Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Photographing my son's swim meet

My son, Connor, is swimming year round now and we had a swim meet last weekend. Like most photographers, I was not about to leave my camera at home. So, along with cheering him on, I captured some pictures of him and some of the other kids.

I have always preferred photographing the Butterfly stroke because the swimmers come out of the water so much more than in the other strokes. This was just as true in Beijing for the Olympics as it was here at our local swim meet.

I loved it when the swimmers performed their turns in the backstroke. As they resurface, they are exhaling which makes for some pretty cool bubble patterns.

This is the first time that I have captured this type of backstroke entry into the water at this exact time of entry. Pretty cool.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Back home now

There is nothing better than flying back home after being gone for a week of traveling (even if the trip goes great). I was able to catch an earlier flight from NY and landed home in time to see the kids before they went to sleep. On my way into Denver, for the connection, the sun was low in the sky and created some nice light off the engine of the plane for this shot.

Moose Peterson and I saw these cool fire escapes off of Canal Street and I thought that it would make a cool picture by combining the different shots into one image. You can see his great shots at http://www.moosenewsblog.com/

Monday, November 17, 2008

Photographing NY with Moose Peterson

Photo by Moose Peterson

As many of you know, Moose Peterson is one of my mentors, and having the chance to shoot with a photographic wizard and great friend is a real treat. We shot some pictures on Sunday night and then went out again this morning. Today, we started off at Canal Street and just meandered from there. We ended up finding some really great areas to shoot. Since it is 1am here in NYC, I am going to post some images and get some sleep. I will add more later. Happy dreams!
Check out the moon over Radio City Music Hall

A very cool tile ceiling that we happened to find along our city trek.

I love the different levels of clouds that formed over this city today.

We ended up at the Brooklyn Bridge. This is the first time that I have ever walked the bridge during the day, and what a great day it was.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Finally got a chance to photograph Washington DC

I have wanted to photograph Washington DC for a couple of years now and I finally had a chance to do so. The weather was not ideal for shooting big city scapes (it was very overcast with some light rain), but made for some cool close up shots and night photography. Hey, if the weather is not ideal, find the ideal shots for the current conditions.

The following picture is one of my favorites from this short trip. This is a photo taken at the Korean War Memorial. The weather was really misty which added to the scene. I set up my camera on a tripod, left the shutter open for 30 seconds and walked in front of each statue and fired my flash to "light paint" each of them.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Pictures from the Helicopter Shoot (FINALLY!)

Flying over New York city was really amazing and provided a very unique view of the city. Here are a couple of images that I captured while hanging out of the chopper.

Check out the amount of light generated by the advertising signs of Time Square. Pretty cool (literally).