On Saturday morning, I had the opportunity to go out with a local group of photographers for Kelby’s annual Worldwide Photo Walk here in Corvallis, Oregon.
A huge thank you to Kat Sloma for leading this year’s event!
The weather in Corvallis was expected to get near 70 mid day but I was glad to see some early morning fog downtown near the river. And by late morning it had all but burned off.
Just to be honest, I typically find it difficult to shoot in downtown Corvallis. It’s probably because I’ve been here near 20 years and I’ve walked the streets many times with a camera (the downtown really isn’t all that big). And just about every time I pull out a camera down there those “been there, done that” storm clouds start raining on me again.
That said, below are a few more from the morning in no particular order.
Earlier in the morning, I clung to the fog. Later in the morning, it was the light shining down the east-west streets that caught my attention.
When it comes to photo walks – there’s always discussion on gear. This year I kept it light. Really light. OK – maybe not as light as the mobile-photography folks. But much, much lighter than I’ve been in years past. This year I had just the X100s – and in a jacket pocket I had two extra batters, one extra memory card, a lens cleaning cloth, and one little dinosaur that came in a Photojojo package – just in case it got boring out there (figured I could capture him in various Corvallis locations).
On Labor Day I had the chance to get out for a day hike with Jim up to Burnt Lake in the Mt Hood Wilderness. It was just a 6.5 mile or so round trip – but I took more gear than any one person should be allowed on a day hike. Fortunately, I had the f-Stop Loka backpack and it performed flawlessly down the trail.
And in no particular order here are a few photos from the outing.
Not too much later after this first photo – Mt Hood was mostly blanketed by clouds.
We found Lost Creek Falls. I great little spot. The greens were quite lush – but I sort of liked the B&W treatment on this one.
Late-morning light peaking through trees on the trail.
As an experiment – I set up a Contour POV camera for stop motion capture (1 frame / per second). Then I stitched the images together at 10 frames per sec to put together a quick time lapse of the hot air balloon launch from Saturday morning at the NW Art & Air Festival. Enjoy!
Had a chance to get out for the hot air balloon launches this weekend over at the NW Art & Air Festival in Albany, OR. This year – I worked the entire weekend with only a 17-55mm f/2.8. And yes – there were times I wished I had the fisheye and, yes, there were times that something a bit longer would have helped. But it was a good challenge nonetheless.
By the way, been digging the VSCO filters.
And, yes, that’s one of those crazy “tiny planet” panoramas up there. Over on the Camera 47 Facebook page you’ll find a few more. I’ve been experimenting a bit with them lately.
Over the last few years I’ve had a chance to shoot some rodeo and it’s been a heck of a lot of fun. But on Saturday – while shooting over at the Benton County (Fair &) Rodeo – they had an event new to me – mounted shooting.
And, yes, I was completely out of position (should have been on the other end of the arena for this course) – but I’m really looking forward to trying it again.
That said – it’s not often that you see a rodeo queen with a single action Colt .45. Yep – that’s Nicole Schrock, the current Miss Rodeo Oregon, trying her hand at mounted shooting.
And another one.
BTW – if gear is your thing (or if you’re mulling teleconverters)– here’s a possible data point for you – I shot the entire afternoon with a Canon 1.4x teleconverter on a 70-200 f/4L. There was plenty of action and plenty of light making it was a great combination. Of course, the teleconverter will drop you a stop – equivalent of f/5.6. Only once or twice did the autofocus refuse to cooperate – but more likely due to operator error. And, if you’ve read this far – you might find it interesting that this isn’t the latest version – I was able to pick up a used second generation 1.4x over at Adorama.
I think I read somewhere that the Jefferson, Oregon Frog Jumping contest (part of the Jefferson Mint Festival) is the second largest such event this side of the Mississippi. It’s entirely possible. I didn’t get an official participant count – but I have no reason to believe that there were less than 100 folks ready to coach their frog to victory. And if you didn’t have a frog with you – they were kind enough to rent frogs. So – for $5 – you could both enter the contest and borrow an amphibian, too.
So – without delay, I’ll just hop straight to a few photos from the afternoon.
(And just in case you’re curious about these sorts of things – photos 1, 3 and 4 were partly processed using the VSCO film emulation package. I just picked it up – and have probably been using it way too much. Hopefully I’ll have a better review of it a bit later.)
Just finished up 4 days at the Philomath Frolic & Rodeo. Still working on a stack of photos and a bit of video. But so as not to keep you waiting – here’s another steer wrestling photo.
Here’s a few from the Thursday night action at the 2013 Philomath Frolic & Rodeo.
Steer wrestling. Here’s one of those moments just after the steer stops mid run and the bulldogger is about to come up empty handed.
Team roping. Shot this one wide.
Tie down roping. Just one of those days.
Filed under rodeo, sports
When I saw these two buildings over the weekend – I was hoping there was an image in it somewhere. Only had the X100s with me. I’m really starting to like that camera.
Night markets are popular in Taiwan. They’re bustling with people and food and activity. This one is from the Liouhe Night Market in Kaohsiung and was shot with the X100s (remarkable in low light).
Filed under street, travel