Sunday, February 20, 2011

Iron City Bikes' Black and Gold Sprints at OTB

Last night I hung out at OTB on the Southside to watch Iron City Bikes' Snowed In, Return of the Yeti- Black and Gold Sprints.  Always fun to watch guys and girls try to best each other on the rollers. Since it's a bar, it's pretty dark in the back so it makes it a challenge to get great photos without using a flash.  I try not to use the flash whenever possible, I'd rather capture the natural lighting available.  So my Nikkor 85m f/1.4 and 50mm f/1.8 tend to be my go-to lenses in these situations.  Some of these came out pretty well, especially considering the riders are racing the bikes for about 8-9 seconds at a time.

Gallery from the night - http://www.jonpratt.com/2011/OTB-Black-and-Gold-Sprints-219

Some photographs from the sprints -

all hands on deck
all hands on deck

MC King Ted
 MC King Ted

determination
determination

and win
and win


video of Erok and Seth plus

Friday, February 18, 2011

BELLA Ball at OTB on the Southside

The Pittsburgh BELLAs had a little shindig to raise money for the fight against Leukemia & Lymphoma at OTB Bicycle Cafe and fun was had by all.  A little too much fun was had by yours truly.  Prizes galore, eats, beers, and lots and lots of dancing.  If you didn't go, you missed a good one.


Gallery from the night - http://www.jonpratt.com/2011/OTB-Bella-Ball-0217


Some photographs -


OTB was packed
OTB was packed

I kept my coupon because I didnt win jack  
I kept my coupon, because I didn't win jack

Sarah kept my whistle wet all night, thanks! 
Sarah kept my whistle wet all night, thanks!

Some video from the night

  

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

OTB Super Bowl XVL

A few of us watched the Super Bowl at OTB on the southside this past weekend.  Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers lost, we had a great time.  It got packed enough that Mike had to close the doors...good to see!  Afterward we walked around Carson Street, which was closed to traffic, and had a ton of cops ready for trouble.  As far as I could see, it was unnecessary....calm, cool and collected.

Gallery of photographs from the evening - http://www.jonpratt.com/2011/Super-Bowl-XLV-at-OTB-0206

Some individual shots -

OTB was packed
OTB was packed

celebration
celebration

Southside OTB was black and gold
Southside OTB was black and gold

someone lost their keys
someone lost their keys

Friday, February 4, 2011

Ride The Divide Movie, Southside Works Cinema and OTB

A few of us spent last evening hanging out at OTB on the Southside, and viewing the movie Ride The Divide.  The movie was cool, but a tad boring in places....seemed like they could have spent a little bit more effort chronicling more than 3 racers.  I was kind of puzzled that the documentary team complained that they couldn't find the riders sometimes, but they were all wearing SPOT locators that can be viewed on a map readily available online, which was seen throughout the movie when the bikers were checking on each other.   Oh well....good nonetheless, and OTB is always fun.

Gallery from the evening - http://www.jonpratt.com/2011/Ride-The-Divide-Movie-0203

Some photographs -

The group gathers at OTB for a little pre-movie dinner and drinks
The group gathers at OTB for a little pre-movie dinner and drinks

Cuing up the movie, Ride The Divide, at Pittsburghs Southside Works Cinema
Cuing up the movie, Ride The Divide, at Pittsburgh's Southside Works Cinema

Natasha and Kirk at OTB
Natasha and Kirk at OTB