Clifford Park Assault, EFTA NECS Mountain Bike Race

Bike race photos from the 2007 EFTA Clifford Park Assault NECS mountain bike race, held at Clifford Park in Biddeford, Maine and sponsored by Cape Able Bike Shop of Kennebunkport, Maine.

On June 24th, I took photos of the 2007 Clifford Park Assault EFTA (Eastern Fat Tire Association) NECS (New England Championship Series) mountain bike race. The race is held at Clifford Park in Biddeford, Maine and is hosted by the Cape Able Bike Shop in Kennebunkport, Maine.

From what I hear, the Clifford Park Assault is a pretty rugged, grueling race. I found it to be really fun to take photos since I could run around and capture different parts of the race. But it’s pretty long, so I didn’t get to shoot photos of as many laps as I did at the Rotary Park Short Track in Biddeford, last year.

Here are some photos from the race.

Elizabeth Coleman, Clifford Park Assault MTB Race by Eric Holsinger

That is Elizabeth Coleman, the 1st place rider in the Clifford Park Assault Expert Veteran Women category.


Michael Gault, Clifford Park Assault by Eric Holsinger

That is Michael Gault, the 1st place rider in the Clifford Park Assault Expert Senior I Men category. Michael was fun to shoot because he would do a little something extra each time I saw him, like that little jump on that downhill.


There are more photos available online at MaineToday.com in the Seen Photoblog called “2007 Clifford Park Assault“. Feel free to rate the photos there! 🙂

La Kermesse Festival, Biddeford, Maine

I took photos of the fireworks, the block party, the parade and the La Kermesse Festival in Biddeford, Maine.

I took photos of the fireworks, the block party, the parade and the La Kermesse Festival in Biddeford, Maine.

La Kermesse Arcade Alley, Biddeford, Maine, Photograph by Eric Holsinger

I posted a couple 500 or so photos to MaineToday.com in the Seen Photobloggers page, here: La Kermesse photos by Eric Holsinger on MaineToday.com Seen.

La Kermesse Fireworks display, photography by Eric Holsinger Cub Scouts popcorn concession stand at La Kermesse, photography by Eric Holsinger Breakdancing and hip hop at La Kermesse festival, photography by Eric Holsinger

Freestyle Motocross at Cumberland County Civic Center

On Friday night, I took my family to see Freestyle Motocross at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine.

Freestyle Motocross at Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland Maine, by Eric Holsinger

I remember that there were a lot of kids at the Freestyle Motocross show at Oxford Plains Speedway. A lot of little kids were there.

The show was pretty dramatic, as all FMX shows must be. Unfortunately, Jason Rowe hit the front of the landing ramp and was out on the floor for a while. My son was initially unaffected by it, but as time went by with the paramedics working on him and preparing him to move, he got more and more upset. When everyone cheered for Jason and he gave us some devil horns back, my son broke out in panicked tears. We’ve talked about it a lot since. He doesn’t really dig noise from crowds anyway.

So, we hope Jason is OK and I posted some photos of the crowd in the MaineToday.com Seen photoblog.

Lost Valley Snowboard and Ski Photos

I added some new Snowboarding (and Skiing) photographs from Lost Valley Ski Area.

Brandon McCleod, Lost Valley Ski Area, by Eric Holsinger

I went to Lost Valley Ski Area to see if the Mountain Dew Series would be happening. The snow was wasn’t good enough for racing today, but some guys were building up a snowboard jump when I got there. I took photos for MaineToday.com’s Seen photoblog for about three hours. I posted some of the better photos to my gallery page under “action“. All of the photos from today are posted on MaineToday.com, but the photos are only 800×600, there. The photos in my gallery are about 50% of the original size.

Some guys from Vertical Outlaws were there. I took some photos of them, from the stands, at the Boost/Rockstar Freestyle Motocross show at Oxford Plains Speedway, last year. Even though the weather was probably good enough to have the bikes out, they were hitting the slopes, today.

I also got to meet some of the guys from Team Snomad. I got some pretty cool photos of Brandon McLeod, Dustin Harley and Drew Stretton, today.

I didn’t get most of the names of the skiers and riders. If anyone wants me to put their name to their picture on MaineToday.com, just post a note below.

Marginal Way Skate Park: some Freestyle BMX and sick Aggressive Skating

I stopped at Marginal Way Skate Park in Portland, Maine tonight and got some photographs of some Freestyle BMX guys and some really exciting aggressive Rollerbladers.

I stopped at Marginal Way Skate Park in Portland, Maine tonight before getting groceries. I got some photographs of some Freestyle BMX guys and some really exciting aggressive inline skating Rollerbladers.

I posted the pics of Marginal Way Skate Park to the MaineToday.com Seen photoblog.

Here are a couple of pictures, though.

Here is Ryan Strout, who is sponsored by ECS Hardware, showing some Mute Air. Ryan was getting some big air, I just wish the camera flash had filled him in more.
Aggressive Inline Skating, Ryan Stout, Mute Air, by Eric Holsinger at Marginal Way Skate Park, Portland, Maine

And here is Kent Dyer stalled on the fence above the quarter-pipe. He did this like 5 times so I could get the shot. This one came out great.

Aggressive Inline Skating, Kent Dyer, stalled, by Eric Holsinger at Marginal Way Skate Park, Portland, Maine

You can click the images for the fullsize version.

I hear Portland may be relocating the Skate Park to a new location. Wherever it goes, I hope there are no giant highway lightpoles in the background. Arrgh!

Rotary Park Short Track

Tom Noble sponsored the Eastern Fat Tire/Maine Mountain Biking Association Rotary Park Short Track at Rotary Park in Biddeford, Maine. The race benefits the Biddeford Parks and Recreation department. I got some shots of all three races and some pre-race stuff, too.

Tom Noble sponsored the Eastern Fat Tire/Maine Mountain Biking Association Rotary Park Short Track at Rotary Park in Biddeford, Maine. The race benefits the Biddeford Parks and Recreation department. I got some shots of all three races and some pre-race stuff, too.

I posted most of the pics to MaineToday.com in the Seen section. You can go to the Rotary Park Short Track gallery.

I worked the area in the woods in an attempt to get interesting shots of the riders coming downhill. The downhill brought them to a tight, 90-degree turn where they lost all of their momentum.

Bradford Perley, Rotary Park Short Track by Eric Holsinger

That is Bradford Perley of Kennebunk. In that shot, I was shooting with my Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 EX ASP lens, trying to get that “magazine cover” type shots with enough space around the rider for some type.

Here is another photo of Jeffrey Dixon of Windham. I was crouched in a pile of brush on a technical section of the track.

Jeffrey Dixon, Rotary Park Short Track by Eric Holsinger

I shot that with my Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG AF. I had to shoot at ISO 800 to get the shot, but my shutter speed could be lower because the action wasn’t as fast here.

N.E.F.L. Southern Maine Raging Bulls vs North Shore Generals

My first N.E.F.L. game, Southern Maine Raging Bulls vs. North Shore Generals went well, but the photography was only so-so under the stadium lighting with a short telephoto lens.

The N.E.F.L. Southern Maine Raging Bulls played the North Shore Generals at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland, Maine, tonight. The Bulls pulled out a win.

I experienced the frustration of shooting sports under outdoors lighting at night. I was using my Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, which is pretty fast and gives me good quality. But the lights just weren’t bright enough, even at ISO 1600. A monopod may have helped.

N.E.F.L. Southern Maine Raging Bulls vs North Shore Generals

The AI Servo was having trouble tracking the action with such a short telephoto. I really needed, like, a 300mm zoom. Something with image stablilization, too. I could have really used a couple extra f-stops.

N.E.F.L. Southern Maine Raging Bulls vs North Shore Generals

I got some fair photographs from the game tonight. I uploaded them to MaineToday.com at http://seen.mainetoday.com/album.html?alb=858. I think I could have done a lot more with some more light. Maybe earlier in the season, when the sun was up longer. Otherwise, I need a longer lens with image stabilization.

Freestyle Motocross at Oxford Plains Speedway

I shot photos at the Boost/Rockstar Freestyle Motocross competition at Oxford Plains Speedway, including Skydive New England and Vertical Outlaws.

Rock Solid, Freestyle Motocross at Oxford Plains Speedway

I went to Oxford Plains Speedway, in Oxford, Maine, to see the Boost/Rockstar Freestyle Motocross expo which was sponsored by Ken’s Yamaha. I took my camera and shot a lot of photos of people in the crowd for the MaineToday.com Seen blog. I spent a lot of time talking to people and taking their photos. It was a lot of fun and I got to talk to a lot of nice people.

The show was great. It started with Skydive New England making a pretty big entrance by skydiving into the stadium with the Metal Mulisha. The Mulisha opted to land on the grassy infield, while the Skydive NE folks landed right on the paved track. Wow.

Skydive New England at Oxford Plains Speedway Skydive New England at Oxford Plains Speedway The Crowd watches Skydive New England at Oxford Plains Speedway
The guys from Vertical Outlaws, a profesional streetbike freestyle team from Southern Maine, did a cool streetbike demo. From my vantage point, photos were difficult. I had to shoot through the fence around the track and opted to just watch the show.

Vertical Outlaws at Oxford Plains Speedway Vertical Outlaws at Oxford Plains Speedway Vertical Outaws at Oxford Plains Speedway
The Freestyle Motocross was great. The tricks were awesome: Hart Attacks, Lazy Boy’s, Cliff Hangers, Rock Solid, inverted nac nac’s. Just crazy stuff. The step-up competition was a downer. The landing was pretty harsh, so after a bunch of tries, the riders agreed to split the prize money. Not very exciting, but I wouldn’t want to see anyone ruin their career or get an unnecessary injury over $1k.

Jim McNeil Hart Attack, Freestyle Motocross at Oxford Plains Speedway step up competition at Oxford Plains Speedway