the Rodeo comes to Mountain Home, Arkansas

the Rodeo comes to Mountain Home, Arkansas

  Andrea and Caitlyn were at the Rodeo in Mountain Home this year helping raise money for Peitz Cancer Support House. They were selling raffle tickets, and the proceeds went to Peitz House. On the second day, I tagged along and brought a camera just to take a few images for fun. The rodeo did not start till after sundown, so that made for some very tough shooting conditions. I was shooting a canon 6d with 300/2.8 and the 85/1.4 L. both fast lenses, but I was still forced to shoot at iso6400.  Even with the ridiculous iso, I was still pretty happy with the results, I probably could have dropped the iso a stop or two when shooting with the 85, but the extra speed gained seemed to give me sharper results over the reduced noise from lower iso. No tripod, just a monopod. It was a fun evening, and we were there supporting a good cause, and I got to have a little fun shooting the rodeo which, by the way, was the first rodeo I have ever been seen....
Camping in Haw Creek Arkansas

Camping in Haw Creek Arkansas

Camping is an activity that has been a part of my life since i was very young and in boy scouts. In the past, I would go camping 6 to 12 times a year. I often now go camping to reach places that I would not be able to photograph without an overnight trip. We have recently moved to Arkansas, and even though we have lived here for more than a year, we have not have had an opportunity to get out for a weekend.   I finally had a weekend that would work, but the time would be tight, because of things going on, we would not be able to leave for our trip until 2pm on Saturday. That is a little late to go camping, it did not leave time to hike in to any spots, so we were tailgate camping.  We have had an incredible amount of rain this summer. I was looking for a campground in the Buffalo River area, and I wanted a waterfall nearby. I found that Haw Creek Campground in St. Francis National Park met all of those wants. Even though we have had a ton of rain, the water levels in Haw Creek were low....

The best photography gear that is not photography gear

  I have had quite a few gear posts to my blog recently. Well… Here is one more. Winter is on the way out. I am looking forward to spring. Once the temps start warming up and the trees start budding up I will be heading out for a little hiking and camping and a ton of photography. I often plan trips that are not possible or feasible to do without an overnight camping trip. For example, this spring I am planning a trip to a local landmark; it will be a 3-mile walk to the subject. Not very far really; but I want to photograph it just after the sunsets. That makes things a little more difficult. I, generally, do not like, or recommend hiking on unfamiliar trails after dark. It is very easy to get lost, or hurt. So, I will end up making this trip with an overnight stay at the intended photography location. In my youth, I did quite a bit of hiking and camping. It was one of my favorite pastimes.  As I have gotten older, things like a comfortable place to sleep have become far more important to me. I used to use a North Face Tadpole 23 Tent. Which is a legendary tent by itself. A good friend gave it to me when he got to old to go out on the trail any more. I used the hell out of that tent for about 15 years, and it still works as good now as the day I received it. There is only one problem with that tent. I just got tired of lying on the...

decompressing after ImagingUSA

I have been on the road traveling a little over 1,200 miles over just a few days. I just arrived home from ImagingUSA. If you are unfamiliar with ImagingUSA check it out here: http://imagingusa.org/. We had a good time, learned alot, didn’t sleep very much. We spent a few minutes while we were in Atlanta walking around and shooting some images....

Photographing the Night Sky

Photographing at night can be one of the most rewarding genera of photography. It can also be one of the most challenging. The inability to see is the greatest problem, and knowing your gear well enough that you can set up and operate by feel will go along way to making your trip far more productive. I have been using my canon gear long enough that I can change lenses and operate the camera by feel and not need a flashlight to see by. Careful packing will also help, the less time you spend digging in a bag looking for a memory card, the more time you can focus on shooting. Before shooting at night, I completely empty my bag, and put everything where it belongs, then when I get on site, I do not need a flash light, just reach in the bag and grab what you need by feel.  If you have ever worked in a darkroom, this will all seem very familiar. Planning your shoot can make the whole evening easier as well. I scout locations during the day, taking note on where foreground and background elements are in relation to each other. I use a few apps during the planning. Dark Sky finder  (http://www.jshine.net/astronomy/dark_sky/) will help you find areas that have little light pollution. Find an area on the map with little light pollution, then head out and scout locations, looking for anything that will look good with the star field in the background. I use stellurium (http://www.stellarium.org/) to find where and when astronomical objects will be within the area that I want to shoot....

Milky Way over Norfork River

  We took a road trip to Norfork, Ar to capture the Milky Way rising in the southern sky a few weeks ago. I was really happy with how this one turned out. I was using a Canon 5d and a Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 ( i used a simple nikon-to-canon converter to use the lens, however, you loose auto-aperture and auto-focus functions). Exposure was 30 seconds at 2.8 iso1600.   Here is another one, similar shot – just a different...