Monday, August 30, 2010

Jumping The Boat's Wake

While out on a family outing, I saw this young man cruising on the lake. He was jumping the wake created by another boat. With my camera in hand, my brother-in-law at the wheel, we asked if he would be willing to jump the wake of our boat while I took pictures. He responded with a "Sure!" and pushed the throttle creating a wave and spout of water out the back of the wave runner. Throttle down and a quick turn he was headed back toward us. The first few passes didn't launch the craft very high, this was fine because I needed get the camera setting dialed in right. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to photography a moving subject, while moving up, down, and side to side yourself? Do they make Dramamine for cameras? Oh yes! Its called (VR) vibration reduction! The 55-200mm lens I was using, did not have VR! I have not used that particular lens in a long time, and forgot that it does not have VR. Work with what you have right! Time to kick up the shutter speed and spread the feet apart more and bend the knees. In the end I got a good picture, a little work out and a sunburn that only peeled a layer off of my face. D200, Nikon 55-200mm lens, f/4.5, 1/400 sec., ISO 100.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I Challenge You

I challenge you to come up with something unique, different, funny or even plain silly and photograph it 10 times. Shoot 10 different items or the same thing 10 different ways. In color or black in white, maybe some of both! October 10, 2010 is coming up, 10-10-10, do you see the theme. So I challenge you, your friends and anyone else, to post a picture(s) on their blog that is created with 10 in mind. Are you up to the challenge? Leave a comment stating you accept my challenge and I will visit your blog page on October 10, 2010 and leave a comment of my own. I have an idea already in mind! What will you do? Here is an example, I did this type of thing on 09-09-09! Click here! Don't be frightened just laugh!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Young Lady In Pink

I watched with some amazement this young lady in pink race around the track. She pushed the bike hard, hit the jump without fear and soared like a bird over them. She raced with a small group of others, all men, giving them a run for there money. If I were a betting man, I'd bet she could place in the top five or even the top three in a race. Who says a girl can't compete against a boy? Who wants to loose to a girl? Having two young girls myself, I say, YOU GO GIRL!

Rider # 105

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Racing Around The Track

Recently, I took a customer, Judy, to one of my favorite places to help her learn to use her camera in something other than auto mode. I had not been to the dirt track for a very long time and knew we could get action shots there. After a few pointers and help setting her camera up we looked for riders on two or four wheels.
Using shutter priority, continuous focus, and continuous shooting, with a finger held down on the shutter button, captures amazing results.
I realize there will be a lot of pictures to go through, many of them looking the same, but it is the best way to capture action (sports) photos.
The above picture is a good example of this. I was panning and following rider #39 while he began his turn, spitting dirt all over. I have between five and eight pictures of him as he makes this turn. I do not keep all of them. I delete pictures from the memory card(s) at home on my computer. I get a bigger screen, 19" verses 3", to make judgements calls on sharpness, composition etc..., this way I don't delete the better photo of the bunch or group. I still look at them in the field. I check the histogram, highlights and a few other things to make sure I am getting good results. This photo is the best of the series with some good timing. The two riders in the background are on a different section of the track and happen to be speeding by at the right time! We all get lucky once in awhile! You can increase that luck by having your camera set up right, keep your finger on the shutter button even if it is longer than usual, following through (pan) properly and putting yourself in the right place to capture a great picture.
I love action shots! I feel as though I am right there riding along with them.
D200, 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, f/2.8, 1/160 sec., ISO 400 with help from a mono-pod. Some edits, contrast and cropping.
Thanks for coming with me Judy, I hope you learn to love using your camera in some of its other modes and settings. Best of luck!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Colorful Sunset

Sunset captured at Bountiful Ponds. Cropped, horizon line leveled, other wise no enhancements have been done. Being at the right place at the right time with your camera equals great results, don't you agree? Its not always luck!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Red Canoe

This red canoe was a great subject to photograph. It is the perfect fit to the lake and scenery. I could have spent more time photographing it, but remember it was the vehicle for a romantic afternoon and I did not want to be in the way!
Mirror Lake is a destination place for a day trip. Pack a lunch, sun screen, a camera of course, and your fishing gear. I personal have a hard time deciding want to do, fishing or photography! This time it was photography and now I have an excuse to go again, I need to go fishing! There are several others small lakes and areas to visit near Mirror Lake. A day trip may be enough time to explore, but it provides a great diversion. There are time when you have to clear your head and reconnect with nature. Shot using a Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 lens with some editing. Cropping and or levels adjustment to bring out the color.