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I got to photograph my daughter's cross country meets this year. It was a great chance to be outside to enjoy the beautiful fall weather we enjoyed in Oregon this year. Plus, it gave me another chance to practice sports photography.
These shots are from Dragonslayer, the fourth meet of the year. Dragonslayer is a much bigger event than the earlier meets with schools participating from all around the Portland area. Held at Overlook Park in Portland, the small course was crowded and lively as the runners wound around old trees, over hills and past soccer practices making three loops. By the end the faster runners had lapped many of the slower participants. We arrived just in time for the 7-8 grade race.
Congratulations go out to the HVMS boys for the win!
Here are a few of my favorite shots from the race. There are several options if you want to see more pics from this event just click on the links below:
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If you prefer to see the gallery over at my Facebook page (a very easy place to "Like" or comment) you can click here.
We see a wide assortment of goldfinches in our yard. They seem to be brightening up compared to the more drab plumage we saw through the Fall season.
I often hear the distinctive chirp of a hummingbird accosting me unseen from high branches around the borders of the yard; broadcasting that, while others (particularly the humans that fill the feeder) may make short visits, all should be aware that this yard has already been claimed!
The previous owner of our home saw this pic and said this is the Pepping Happy Valley Hummer. I think this is the cheeky little fellow that chirps at us any time we trespass in his backyard.
I've been to quite a few zoos, and this one ranks high on my list. I found the Great Northwest area of the zoo to be particularly impressive with its diverse animals, habitats, and forested layout. Maybe it was because of the lower temperatures or the on-again off-again rain, but many of the animals seemed particularly alert and active.
I probably only saw half of the exhibits on this visit so I'll be wanting to go back again soon. Although, during a particularly heavy rain shower I got to spend over 20 minutes inside the Elephant Museum; plenty of time to read each and every plaque within the display, some of them twice. So, I may not need to go back to that part of the zoo...
This polar bear was snoozing until rain started falling more heavily. I snapped this as the rain woke it up. It soon moved out of the rain.
My daughter started running cross country last fall and had a great time. She is having an even better experience this year and I've enjoyed documenting the events through pictures as can be seen in the photos and the linked gallery, below.
My photo gallery from last year's concert is probably my personal favorite of all my work. And, while I don't know that this year's gallery is up to the same standards as last year I do like it a lot. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the 2012 Sugar concert. Enjoy!
And while you're there you can "like" that page, too, but only if you do like it...
Don and Shelley drew a crowd of their own when they showed off their cha-cha skills during a brief intermission.
There were several other tall ships cruising the Hudson River with the Eagle this fine May morning (here's a list of most of the major participants). Each time we passed one of these ships our crew manned the rail, and their crew did likewise. I think the most impressive were the ships like the Dewaruci of Indonesia that had crew members waving in choreographed precision from high aloft in the rigging.
The Eagle led the procession into Manhattan beginning just south of the Verrazano bridge. Following us was the destroyer USS Roosevelt, which was the lead vessel in an impressive battle group that included several more destroyers and the LHD-1 Wasp. Circling the group were several small heavily armed Coast Guard vessels, insuring that nothing interfered with the parade.
My next post will focus more on the aerial portions of the event. Until then, check out the pics below or head over to the big gallery.
The Dewaruci of Indonesia
The CUAUHTEMOC of Mexico
It should come as no surprise I had my camera along for the ride -- I came home with over 1,000 photos. With everything going on lately it has taken me a looooong time to get up the ambition needed to sort through and edit that many photos! The other item of note, photographically speaking, is that this was the last event that I photographed in .jpg format. Right after my cruise aboard the Eagle I switched to RAW format as an experiment. This was based, partially, upon on a conversation I had with a "serious" photographer on board the Eagle, and I haven't had any desire to switch back. RAW format chews up my hard drive and pushes the processing capabilities of my laptop, but it allows me a level of editing control that I just can't get with .jpg pics. In fact, it has been so long since I took these .jpg pictures aboard the Eagle that I found it very frustrating to go back and try to get the results I wanted now that I've been working in RAW for several months.
Since there are so many pics in total I plan to make a few posts highlighting my favorites by topic.
This post is really about getting myself, a civilian land lubber, on board a very cool tall ship early on the morning of May 23. So here goes...
Once I had accepted the invitation to ride along I received an email from a friendly Coast Guard public relations rep instructing me to arrive at the financial district of lower Manhattan by 6:30 AM. There a pair of 45-foot Coast Guard response boat-mediums (RBM) would begin ferrying VIPs out the to Eagle, lying at anchor just off the Statue of Liberty.
To ensure a timely arrival, I stayed the night at a hotel I Pricelined up near Times Square and then took the subway down to the WTC and my date with the Coast Guard. I arrived on time along with a sizable group. In fact, there were so many members of the press and other VIPs that I got to wait a couple of hours for my turn to board an RBM for my trip out to the Eagle. So I wandered the marina observing the endless stream of New Yorkers running, cycling, and walking their dogs while the sun rise reflected off of WTC 1.
After watching several boatloads of passengers make their way out to the distant Eagle it was finally my turn! I boarded the last RBM shuttle and once we cleared the marina they rev'd the twin 825 HP diesel engines and the financial district shrunk quickly behind us. I had a great view of the Eagle and the Statue of Liberty as we approached, however, I had a difficult time taking pictures because I thought it wise not to fall headlong into the Hudson River. I alternated snapping photos between other passengers and holding fast to the engine cowling to avoid taking a bath. I will say this, though, if you ever get the chance to ride a water taxi with a bow-mounted M240 machine gun, I highly recommend it!
We circled the Eagle and I made may way up a set of stairs to the deck, where I met my host for what promised to be an exciting day.
My lens was not wide enough to get the whole ship (at least not shooting one handed from a moving RBM)
One more of Lady Liberty, posing with our special water taxi (the one wearing that bright band of orange)
The annual Beatles concert was presented by Koffee Works of Old Lyme and took place outside their shop under a beautiful sunset. Ticket to Ride has had a good year so far. They appeared on the local Fox affiliate and they are rumored to have spent quite a bit of time in the studio of late (fingers crossed that their laying down tracks for an album). It seems like that work in the studio is paying dividends. These boys from Liverpool have really tightened up their harmonies and polished up their chords! They sounded fantastic and they once again had this crowd twisting and shouting over and between the painted lines of the bank parking lot late into the evening.
The dancers overcame stifling heat and humidity (NLHS didn't see fit to turn on their AC, to the detriment of the dancers and the audience) and still managed to put on an inspirational performance that was impressive in both its scope and quality. All in attendance were treated to a top-notch dance presentation the likes of which is rarely seen in this area.
Below I have posted a few of my favorite shots from the event, along with a link to a larger gallery. The lighting was pretty sparse, so I was quite pleased to pull even this much detail from the images. I've been shooting in RAW format for a few months now, which tends to allow me to crank more detail out of highlight and shadow areas, along with chewing up my open hard drive space...
This cormorant dove hundreds of times and came up with fish nearly every time. I'd call this a double crested cormorant based on the other pics I can find online.
This great blue heron just hung out right next to the ferry landing, not caring that I was wandering all over his (or her) beach
The seagulls and I could tell when the cormorant was going to surface. The surface of the water began roiling with fish trying to swim away from the diving bird. Good news for a hungry seagull!
This was a very mild mannered bulldog. He didn't even eat the little Yorkshire terrier that came yipping at his heels.
Summer in Portland is actually beautiful! Blue skies, sunshine, low humidity... Hopefully I'll get around to posting some Portland pics soon!
Before my trip I struggled with the decision of whether or not to bring my camera along. As much as I enjoy taking pictures, there are trips (business trips in particular) where I don't ever take my camera out of its case. Lugging the camera on and off of airplanes only to not use it can be a pain. Well, as you can see, I finally opted to bring the camera along again... I think I chose wisely.
Finding myself alone for several hours with my camera in tow in a place as picturesque as this... Well, there are worse ways to spend an evening on a business trip. I watched the ferry boats running back and forth across the sound in tandem, I observed lots of wildlife, and I generally just had a great time. I capped off the evening with a delicious dinner at Ivar's followed by another half hour on the piers watching the sunset.
I started out shooting with a flash but didn't really like how it was flattening the images out. So, I switched to just shooting with natural light and I was much happier with the images I was able to get. Here are just a few of my favorites from the session.
As we finished our fireworks show, the real fireworks began. A large storm cell rolled in and the kids camped out in the driveway to watch the lightning streaking across the sky accompanied by surround sound thunder claps.
No offense to our Wal-Mart fireworks, but Mother Nature seems to know how to put on a much more impressive show!
I posted photos of this event right after Memorial Day and LymeLine.com ran some of them when they were fresh and new!
This annual event is one of my family's favorite aspects of living in small-town Connecticut. There is a real sense of community as we see people we know from school, gymnastics, and little league scattered up and down Lyme Street.
The whole town seems to be involved in the parade. Everyone first meets at the parade staging area as many families have kids marching with a band, baseball team, scout troop, etc. Then the parade rolls by, kids throwing candy, other kids scrambling to pick up candy, parents and spectators waving and snapping pictures. Then, the whole town gets up and follows the parade down to the cemetery for the Memorial Day ceremony. Afterwards, the parade sort of reverses course and we all follow the marching bands back to the firehouse where the whole event started! After enjoying free hot dogs and soda on the apparatus floor of the firehouse, residents are welcome to wander down to the Lyme Academy for the antique car show and an impressive array of sparkling automobiles.
LOLMS Marching Band - Anchors Away, played 100 times!
(Mrs. Wind, the band director, will not listen to this song again for a few years, except in her nightmares!)