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Night Photography in Denver

Tom and I went out with Armando and Melanie for some night photography with the Denver Photo Night Walk Community.  Here’s a shot that I took at the start of walk.

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This was at the end of civil twilight where the sky and city lights are close to being the same intensity.

I was also impressed that there were still folks enjoying ice cream in temperatures a little below freezing. It’s a tribute to the flavor of their ice cream.

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Dawn Patrol

I went out with the American Photo Treks folks to take pictures of the Cranes at Monte Vista and get a few Milky Way shots. This was a morning to appreciate having a long lens since we couldn’t get that close to Cranes.
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Since we were up to take pictures of the Milky Way, it was no problem to get dawn pictures. Here I was using my 80-400mm lens.
Typically the Cranes start their day by going to the water, then afterwards finding food in the prairie, and ending up their day by going back to the water.
All of the photographers were speculating what the cranes must have thought with that line of photographers all pointing their long lenses at them.

When we were staying in Monte Vista, we stayed in a Best Western that had a novel concept. They had a drive in theatre next store, and the rooms all had the names of movie stars associated with them. They had a tie with drive in, where you had an audio feed of the movie and you could listen to the movie and watch from your room.
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Studio Lighting Classes

Last night I took a class from Bill Murphy, Digital Photography Lighting Basics Workshops.  He had a mixed group, some folks who had lots of experience and some who were getting started. Bill has a nice instructional style, and while others were concentrating on the lighting, I was also picking up posing tips.

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Here we able to slow down the shutter, and since the majority of the light was coming from the strobe allow the hair to fly out while stopping her motion. I was using back button focus, so the camera didn’t go crazy trying to find focus.

I was testing out some gear yesterday, but not in this shot. This is my reliable Nikon 24-70.

I agree with Thom Hogan, being willing to take classes leads to better photography more than just buying new gear. Of course buying new gear can lead you to new capabilities.