little bit tougher to navigate the course, but just about every race had stiff competition.

Also, with the kind people at Crystal City BID behind the fun last night, they were able to make downloads of the images FREE for non-commercial use! And if you want to share, be sure to Like-and-Tag A.E.Landes Photography over on Facebook.

Here is the link to the Crystal City Wednesday Night Spin Series #2 Print Order and Gallery.

2015 Crystal City Wednesday Night Spin Series #1.

Six more weeks of winter or whatever?! Pssshh… I think everyone on the north/east coast has been stir-crazy and trainer-tired, giving anything to get a ride in… But fret not! The good fellas and ladies at In The Crosshairs pulled together a weekly Wednesday night series in the basement level parking garage at 2345 Crystal City Drive called the Crystal City Wednesday Night Spin! Yeah – let me plug this a bit: Spectator friendly racing, beer/wine garden, pie/cookie vendor, good people, a roof over your head, riders turning themselves inside-out… AND NO SNOW. Get there next week at 6PM-ish to catch the first heats.

Here’s the link to a larger gallery, and if you love the image, I’d love you to make the purchase (there’s no watermark on purchased products)! And if you want to share, be sure to Like-and-Tag A.E.Landes Photography.

Link to the 2015 Crystal City Wednesday Night Spin Series #1 Gallery and Print Purchase Site.

Nesma and Hristo’s Wedding Gallery.

What a gorgeous post-Christmas and winter wedding day for these two – Nesma and Hristo! I have had the pleasure of knowing Nesma and her family for more than a few years, and I count myself lucky to spend their day with them, camera in hand. With a big start at Nesma’s family’s house (I really enjoy her portrait in the living room!), we headed to the ornate St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Bethlehem, PA for an afternoon ceremony. We enjoyed the waning daylight outside for a few portraits, but the real magic was at Bear Creek Mountain Resort for a longer session in view of the lit ski slopes and Christmas decorations. Hristo and Nesma braved the cold for a few shots on the industrial-looking steps right outside the reception, and I just had a great time working the camera with so many traditional dances and wedding guests celebrating this warm couple. Congrats to the new bride and groom!

Here is the link to Nesma and Hristo’s Wedding Gallery and Print Order Site.

2014 Bikeneticx Cyclocross Race.

I just couldn’t not get to this race, pretty much in my backyard in Occoquan, Virginia! The Bikeneticx Cyclocross course was fast and freaky with some rooty climbs and big open grass areas. I decided I wanted to shoot this rather than ride, and with Ty Long of No Film Photography fame covering the race, I decided to try some non-traditional capture techniques… I’ve been using this technique for a while, and I think what I enjoy most is the inability to recreate any one image or composition with similar flare and focus. They look WAY better printed than on the computer screen, as these are the types of race photos I end up printing for myself. Eventually, I will start introducing these into engagement sessions and eventually weddings, but to me, it’s pretty risky to bring a totally new look and tempo of shooting.

Here is the link to the full gallery, and I definitely appreciate any purchases you make, and please tag on shared images with the watermark – thanks! 2014 Bikeneticx Cyclocross Race Gallery and Print Order Site.

Charles’ Family Photo Session.

Who’s the big guy now?! Mr. Charles and his adoring parents spent the afternoon with me wandering about the scenic Meadowlark Gardens, in Vienna, Virginia for a family session. We struck it lucky with a warm spell, and even though we are in the late fall season, I knew that we could get brightness and warmth in the expressions and interactions, especially with the intention to use tighter compositions of the family for their holiday cards. We worked hard to get Charles smiling, but in the end, he just loved watching the camera and getting smooches from mom and dad.

2014 Destination: Taiwan.

After a year of planning out the itinerary, Nina and I (and her mum!) took the opportunity to visit our relatives on the other side of the world – seriously, it’s exactly 12 hours ahead of us. We started in the capital city of Taipei, enjoying many a good eats around the city and seeing the must-sees, including the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial, the astounding Geological Park, and various night markets for specialty food. Then we headed south to Taixi to visit with the family and see the sights of rural Taiwan – include amazing seafood, the Sun Moon Lake area, and a coffee festival (!!!) for extra points. We then ended up over in the Hualien area and experienced the Taroko Gorge. AMAZING. Big clouds and fog added to the diving valleys and soaring mountains, and is definitely a place to experience firsthand. The trip was an amazing two weeks of easy travel and good times, and Taiwan should be on the list for anyone looking to experience Asia.