Category: on the road


Windy Point HDR

Windy Point

Here is another shot from my recent trip to Arizona.  This one is taken on the road up to Mount Lemon in the Catalina Mountains.  It was getting late in the day and I couldn’t get a good shot from this position.  The exposure would either be correct for the rock formation or for the sky…but not both.  Taking a cue from Trey Ratcliff, I thought I’d try my hand at a hand-held HDR image.

Basically, I took three shots, one underexposed by a stop, one “correct” per the light meter and finally one overexposed by a stop. I then used an application called Photomatix to tie the three images together into what you see above.  If you go to Trey’s site he has a fantastic discussion on how to do this.  He uses the technique to great artistic effect.  I was hoping for something less dramatic and little closer to what I actually saw.  I think it came out well.

I do know that the best way to shoot an HDR image is typically to use a tripod, I didn’t bring mine along (note to self…) but given that the rocks weren’t moving and the relatively high shutter speeds I don’t think the shot was hurt. I’m glad I didn’t drink too much coffee on the way up the mountain.

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together has power

One of my photography goals this year is to leave the house as often as possible with my camera in tow.  While it’s not quite second habit yet, I am getting better.  This last weekend I was in Cleveland to visit family and cheer on my sister as she competed in her first Triathlon.  I actually brought the camera!  I’m glad I did because I witnessed something unexpected that I won’t soon forget.

Riding for a cause

Sister racing with "together has power"

Before we got to Joanne’s,  I understood she was a competing on a team that would complete the race.  Her contribution to the team was the bicycling portion.  What I didn’t know was that she was part of much larger team (over 100 people) that were all racing to raise money and awareness for United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland.  It seems that Joanne is acquainted with the family mentioned in this article from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.   Vince and Susan Ketterer complete the triathlon every year with their son Myles.  Myles suffers from CP and his parents assist Myles throughout the event (pulling him behind in a boat, then a bike and finally taking turns pushing him, and some siblings, in strollers).

"together is power"

Father Vince Ketterer pulls his son Myles in Cleveland Triathalon

It was very touching, especially when the family crossed the finish with Myles walking himself across the line.  I think he had one of the biggest smiles I’ve ever seen.  It’s sad to think that unless a cure is found that Myles won’t always be able to finish the race this same way.  It’s nice to think that there are still families as close as this one.

Myles Ketterer crosses the finish line of the 2010 Cleveland Triathalon

I didn’t take a fantastic picture at this event, but I’m glad I was there and I’m glad I was there with my camera.  This is a weekend I won’t soon forget and I’m happy I have the pictures to mark the occasion.

Prickly Pear Cactus

Prickly Pear Cactus, originally uploaded by BokehMojo.

This past week I was in Tucson for my company’s annual sales kickoff meeting. While I don’t travel extensively, I do get to leave my hometown more often than the average guy.  Luckily for me my career with my current company began in Tucson and takes me “home” at least once a year.  In the past I’ve never taken the camera on these trips.

This trip I resolved to change all that.  I extended my trip, stayed at a nice place and actually got out of the resort after spending a little time walking around the Westin’s beautiful grounds where I took this shot.

I’ll be posting a couple of other shots later on in the week, but if I learned one thing from Chase Jarvis it’s this, “the best camera is the one that’s with you.” He’s right…

2010 Cedar Point – Panning 1762, originally uploaded by BokehMojo.

I recently visited Cedar Point with the family for our annual trip to America’s Roller Coast! We had our typically great time and thought that I would try to get a shot “panning.” Oddly enough this was the first time I had ever tried to do this (on purpose anyway!).

That being said I did learn quite a bit. I spent about 10-15 minutes messing around with this (the girls thankfully went on the ride several times!). I tried various shutter speeds, apertures, etc. There is a certain rhythm/body movoement you have to find to finally capture a good shot.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is that this technique takes practice. A lot of practice. Shoot tons of photos and eventually one will come out sharp.

I obviously still have a lot of work to do to master this topic, but it was a LOT of fun and I think you should try this next time you are at the amusement park.

I think this shot is so much better than the static shots I normally take in this situation!

PS – I think this was the only good shot I got of the 30-40 that I took!  If you want to see what most of them looked like, check out the Flickr:

Panning for Gold at Cedar Point
No dogs allowed 

2010 07 – No Dogs Allowed – 1754, originally uploaded by BokehMojo.

Just imagine what Snoopy would have felt getting out of the car at the rest stop only to see this!