Glitz Dolls at the Republic of Texas Rally 2016

I really appreciate the pretty young ladies from Glitz Dolls Modeling Agency to take a moment of their day to allow me to take a photo of them at the Rally.  The ladies were kind, friendly and patience as I took a few extra moments to ensure exposure in framing the models and the American flag to try to capture the essence of the moment.  The moment was briefly halted as a gentlemen that I had met early in the day ran into the frame between the ladies to be in the photo and we were all  happy to oblige.   After the shoot I thanked the ladies and continued my journey through the rally looking for moments that I felt represented the rally.

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Welcome to the ROT Rally 2016 Parade in Downtown Austin

This year at the Republic of Texas Motorcycle Parade I wanted to capture a combination of motorcycles and of the riders.  I enjoy the fact that motorcycle riders can be anyone.  One could be your doctor, a teacher, a retired Veteran, a mother, a father, a grandmother, … and the list goes on.  I enjoy the expressions on the riders faces during the parade as much as I enjoy the bikes themselves.  I tried to capture a variation of poses in the captures to provide a glimpse into the Motorcycle parade.  There are over 90 photos.  I hope you enjoy the captures.

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Artist – Makoto Endo

In the afternoon at the rally it was getting really hot outside so I headed inside the arena to cool down.  I walked through exhibits at the base of the arena and noticed a man sitting on his knees in what looked like a very painful position if you sat for too long.  He was starring ahead in a very tranquil and focused gaze.  In front of him was a long silver custom motorcycle with a back tire as wide as one of my truck tires.  The bike had the lowest seat I have seen on a bike this large where I imagine it would feel as if you would be immerse like a pilot entering a jet.

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Friends and Family Connections 1 of 4

Do you remember a time you spent with your friends or family in which you truly felt at home?  A time when other things do not take priority and you are just in that moment of togetherness.  I find it to be a special time and looking back through my life I find it was the little things (or at least I thought they were little at the time) that matter most.  As I get older I value these times and moments now more and more.

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Strength of the Heart

I happen to head downtown for the parade a little early in the evening to get parking at see how the parade was going to be set up.  There were a number of people walking and going about their day.  As I walked down Congress Avenue I happened to cross paths with two local Artists.  I wish I would have written down their names, but I gave them my card and I hope they take a moment to read this blog.  Today I discovered the gentleman’s name is John.

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Street Cowboys

I really admire the riders who have this connection with their bike as if it was another limb on their bodies.  I cannot imagine the focus and agility that is required along with the nerves of still and not to mention the premium they may have to pay for their motorcycle policy.  🙂  They are a daring and talented group which was a joy to watch.

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