Saturday, June 27, 2009

Sunday Stills - Things with Wings!

The challenge this week was "Things with Wings!"

This challenge was a blast as I already a big fan of the Raptors.... the birds, not the team.

I love the eyes and different textures of feathers that each bird has.

I had the chance to shot some close up shots after the "Birds of Prey" show at the Columbus Zoo and loved every minute of it.

The choices were too numerous for me to pick but I decided on these two shots.

The looks they have are so impressive and to see them fly, unbeliveable!

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Sunday Stills - tri-color

This weeks sunday stills challenge was tri-color. The more color the better. The shot that I am submitting was shot last week in the Outer Banks in North Carolina. The town i was staying in was called Avon. It is just south of Rodanthe and North of Hatteras.

I hadn't been to the Outer Banks since I was a kid and didn't remember just how cool the area was. There isn't a "fast food" place in 35 miles of Kitty hawk. No McDonald's, no Wendy's and no Burger King. I did find a Subway but chose not to stop... There are no street lights and everyone is so laid back and never in a hurry.
I will be posting other photos from the area I was in, So be sure to stop back and take a look!
Also, stop by and check out my wife's photo blog!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Sunday Stills - Silhouettes

Silhouettes are always fun to shoot but a pain if you forget to turn off your fill flash...

This weeks challenge was pretty cool to try to shoot. I decided to go out in the late evening sun to try to get my shots. We drove over to an area park and waited for the sun to get a little lower in the sky.

Andrea (my beautiful wife) was my choice for my subject and was easy to shoot.

I also saw a flag pole that was flying our flag and waited for the sun to be just right. It didn't happen, so I had to lay down in the grass to take the shot (I normally wouldn't as I am allergic to the stuff).

Even with the sun directly behind for the shot, The colors still shined through!
I love our Flag!

A day at the circus!

A few weeks ago we took our kids to see the Ringling Bros. Circus. The greatest show on earth! They don't exagerate at all. This was the first circus that Allisa, now 12 years old (She saw the show at age 5) and is also the first circus for Elise, our 3 year old. She loved the whole show and "ooh'ed & aaah'ed" at all the right spots. The first photo is a shot that I took at Allisa's first circus. It is of a spinning globe of light that were selling for all the kids to get crazy over.
They turned out all the lights in the arena and I saw the cool patterns that it made.

The shot with the rings and ladies hanging was pure luck. The shot was way dark as they lowered the lights a little too far. Thank God for RAW! It was the only way this shot could have been saved.

This was one of Elise's favorite parts of the show. she sat on the edge of her seat the whole time that they were hanging on the rings.

When I asked her after the show, she said that this and the cotton candy were her favorites. I didn't care much for the cotton candy as it was $12 per bag but it did come with a plastic "Ring Master's" hat... Wow!

My favorite has always been the lion tamer act. This show used large tigers and they are and always will be my favorite big cat.

Have fun when you got to the circus but bring your own cotton candy...