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.
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This photo was from my boys last regular season Lacrosse game. During this game the wind was constantly blowing, it was cloudy and cold. I wanted to get this photo crisp so I set the iso to 800.
I don’t understand this game well enough to know where I should be for a good photo. On this one I was sitting in the stands and using a monopod. In this sequence my boy had just stolen the ball from the offensive player.
To process this photo I ran it through lightroom, then CS4, and finally used the Topaz Adjust filter.
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These photos are the from my son’s last Lacrosse game of the season. This was also the first game they have won. During this game they became a team. They believed in each other and it showed in the final score. I came to the game with my 70-200 lens and teleconverter. It was windy, dusty and cold and warm all in the same game. The clouds, wind and dust made this a darker shot then I planned on. I wanted to capture the happiness on the kids face right after winning the game. If I were taking this photo to sell I would have had a much different set up. In saying that when you arrive at the photoshoot don’t worry about what you don’t have just work with what you do have.
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Today was a fun day. I was able to spend some time with my future son-in-law. We played golf, went to dinner, and then my daughter and future son-in-law asked me to take some photos of them. They had about 45 minutes before they were meeting some friends for a battle of the bands date night. We thought that we would go to BYU and take some pictures in the Hinkley Alumni building. We didn’t realize it was closed. We did the next best thing by going to the Tanner building. This building looks very drab from the outside. It basically looks like a box with slightly taller ends and a matching smaller attached building. the exterior is covered in grey granite. The inside is amazing. It has so many lines and interesting architecture that you could spend hours in the building. I did when in college. For an architectural class I had to write a 15 page paper on what I saw. That is another story.
For this photo I used an SB 800 flash for the main flash and two SB600 slave flashes on the corners pointed at an umbrella. In the editing portion I lightened the background and slightly darkened the foreground leaving the main subjects as the focal point.
I like the reflection in the water.
I like how the architecture is pointing to the subjects.
I like how bright the subjects are.
I would like to remove the chair on the right.
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Tonight I went to Brighton with my boy to take some pictures of him and some friends doing the tricks. This is one of the photos of him riding the rail. The conditions were not the best for this type of photography. The action was fast and the light was poor. The sun had gone behind the mountains and it was overcast. The night lights were coming on which with the cloudy, shady, and artificial light the sensor was mixed up. In order to get good pictures in the darker conditions and fast action I opened the lens up, set the photo to a higher aperture, and cranked up the iso.
shutter speed 1/750 sec
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I wanted to share this photo with you as an example of getting lucky. I had just barely purchased my first DSLR and my boy asked if I would go to Brighton and take some photos of him doing some snowboarding tricks. I knew enough to get make sure I had the camera set up on a tripod and that I was out of the way from the snowboarders. After I got the tripod set up I also knew enough to place the camera in manual focus. I got everything set up and decided I better do a test run of the next boarder to come down the mountain. This was my test photo. I have no idea who the person is. I tried for the next couple of months to locate the person so that I could give him the photo all to no avail. My boy came down the mountain and hit a rut right before the jump and landed hard. When we came home we downloaded a free trial of photoshop and stitched the six different positions of the boarder into one photo. It took us forever. We have since learned how to make this a faster process. The big key to this was to guess the right exposure, have the camera in focus, on a tripod, and to be at the right place at the right time.
I like the complete rotation of the boarder.
I like the clear blue sky.
I like the height the boarder gets.
I would shoot this in Raw next time. Raw would allow more flexibility in the edit process.
I would shoot the entire sequence from take off to landing.
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This was a fun photo to take. I had some time to kill one day in the spring. So I took a 30 gallon garbage can (dark blue) and filled it with water. I then hung the hose above the water and turned the faucet on every so slightly. This photo was taken in the full sun. with a high iso for a fast shutter speed. I also used my battery grip to increase the frames per second. I used a tripod and a shutter release. These were for stability.
I like the turbulence of the water.
I like the deep color it gives a sense of being in deep water.
I like how the water is frozen in time.
I would like to have this taken just as the water drop hits the water.
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I had spent the entire season photographing my son's football team. This was one of my favorite pictures of the entire season. On this play all three football players hit the running back at the same time. They bounced off and the running back ran on for a 60 yard touchdown.
focal length 340mm
When shooting sports you need a long lens and fast shutter speed. A monopod adds more stability and thus a clearer photo. I used Topaz Adjust to add a little pop to the photo.
I like the action.
I like how all the players are pointing to the player in the middle.
I would like to not have the cars in the background, but that is the reality of shooting high school sports.
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