Today my wife and I took a drive through the Alpine Loop during the Free National Parks day to enjoy the fall colors. The colors most definitely did not disappoint!
While I had intended of course to bring along my camera, I somehow forgot it and was stuck with only my iPhone as my option. Though the iPhone isn’t bad, it doesn’t compare to a full frame dSLR. Still, make due with what you have, right? I decided to give the new Panorama function a try. Though I wish it would give you the option to move up and down to fill in and give more vertical resolution, I was very impressed with the results. The stitching is excellent and the exposure across the frame was good if you pick your angle and lighting well. As you pan if you move too far up and down, the guide warns you to shift to get things right.
Hope you enjoy the view as it was spectactular in person! Click the image for a larger view.
One of the creative efforts I’ve made lately is to work with a variety of people and try different ways of lighting a concept. My long time friend Ryan and I had talked about arranging a shoot with his daughter and her friends that dance together. After a lengthy delay and a few changed dates, we finally got together and make some photos. Many of the photos were pretty standard poses and other photos, which are good, but were really a means to an end. In my head I wanted to do some work attempting to capture their elegant movement. As I’ve done before with my shoot with Charly, we mixed constant and strobe lights for long exposures. It took a fair amount of experimentation with the movement, framing and light. My favorite was this photo features at the top of the post, which is a 4 second exposure and includes three manually triggered flashes of the cross lit strobes.Read More»
Went camping with my daughters a couple of weeks ago about a mile from this lake. On the way back we stopped to enjoy the view and let the girls run around a bit. Love that this place is all of ~8mi up the canyon from my house. It’s also a great place for family photos, which I do for pretty darn reasonable pricing too. Let me know if you’d be interested in having some photos made of your family!
I posted this photo on social media recently with the caption “When your youngest daughter says ‘daddy, can we take pictures?’ you say YES over your shoulder as you run into the house to grab your camera.”
I’m a big believer in the idea that you making photos often will only increase your chances of getting the great moments and personalities captured. This is especially true with kids. While many of us are filling our computers with photos of our kids, all too often when we try to make real “portraits” it happens in a scheduled session and all to infrequently. And, inevitably, when we schedule a big photo event that seems to trigger in our kids the “you can’t make me gene” that either has them running wild or pulling out the attitude. This youngest daughter of mine seems to have a Diva Switch that turns on when when are doing big group family photos. Seriously, I can show you the proof easily.Read More»
I had the opportunity to make some photos of new sea life that joined The Living Planet Aquarium in Utah. TLPA needs some photos of the new additions to show on their information cards and other marketing, so I was invited to join the shoot with Zackary Hansen. Along with a variety of new sharks, this eel is getting to know his new habitat. These guys just look deadly and/or ticked off in anything they do!
This was shot from above the water looking down in the tank through a piece of acrylic to break surface. It was tough with the low light in the tank, but I was able to pull off some useable shots at 3200 ISO on the 5D Mark III.Read More»
Photo made during a recent fire on the other side of the valley from where I live. This was shot from the I-15 freeway overlooking an industrial part of town. The sky is full of smoke, not clouds and the entire sky really did look, feel and smell like it was on fire.
While enjoying our Fourth of July celebration with neighbors and friends, we looked up the street to see the glow of the fire suddenly expand. Earlier in the day I had thought the fire was getting more under control, but apparently it has been traveling south along the mountains and hit some old growth trees to really take off again. It’s so sad to see this beautiful terrain being swallowed up.
Though I am about 5 miles south from the fire, this view seems closer as I shot it at 200mm on my 5D mark III. That house in the foreground is at the end of my street in a cul-de-sac.Read More»
The entire west seems to be on fire lately, especially here in Utah. There have been several fires in the vicinity, but none as close to home as the new Quail Fire about 5 miles north of where I live. This first photo is from my front lawn looking north at the fire about 2 hours after it started.
After being notified of the fire – I was completely unaware as I worked in my office – I decided to take off the last hour of work and head out to make some photos. I ran home to get my camera, and started driving north to get various perspectives while staying out of the way of emergency personnel.Read More»
Ear splitting, fuel-induced, testosterone filled mayhem is about the best way to describe the off-road racing experience. And I loved every minute of it.
This last weekend I had the opportunity to take my son, brother and his son to enjoy some off-road racing at the Miller Sportspark in Tooele, Utah. My friend & old business partner from years back Matt Cook is now a team owner and racer for Stronghold Motorports, Supercross.com, racing the Prolite series truck. Matt was in town to compete and welcomed us to the track and to hang out with his team. We had a blast, including the blasting wind conditions, and my kid is still telling anyone who will listen every detail of the events.Read More»