Monthly Archives: April 2013

The 2013 Dragon Boat Festival in Olympia

This was a very busy weekend in Olympia.  Not only was it the 2013 Spring Arts Walk and Procession of the Species, but it was also the 2013 Dragon Boat Festival.  This event is held at the Port Plaza in downtown Olympia and the main attraction is the day long dragon boat races.

To be honest, we didn’t stay at with the dragon boats all that long, while the races are fun, they are not really the most photogenic event when you don’t have your 500mm lens with you.  We wandered around a bit and for me the real treat was being able to get some shots of a dragon boat that wasn’t being used for the races.  I loved the vibrant colors and the very detailed carving.  This image is a shot of the head of that boat.

Given the amount of event shooting I did this weekend, and that Olympia has a number of events from spring to fall, I thought it might be a good idea to create a new events gallery on my photo gallery site.  Clicking on this image will take you there.  So far I don’t have a lot uploaded, but there will be more coming in the next couple weeks.  I am heading to Boise for work this week, and while I have some images ready for blog posts while I am on the road, I won’t be able to process more until I get home next weekend.

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New life for an old friend

Storm In IR

IR capture of my 2011 Toyota Tacoma “Storm”

 

I made the jump to serious digital photography in the summer of 2007.  Prior to that I had played around with various digital point and shoot cameras that I always carried around for snapshots, but all my serious work was still done with film.  My first dslr, a Nikon D40, while a very consumer type camera, really sold me on serious digital photography. At that time I didn’t want to invest a larger amount of money into a dslr until I knew that the whole digital thing was going to work for me.  I used that D40 for about 8 months before upgrading to the Nikon D200.

I ended up selling my D40 to help pay for the D200, and even though I still regret that sale, perhaps I will blog about that someday, I absolutely loved the D200.  Up until that point it was the best camera I had ever owned.  I don’t base that statement on image quality alone, I base it on a number of things such as build quality, how it feels in my hands and how it generally is to use.  In many respects it is a very subjective thing.  I used that D200 as my primary camera for a really long time, it is the camera that I shot my now famous haboob time lapse video with, I have sold a lot of prints of images made  with that camera, and I have had images licensed for publications around the world.  In short, some of my most popular work has been captured with that D200. It should come as no surprise that I had developed a bit of an emotional tie to that camera.

In the fall of 2011 it became clear that I needed to add another camera to the lineup so I picked up a Nikon D7000.  The D7000 became my primary body and the D200 became a combo backup / time lapse video camera.  I shot with that lineup until December of 2012 when I picked up a new Nikon D600 and moved the D7000 to the backup / time lapse video role.  The new lineup sort of pushed my old D200 out of the camera bag and into my gear storage locker.  That is until I shipped her off to LifePixel for a Deep B&W IR conversion.

I already had a D200 with a “Super Color IR” conversion from LifePixel and prior to that I had an IR converted Nikon D70s.  IR photography had become a pretty serious part of my photographic life.  Having the old D200 converted and added to the line up really has given the old girl a whole new life.  No longer is she relegated to sitting in my safe “collecting dust.”  She is now half of an IR dedicated camera bag, and is back to being considered a primary shooter, truth be told, I consider both of my IR converted bodies as primary shooters. As the title of this posts says, it have a whole new life to an old friend.

Finally, a little about the image above, I captured it with my old friend this weekend at a park in Olympia, and for those that are wondering about the difference between the “Deep B&W” and the “Super Color” IR cameras, stay tuned, I am working on a screencast and blog post to give side by side comparisons.

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Pine Trees

Pine Trees

IR capture near the Olympia airport

I don’t really have much to say about this IR image of some pine trees near the Olympia airport other than to say that I simply love that sky and I am always amazed at the drama that can be captured with an IR camera.

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Pear Blossoms

If all the trees on my property can be believed, spring has sprung and summer is on the way.  This macro is of some of the blossoms on our pear tree.  I don’t dislike winter, I actually love having 4 different seasons as it always gives you something to look forward to, and one of the things about spring is the explosion of life after laying dormant through the winter season.

This shot is actually my 2nd ever attempt at focus stacking and while I actually like this image, I have a lot to learn still.  If you look you will see a number of areas of the image that should be sharp, but are out of focus.  I am planning on doing a focus stacking tutorial as my skills develop but the first tip I can offer is take more pictures at different focal points.  If you think you have the entire range covered you probably don’t.  There is no penalty for having to much data to work with.

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Blood Red and Bright Yellow

Blood Red and Bright Yellow

Macro image of a red and yellow flower

My macro skills leave a lot to be desired, but it is one aspect of photography that I really want to improve on.  When my wife pointed this red and yellow flower out to me today I thought it might be a good subject to grab a couple quick shots of.  I have to be honest, this flower is much prettier in real life than it is in my meager attempt to capture an image of it.  The red is blood red and the yellow is as bright yellow as you could hope to find.  Nature is a pretty amazing thing.  I guess I should probably learn the names of the flowers that grow around here. :-)

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