Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Agile Fox Friday Foto – 08.17.2012

After a year and a half of including a ‘pic of the week’ at the end of my weekly training summary, I’ve decided to let it stand as a post of its own.  I’m also implementing a rule that the Friday Foto needs to have been taken sometime in the last week.  No recycling.  I am doing this to keep me engaged in building my photography skills, and to make me work harder to get fresh shots.  Click here to see my previous Friday Foto posts.

First attempt at a levitation photo.  It was a fun time, and my daughter had no problem hamming it up for the camera.  The technique I used (layer mask in GIMP) comes in handy for many different photo applications, so it was good to practice it a bit more for this shot.

It was a great learning experience and way to expand my skillset.  The end result makes me smile every time I look at it!

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Floating Kid
1/250 f/8, 10mm @ ISO 400

The Agile Fox Friday Foto – 08.10.2012

After a year and a half of including a ‘pic of the week’ at the end of my weekly training summary, I’ve decided to let it stand as a post of its own.  I’m also implementing a rule that the Friday Foto needs to have been taken sometime in the last week.  No recycling.  I am doing this to keep me engaged in building my photography skills, and to make me work harder to get fresh shots.  Click here to see my previous Friday Foto posts.

I raced bikes in the pre-YouTube age.  Judging from the number of helmet cams, handlebar cams, and this alien looking video-copter I saw, things have changed quite a bit.  Races will soon need to hire air traffic controllers to keep the craft from crashing into each other and raining pieces of metal and plastic onto the participants.

This was the Bannock Street Criterium last Sunday afternoon.  I enjoyed spectating, but I’m not in any hurry to trade trail running for riding in circles around an office park.

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We’re Watching
1/640, f/8, 55mm @ 640 ISO

Be There

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The best thing about photography is being somewhere when something happens.  Showing up for who knows exactly what, but being ready to capture it when it comes.

I have been taking pictures for years.  There is a different mindset now that I am trying to shoot photographs.

This was one of those days where (in the pre-camera life) I would have spent the evening doing any number of mindless tasks, capped off with some time on the couch.  These days, at least a couple of times I week, I pack up the camera gear, recruit a kid or two, and head out to see what we can find.

This past week, doing that turned what would have otherwise been a Tuesday night just like any of the thousands before it, into something special.

After hitting Sonic for a slush (may have something to do with getting eager volunteers for the expedition), we headed for Roxborough State Park to check out a storm that was coming in fast.

We saw an amazing number of lightning strikes and managed to capture a few.  It was a great experience to share together, and a memory that we will be able to talk about for years to come.  Especially the part where, as I was explaining something to them, I snapped my fingers at the exact moment a huge flash and thunderclap boomed all around us.

I keep telling them you can’t get the good shots while you’re home sitting on the couch.  This was a perfect learning experience to see how getting out and working for something can yeild a good result.  Plus, it was just awesome to see.

I don’t have a neutral density filter to cut down the light entering the lens, so I had to make due by closing down the aperature as far as it would go and hope for darker skies.  By doing that I was able to stretch the shutter speed to 1 second, which meant I took 1 sec pictures over and over and over again, and hoped to get lucky with one of them.  I did.