Challenge Entry - Stop Action
Funny - I stopped bullets, but failed miserably trying to stop action at a volleyball game!
CHALLENGE POST: Blurred action
A few shots of the fair grounds.
1. ferris wheel and the Gator! Strange combo but I like it.
2. fun ride took this one from the top of the ferris wheel looking down. Very dizzying experience!
3. Is a bonus shot of a dolphin and prey zoomed in and cropped the best I could. Love the shot but wish it was clearer.
I've been mulling over what to do for the challenge motion shot. Then inspiration poked me thanks to dee's guitar shot the other day. I also figured it would be a nice time to play with rear curtain flash sync. So I set up the camera in that mode on a tripod with cable release and attached the wife to the cable release. Wife attachments can be very handy when being in two places at once is not feasible. I played around with the aperture for awhile and settled on a setup. On about the fifth break, we got this. And I also had something amazing happen. I have been shooting pool for over 40 years and I had never before made 5 balls on a full-rack break. On this shot, the fifth ball to drop, just barely rolling, was the eight ball in the bottom right corner. Yay!
I've also been remiss in shooting a narrow dof shot. <<<CAUTION - SPIDER>>> This hairy thing was enjoying his lunch burrito on the back porch, so I tossed on a 36mm extension tube and shot him. That'll teach him.
Challenge: CHALLENGE POST: Stop Action
Almost all of my challenge entries this time will be from our local fair and rodeo we just had here. It was a ton of fun and the kids loved it. My stop action entries are all of the rodeo. If you have never been to one the photo opps are everywhere. From the crowds to the livestock and of course the events held.
Here are my best...in my opinion anyway.
1. calf roping
3. wild horses
Everyone should go to a rodeo once! Much better in person than watching on TV. Enjoy and more to come tommorrow!
Island Hop 4 - Part 2 and Challenge
We left off last post enjoying the crystal clear waters at Megan's Bay, St. Thomas. To continue -- these are called sea grapes and they are edible, but the one I tried was really, really sour. Apparently they get sweeter as they ripen. Avoid the green ones. They'll turn you inside out like biting a lemon. I'm also slipping this shot in for my infinite dof challenge shot. Note how sneakily I did that, my hands never once leaving my arms.
Anywho, as I was taking a picture of the gorgeous beach, my camera "accidentally" included this gorgeous girl, because afer all a beach without a gorgeous girl is just a bunch of wet sand - and also captured the vey strange stalker guy with the video camera behind her. He disappeared in a hurry when her boyfriend showed up. Very weird.
We caught a cab (which is more like an open-air van with seating for 8) back across the island to Charlotte Amalie and then strolled around the harbor back to the ship. Along the way was this interesting building, which apparently I own. Or at least it had my name on it. Also, we got a chance to watch a pelican fishing in the bay, not something we see often in Tucson. I'm slipping that shot into the challenge as a stop-action shot. Again, note the sneakiness and the killing of two birds with one--uh, bird.
I persuaded June to pose by the yacht sign with the yacht in the background, which proves conclusively that she is fine and that I didn't really let her float off into the Caribbean. Honest.
From Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, it was just a short, overnight trip back to San Juan. It's only about 40 miles, so the boat went really slow. But not slow enough. I was hoping we'd never get there, maybe do another lap or two around the Caribbean.
We hit the beach that afternoon in the Carolina area of San Juan. the next morning, bright and early at 5:00 AM we were on the way to the airport to fly to Miami and then Dallas and then back to Tucson--and reality. The land of make-your-own-bed and cook-your-own-meals and no-room-service and no balcony-overlooking-the-exotic-ports-of-the-Caribbean.
It was a really relaxing trip and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Thanks for coming along. Cheers.
Challenge Entry - Max DOF
This road is on top of the dam at our lake. (More photos taken here in my next post.)
No Flash Allowed
These shots were taken at the BB King Concert in Sault Ste. Marie, MI, hand held, under available light - No flash photos allowed.
All shots, with exception of, No Flash 1 were with a Canon EF-S Lens - 55-250mm zoom with Image Stabilizer on.
No Flash 1 was with the canon EF-S 18-55mm ( No image stabilizer.)
Exposure time was in the 1/30th - 1/60th range at f/5.6
Focal length - 22mm
Focal length 171mm
Focal length 250mm
Focal length - 208mm
Focal length - 250mm
Focal length 250mm