Travel

ADIDAS ALL STAR WEEKEND TORONTO

Two weeks ago, I flew out to Toronto, ON for adidas to cover the NBA All Star Weekend 2016.  It was a busy weekend, but it was great shooting along side the adidas photo crew (Kelly Kline, Emily Ramiser, Michel Leroy and Ned Dishman) for a second year.  Last year's all star weekend in NYC saw record low temperatures and this year was no different.  Saturday brought the coldest weather of the year in Canada, with temperatures falling to -11°F.  It was pretty intense (I couldn't feel my legs or my feet when I was outside), but luckily most of our assignments this year were indoors.  

The adidas Vault

Houston Rocket's James Harden surprises a group of local high schoolers at the adidas product vault. 

Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors signs jerseys at the adidas flagship store in downtown Toronto. 

New adidas Xeno Borealis on display at the adidas Vault

Minnesota Timber Wolves Anthony Wiggins at the Dufferin Clarke Community Centre

The biggest adidas event of the weekend, by far, was the Andrew Wiggins appearance at the Dufferin Clark Community Centre in his home town of Thornhill, ON.  Wiggins, '14-'15 Rookie of the Year, treated teens of Thornhill to a newly renovated youth center, new gym equipment, and shared stories about his days getting up endless shots in his home gym. It was a crazy afternoon, and we worked hard to knock out our shot list and cover every angle of the event.  Adidas just released a great video of the day, and I even make a small appearance at the :24 mark :) 

Andrew Wiggins signs his newly unveiled logo at the Dufferin Clark Community Centre gym

Andrew Wiggins taking media questions at the Dufferin Clark Community Centre gym

It's always great shooting for adidas and I'm already looking forward to 2017 All Star (with hopefully warmer weather) in Charlotte next year.  More to come!

Back to The Springs

Some new images from my most recent trip out to Colorado Springs

Rain over The Springs. This is the view from the Will Rodgers Shrine of The Sun, located right above the Cheyanne Mountain Zoo. 

Rays through the clouds at Red Rocks Park

 Pikes Peak National Forest from the Crystal Creek Resevoir

Pikes Peak National Forest from the Crystal Creek Resevoir

 From the summit of Pikes Peak with an elevation of 14,110ft. 

From the summit of Pikes Peak with an elevation of 14,110ft. 

From a breathtaking drive up Pikes Peak

From the summit

The Springs pt. II

A visit to Colorado Springs isn't complete without a visit to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the only mountainside zoo in the U.S.  At 6,800 feet above sea level, it's bit of a hike but definitely worth it. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is also home to the largest giraffe herd in the country (18)! Pay a couple bucks for a handful of lettuce and watch about 3-4 giraffes get suddenly very interested in what you have to say :)

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The trip ended with a hike near Helen Hunt Falls with some more crazy, fast changing weather, and some great late-afternoon views of downtown Colorado Springs.  

(Thanks to Madison for the photos of yours truly!)