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2014 Philomath Frolic & Rodeo: Rough Stock

Last week I shared a few from the Roping & Racing events.  This week – rough stock.

As it turns out, it was also an odd weekend for the bull riders as no one made it the full 8 seconds.  Good riders – just better bulls.

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Bull Riding

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Bull Riding

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That’s Bullfighter Cody Harsch.

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More Bull Riding

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Bareback Bronc

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Saddle Bronc

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Saddle Bronc

2014 Philomath Frolic & Rodeo: Roping & Racing

The Philomath Frolic & Rodeo just wrapped up another year and thankfully I had the chance to be out there again for three of the four shows.  Here’s a few from the roping and racing (plus one steer wrestling image).

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Steer Wrestling

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Tie Down Roping

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Barrel Racing

Yep, that’s Stevie Rae Willis of Stompin’ Ground fame.  I also have a photo of Sam Willis (her dad) steer wrestling here.

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Team Roping

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Break Away Roping

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Tie Down Roping

2014 Philomath Classic Car Show

Had the chance to head on over to the 2014 Philomath Classic Car Show on Saturday to walk among some great vintage cars and trucks.  For more details on the show – the local Corvallis newspaper has a pretty good write up here.

Great side note on this 1929 Ford Coupe – as it turns out, the fellow who brought this to the show was actually looking to buy a motorcycle the day he saw this sitting on the side of the road with a for sale sign on it.  It didn’t have an engine at the time but he soon had one in it and was driving it around town in no time.  I could probably spend an entire afternoon just shooting this one car.  Philomath Classic Car Show 2014 - 1000 -12

1929 Ford Coupe

As photographers, we know that car shows are probably some of the most difficult places to create photos.  So, why do we do it? 

To be honest, I have no idea…

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1948 MG TC

But since I’ve been experimenting with this X100S + IR filter combo for a couple of weeks – I decided early to simply keep to the IR theme.  And though I’m still working out a few things for the technique – I kind of liked them.

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1934 Ford 5 Window Coupe

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X100s + IR72 Filter (Early Results)

OK – this is going to brief but I thought I’d share some of my first results using the X100s + IR72 filter (for those looking for more details – it’s the Hoya IR72 in the 49mm size).

I haven’t a complete workflow yet – so please consider this a work in progress (specifically, I’m working on a false color workflow – though it’s possible the photo below would ultimately look better in B&W).

As it turns out, the X100s is a pretty good camera to use for this sort of work without modification to the camera / filter – keeping it intact for the rest of your photographic adventures.

I’ll try to post more as I hack through this process.

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B-17G: Nine-O-Nine

WWII Bombers - B17 - June 2014-1The Collings Foundation and their trio of aircraft again visited Corvallis this year.  And as I checked the archives of this blog – it looks like it’s been about 5 years since I last checked into the mostly-annual event.

They were scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, so I decided to try and catch the planes on approach (top photo).

WWII Bombers - B17 - June 2014-11As it turns out, as of midday Thursday, the P-51 still hadn’t arrived to Corvallis – but the bombers were available to scramble through.

On my way to the airfield, the overcast day was a bit disappointing, as I was looking forward to some blue-skies behind the shiny bombers.  But then I remembered a small bit not long ago from Kelby and his experiment of shooting iconic sites around the world on “seamless”.  In other words – he tried to highlight the structural beauty of the scenes – and simply treated the gray overcast as a giant softbox – and just let the background blowout (at least that’s how I interpreted it).  So I thought I’d give it a try (just for fun).  WWII Bombers - B17 -June 2014-5

WWII Bombers - B17 - June 2014-10The B-17G was the easier plane of the two to try this technique for two reasons.  The background behind it was a bit less cluttered – but more importantly – more people were meandering around the B-24.  Smile

For walking through the plane – I preferred the fisheye – as I thought it paired well with the curved interior spaces.

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(and if you’re curious – here’s my earlier post on the Nine ONine)

Photo 101: Best Places to Post Photos

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I get this question a lot – and for good reason – it’s confusing to muddle through all of the options.

By no means is this meant to be a comprehensive list – but below are a few services to consider.

FREE OPTIONS:

  • WordPress.com + a free portfolio template (this is probably one of the most under-considered options for photographers who only need to post a highly curated portfolio)
  • Flickr
  • 500px
  • Exposure.co (for the first 3 portfolios)
  • Google+

NOT SO FREE:

Hope that helps.  And if you have a favorite – just let us know in the comments below!

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(This is Photo 101: Introducing Photo Concepts in 101 Words or Less. If there’s a photo topic that you’d like to see here on Camera 47 – drop it in the comments below or contact me by ways of the About page. 

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Photo 101: The Rocket Blower

IMG_20140515_223214I hope that many of these posts are useful for most photographers but this one is specific to those with ILC’s (interchangeable lens cameras).

Those persistent dark spots in your images with small apertures (>f/5.6) are likely dust.  Even with the “auto dust-removal” feature, dust will cling to your charged sensor.

Typically, just an air burst will free it from your sensor (and from your images).  For this task,  I recommend the simple and inexpensive rocket blower.

One note, though I haven’t seen it, it appears at least one photographer has tangled with the TSA.  Solution?  Trim off the fins.  Smile

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(And for folks that missed the series introduction, this is Photo 101: Introducing Photo Concepts in 101 Words or Less. So, if there’s a photo topic that you’d like to see here on Camera 47 – drop it in the comments below or contact me by ways of the About page. 

And if you want to make sure to catch all of the posts in the Photo 101 series – and the rest of those on Camera 47 – simply subscribe to have them delivered direct to the your inbox.  Thanks!)

Photo 101: Introductory Photo Concepts in 101 Words or Less

low res for 5 hitsClear and concise.  It should be the goal of every instructor.  Richard Feynman once taught QED to a class that was open to anyone in the community.  Yes – Quantum Elecrodynamics – the same topic for which he won a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965.

To that, here’s my attempt to strip photo concepts to a level that’s clear and concise – and then to share them with folks that have questions.

So, if there’s a photo topic that you’d like to see here – drop it in the comments below or contact me by ways of the About page.

(and just in case you’re curious – the above 3 paragraphs totaled 101 words)

Smile

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2013 Top 11 Photos

It’s always a great challenge to look back on a year’s collection and to trim to a list of the best.  It’s an exercise I recommend to every photographer out there.  That said, the extra challenge is to get that list to only 10 photos.  Well, I almost made it this year – I trimmed this one to 11.  Smile

So, in no particular order, here’s my 2013 list with a bit on each addition.

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This first photo is from a children’s church group singing at a convalescence home.  It was a very sweet moment with folks stepping out of their rooms to hear the children sing Christmas carols in the hall.

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Once I saw these two barns – I just wanted to figure out a way to get the photo.  This is one of those rare images where (if I remember correctly) I was thinking black and white from the onset.

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In 2013 I had the opportunity to shoot two Polar Plunge events for Oregon Special Olympics.  This next photo is from the Corvallis event.  Initially I was torn between two photos for this list: “dynamic splash” and “pink tutu’s”.  You can see which one I chose.

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This was from the 2013 Photo Walk here in Corvallis.  It’s probably safe to presume that it took me over a hundred images to get this one.

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In the very next moment, this bull fighter found himself in the air (but my very next frame only had the legs of the bullfighter visible – I was zoomed in too far on the scene to get all of him in the air).

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The Lover’s Bridge in Danshui, Taiwan.  This is one of those rare images where I actually pre-visualized the final result.  Some folks are really good at that – I’m not.

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Jiufen, Taiwan is a great little market town.  Fortunately while we were there we were treated to this epic rain.

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Street opera in Tainan, Taiwan.  I like how this image shows the proximity of the street to the opera.

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Hot air balloon festival.  Another image here on the list with strong architectural elements.

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Sheep nor shearing are typically on my list of favorite images.  But, I liked this moment along with the lighting, color, and texture.

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Mt Hood in the clouds.  It wasn’t long after this image that the mountain was completely obscured by the incoming weather.

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Merry Christmas!

It’s a busy season with bunches of bustle – but I just wanted to wish all of you a Merry Christmas!

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And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”  [Luke 2:8-14]