Sunday
Jul272008

Back to school

In my latest attempt at self portrait, I had to learn my ABC's again. Well not really, I just had to learn how to write my name backwards, and fast. D3,f16,4 second exposure.

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Sunday
Jul272008

The high speed hook up

With today's technology it isn't hard to get some cool effects straight out of the box,a d3, sync cord, and SB 800, will get you more fun in the sun, add a little water, kids and well, instant masterpiece. The key to making this work with water is a super fast shutter speed , these were shot and a shutter speed of 1600 af4, ISO 200, not a whole lot of light coming out of the little sb at those settings but if you're close enough, the water will be crystal-clear sharp the back row will be out of focus and will have just enough pop to separate your subject from their background, and give that little gleam in their eye.

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Saturday
Jul262008

Sleepless in Seattle

Traveling for me yields a great power, it feels the senses with new and fresh visuals all around. I have a hard time sleeping when I go to a new town or city simply because of all the things to see and do.While on a trip to one of my favorite Cities Seattle, not being able to sleep. I pick up the camera, and began walking. I've been looking at the space needle for the previous two days in the daylight and couldn't figure out how to lose all the distractions. Answer, shooting at night. Problem, it's been done a million times, what can I do different? Answer, a zoom time exposure. One of my favorite photos of all times comes from right above my hotel on any tabletop Bogen tripod. This was one of about 40 shots that worked. Nikon d3, 105mm lens, 1 second,f4,

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Friday
Jul252008

The disipline of youth

Well just come back from a four day trip to Farmington New Mexico, whereas covering the national high school rodeo finals. Just when I was sure that discipline in a youth of today was gone, my eyes were opened. Well at least I know of 1490 kids in the US that are very disciplined, and highly motivated. Not only the kids, but all the family members as well to give totally of their self to ensure the kids the best possible chance. It was amazing to watch kids so highly devoted to their rodeo craft. The great thing about shooting rodeo is the "you never know what you're going to get shot". Even with very limited access, with the right equipment, the shots were plentiful. I appreciate you kids and parents from my county letting me shadow you to the point of being a nuisance, you all showed me a great courtesy and respect, best wishes to all of you in the finals Saturday. Which way did he go? I wanna be a cowboy This can't be the right end! Hey i'm just working on a new techinique.

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Friday
Jul252008

rumor has it

it's back! I have found in my limited travels that there always seems to be one thing that separates one town or county from another in its own unique way. For Decatur Texas and surrounding towns in Wise County think that would be the Wise County reunion. I'm not quite sure why but the reunion has always been one of my favorite events to photograph, I think it's the relaxed atmosphere, candid faces, too much food. anyway would does like to clear up a few rumors that I've heard over the past seven years. Nobody uses cell phones there. Everybody wears the same clothes for a whole week Fverybody Is now required to have a burr haircut. No pets allowed, especially dogs. The beverage of choice is a fine Merlot. You must be 6 foot tall to ride the Ferris wheel. only tofu and breadsticks are found at the reunion. the games of choice for the reunion, is croquet, and skeet shooting. Nobody is very friendly at the reunion. Creek front condos will soon be available. Nobody likes the carnival rides. you can only relate to the music if you're 70+. well there you have it folks, the latest in rumors about the reunion see you there. 7 years of reunion

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