Last modified: October 31, 2013

Anna Blogs Night Cross

So I got shit yesterday from Jeff for not blogging enough.  Because apparently designing for the brand isn’t enough work to do and blogging is part of my job.  Because I’m a professional.  And professionals blog.

That said: last night was the latest in a series of night cross races that have taken south Minneapolis by storm.  Super simple formula: tens of dedicated kids meet at nine in a park, they race/spectate, and everyone’s at an after party by ten. 

Due to rain and a respect for the park system, last night started with a ride to a predetermined alternate singletrack course by the river.  I nearly rode off a bluff on my Macho King prototype trying to follow the course to the spectator position.  Forty degrees with visibility at a quarter mile.  Between the costumes and the fog, I had no idea who was there. 

Conditions were perfect.

All-City saved up its pennies, researched super hard, and got an Awesome camera for shooting action and night shots.  It’s Awesome, I’m told, because it has all these features and shit. I don’t know.  I’m not a photographer.  I grabbed it yesterday because I knew I was going to this race and I needed to write something because I don’t blog enough. 

Being a complete professional, I decided the best way to learn how to use the Awesome camera with features and shit was in the middle of the night in the woods by the river. 

I couldn’t figure out the flash.  I almost couldn’t turn it on.

This pretty much summarizes what resulted:



With exactly this many coherent shots:




So I scratched my chin, threw the Awesome camera back in its case (which Jeff proudly likes to point out we got for free), and asked the infinitely more competent Jess if she would be down with me using her images.

Much better.


Someone needs to just buy Lilah a megaphone so she can announce all races.  Seriously.







The end.

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