May 2010

Bad Hair Day

Bad Hair Day

Today was one of those absolutely beautiful spring days. The weather was stunning. Two years ago we went on several bike rides as a family. Last year our baby was to wiggly to want to sit in the carrier and our youngest daughter was too big to sit in the carrier and too scarred to learn to ride. So this year we decided to purchase one of those ride behind bikes for our youngest daughter. She had a blast riding in this one. She was stable and felt in control. Our baby is now big enough that he had fun riding in the carrier.

When I went to got the bikes down this nice looking wolf spider was hiding on one of the bikes. I quickly grabbed my camera and macro lens and started to shoot away. The spider was a little skittish due to all the kids wanting to see. After several tries this shot was the cleanest.

The specs:

Hand held, rapid fire.
Iso 560
105mm
f/16
1/40 sec

Thanks for visiting today.

~wr~

Reception Hall

Reception-Hall
Yesterday was my oldest daughters wedding reception. I did hire a wedding photographer for the event, but I did have a few minutes after the wedding and before the reception to take this six frame three exposure HDR of the reception hall. This was an amazing day. I gained a new son. I hope in the next few days to begin posting on a more regular schedule again.

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~

Beheading



Today at work we had the Knights of Mayhem visit. As part of the show they bring one lucky person out of the audience to reenact a mid evil beheading. The contest is to cut a melon as close to the top of the head as possible. This knight cut the melon about one inch from the helmet. They do this at a full gallop. The blade was sharp enough that I didn’t fill the blade pass through fruit. This was one entertaining day.

I will be taking a few days off for my daughters wedding.

Thank you for visiting.

~wr~

Take Off

Take Off

This photo was from the same shoot as yesterday. I did over process for the colors and texture of the sky.

I like this photo for all the detail in the Hawks wings.
I like the action.
I like the interest of the clouds.

This photo has many interesting aspects to it. The pole at the bottom of the photo shows where the bird came from and the sky shows where it is going. In action shots it is important to give a sense of where the subject is going. This gives a nice subject more interest.

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~

Red Tail Hawk

Red Tail Hawk

I decided we needed our logo at work updated. The central part of our logo is a Hawk. So today I decided to give taking photos of these magnificent birds a try. This is the first time I have tried to photograph birds of prey. I took my daughter out in search of some raptors. Within minutes we came across an osprey checking out a local pond. I set up to start shooting totally focused on the osprey when my daughter started to scream and then run. She was being attacked by a couple of protective geese. I couldn’t tell where the nest was but they were not happy with us. In the meantime the osprey flew away. We then started down some back roads and pretty soon came across this red tail hawk.

The specs:
Hand held
iso 400
280mm
f/4.8
1/4000sec

I post processed it in lightroom and then added a small topaz adjust filter to the final product.

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~

Self Portrait


Self Portrait
For the next few weeks as we gear up for our daughters wedding I will post when I can. I think this will be at least a couple of times a week.

This was a fun photo to take. I took some Scarlet Gilia wildflower leaves to my friends studio and we shot a bunch of macro photos. This was fairly easy to do. We placed the leaves in a vase and sprayed them with water. Then I sat down on the opposite side of the table. With the plants in between me and the camera. The blue you see behind the stems is my shirt. I appear upside down in the drops of water.

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~

Hawk Moth

Hawk Moth

This was a fun photo to take. A couple of years ago I noticed these hawk moths working on these Wasatch Penstemons. I thought the two would make for a fun shot. This was well before I had a nice flash or my macro lens. I used my Nikon d200 and the pop up flash. This plant is just now starting to bloom again and I am excited to use a nice flash, my macro lens, and my D300 to try and recreate this photo.

Thanks for visiting.

~wr~

Western Porch

Western Porch

I have posted this one in the past, but today I applied some different post processing to the image. Even though it is spring it feels cold and stormy today. So I thought it appropriate to revisit winter.

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~