Best of Lapinski 2014

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Well that’s it for 2014. I have a tendency after about a month to no longer like photos I have taken. This is how I hopefully continue to improve; take mistakes and build from them. I have grown an interest in photographing sunsets in 2014, so here is the one that turned out the best.

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My favorite place to travel to in Minnesota is the Lake Superior North Shore. It is the perfect place to wander around with a camera.

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I prefer it in winter. Lake Superior has a habit of icing everything up, makes things more interesting, if you can deal with the wind and sub zero temperatures.

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For the first time in quite some time I ventured to Grand Portage and eventually to Canada for no particular reason. I was happy I made the drive. What a view of the Lake.

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I kept pretty busy during the winter months. The US Pond Hockey Championships are always something I enjoy and a great excuse to pull the camera out.

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Red Bull Crashed Ice came to town, with never a dull moment. Not everyone has the luck of landing on their feet.

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While shooting Crashed Ice I was able to snag a pretty awesome shot of the Minnesota Capital Building.

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Smashing through ice with the Coast Guard we left the Duluth Harbor. It doesn’t take long to realize how big the lake is.

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I shot a lot of pretty rad cars during the year. Pirelli World Challenge was at Road America, it was some of the best racing I have ever seen.

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The Effort Racing Porsche was one of the most photogenic cars in the series. I was awesome watching it rocket out of Canada Corner.

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NASCAR Nationwide in the rain was one of the highlights of the summer. Watching them slide around Road America with rooster tails was highly entertaining.

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I was able to shoot rally a couple times as well. Watching rally cars slam through this giant puddle in Michigan was the highlight of the year.

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I went to a dirt track and was pelted with mud and rocks while taking this photo.

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When Final Bout came to Wisconsin it was a blast. Just a weekend filled with drifting and cool people; can’t really ask for a better weekend.

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This year was the first time I had witnessed NASCAR first hand, watching them test for road tracks at VIR.

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I had a thing for shooting cars through trees this year; when the Tudor United Sports Car Series came to Road America it was the perfect opportunity to continue this trend.

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Shooting the Z4 GTEs will never get old to me.

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I enjoy watching teams work on their cars during race weekends. Effort Racing was nice enough to let me poke my lens in while they prepared to go back out during a practice session.

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The sun had just decided to come out as the NASCAR Nationwide race came to a close. Brendan Gaughan was pretty pumped when he won.

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I was able to attend the MLB All-Star HomeRun Derby. It was pretty awesome.

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While taking a photo in the countryside I heard some rustling, I turned around and it got awkward.

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I visited the Carolinas. I love it down there and my favorite spot to visit is Pilot Mountain. It really is an awesome view.

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This 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Touring Berlinetta was one of the most stunning cars I have ever seen; a work of art on wheels.

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Fall soon showed up. Driving between stages at the Lake Superior Performance Rally I just had to stop and take a photo of this road.

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My friend Ryan welded some things, made for some pretty cool photos.

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Then winter was back; when snow makers blast trees all night it makes for cool photos the next day.

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Winter can make things look pretty photogenic, every time I pass this barn I take a photo of it. It looks its best during the winter months.

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Well so long 2014. It has been a good year for me; from my first Blast in February to now I have met a lot of rad people, learned a lot and seen a lot. So here’s to 2015 being better than 2014. I hope you enjoyed the photos.

Lapinski

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