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  • Jun10

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    Early June brought some great weather . . . and a great weekend for a triathlon. I was once again part of a team of photographers capturing the event in the bluffs of Winona for Lifetime Fitness. This was a typical event in that I got little sleep, felt unorganized as I jumped around the course, and ended each day feeling mentally and physically exhausted. Yet these events are so much fun to capture and it’s hard to complain when you see what the athletes go through before crossing the finish line. This particular event had three individual events spanning two days, which included a kids tri, a grueling uphill bike time trial, and a regular tri. What a blast to see the kids giving it all they had and still having the energy to dance around afterwards – I bet the adult athletes wish they had half of that energy! I focused mainly on the bike portion of the races, finding spots along the course with interesting views. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the weekend.

  • Jan21

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    Widow Might

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    Here’s is the video I shot and edited documenting our day blessing the women of Widow Might. This was one of three locations the Minneapolis Help-Portrait Team worked with this year and I was honored to be a part of it all.

  • Nov2

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    December is approaching quickly, and that means it’s nearly time for Help-Portrait. Each year this movement continues to grow, and so does the need for donations. Your money goes directly to our cause, and is used to provide photo prints, frames and CDs to those in need. Take a sec to check out the link below and if you’d like to help with a few bucks, that would be awesome!

  • Nov21

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    This will be my third year volunteering for the local Help-Portrait event. Not surprisingly, this event has grown each year and we are able to bless more and more people in need. With a talented pool of photographers, assistants, hair & makeup artists and many others, we are able to create professional portraits for hundreds of people who wouldn’t otherwise have this opportunity. But even with our talents and time, these events simply cannot happen without donations to cover the costs of printing, paper, CDs, and frames.

    If you have a little to spare, we would greatly appreciate your help: donate to the Minneapolis Help-Portrait event. The money donated using this link goes directly to help cover the costs at the event that I and others in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area are hosting. Thank you!


  • Oct3

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    I decided to bring my GoPro along to the Fuel Your Fight Fall Fundraiser to capture the afternoon via time-lapse photography. While I was busy snapping regular photos of the event, the GoPro was hard at work snapping around 4500 photos behind the scenes – so check out the video below to see the results. Fuel Your Fight is a great foundation that helps support local individuals who are fighting to defeat cancer. Check out their website and think strongly about supporting them – they are doing great work!

    Fuel Your Fight – Fall Fundraiser from John Pischke on Vimeo.

  • Aug26

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    Shooting sporting events is never easy, but they are always fun and rewarding.  A 7:30am race start time meant my job started at 5am, but it was an amazing day of trying to capture the determination of the racers and the spirit of the event.  Overcast skies created great lighting for us and we had just a few sprinkles to deal with towards the end, which wasn’t a problem.  I was able to shoot from one of the rescue boats for a while, which gave me a point of view few others could get.  Beyond that, I was able to run into a few friends and witness the aftermath of a marriage proposal – to which the answer was “yes.”  Each finisher received a medal which could be engraved on-site with their time – great idea.  Top three winners in each age group received custom pottery awards and the top overall Olympic-course male and female finishers walked away (rode away?) with new bikes – and, of course, well-deserved bragging rights.  It was a great, well-managed triathlon . . . enjoy the photos.

  • Jun24

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    Just got back from a rough day of shooting the Life Time Fitness Lutsen 99er mountain bike race. I shot for over 12 hours, so my feet are sore, I have bug bites and I’m sunburned – these are facts, not complaints. I have no right to complain. Not after seeing the competitors of the race at the finish line. After all, they had just biked 99 miles through some nasty terrain at Lutsen Mountain and lived to tell about it! With a 39 mile race going on simultaneously, we had our hands full getting photos out on the course and at the finish line of all 350 racers. Hats off to the winner of the 99er, Bryson Perry, who finished with a time of 5:52:44. Think about that. 99 miles on a combination of paved road, forest service road, snowmobile trail and single track trail. Then consider how much rain the North Shore had recently and how muddy the conditions would be from that. Throw in a grueling 250 foot climb to the finish line. He did that in under 6 hours. Incredible.

  • Feb3

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    In late November/early December, I posted about the upcoming Help-Portrait event on this blog and also on Facebook.  If you supported the event in any way, here’s what your support, time and money meant to the teens we helped that day in December.  This video by Ken Jones captured the day and the reason why Help-Portrait exists perfectly . . . please watch:

    HelpPortrait 2011 Minneapolis Help Squad from Ken Jones on Vimeo.