Behind-the-Camera of Photojournalist Nic Coury in Monterey County, California.

October 24, 2011

RIP Marco...

Sunday was a terrible day for motorcycle racing.

Italian superstar Marco Simoncelli died after injured he sustained in a freak accident following a hard crash on the second lap of the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang. I was watching it live at 1am California time and the red flag went out right away. It was a bad scene. The race was cancelled about an hour later. Marco was 24.

I didn't personally know Marco as well as some of my colleagues who spend the entire year shooting moto racing, but he was one of my favorite riders. He was aggressive and just plain passionate about racing. More importantly, he was a super nice guy and was always smiling. I met him in 2010 at Laguna Seca while he was signing autographs for fans. He nodded at my colorful shoes, thinking they were cool.

Marco, a 250cc World Champion, was known as SuperSic to fans all over was super fast. He had taken second the weekend before Malaysia and was touted to chase the World Championship next year on the Honda, but he went out doing what he really enjoyed. Moto racing is a very dangerous sport, but he rode with a pure enjoyment of the sport.

Marco went out doing what he loved to do and that's all one can ask for really.

Speed on Marco.

October 6, 2011

Jessica and Patrick Wedding in Soquel.

Jessica and Patrick.

It's always nice when you just nail a photoshoot, especially when it's something like a friend's wedding that you're shooting for them. This was that.

On October 1, I had the pleasure of photographing my friend Jessica's wedding to Patrick at Bargetto Winery in Soquel. It was fun: the weather was great and it was a nice, small wedding of about 100 people.

Even though I brought too much stuff, I shot a majority of it on a 35mm f/1.4 and a 85 f/1.4, which are easily two fantastic lenses from Nikon and my 300 f/2.8 for the ceremony and tight shots. Good equipment makes life easy.

Here's a few of my favorites.