December 2008

Salt Lake City Temple Square Lights 2008

Salt Lake City LDS Temple Christmas 2008

Salt Lake City LDS Temple Christmas 2008

Last night I took a trip with my family to the SLC Temple Square to enjoy the Christmas lights.  My wife was kind enough to let me wander off with my new camera to take some photos.  Fortunately there was other family along to help with the kids 🙂

There are plenty of other photos available to view over on Flickr.  Here are some thumbnails to link over:

Reflection Pond Floating Candles Salt Lake City LDS Assembly Hall Reflection Pond Nativity Salt Lake City LDS Temple Christmas 2008 Amazement The Family Photo Salt Lake City LDS Temple Christmas 2008

The 5DMkii was a lot of fun taking it for the first photowalk of many to come.  Cold temps and busy crowd, but a lot of fun toting my tripod & camera around.  I did quickly find that having one more lens in my bag is going to be a must.  My current wider variety are EFS only, so they will likely go on the auction block with the interest of something that works with the new camera!

Christmas Tradition

Christmas Tradition

Christmas Tradition

I have been laying off photography a bit recently, but a couple of nights ago I broke out the camera and took some photos of my daughter in front of the tree.  We had this idea to hold up her ornament from this year, and I was pretty happy with the results.  I wanted the focus on the ornament with 2 layers of blurred depth.

Every year each of kids get a new ornament which is added to the assortment on the tree.  This year it was Christmas snow globes. Always a great event for our kids to kick off the season when they get to open their first wrapped gift of the ornaments.

As a combined early Christmas, birthday and general business investment, I purchased a new camear over the weekend.  The Canon 5D Mk II is my first foray into a full frame digital SLR.  I am very exited to put the camera through its paces and learn how to maximize the new capabilities it offers me.  Stay tuned for some test photos and a little review of my initial impression.

You Take My Breath Away

You Take My Breath Away

You Take My Breath Away

I shot a wedding today for a friend’s daughter. It was a small ceremony in a local church. It was a beautifully decorated and well attended by family and friends.

After all the required family group shots, I took the couple outside in the cold for some couple photos. We didn’t have too long because the cold, but they braved the outdoors long enough to get some good captures.

One of the most poignant moments was when my friend, the bride’s father, talked to me afterward. He said, it really didn’t all hit him until the moment he walked in with his daughter to give her away. That’s when it hit him and he choked up.

Beautiful, emotional day.

Barking at the Moon

Barking at the Moon

Barking at the Moon

As Monty Python would say, "Now its time for something completely different!"

My 7 yr old daughter has a Christmas Break project for school that she of course is asking what to do. I suggested we could take pictures of the moon as it changes shape over the couple of weeks and she could do a presentation on why that happens. She liked the idea, so I went out a couple of nights ago to see what kind of picture I could get with my current gear.

I set up the tripod and my 40D mounted on a Sigma 50-500 and a lens doubler, both not high end options, but they are adequate for what I typically use them for. I sighted in the moon and then turned on the Live View function of the 40D to make the minor focal adjustment.

This was the result. I was pretty happy with what I could do with this gear, and even a bit surprised with the detail considering the low quality doubler I am using.

One of the coolest things we noticed was when I zoomed in on the Live View to 10x (digital zoom on the preview to help with focusing), you could actually see the moon moving across the frame. The kids were really enthralled at being able to see that movement.

Wedding Bliss

Wedding Bliss

Wedding Bliss

Another from the recent wedding series. This shot was taken "on the run" as I was moving the couple from one photo location to another. I always try to get the shots as they walk around to include in the candids. This is in keeping with my theory that couples look their best when they are un-posed.

Canon 40D, Sigma 10-20, 1/160 at f/5.6 and ISO 250

Mirror Mirror on the wall…

Mirror Mirror on the wall...

Mirror Mirror on the wall...

A week ago I had the opportunity to shoot a wedding, something I haven’t done in awhile. I don’t really avoid weddings, but I also don’t try and chase them down. It was fun to get back into the swing of photographing such a special event.

This image was captured as I wandered the reception capturing as many various candids as I could see. While scoping out various angles of the reception line, I noticed if I took the right angle, I could catch the bride and groom in the mirror’s reflection above the wedding cake. I camped out my spot for a bit until the moment I was looking for happened. As are most newlyweds, this bride and groom kissed often, so I didn’t have to wait all that long.

The lighting was extremely low at the reception, and with a heavy yellow glow. Most of the images ended up looking better converted to b&w in my judgment.

Canon 40D, EFS 17-55, 1/40 at f/4 and 1600 ISO