Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Bad Day Fishing

"A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work!", as the saying goes. The tangled line and bubble left here, make for a frustrating day fishing. I first saw the tree and branch and waited for the fisherman to float into the background to make the picture more interesting. I love to be in the outdoors. I even tried my hand at fishing. I caught two things, a sun burn and some great photos!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Green And Red Canoes

Summertime is passing by too quickly! These are just a few pictures from a day trip I took with my family. I want to go again. Image what this place would look like in the early morning hours. I will have to go by myself, the family is not willing to get up early for the drive.
More pictures of the red canoe will be posted later. I spent about 20 minutes photographing the canoe while the owner was "wooing" his date with wine and cheese! I didn't ask his permission because I didn't want to interrupt. It was just like the movies! Beautiful scenery, romance, and a canoe. To be honest, I almost started laughing when I saw the wine glasses and wine come out of the bag. I thought what next, cheese. Out it came! I am not the only one who has seen too many "chic flicks"! I do wish them luck.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Night Shots At The Amusement Park II

As you enter the amusement park you will see this water fountain. It is one of several. Kids of all ages (18 - 80 year old adults) are running through the water. Some to cool off, others to try and win a bet! As I went in I made a mental note, to stop and photograph this area before I left. It was about 10pm and the park would soon be closing and still there are people playing in the water. Who wants to grow-up? Music plays with the timing of the fountain and bursts of water. At night it is lite up. White, green, yellow, and blue lights give the viewer or participant a little show. Each picture is shot using manual mode and long exposures. Top - f/11, 2 sec., ISO 250. Middle - f/13, 4 sec., ISO 250. Bottom - f/13, 4 sec., ISO 250.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Night Shots At The Amusement Park

The box car or seats, riders loose there dinner in, can barely been seen. I had taken my big flash to use, but didn't check to see if it had batteries! I was not willing to buy them at the amusement park so I worked with what I had. Not on this photograph but others, I used the camera's flash to give me more light and a better ghostly image. It worked but I like this picture better. Nikon D200, Sigma 18-50 lens, on a tripod, 2 seconds, f/11, ISO 250.

I used the bulb setting on my camera to capture this picture. The "SKY RIDE" as it is called, had stopped. With the empty green chair sitting still I quickly captured this shot. I love the colors. The tall tower ride in the background is called the "ROCKET" and is a favorite of my children. You get to choose between a blast off or re-entry style ride. Fun if you like that kind of thing! I am more of a "SKY RIDE" person, but hate it when it suddenly stops and others try and bounce in their chairs. 0.62 seconds, f/5.6, ISO 400 with a tripod.

This is the first hill on a double loop roller coaster. After this downward twisted fall you are thrust into one loop and than another! The bravest of souls keep their hands in the air for most of the ride. Some scream, some gasp for air, others pray and hang on! What a ride! The last few years I have tried to get a photograph of this coaster with on luck. It has been to dark or rainy. I got it and I am happy with it. A little blur to show movement and speed. 1/80 of a second, f/3.5, ISO 250 with some cropping.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


This shot comes from the east bench, looking west down into the city of Kaysville. They put on a nice show. Thought it was faint, we could hear the announcer, and music from our vantage point.
I could not get my remote trigger to work so there is a little wiggle in the picture do to my heavy finger. This was the best of the bunch. I am happy with it, but glad another city would be shooting off fireworks on Monday night.
I like firework shots that have something in them besides the burst. Some of the best ones I have seen have been of the US Capital or other major landmark. Think of the New Years celebrations around the world as you watch the news coverage. The Statue Of Liberty, New York, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France or the Opera House in Sydney, Australia. They look great all lit up by pyrotechnics. I don't live close to any of those spots so I work with what I've got.

These are from Monday night. My wife and girls are in the back of the truck enjoying the view. Three to four thousand vehicles (I really don't know the amount!) parked in an old shopping plaza to jockey for the best view. One might think two hours before the event would be enough time to get a great spot. WRONG! It wasn't bad but not the best.
For these pictures I used the rear-curtain sync to illuminate the truck and the back of the girl's heads. It worked out much better than I thought it would. I even reduced the flash out put. The top picture has the firework burst very sharp and my girls slightly out of focus. The bottom picture is opposite. I think both look good, but I can do better. I have one more chance to get them both sharp on July 24th when Utah celebrates Pioneer Days.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A Few From The Parade

I like the reflection in the tuba! By the time I realized what I had in front of me it was to late to take anything but a horizontal picture. This one is cropped, but I still got it!

This guy was fun to watch. He went by and gave a high-five to those who could reach and a low-five to those who could not! I'll admit I wanted to see him fall, but he is really good at riding a tall wheel!

I have not gotten out much to shoot as of late, thus no posts. I haven't looked at all the post each of you have done either. I hope to do better. I have spoiled my children and spent my time off at the water park with them instead of taking pictures. I will need to stay out late and capture some night shots or get up early and capture the sunrise and than take them swimming! Anyone willing to get up and leave at 4:30 am with me? I'll need the company to stay awake, I'm more of a night person.