Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Glamour Shots I

 A kiss for someone special!
Chrisite, Black & White
Make-up by Tony Acevedo
Some of the ladies I work with and I decided to do a photo shoot together. The idea, a glamour shoot. Get some models, have their make-up and hair done. What could be better? This is not my favorite type of photography but it is good to try new things . Who wouldn't want to be inside with pretty girls on a cold winters night? What do you think? Should I keep trying or stick with what I normally do? My thanks to Christie for her patience with us. She is a beautiful young woman and a great photographer also!

Glamour Shots II

Make-up by Tony Acevedo
My thanks to Amanda for coming to our little glamour shoot. She is a beautiful young woman and a good sport. She put up with a lot from all of us. My thanks to Crystal and Lisa for the idea, the pretty friends, and help. Lets do it again.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Halloween Costume

When you say or do something silly your friends and co-workers go to great lengths to make sure you don't forget it. It gets worse if there is a camera close at hand. On Halloween, however, if one is willing to let loose and be creative, we can be a source of joy and laughter. We usually dress up for Halloween at work. This year I was the old man from the movie UP. I don't look so bad with gray hair. My hope is to keep my hair even if it is gray.

To Funny Not To Share

Somethings are just to funny not to share. Like this picture taken by my co-worker Crystal. If you know me at all this picture is really funny. Besides being a Nikon guy, the other thing that makes this funny is that it was shot with the camera on her phone, not a Canon. This tomb stone was a part of the decorations out side of the store I work at. There were other cleaver sayings, but this one gave me a photo op I could not pass up. Thank you Crystal for your help.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Out Late

 Reflection from the evaporating ponds.
 Looking towards Grantsville.
 How do you light this thing?
 Spinning fire!
Morton salt plant, outside of Grantsville, Utah.
These pictures were shot with a Pentax MX1. An awesome point and shoot camera, with some incredible manual controls. I am very impressed. I am usually annoyed with point and shoot camera and there manual settings, they just can not do what an dslr can do. The Pentax MX1 is easy to adjust with a large aperture and good shutter speeds. It also has a HDR mode with three level of adjustments. If your looking for a new camera, give it a try.

Monday, September 9, 2013

State Fair Entries

 Entered under the category of "Humor".
Received an honorable mention for this one.
 Entered under the category "Utah State Fair".
Received a first place ribbon for this one.
Entered under the category "Sports".
Received a second place ribbon for this one.

If you get the chance to visit the Utah State Fair this year, look of these photo. For the first time ever, I have entered the State Fair. There are lots of great entries and fun pictures. Go check it out!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Wheeler Farms

Wheeler Farms is a beautiful place and I want to go again. I did not have a enough time during my visit. Here are a few shots that I captured while I was there.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Amusement Park At Night

 The Ferris Wheel, the Parachute (in movement), the Drag Strip and the Catapult rides are all at the north end of the amusement park.
 The next two pictures are of a new ride called Air Race. When I first saw it all I could think about was how awesome it would look at night as a long exposure shot. I scouted a few areas while my family was in line for a ride.
 Air Race, behind the control tower.
 I have giving up riding most of the rides. This one makes me sick just looking at it!
 Rock-O-Plane, before the spin!


 These three are of a rather exhilarating ride call the Sky Coaster. The top photo is of three young ladies whom I know. The pop up flash on the camera  was used to help stop their movement and emulate them. I was pleasantly surprised that I could time it so well. The bottom right picture helps show the scale of the ride. You get a four to five second free fall before swinging like Super Man through the air. I had more fun capturing pictures than I did riding rides. Crazy I know.

Monday, July 29, 2013

A Little HDR

The following pictures were taken with a Pentax MX-1. It is a retro looking digital point and shoot camera, at first glance I was not impressed with it. It is very different from what I typically use and I was more critical about it the first time I looked it over. Now, after having shot with it for a few hours, I find it to be a very good camera with some great features. Its not an DSLR but you can do some manual exposures as well as use all the easy auto features. In camera HDR (High Dynamic Range) was one feature I enjoyed and was impressed with. Here are seven pictures taken in HDR with only the text added. Let me know what you think.
 Shelter from the storm.
 White Rock Bay on Antelope Island.
 The marina at Antelope Island. Horizontal
The marina at Antelope Island. Vertical
 Looking West from the marina, Antelope Island.
 Sunset power.
Charged sky.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Long Exposures With Fireworks

Homage to "Charlie's Angels"

Freeze! Don't move.
Red flame
I didn't go to any firework shows this year for the fourth of July. I wish I had. I mentioned that to someone and before you know it I was called and invited to watch the display they were putting on. No great big bangs or displays but still lots of fun. Great fireworks shots don't have to be the big air displays, the local or at home in the street fireworks can provide an opportunity to capture some awesome family memories. Just turn on the creative side of the brain. I hope to get more as we celebrate pioneer days soon. I realize the last photo is not done with fireworks but when they ended we didn't want to stop. Thanks neighbors.

What Goes Bump In The Night?

Long exposures can be so much fun. I have a great time with my children and their friends, creating photos with lights and our imagination.  The kids often think of things to add of try. Some are successful others just don't work out. Adding the wings and creative lighting, create a spooky feel to these shots. This was a great success and came from an off hand comment about costumes. Thanks guys, be careful of the things that go bump in the night! Are the they angelic or devilish?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Water Halos

A different take on the water balloon idea. The angle of impact is from the back to give a "water halo" to the subject. As you can see the water was a little cold! You should give it a try with family or friends. I'm on the look out for my next victim, I mean subject.