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The #WayBackMachine visits the dog track

I thought I would go back in time a little bit and grab an image for a #WayBackMachine post.  This image was made almost 2 years ago at an abandoned dog track north of Phoenix, AZ.  I’m not really going to go into a ton of detail about the day out shooting other than to say that I had a great time shooting with Rick Young and Mike Olbinski, and that it was a little exciting to sneak into a place you are not supposed to be to get shots of things that had long been forgotten.

My understanding is that these grand stand seats have been removed fromt he track.  Considering that this image is one of my personal favorites, and I have a framed print of it hanging in my house, I am glad that I was able to shoot it when I did.

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A #waybackmachine post of thunder and lightning

This post was originally posted on myblueheaven.com back on Sept. 13, 2011.  While this image on it’s own might not have been worthy of re-sharing here on the new blog, but there is something very special about this strike, and it is the crux of the original post.  It is the first time that I captured thunder and lightning as both an image and an audio recording at the same time.  I hope you enjoy it, and please take a few minutes to listen to the embedded AudioBoo.



Lightning strike near Chandler, AZ

A couple years ago I started recording an occasional Audio Boo while out capturing storm images.  Even though I don’t think that very many people actually listen to them, I enjoy doing them and I also enjoy going back and listening to some of the early ones to see where my thoughts were at the time.  During this past Friday night’s epic lightning display, I was recording one of those Audio Boos when I captured this image.  The cool thing about this is that you can actually hear the thunder from this very strike in that Boo.  After all the years that I have been shooting lightning, this is the first time that I have been able to share not only the image of the strike, my reaction to capturing it and the sound of the thunder.

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The #WayBackMachine goes to the ballpark

Today’s image is one that my diehard followers may have seen before.  I made this image back on June 11, 2009 and was part of a personal IR project I was working on at the time.  This image of a ballpark in a Tucson neighborhood park was shared as part of that project, but has not been in my galleries for quite awhile.  I am in the process of re-visiting a number of IR images from 2009 as part of a possible calendar project, or maybe even a book, perhaps both.  This image was one of my favorites as I just loved how the sky looked in the IR spectrum.  I hope you enjoy it also.

You might be asking what the #WayBackMachine is.  On the old version of My Blue Heaven, which has been replaced as my personal, non-photography blog, it was a way for me to share older images from before I started blogging.  It will still continue to be that, as in the case of this image, but will also be expanded to include posts that I am re-publishing from the old blog.  I hope you enjoy these posts, I have always liked going back and looking at older images with a new eye.

Please click on the above image to see a larger version or to order prints

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One Week Later – a #WayBackMachine follow up to A Viral Haboob

This post is is re-published from my old blog at www.myblueheaven.com and was published one week after my post A Viral Haboob which has also been re-published here on the new blog.  These #WayBackMachine posts are intended to share older images to a new audience as well as preserve stories from the old blog.  I hope you enjoy them.

I thought it was time to post a little update about everything that has been going on since I posted my haboob time lapse video last week.  The only word that really comes close to describing everything that happened would be surreal.  The amount of traffic to my photography site has been incredible.  Combined photo/video views have now reached 2,079,105 in the last 7 days. While 1,144,052 of those views have been of the time lapse, the other 935,053 have been to my still images.  To be able to say that your images have been seen almost a million times in one week is very humbling.

As you may know, the video has been seen all over the world as well as on every major news network as well as affiliate stations here in the US.  I have had multiple documentary film makers ask me to include the video in projects that they are working on.  I have had a lot more interest from people wanting to buy prints of my work, and what might be the most exciting about all of this is that I now have an agency representing my photography world-wide.

I came to realize though all of this that I needed to get caught up on registering my images, as well as the time lapse video, with the Copyright Office.  I have done this in the past, but it is one of those things that can easily “fall though the cracks” if you are not careful.  I am altering my workflow to include creating copies of the image for regular submission.  If you are a photog I strongly suggest that you look into registering your work.  They have made it much easier than it used to be, and it isn’t very expensive.  The protections it gives you if someone does steal your work can pay for the registration 100′s if not 1000′s of times over.

I am sure that there are a hundred other things that I am forgetting but should put in this post, but perhaps that will simply lead to a follow up of the follow up. :-)

Oh yeah, almost forgot, this image is one of the stills used to create the time lapse video.  Please click on it to see a larger version.


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Day Walkers – Shooting Lightning in the Daylight

The following post was originally published on my blog last year.  I am re-posting it here on the new blog unedited.  Remember, these images were made last year and are not from this years monsoon season.

The Skater

The Skater

Shooting lightning in the day is a lot different than shooting it at night.  At night you have the advantage of it being much darker which allows you to leave your shutter open for a longer period of time.  During daylight / dusk hours, there is a lot more ambient light which means that you have to be with much faster shutter speeds if you don’t want to severely over expose your images.

While there are many ways to capture daylight / dusk lightning, including things like lightning triggers, I am going to go over how I do it.


In The Desert

Desert lightning at dusk

I don’t own a lightning trigger.  It seems that the good ones are quite expensive and the more affordable ones simply don’t work all that well.  Because of that, I have to find other ways to try to maximize my chances of getting a strike or two while taking into account that I need fairly fast shutter speeds.  Some of the elements are the same as night shooting, I always use a tripod and I also fire my camera with a shutter release cable.

Where I use the bulb setting in manual mode at night, I stick with aperture priority during daylight / dusk.  I also like to have a middle to higher aperture set, in the case of these images it was f:8.  Not only do I not need to worry about DOF issues, it also allowed me to have shutter speeds in the neighborhood of one second for these dusk shots.  During brighter daylight, I still use this formula, I just have much faster shutter speeds.  I also like to dial in about a stop of under exposure in my exposure compensation to add some contrast between the lightning strike and everything else in the scene, that is just a matter of taste for me.

Once I have the settings the way I want them, and the camera mounted on the tripod, I compose the image the way I want it, composition is every bit as important in a lightning image as it is in any other image, I then start firing away on continuous mode.  Granted, you will make a lot more images that don’t have lightning than those that do, but by shooting on continuous mode you will insure that your shutter is open more than it is closed, this will give you a much better chance of catching something.  Don’t stop to review your images or delete those that were misses, you will never capture anything while chimping the back of your camera.

These two images were made on Sunday evening as the sun was setting.  We were on our way back from Roosevelt Lake and this storm was sitting over the Florence, AZ area.  I shot them from near Florence Junction.  I made about 400 exposures, probably 25 have lightning strikes, 6 are what I consider “keepers.”

As always you can click on either image to see a larger version of it, and please feel free to leave blog comments if you have any questions or have anything to add to this little tutorial.

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