For the second year in a row I was able to attend Living Legends 8 at CPX Sports in Joliet, IL. My favorite quote about Joliet is by my friend Stephanie, "The only thing in Joliet is a prison, dude." That's fairly accurate but Joliet does at least have two things going for it: CPX, which is an amazing paintball venue in itself, and Living Legends which happens yearly in the month of May. If you play paintball and have never been then I have to ask what you're doing with your life, because this is a "must attend" event that should be on your bucket list. It's been a week since the event and already I'm getting excited for Living Legends 9. Over 2,000 players call CPX their home field for the weekend making for one of the best scenario games in the US. The biggest argument I hear is that D-Day is a better game but the reason I like Living Legends is there's so much history walking around from the players' markers to the people themselves and it's such a diverse crowd. Speedball players who like a faster paced game will join along with players that prefer the woods and take the scenario bit a little more seriously.
We were very, very lucky with the weather outlook. Early forecasts predicted rain, rain, thunderstorms, and more rain throughout the weekend. We were greeted with early AM showers but it all cleared up around 11:30 am and the sun broke through the clouds on both days. High winds came on Sunday but the event is so well ran and organized that they were able to finish the Final Battle without a hitch, avoiding the predicted storm. There's always little things I can nitpick about but overall, Living Legends is a fantastic event and I have nothing but positive things to say about it. If you haven't been, then go! And if you've never played paintball, then go!
For my actual travels, I left Minnesota with two friends at 2:00 in the morning and made the 6 hour trek so that we could join PbNation and the Mod staff at Paintball Explosion for PbNation Day.
Some Saturday photos from the event to follow. None from Friday, unfortunately. Spent the whole day playing!
I also had the opportunity to use a tilt-shift lens. The lens gives me the ability to control my depth of field and the focus point on my subject. Because of the way it functions, it's a must have for architectural photographers because it allows the photographer to manipulate the lens and eliminate converging lines, making them appear straight and flat. One of my favorite photographers and a master with his tilt-shift work is Vincent Laforet, if you'd like something interesting to watch or look at, type "Vincent Laforet Tilt Shift" into YouTube and you'll be able to see what he's able to do.
Last year they had a lift that I was able to use which was one of the reasons why I wanted to use a T/S lens this weekend, the higher you are the better the image looks. Unfortunately this year, they didn't have it so I had to make do with climbing on top of trailers and in buildings. Wish it could be higher but I had to make do with what I was able to use.
Kind of a short and rushed post. I'm heading to Cleveland next week for NXL Cleveland so I'm still pretty busy. June should be a little calmer for me, although I'm still working on some video projects that will be coming out shortly. I have a full set on my Facebook page so if you want to see the rest then check that out. See you then!
Canon 1D Mark IV