Thursday, May 15, 2014

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park

Several weeks ago, my wife and I went to California.  We spent ten wonderful days with her family.  One day we spent at the San Diego Zoo and another at San Diego Zoo's Safari Park in Encinitas.  A lot of great photo opportunities.  Of the thousands of photos I took, here are a few.

1.  This lioness was hanging with the regal male I showed in earlier photos.  They were pretty lazy until she got up and moved to the other side of the area. 4/18/2014 at 2:37 pm..  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22 1/10 sec., ISO 200) 92mm focal length.


2.  This Chetah was seen at the Safari park.  Cheetahs use so much energy when they chase their prey that they sleep 1/2 to 2/3 of their day.  This one just got up from relaxing under the tree at the Safari Park.  4/18/2014 at 10:33 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/5.6, 1/1250 sec., ISO 3200) 135mm focal length.
 

3.  Close to the front of the San Diego Zoo, there was a fountain containing a large number of Flamingos.  This is a few of the colorful birds.  4/17/2014 at 10:17 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/5.6, 1/500 sec., ISO 800) 120mm focal length.
  

4.  This playful Pelican was flapping around in the water.  He even looked like he was smiling and enjoying himself in the effort.  4/18/2014 at 5:20 pm.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/11, 1/1250 sec., ISO 3200) 135mm focal length.


5.  This Peacock helped greet us to the San Diego Zoo.  The colorful tail feathers were spread out fully behind. 4/17/2014 at 10:15 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/5.6, 1/160 sec., ISO 800) 50mm focal length.
 

6. This Tiger was resting in the back of his enclosure at the San Diego Zoo.  He seemed calm in the face of all the visitors who were trying to see him.  4/17/2014 at 11:02 am.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/5.6, 1/400 sec., ISO 3200) 135mm focal length.


7.  This Koala was having a bite in a tree in his enclosure at the San Diego Zoo.  4/17/2014 at 6:13 pm.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/5.6, 1/800 sec., ISO 3200) 135mm focal length.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spring Semester - Week 15 Final Photo presentations

This is the week we've all waited for.  In Groups we will be presenting information on Travel/lifestyle and Comeercial - Advertising.  There will also be a presentation of all of our time lapse videos.  Finally - we will each present 12 images taken this semester that illustrate the topics chosen for the course.

1.  Landscape -


This was our first stop on the Red Lodge photo trip.  I was drawn to the bare tree and looked for various ways to use it in a photo.  This view was special because of the mountain and sky in the background. 4/6/2014 at 7:47 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/11, 1/80 sec., ISO 400) 36 mm focal length.



This photo was taken on our photo trip to Red Lodge.  This was a bridge over the creek that was mostly covered with snow.  4/6/2014 at 8:29 am.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22 1/4 sec., ISO 100) 18mm focal length.



This was taken during an early morning trip south and west of Laurel.  The fog held the colors of sunrise and the snow blanked the ground and trees in the photo.   The clouds added an interesting perspective to the photo. 3/11/2014 at  8:07 am.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22 1/10 sec., ISO 200) 92mm focal length.


2. Nighttime photography:




This was taken on a trip to Seattle.  This is the marina on the Kirkland waterfront.  It was a foggy, misty morning and that, with the sunlight through the clouds gave an interesting feeling to this early morning shot.  1/25/2014 at 9:24.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/8, 1/40 sec., ISO 800) 20 mm focal length. 



This was a sunrise photo taken from a place on top of the rims and across from the airport.  I used some light painting to lighten the bark on the tree.  4/6/2014 at 7:47 am. (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/11, 1/80 sec., ISO 400) 36 mm focal length. 

  
This was an early morning (sunrise-moon set) shot that was taken looking west from the rims on across from the airport.  The plants in the foreground were light painted to allow them to be seen without shadow. 2/18/2014 at 7:59 am)  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22, 6 sec., ISO100) 18 mm focal length.

3. Additional photos:


This was a photo taken between billings and Molt early one morning on a foggy, snowy day.  3/7/2014 at 9:07 am.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22, 1/2 sec., ISO 100) 19 mm focal length. 


This is the long enclosed hallway on the north side of the Marine Corps Recruit depot near the Drill Instructor's School.  It's a memory I will always have as I lived in some of the buildings during over a year of school in 1964.  4/21/2014 at 3:30 pm.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/5.6, 1/1000 sec., ISO 3200) 21 mm focal length. 


This is a chetah who is following a rabit at between 60 and 70 miles per hour.  It was about 6-8 feet away when it passed me.  Example of panning and a quick shutter speed.  4/18/2014 at 4:37 pm.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/11, 1/125 sec., ISO 200) 135 mm focal length. 


Interesting equipment on the deck of a beach house.  Overcast day in Mission Beach.   4/13/20 14 at 12:26. pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/5.6, 1/8000 sec., ISO 800) 62 mm focal length



Wooden Roller Coaster at Belmont Park in Mission Beach, CA. 4/13/2014 at 12:43 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/16, 1/400 sec., ISO 200) 52 mm focal length.    


Restaurant at Seaport Village in San Diego, CA.  4/14/2014 at 8:01 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/3.5, 1/1000 sec., ISO 3200) 18 mm focal length.  


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring Semester - Week fourteen

This week is my Spring Break in CA.  I'm enjoying celebrating my wife's birthday with her kids and their families (including 4 grandchildren).  Enjoying the sights of San Diego and other parts of Southern California, so I thought I'd focus on travel photos for San Diego.  Hope you enjoy them.


Nearly as soon as we landed, we began our adventure in San Diego.  We visited the Seaport Village on the waterfront for shopping and dinner.  This photo was actually taken the next morning during a sunrise shoot.  4/14/2014 at 8:22 am,  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/6.3, 1/30 sec., ISO 200) 28 mm focal length.


During my sunrise shoot I became interested in this cafe at the end of the pier on pilings.  I like the texture of the wood.  4/14/2014 at 7:58 am.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/4, 1/3200 sec., ISO 3200) 28 mm focal length.


Traveling to Mission Beach, I noticed this group of toys on the deck of a condominium.  I thought it really spoke for the lifestyle of the beach cities.  4/13/2014 at 12:26 pm. (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/5.6, 1/8000 sec., ISO 800) 62 mm focal length.


Our hotel was in Old Town San Diego, so we spent one afternoon and evening touring this fascinating part of California history.  4/13/2014 at 4:44 pm.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/11, 1/60 sec., ISO 100) 20 mm focal length.


Wooden Roller Coaster in Belmont Park in Mission Beach.  Well kept up historic landmark.  4/13/2014 at 12:43.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/16, 1/400 sec., ISO 200) 52 mm focal length.



No self-respecting tourist would visit San Diego without a trip to Sea World.  We were no different and spent the day there.  Of course we went to the Shamu show.  A wet time was had by many. 4/15/2014 at 2:10 pm. (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/11, 1/80 sec., ISO100) 135 mm focal length.


Other sights at Sea World included some very impressive Flamingos.  4/15/2014 at 10:20 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/5.6, 1/320 sec., ISO 200) 106 mm focal length. 



And, of course, no trip to Sea World is complete, without seeing the dolphins.  4/15/2014 at 12:53 pm. (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/11, 1/200 sec., ISO 200) 87 mm focal length.


No trip to San Diego is complete without a visit to Hotel Del Coronado.  It is a very historic part of Coronado Island.  4/14/2014 at 11:22 am. (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22, 1/15 sec., ISO 100) 18 mm focal length.


While we were in Oceanside - there was a full eclipse of the moon that I was able to photograph - when it was in full eclipse - hence the reddish color.  The blue object is a star.  4/15/2014 at 1:16 am. (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/5.6, 1/5 sec., ISO 6400) 126 mm focal length.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring Semester, Week Thirteen

This week the class took a field trip to Red Lodge.  We took many landscape shots of the mountains, creeks, and valleys in the area.  We also spent time in groups shooting Commercial shots that each group had planned.  It was an interesting trip and, of course with Dave with us, we learned a great deal.

Here are a few shots from that trip.


Students using our instructor as a model.  The item being shot is the backpack. 4/6/2014 at 12:49 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/11, 1/25 sec., ISO 100) 79 mm focal length.


This was taken northwest of Red Lodge when my team was shooting commercial shots, but with the background and frame I couldn't not take this photo.  4/6/2014 at 2:12 pm. (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/11, 1/1250 sec., ISO 200) 29mm focal length.



This was a landscape with interesting clouds and fog.  Taken near the area where the first photo above was taken.  4/5/2014 at 12:51 pm. (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/11, 1/100 sec., ISO 100) 18 mm focal length.


Our second stop in our trip was a creek where we had many opportunities to photograph very different views.  This was a very winter scene.  4/6/2014 at 8:35 am.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22, 1/40 sec., ISO 640) 30 mm focal length.


This is another view of the same location.  4/6/2014 at 8:33 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/20, 1/4 sec., ISO 100) 18 mm focal length.


Here is another location with a bridge across the creek.  4/6/2014 at 8:29 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22, 1/4 sec., ISO 100) 18 mm focal length.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring Semester - Week Twelve

This week I will focus on Commercial Photography.  We will also, during this week, have a trip to Red Lodge to produce some photos.  Next weeks post should have some commercial photos to give some examples.  The website below pretty much outlines what one person thinks Commercial photography encompasses.



http://www.steves-digicams.com/knowledge-center/how-tos/becoming-a-professional-photographer/what-is-commercial-photography.html#b

This website gives some tips regarding product photography specifically.

http://www.smashandpeas.com/7-product-photography-tips/

This site has some great tips on travel photography.

http://digital-photography-school.com/10-travel-photography-tips/

This week, my photos include travel, product and some I've used for training.

Photographs:

Southwest Indian woman who was part of a tribal fashion show at the National Indian Council on Aging Conference in Tacoma, WA in 2008.  9/8/2008 at 12:40 pm.  (EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF75-300 mm f/4-5.6 III lens) ( f/5, 1/125 sec, ISO 200)  150 mm focal length.



"Coming in from Patrol" statue at the Vietnam Memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C.  4/21/2005 at 3:02 pm.  (Fugifilm FinePix S3100 digital camera)  (f/32, 1/15 sec, ISO 100)  14 mm focal length.



Iwo Jima Statue at Arlington National Cemetary.  5/30/2007 at 5:13 pm.  (EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 mm lens) (f/10, 1/160 sec/ISO 400)  34 mm focal length.


Teddy bears and candy canes for sale at the Victorian Country Christmas Event in Puyallup, WA.  This is a film photograph that was taken with a Minolta SRT201 with a MD ROKKOR-X 50 mm f/1.4 lens.  It was digitized on January 3, 2009 at 11:05 am.


This was a display at the Victorian Country Christmas Event at the Puyallup Fairgrounds in Washington.  This is a film photograph that was taken with a Minolta SRT201 with a MD ROKKOR-X 50 mm f/1.4 lens. It was digitized on January 3, 2009 at 11:04 am.





Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spring Semester - Week eleven

This week I decided to put some travel photos together that I took on my Canadian trip last May. We spent two days on the Rocky Mountaineer which is a tour train that we took from Vancouver, BC to Banff, Alberta.  I also included photos of the Snow Coach on the Athabasca Glacier and the Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls.

http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-tips/travel-photography-tips/




Heading into the Rockies aboard the Rocky Mountaineer on day two of the trip.  5/7/2013 at 1:36 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22, 1/40 sec., ISO 320) 22 mm focal length.



People taking photos from the outside balcony aboard the Rocky Mountaineer during the trip to Banff, Alberta. 5./7/2013 at 2:43 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22, 1/30 sec., ISO 800) 18 mm focal length.


Mount Rundle from a turquoise glacial lake near Banff, Alberta. 5/8/2013 at 10:50 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22, 1/60 sec., ISO640) 32 mm focal length.  



Spiral Tunnel near Banff, Alberta.  This is one of two tunnels above each other that slows the trains coming down into Banff. The engine of the train above is the front of the train going into the tunnel below.  5/9/2013 at 11:08. (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22, 1/25 sec., ISO 3200) 44 mm focal length.



Bow falls behind the Fairmont Hotel in Banff, Alberta.  5/8/2013 at 3:41 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/7.1, 1/100 sec., ISO 100) 24 mm focal length.



Boat on Emerald Lake in YOHO National Forest near Lake Louise, Alberta. 5/9/2103 at 11:37 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22, 1/40 sec., ISO 640) 30 mm focal length.



Lake Beaufert at the Fairmont Hotel in Jasper, Alberta.  5/11/2013 at 8:22 am.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22, 1/60 sec., ISO 2000) 38 mm focal length.


Brewster Snow Coach on the Athabasca Glacier on the Ice Fields Parkway heading from Lake Louise to Jasper.  5/10/2013 at 1:58 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22, 1/50 sec., ISO 125) 26 mm focal length


Getting close and personal to the American Falls aboard the Maid of the Mist.  (Niagra Falls) 5/15/2013 at 12:52 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/11, 1/100 sec., ISO 100) 32 mm focal length.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring Semester - Week ten


This week we discussed time lapse video.  Here is a selection that was taken on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 8:37 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/11, 1/125 sec., ISO100)  92 mm focal length.  39 frames connected in a Lightroom slideshow that was made into an mp4 video.     



I also decided to try star trails.  I set up my tripod facing north from the porch on the side of my house.  The sky isn't quite dark enough because of the sky glow from city lights.  but it did come on somewhat ok.  I will try later away from the city.  3/12/2014 at 9:05 pm.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/5.6, 1202 sec., ISO 100)  18 mm focal length. 


This was another star trail photo that was taken the next morning.  3/13/2014 at 05:38. (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/5.6, 2405 sec., ISO 100) 18 mm focal length. Probably a little better, except the color shifted on the rims.  You can see that there was an airplane or two took off during the time lapse.