So....I won't update today saying I have been so busy and felt too overwhelmed with all I could write, so instead, I just decided to avoid writing altogether. You didn't just read that, ok?
I'll try and make this one short 'cause I know you're busy too. :-)
My Belgian friend Kris Claeye has been nagging me to come to Belgium for over a year. He finally wore me down so I booked a flight and off I went for a week December 17th. I crammed as much as I could in the time I was there. Home base was Brussels. I spent 6 hours walking around Brussels on one day. I shopped, drank expresso at cozy little cafes
It's a trip I will not forget
|Wouldn't she rather be baking Christmas cookies?|
Just how popular is it?
If you ask anyone here in the US on the street what cyclocross is, they would look at you like your from another planet. But over in Belgium, it's a whole different ball of wax. A waiter at my hotel in Brussels who was Moroccan no less, knew exactly what I meant when I said " I'm here to shoot pictures at 2 cyclocross events." "Namur?" He asked. "Oui!!" I said.
I am ever so grateful for my amazing host who scooped me up the night I arrived and brought me to the Christmas Market with his family in Brussels, took a day off from work to drag the wide eyed American girl thru the streets of Ghent and Brouge, Punched up my skills for tack sharp shooting in less than idea lighting conditions and has made me very thoughtful of what I will post for images now that my standards are even higher in post production.
Thrown into a foreign environment knowing I only had 2 days to shoot pictures in a place I may never visit again, I did a mini freakout on the first day. I let the elements, the conditions the spectators were given to navigate through and around coupled with the lack in control of where I wanted to shoot, get the best of me.
|Spectator walk thru|
|My boots after day one.|
|Big Burly Belgian Men Example|
Next up: Boulder Colorado for Cyclocross Nationals this weekend. I am very excited! It was a last minute trip and one that I couldn't pass up. I am grateful to Vinu Malik the founder of FuelBelt who graciously helped me make the trip worth while.
Thanks for checking in!