Josh Gibney Photography: Blog http://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog en-us (C) Josh Gibney Photography josh.gibney@gmail.com (Josh Gibney Photography) Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:30:00 GMT Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:30:00 GMT Spartan Race Super - Asheville - Saturday, August 6, 2016 http://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/8/6SpartanAsheville Saturday, August 6, Spartans stormed Grove Stone and Sand Company in Black Mountain, NC, just outside of Asheville for the 4th of 5 races in the NBC Spartan Race US Championship series.  This Super provided a great challenge for athletes of all abilities with butt kicking mountains, obstacles in a quarry, and stifling heat and humidity.  Hunter McIntyre was the first athlete not named Ryan Atkins to take first place in the men's championship series, while Lindsay Webster continued her dominance winning her fourth consecutive race in the series.

Check out a few of my favorite images in the slideshow below, and visit Spartan Race's Facebook Page to see a full gallery of images from the Asheville Super.



 

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josh.gibney@gmail.com (Josh Gibney Photography) Asheville NBC North Carolina OCR OCR Photography Obstacle Course Racing Spartan Race Super US Championship http://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/8/6SpartanAsheville Sat, 06 Aug 2016 17:55:00 GMT
Greg Holden - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH July 28, 2016 http://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/7/28GregHolden Greg Holden - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, N.H., July 28, 2016

Greg Holden - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH  July 28, 2016Greg Holden - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH July 28, 2016Greg Holden opens for Sarah McLachlan Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Singer/songwriter Greg Holden opened for Sarah Mclachlan Thursday night, July 28, 2016 at the Music Hall in Portsmouth (http://www.themusichall.org/).  I hadn't shot a concert in several years, and was excited to see, hear, and photograph Sarah Mclachlan again.  I was equally excited that there was an opening act, both for the opportunity to check out the angles and lighting in the theater, which I hadn't shot in in years, as well as to see and hear some new music.

Greg Holden - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH  July 28, 2016Greg Holden - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH July 28, 2016Greg Holden opens for Sarah McLachlan Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Admittedly, I hadn't heard of Greg Holden prior to this night, but after shooting this performance, and then seeing/hearing him again the following night in Hartford with my wife/step-daughter (our first concert together), I downloaded his CD and have had several songs stuck in my head.  I highly recommend giving him a listen, check out his website (http://www.gregholdenonline.com), and I hope you enjoy the images!

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josh.gibney@gmail.com (Josh Gibney Photography) Greg Holden New Hampshire Portsmouth Singer/Songwriter acoustic guitar concert concert photography guitar music photography solo http://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/7/28GregHolden Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:31:00 GMT
Sarah Mclachlan - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH - July 28, 2016 http://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/7/28SarahMclachlan Sarah Mclachlan - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH - July 28, 2016

Sarah Mclachlan - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH - July 28, 2016Sarah Mclachlan - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH - July 28, 2016Sarah Mclachlan performed her first solo show kicking off a series of intimate solo concerts Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Singer/Songwriter Sarah Mclachlan brought her intimate solo show to the Music Hall in Portsmouth, Thursday night, July 28, 2016.  Mclachlan played a full solo show for the first time in her career, entertaining guests on acoustic guitar and piano.  

Sarah Mclachlan - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH - July 28, 2016Sarah Mclachlan - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH - July 28, 2016Sarah Mclachlan performed her first solo show kicking off a series of intimate solo concerts Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire Sarah Mclachlan - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH - July 28, 2016Sarah Mclachlan - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH - July 28, 2016Sarah Mclachlan performed her first solo show kicking off a series of intimate solo concerts Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Sarah Mclachlan - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH - July 28, 2016Sarah Mclachlan - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH - July 28, 2016Sarah Mclachlan performed her first solo show kicking off a series of intimate solo concerts Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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josh.gibney@gmail.com (Josh Gibney Photography) Concert Concert photography Music Music Hall New Hampshire Piano Portsmouth Sarah Mclachlan The Music Hall acoustic guitar concert photographer guitar singer/songwriter http://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/7/28SarahMclachlan Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:39:00 GMT
Trudel Family - Monson Center - Thursday, July 28, 2016 http://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/7/28Trudel  Trudel Family Photos - Monson Center - Thursday, July 28, 2016


A couple of months ago i got an email from a good friend, Cat (Trudel) Zarbo asking if I would be able to take some fun family photos of her entire family as her brother and his family would be visiting from Colordao.  I was ecstatic to work with their family again!  I had shot Cat and her husband Andrew's wedding almost five years before and had done family photos for her brother Jeff's family a couple of times over the last 4 years.  For this project, she wanted me to get some photos of her mom with her and her two brothers and their entire families, totaling 12 people.  We chose Monson Center, which is my go-to spot here in Milford (on the Milford/Hollis line off of Federal Hill Road).  It was a warm morning, but we kept in the shade pretty well, and I had a blast working with the Trudel Family!  Enjoy the images! (slideshow below)


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josh.gibney@gmail.com (Josh Gibney Photography) Family Family Photographer Milford Milford NH Monson Center New England New Hampshire New Hampshire Family Photographer Photography Trudel Family Zarbo Family http://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/7/28Trudel Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:29:00 GMT
Spartan Race Sprint - Blue Mountain, Palmerton, PA - Week 2 - Saturday, July 23, 2016 http://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/7/23SpartanPA
Saturday, July 23, we wrapped up a two weekend, 3 day event at Blue Mountain in Palmerton, PA.  Just like the first weekend, it was hot, though not as humid as it could have been.  The heat index crept up towards 100 degrees.  It was dry and dusty, and Athletes were challenged to another butt kicker of a course.  Spartan Race Base Camp Manager Noah Howkins picked up his first victory in the race.  I put a small slideshow together of my favorite shots t the very bottom of this page. CLICK HERE to see the full promo gallery on Spartan's Facebook page.  Visit Spartan Race and find an event near you to challenge yourself!



 

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josh.gibney@gmail.com (Josh Gibney Photography) Action Photography Blue Mountain OCR Obstacle Course Racing Palmerton, PA Pennsylvania Spartan Spartan Race Spartan Sprint Sprint http://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/7/23SpartanPA Sat, 23 Jul 2016 21:01:00 GMT
Spartan Race Super and Sprint - Blue Mountain, Palmerton, PA July 16-17, 2016 http://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/7/16SpartanPA
On the weekend of July 16 and 17, Spartan Race opened up their 2 week, 3 day series at Blue Mountain in Palmerton, PA.  An event that always puts the athletes to the ultimate test, where the terrain is as much of an obstacle as the obstacles themselves.  Saturday was the 3rd of 5 races in the NBC US Championship series where the best of the best compete in a point series to earn cash prizes leading up to the World Championship in Tahoe in October.  In the Super, Ryan Atkins took home the victory with 2015 World Champ Robert Killian coming in second and Hunter McIntyre finishing third.  In the women's Race, Lindsay Webster won comfortably over Faye Stenning and Alyssa Hawley rounded out the top three.

On Sunday, Spartan Race held a Sprint on the same mountain. Check out a handful of images from each day, and check out Spartan Race's Facebook page for a full recap gallery from Saturday's Super and Sunday's Sprint


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josh.gibney@gmail.com (Josh Gibney Photography) NBC OCR OCR Photography Obstacle Course Racing Palmerton Pennsylvania Spartan Race Sprint Super US Championship http://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/7/16SpartanPA Sun, 17 Jul 2016 00:34:00 GMT
Minnesota Zoo - Sunday, June 26, 2016 http://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/6/26MinnesotaZoo Black-Tailed Prairie DogBlack-Tailed Prairie DogBlack-Tailed Prairie Dog - Minnesota Zoo
Sunday, June 26, 2016, before flying home in the evening, I made a quick trip to the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley, Minnesota.  I enjoyed this zoo in 2015 when I had more time to visit.  The snow monkeys with a baby were one of the highlights for me this time.  Overall it's a solid zoo, pretty well spread out.

Snow MonkeySnow MonkeySnow Monkey - Minnesota Zoo Ring-tailed LemurRing-tailed LemurRing-tailed Lemur-MInnesota Zoo
Canada LynxCanada LynxCanada Lynx - Minnesota Zoo

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josh.gibney@gmail.com (Josh Gibney Photography) Animal Photography Animals Apple Valley Minnesota Minnesota Zoo Zoo Zoo Photography http://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/6/26MinnesotaZoo Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:29:00 GMT
YMCA Northeast Regional Gymnastics - St. Anselm College - May 13-15 http://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/5/13YMCAGym
2016 YMCA Northeast Regional Gymnastics Championship

This past weekend I photographed the balance beam at the YMCA regionals in Manchester for Performance Photography.  It was nice having an event close to home after being away for the past 4 weekends.  It was my last event for the season.  The venue was well lit, a hockey arena on the campus of St. Anselm College.  With the D4s, it was easy to shoot at 12800 ISO, 1/1000 sec and f/2.8.  I also tried to take advantage of the American flag on the wall that lined up decently with one of the beams.
While the event spanned all levels of gymnastics, I only saved my images from the upper levels Friday night.  I've included a handful of images from Levels 9/10 and XCel Diamond/Platinum.

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josh.gibney@gmail.com (Josh Gibney Photography) Gymnastics Manchester New Hampshire Northeast Regional St. Anselm College YMCA YMCA Gymnastics http://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/5/13YMCAGym Thu, 19 May 2016 15:56:10 GMT
Spartan Race New Jersey Beast/Ultra Beast - April 30/May 1, 2016 http://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/5/jerseybeast2016 Rockin' the Fire Jump!
New Jersey Spartan Race Beast and Ultra Beast
April 30/May 1, 2016, Mountain Creek, New Jersey

This weekend marked the first two day event of the year I served as lead photographer.  The days were long and were divided between a beautiful day on Saturday and a miserable, cold, wet, muddy day on Sunday.  This was my third visit to Mountain Creek in Vernon, NJ.  It's a beautiful venue for a grueling climb up and down the mountain.  The staff did a great job this year making it one of the most challenging Spartan Race Beasts ever and for the first time, the Ultra Beast was brought to New Jersey.

Here are a handful of images from the two days.  Spartan Race Facebook has larger galleries up from each day.

Ultra Beast prize! Emerging from the "Ball Shrinker!" Testing out the new inverted ladder on the Tyrolean Traverse.

Sunday evening, as the light got low, I was able to get some fun dramatic images with a speedlight flash off to the left, especially in the dunk wall and at the fire jump:

"Emerging from the Dunk Wall" "Team JAR finishing the race over the fire jump"
Saturday, left, was a nice comfortable warm day while Sunday, right, it rained, torrential at times.
"Reaching the bell on the Tyrolean Traverse" "Muddy Barb Wire Crawl"
Sunday, I spent a good chunk of time looking for bears that were reported on the course, especially near the inverted wall.  Unfortunately, I had no luck.
"Climbing down the Inverted Wall"
This weekend I also said goodbye (for now) to my friend Dustin, who has served as a start line announcer for Spartan Race for as long as I've been shooting, and who has become one of the people I looked forward the most to seeing during our crazy adventures across the country.  Dustin, if you see this, you will be missed, but I'm proud to know you and call you a friend, and know you will be successful in anything you do. 
"Dustin rocking the mic in the festival on Saturday"

For my entire take from Saturday, check Spartan Race Facebook
and from Sunday, check Spartan Race Facebook
Here's a slideshow of some of my favorites:

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josh.gibney@gmail.com (Josh Gibney Photography) Action Beast New Jersey Photography Spartan Race Sports Ultra Beast http://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/5/jerseybeast2016 Wed, 04 May 2016 15:04:34 GMT
Day's Work: High School Basketball http://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/2/29 Hollis-Brookline's Matt Simco (13) and Windham's Cole Gill (33) fight for a rebound during Monday night's Division II game in Hollis.
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Monday night, my only assignment for the Union Leader was a regular season boy's basketball game at Hollis-Brookline High School, a medium sized school only a few miles away.  In this game, The Cavaliers of H-B hosted the Windham Jaguars and it was quite a departure from the high scoring college game I shot the evening before, which ended with a final score, in regulation, of 102-90.  On this night, Windham held a razor thin halftime lead of 13-12 (not a misprint), and ended up winning the game 37-36.  I shot only the first half of the game to get my images in by deadline so here are the handful of images I submitted.

Hollis-Brookline's Matt Simco, left, grabs a rebound from Windham's Thomas Splagounias (44) and Kyle Adamson (34) during Monday night's Division II game in Hollis.
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Hollis-Brookline's Nick Fothergill (2) lays it up and in between Windham's Marco Allanach (14) and Ben Emrick (21) during Monday night's Division II game in Hollis.
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Windham's Bobby Dickey (24) is fouled by Hollis-Brookline's Matt Simco during Monday night's Division II game in Hollis.
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Hollis-Brookline's Luther Payette (12) battles Windham's Thomas Splagounias (44) for a rebound during Monday night's Division II game in Hollis.
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josh.gibney@gmail.com (Josh Gibney Photography) Basketball High School Basketball Hollis Hollis Brookline NHIAA New Hampshire Windham http://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/2/29 Tue, 01 Mar 2016 01:56:00 GMT
Day's Work: College Basketball Playoffs http://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/2/28 Saint Anselm's Candace Andrews (12) passes the ball away from New Haven's India Dotson (21) during the fourth quarter of Sunday's NE-10 quarterfinal game in Manchester.
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Saint Anselm's Tim Guers (5) is fouled as he wrestles the ball from Saint Rose's Pharroh Gordon (3) and Micel-Ryan boyd, center, during Sunday's NE-10 quarterfinal game in Manchester.
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After a couple of down days to recover from an excellent first trip to Disney World with the family, I picked up a couple of days work at the newspaper.  On this day, I was assigned two conference quarterfinal games at St. Anselm College in Manchester (or is it Goffstown?  I can't really ever tell where I am).  I also had the opportunity to give the Nikon D750 a test since I had to send in a body to Nikon and they didn't have any D4s bodies available for loaners this time.  I have to say, it performed solidly considering the low light (I was shooting at 6400 ISO, 1/800" at f/2.8 and it did pretty well). 

in Game 1, the St. Anselm women's team dropped a 71-52 decision to the University of New Haven.  After a tightly contested first half, the Chargers pulled away in the second half to win comfortably.

Saint Anselm's Kaila Duarte (15) fights for a rebound against New Haven's Khayla Trowell (12) during the second quarter of Sunday's NE-10 quarterfinal game in Manchester.
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New Haven's Briana Bradford (22) lays it up ahead of Saint Anselm's Erin Waters (33) during the second quarter of Sunday's NE-10 quarterfinal game in Manchester.
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New Haven's Lauren Hebert (20) blocks this shot by Saint Anselm's Candace Andrews (12) during the third quarter of Sunday's NE-10 quarterfinal game in Manchester.
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Saint Anselm's Candace Andrews (12) is fouled as she lays it up past New Haven's Sianna Van Dyke (14) during the fourth quarter of Sunday's NE-10 quarterfinal game in Manchester.
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In the second game, the St. Anselm men's team defeated the College of Saint Rose in a shootout 102-90 to advance to the Northeast 10 conference semi finals.

Saint Anselm's Tim Guers (5) lays it up and in over Saint Rose's Mical-Ryan Boyd (20) during Sunday's NE-10 quarterfinal game in Manchester.
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Saint Anselm's Harrison Taggart, right, tries to get past Saint Rose's Jack Jones (50) during Sunday's NE-10 quarterfinal game in Manchester.
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More images are attached in the slideshow below.  Enjoy and thanks for looking!

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josh.gibney@gmail.com (Josh Gibney Photography) Basketball Chargers College Basketball Division 2 Hawks Manchester NCAA NCAA Basketball New Hampshire New Haven Northeast 10 Playoffs Saint Anselm Saint Anselm College Union Leader University of New Haven http://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/2/28 Mon, 29 Feb 2016 01:32:28 GMT
Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire Primary http://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/2/09 Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters after being declared the winner of the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night at Concord High School.
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Primary night is always an "all hands on deck" kind of night and I was happy to get the call to cover one of the 'Victory Parties' this go around.  I had requested Bernie Sanders, not because of my personal preferences, but because I had yet to cover him during this process.

Evan Burleigh, of Alton, waits for Bernie Sanders to arrive at his primary night headquarters at Concord High School Tuesday night.
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Access was tight and limited once we were corralled back to the media area.  A fellow photographer had left a step stool in the middle of the area, so I made use of that while she shot from a different section.  When she returned, she was happy to share it with me.  It's comforting to see photographers working together instead of against each other, and I was thankful she helped me out.  Despite being on the taller side, it would have been difficult to shoot over the supporters and their sign.  I managed to grab a handful of decent shots of the candidate from a few different angles.  My favorite being one where he paused to soak in the applause, framed by supporter signs:

Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters after being declared the winner of the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night at Concord High School.
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My single favorite image from the night was of this youngster being held up by his dad while a nearby supporter held up a "A FUTURE TO BELIEVE IN" sign.  it wasn't perfectly framed but it was the shot I wanted.

Supporters of all ages turned out to celebrate Bernie Sanders' victory in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night at Concord High School.
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here are some of my favorite shots from the evening:

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josh.gibney@gmail.com (Josh Gibney Photography) Bernie Sanders First in the Nation New Hampshire Photography Political Photography Politics Primary http://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/2/09 Wed, 10 Feb 2016 03:43:00 GMT