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Archive for October, 2011

A Small Town with a Huge Heart

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Standing at the train station in San Luis Obispo, Ca. with camera in hand, I was reminded  of an era long past – right out of the 50’s.  No wonder San Luis Obispo was coined  the happiest town in America.  This is a place where people truly care and support each other.    On this beautiful Central Coast day, people took time out of their day to welcome home a young soldier returning from the Iraq war.  There were flags and signs held high by young and old.  This was not about whether one was for or against this war.  This was simply, when a soldier returns home, to honor a young man who put his life on the line.

Four organizations – American Legion Riders, Patriot Guard, Military Parents of the Central Coast and Welcome Home Troops – and family and friends gathered at the San Luis Obispo Train Station for a surprise welcome to Specialist 5, Daniel Donnahoo.   After he stepped off the train, a very obviously surprised soldier was greeted with cheers, flags and hugs.   Mom was first to reach him with an embrace that only a mother can give.  Daniel saw his daughter, who is one year old, and has not seen since her birth.  His wife, who is in the National Guard, was also there.

From a photographer’s standpoint, this was great shooting:  emotions were high, excitement was in the air, and there was color everywhere from shiny motorcycles, to the banners, to the American flags, to the posters.  I could not have asked for better shooting conditions.   As far as outdoor photography tips, in this situation, have your camera ready to shoot fast as there is a lot happening at once.  Stand back and get the crowd scenes and move in close and get the emotion of loved ones who have been separated for so long.  I was shooting with a wide angle 24-105 and telephoto 70-200.  I used Canon 5DmII and 7D.

                                                                                                                                           Daniel Donnahoo was overwhelmed by the show of support

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3554-2 Welcome Home

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3516-2 Reunion A Mother's Hug

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3627-2 Motorcycle Motorcade

0161-2 Motorcade

After more hugs and media interviews, a motorcade of 45 motorcycles and many cars left the train station – mom and dad on a motorcycle, too — headed for Morro Bay.  They picked up a police escort at Cuesta College, motorcaded through Morro Bay and then headed home to Atascadero, but not before picking up more vehicles and motorcycles when they stopped by VFW 2814.    When the motorcade finally arrived in Atascadero, neighbors were there to greet him.  Everyone enjoyed food, drink and celebration.

A truly small town with a huge heart… Welcome home, Daniel.

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3535-2 Daniel's daughter and his mom

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0083-2 Motorcyclist

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0067-2 Welcome Home, Soldier

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_MG_3493-2 SLO Town Welcome

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3475-2 Glenn "Sage" Donaldson

SHOOTING STAR TRAILS ON A STARRY NIGHT

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_MG_3361-2 Star Trails

I stayed up the other night until 2 a.m. hoping there would be a meteor shower from midnight to 2 a.m., as predicted – no such luck.  I did get lots of star trails, though, and had a great time with it.  If you have lots of time to spend, take your camera outside and shoot the stars.  I usually  set up the camera and go in and doing something else and set a timer for the exposure I want.   I do different times and settings to experiment until I achieve the image I want.

Star trails are really fun to do.  As I live in an area void of street lights, it is quite easy on a clear night to achieve star trails.   For these images, I used a 24 mm lens and focused on infinity.  Being dark, it is difficult to position the camera for the right composition.  If there is a tree in or rocks in the foreground, I will shine a flashlight on the foreground objects so I can get some idea of how to position the camera.  That usually works.  If it is too dark, then I do a quick test shot to find the right composition.

I  do a test shot for about 30 seconds – 1 minute to see if the composition will work.    From there I may do diffent exposures depending on how much time I have.  They are anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour, normally.   Some star trail images can take many hours, but I am usually not that patient.

All you need to photograph star trails is a camera with lens that can do time exposures (put on ‘B’ or Bulb mode), a cable release or lockable shutter release, and a tripod.   Make sure that your batteries are fully charged so they will not drain during the exposure.  A very important accessory is a sturdy tripod that will not move with the wind which would cause the star trails to be uneven.

You can do short or long trails depending on what you want to achieve artistically.  You can also light paint the foreground with a flashlight.

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_MG_3357-2 Star Trails

The first image, 3361 was exposed for 18 minutes at 4.5 with ISO 400, 24 mm lens.  The above image, 3357, was exposed for 10 minutes at 4.5 with ISO 400, 24mm lens.

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_MG_3353-3 Star Trails

This image was  exposed for 24 minutes at 4.5, ISO 400, 24 mm lens

If you have never tried star trails, get your gear and start shooting.  If you are out camping, that is a great time to shoot the stars as the area will be void of lights except for the stars.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, GET OUT, EXPERIMENT, AND HAVE FUN…

California Photo Festival

 

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Just spent an amazing week in San Luis Obispo and surrounding areas at the California Photo Festival from Oct 12-16th.    The festival was put on by Los Osos based Light Photographic Workshops.   Photo instructors were well known in the industry, i.e., Rick Sammon, author of 36 photo books;  Hanson Fong, famous wedding photographer;  Tim Grey, top educator in digital photography;  Rob Sheppard, editor of PC Photo and Outdoor Photographer; Juan Pons, amazing wildlife photographer, just to name a few of the presenters.

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_MG_3035 Horse on the Beach

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_MG_2882 Horses on the Beach

There were seminars, lectures, and workshops in all types of photography from Landscape to Portrait to Lightroom to Marketing.  The most difficult task was deciding what courses as so many were offered.   There were sunrise and sunset shoots set up all over the county from the ocean to the Morro Bay Estuary to the Paso Robles vineyards. Classes were held in every type of photography imaginable, from portrait shooting, to seascape and landscape, macro shooting, to learning Lightroom and Photoshop, IPhone shooting, and way too many classes to mention.

I wanted to learn to used my video in my SLR so I attended a couple of classes in video shooting.  We went to the Paso Robles vineyards at sunrise and shot video of the workers harvesting the grapes and the inside of the plant with all the processing equipment.  Another class I attended was held at the pier in Cayucos.  Sunset was equally as good with horses on the beach.  Great fun shooting the horses racing down the beach.  Models were also brought in and we were able to shoot them dancing in the sand.

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_MG_2939 Horse on the Beach

If you have a chance to sign up for the California Photo Festival next year, I highly recommend it.  Website is http://www.californiaphotofest.com.

 

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_MG_2714 Horse on the Beach

A Romantic Morning at the Palace of Fine Arts

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A few weeks back I ventured to the San Francisco Bay area and had a great time shooting.    After shooting the fogged in Golden Gate Bridge, I ended up at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.    While walking around the beautiful grounds, there was a wedding photographer shooting a couple across the water .    Thinking  it would make an interesting shot of the shooter shooting, I set up my tripod.  What happened next was purely romantic, as I found out later when I spoke to the happy couple.

It turns out  that the future groom to be told his soon-to-be fiance that he was taking her out to breakfast and to dress up a bit.  He had come with the photographer the day before and set up the surprise shoot with the surprise proposal.  When I got there he was proposing on bended knee.  How totally romantic is that?   When I spoke to her later, she said she was totally surprised and worried she had not fixed her hair better because she thought she was only going to breakfast.

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_MG_1912 Palace of Fine Arts Photographer

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Wedding Proposal

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_MG_1963 Palace of Fine Arts

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Testosterone Antlers

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_MG_1227 Dueling Dudes

Testosterone stimulates the new growth of antlers, which begins in March or April for mature bulls and in May for younger bulls. Testosterone is the hormone in the bull’s body  controlling the “cement” that holds the antlers secure.   In Spring the testosterone levels drop causing the elk to drop their antlers.    Until late summer, a bull lives peacefully with the other bulls.   Come September, all is not peaceful.   This is the time of the rut when battles for the harems take place.  By October, the testosterone levels drop and and continue until early spring when the antlers fall off.

Why such large racks?  Large racks identifies a bull that is successful in finding food and one who is able  to defend himself against other bulls and predators.  Female cows will mate with the strongest of the males – usually the one with the biggest antlers.  Antlers can grow up to an inch a day in the summer.    At 7 years of age, a bull’s antlers may have six tines each, weigh as much as 40 pounds, and grow to a length and spread of more than four feet.

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_MG_1147 Roosevelt Elk

 

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MG_1240 Roosevelt Elk Bugling

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_MG_125 Elk Harem Gathering

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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