July 2007

Street Acrobatics

Street Acrobatics

At our recent city parade a gymnastics class participated in the festivities with a float and troupe of students performing. My kids particularly enjoyed those doing flips and other tricks as they traveled down the road. I have seen a variety of street performers through the years, but I guess this would be the most accurate representation of a street performer!

Canon 20D 24-105L 1/400 at f/8.0 and ISO400

Laughing Girls

Laughing Girls

Laughing Girls

Little girls typically do one of two things when playing, screech at a pitch and decibel level not meant to come from a human or giggle uncontrollably. There are a few other sounds, but these seem to be the most common.

My Allison has turned into quite the poser whenever I break out the camera, so getting a candid one of her is becoming more difficult. I love seeing the genuine candid smile, so the pay off is worth the effort.

Canon 20D, 24-105, 1/400 at f4.0 and ISO 400

Balloon Panoramic

Balloon Launch Panoramic

Ok, last balloon photo from this event. If you can’t tell, I enjoyed myself. This is one of the panoramics I was able to stitch together from 10 photos taken in quick sequence. The results were less than perfect, but still a fun result with the effort. Enjoy.

Link to grab larger version.

Canon 20D, 18-55mm, 1/400 at f4.0 and 800ISO

More Balloon Photos

I am still in the process of working up some panoramic photos of the event, which is proving to be more difficult than I thought.  Though I took the photos as fast as I could, there was still a fair amount of movement with the balloons and people that blending them into one crisp large image has been tough.

Here are a couple more from that day though that I thought readers would enjoy.

Filling with air

Filling with Air

 (available as full sized panoramic image)


The jets

The Powerful Jets

Canon 20D, mixed lenses & settings

Breathing Fire at the Air Balloon Show

 Baloon Fire

Breathing Fire

This morning my family took in the air balloon show that is part of the Freedom Festival in Provo, Utah.  I have never been up close at one of these shows, and I have to say it is something to enjoy if you have the chance.  To watch these huge contraptions grow from flat material on the ground to taking off is incredible.  My kids loved, and I the kid in me had fun too.  Made the 5:30 am wake up with kids worth it.

The pilots and crew for these balloons were having a great time, and were very gracious to all the spectators and photographers.  While they were filling the balloon with air (prior to the fire) they waved me over and invited me to take a photo up close of the inside.  I took several that I will stitch together (hopefully) as I don’t have a wide enough angle lens to get the whole perspective.

I’ll see what other photos are post-worthy later in the day and try to get some more up over at SmugMug.  Here is a direct link to this photo in a desktop wallpaper size.

Canon 20D, 18-55, 1/125 at f8.0 and 800ISO