June 30, 2010

A Walk Back in Time

I recently visited the Old Bethpage Village Restoration Museum located on Long Island just a short walk from our hotel. It features buildings from the 1800's that were relocated to the site from all over Long Island. It feels a lot like walking back in time as the workers there are also dressed in clothing from the time period to add to the historic atmosphere. I spent over two and a half hours exploring the grounds and shooting video which made for an enjoyable afternoon.
Above is the first part of a series of videos I am putting together from my trip there. I decided to spice it up with a little bit of voice over work that kind of makes it feel like a show you'd see on PBS. Its my first attempt at this type of a video so hopefully you still enjoy it. Oh and if your internet connection can handle it, check it out in HD.

June 28, 2010

A Trip Around Citi Field

It was a hazy day on Sunday afternoon for the game. The air was so thick you could cut it with a knife. We spent most of our time over the same spot we were at on Friday night due to air traffic. However we did get a short break where we were able to get overhead the stadium for about an inning or so. I took the opportunity for a quick video tour around Citi Field.

Mets Game Highlights

Catching up with our busy schedule, we've been in New York for a Mets home stand this past weekend as Major League Baseball wraps up interleague play. Friday night's game against the Twins gave me an opportunity to try out my new camera and shoot some video. We were about 2 miles north of the stadium the whole night due to LaGuardia Airport's traffic flow but I still was able to get some good shots. Above is a little montage of the night and is even available in HD.

June 16, 2010

Back East

Above are a few pictures from the transit we just finished back east to New York. We'll be spending the next week doing some baseball games in New York and Boston. The first couple of images are of Fermilab, a particle accelerator laboratory used for molecular experiments. Also there is a picture of Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio that I took as we passed by and a unique heart shaped pond out in rural Northwestern Ohio. Luckily we had a tailwind most of the way on the three day transit, but it still ended up being a couple of long flying days to get here.

June 9, 2010

Prelude to the Dream

As we arrived near New Weston, Ohio on Monday, the crews were already busy getting the dirt track ready for the big event tonight at Eldora Speedway. For those who aren't familiar with the yearly charity race, Nascar star Tony Stewart puts on this race each year to benefit multiple children's hopsitals. Tony and other Nascar greats such as Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch will go back to their roots and race on the dirt track for their favorite charities. Weather permitting, we'll be providing the aerial view of the track on the pay per view telecast tonight. A great event to get to be apart of. No matter who comes in first for the race, the kids are the true winners.

June 5, 2010

St Louis Fireworks Over Busch Stadium

Here is a little video montage of the fireworks display over Busch Stadium last night after the Cardinals game. It was really a cool site from the air with the Gateway Arch in the background as you can see.

Gateway to the West

I took a few pictures and some video of the arch and Busch Stadium while flying over the St Louis Cardinals game last night. The Cards ended up beating the Milwaukee Brewers 8-0. There were some thunderstorms to the north that I thought might be a factor in sending us home early, but fortunately they never made their way down. We were able to fly the entire game and even stuck around after the game for the fireworks display. There is nothing quite like watching fireworks from the blimp and having the Gateway Arch in the background made it even more picturesque. It was another great night to be flying the DirecTV Blimp!

June 4, 2010

From Philly to the Midwest

Here's a little update on what I've been up to the past week. We spent a couple of days in Philadelphia last weekend to cover the USA Soccer Team's final exhibition match before they left for South Africa. They begin playing in the World Cup Tournament there later this month. Then we began our first trip of the season to the Midwest, destination St Louis. Unfortunately we hit some weather en route and ended up having some unscheduled days off in Ohio. While in Ohio, we happened to overfly my old office in Canton that I worked in for a few years after college on our leg to Cincinnati. I also got a few hazy pictures of downtown Cincinnati as we waited for the crew to put up the mast that are pictured below.
We had some weather set backs on the way but we made it to St Louis, MO in time to fly over some Cardinals baseball games tonight and tomorrow afternoon.