Smokin’ 4th of July BBQ Recipe

It’s almost that time again. One of the best things at this time of the year is the ability to take great picture outdoors because of the great weather. Even though it’s been uncharacteristically hot (though weather has been weird in general), it’s been great for taking pictures and of course… making BBQ.

Here is a great recipe that I’ve found through the Internet (source:

Nothing says BBQ like finger lickin’ chicken!

10 Pounds Quartered Chicken (thawed) roughly 3 whole chickens.
2 cups Hickory chips (soaked for approx. 30 minutes prior to grilling)


  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup or honey
  • 1 jalapeno sliced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon crushed black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

Mix all the above ingredients in a plastic container, seal and let sit in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before cooking. Make sure the brown sugar is completely dissolved by stirring with a whisk or a fork. Using a basting brush or BBQ mop apply every 10 minutes generously to the chicken as it grills.


  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/8 cup chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Mix all above ingredients together in a bowl and rub all over chicken, ensuring all peices are coated evenly.


  • 3 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon crushed black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Mix all ingredients in a pot and stir, cook over medium heart, stirring occasionally until light boil. Turn temperature to low and let cook for approx. 10 more minutes. Make sure you stir frequently to unsure sugar does not burn. Remove from heat and let cool.

Apply dry rub to chicken prior to cooking. Drain wood chips and apply over charcoal when ready to grill. If using a gas grill drain the wood chips and put in aluminum foil and wrap tightly, poke holes in the top of the foil to let smoke escape and put over hot spot in the grill.

Cook chicken over medium heat on gas grill or away from coals in charcoal grill. Apply mop sauce approx. every ten minutes during cooking. When chicken is 90% of the way cooked apply BBQ sauce with basting brush or mop and turn temperature to low and let finish cooking.

Remove from heat and reapply BBQ sauce as needed. This recipe is a guaranteed winner at any backyard BBQ, block party or anything in between!!


5 Action Sports Photography Tips


Taking photographs of sports events is always a challenge due to the action that happens during the game or competition – that is why sports photographers are always deemed to be on-the-go and always prepared.

Due to the work it demands, not everyone who aspires to be a professional photographer, like the guys at 2Bridges, can also consider specializing in sports. However, for those who are qualified, here are some sports photography tips that might come in handy:

Tip No. 1: Never get Caught up in the Game!

The first rule in sports photography is never be caught up in the game. As a photographer, one is not in the event to watch or to root for his favorite team – instead, he is there on duty and is expected to get winning shots.


The consequences are the same anyway, one team loses and the other one wins but what’s important is that the photographer got to capture those highlighted moments in the game. Another basic rule is to actually know the game one is covering.

When one understands what is going on with the game and is actually recognizable of the players in it, it will be much easier to take shots because there will no longer be the adjustment period and therefore, there are more photographic opportunities.

Tip No. 2: Use High ISO

One of the technical rules in sports photography tips is to use high ISO. The logic behind this is to let the photographer shoot at a higher shutter speed and therefore have a greater chance in taking the perfect shot. Most professional sports photographers use 1/1000 of a second as their shutter speed to be able to stop motion.

By using a high ISO, not only is the shutter speed adjusted but it also simultaneously allows the camera to absorb more light, which is also a significant element in all type of photos. Furthermore, using flash is not encouraged in sports photography and can only be used if needed. Most sports events do not allow flash photography as this can cause distraction to players – and also cause distress to their coaches. However, sports such as basketball and other indoor sports are exempted from the rule but on-camera flashes are still prohibited. To be certain about the rules on flashes, it is best to approach the coach or the management before shooting a sports event.

Tip No.3: Use Telephoto Lenses

Not all camera lenses are appropriate for sports photography. A photographer necessarily uses telephoto lenses because in sports photos, it is usually required that the subject fills the frame and one cannot do that if he is shooting from a distance. For big sports events such as those in a national setting, a 400 mm or 500 mm telephoto is used as the standard.

telephoto lens

A 200 mm or a 300 mm lens will be acceptable for smaller venues because the photographer has better access to the game. Additionally, when shooting sports, one could leave the tripod at the studio for it has no use in such event. Using a tripod will restrict a photographer’s movement and will end up producing lame and stiff shots – a big No-No in sports photography.

Tip No.4: Never Disregard the Surroundings of the Game

Another tip is to never disregard the surroundings of the game. It could either be a stadium or a football field or even a bleacher full of cheering fans – it doesn’t matter as long as they are material to the game itself. When a photographer includes the surroundings, it helps capture the actual spirit of the game without solely focusing on the sports event itself. And lastly, the most simple among the basic sports photography tips is to never forget to include the ball or the instrument used in the game as this is a compositional element. It could add more emphasis on the sports itself.

 Tip No. 5: Have passion for both sports and photography!

The key in achieving superb sports images, just like in any photographs, is to actually have the passion for the subject that one is focusing on. If the photographer is not a sports-enthusiast, the chances are he won’t be able to deliver good photos. In considering sports photography as either a career or hobby, it is best to be passionate for both sports and photography.