Here’s what the Chalk Art Festival meant to me this year.
Last year I was photographing the chalk artist’s hands, since as far as I was concerned, that’s where the magic happens.
This year I was taking a class on using the lensbaby, and came to the conclusion that the selective focus would explain my feelings about the festival.
I went out this morning to practice using a long lens with the Mike’s Camera and HawkQuest folks. Since I don’t usually take pictures of birds, having their experts was interesting.
Yes, this is probably the same bird I took pictures of last year. Here I was experimenting with a gimbal head, so it was easier to get a stable picture.
This morning when I was photographing I was struck by a comment by Tim Cooper, that much of landscape photography is waiting for the right clouds. I was out with the American Photo Treks crew this morning and the clouds didn’t cooperate with us.
About the time the the core of Milky Way was about to rise the clouds rolled in. But we took pictures and waited, and almost when the moon was about to rise, the clouds were somewhat more favorable. Not perfect, but better than it was earlier.
Last week I went to the Columbia Gorge to shoot waterfalls. It was a class with Rocky Mountain School of Photography, and taught by Doug Johnson. Doug had many excellent suggestions. One of those was just how much rain gear you should wear while shooting the waterfalls. My thought was it didn’t matter just how much it was raining, the spray off some of the waterfalls was intense.
Doug was commenting that most people kept asking him how much photoshop he was using, since no one believed it was that green. And it really was that green, Oregon and the West Coast have had an incredible amount of precipitation this year.
I went out a few weeks ago with the American Photo Treks group. to take pictures of the Milky Way over the plains. I tried out a new lens to see if that made it easier.
This was a 20 mm lens and I used a shutter speed of 15 sec. I could have gotten away with 20 sec according to the 400 rule, but I’m beginning to think that I should do the math and calculate the star’s rotation rate by how far away the star is from true north. Then, I’ll write an app for my iPhone.
And I did shoot this in color but came to the conclusion that I didn’t need the color for what was important in this picture. I used NIK silver efex pro 2, and the noise reduction in DXO optics.
I’m in the process of working through Kathleen Clemmons class on Creative Live, Creating Painterly Photos. In the class she talks about using Lensbaby lenses to accent the focus, just where you want it to be. Here, I was working with the Lensbaby Velvet 56, which is a different style of Lensbaby. There’s no bellows or rotating mount for this lens. So it’s a softer focus style lens.
We were photographing a show from the Denver Orchid society, and I believe that this one came in second place. It was nice of the folks at Tagawa garden center to allow us photographers access.
This weekend we went to Wings over the Rockies to take some pictures before they let the public in.
Last month Erik Holladay showed us his technique of using a hot shoe flash with remote triggers to construct pictures of airplanes in a dark hanger. I went back and extended the technique a little using a 600 W battery powered strobe. So instead of taking 4 or more pictures blended in photoshop, this only took two pictures.
I’m trying to figure out if this was a clever piece of marketing, or just a joke. There wasn’t wasn’t the room for a bicycle’s front wheel. Then again, you could lock your bike to it. But I did enjoy the eat Denver on it. It was in front of a nice looking restaurant.
Last year I was taking pictures of the cranes at Monte Vista, and we all wondered where the birds went at night.
I found the answer later in the year when I taking the exposure values class at Hudson Gardens and Scott pointed out these birds. I never really thought I would be taking pictures of birds three hours after sunset.