Space Shuttle Enterprise Photos

Photographing the space shuttle has been on my photo bucket list for a while. Sadly I never made it to Florida for a live launch. So when I heard a few weeks ago this piggy back flight was going to take place I was energized to get some photos. The weather forced several delays but the voyage finally happened this past Friday, April 27, 2012.

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Water Rescue at Merrill Creek

Emergency workers from Merrill Creek Reservoir are seen here  towing back a boat that capsized on Merrill Creek shortly before noon today. None of the three men were injured. “Only our pride as fishermen was hurt” one of the three men responded. He simply said “we lost our footing.” He also went on to say he’s been a fisherman for 30 years and this has never happened to him before. Their 14’ boat was towed back to shore and is seen here being put back on its trailer. The water this time of year is very cold. Today it’s 48 degrees.

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Motion Blur

I recently watched a Podcast on Photography and one of the items covered was how to blur the background on motion shots. It seemed relatively easy to do. Until you try and do it yourself!

These were all taken in NYC in Central Park near Columbus Circle on a recent trip.

The trick is to NOT have your camera in any type of automatic mode. Ideally you want to be able to set the speed (Tv) of you exposure. Different cameras have different ways of setting that. On Canon’s it’s Tv mode.

These shots were all set on 1/30 of a second. I would suggest experimenting with either 1/60 (but not higher) and possibly lower. Going lower will yield more blur but you have to track the subject precisely.

And the second part is tracking your subject. This goes against everything you learned so far in photography. You do NOT want to keep the camera still completely. Ideally you are tracking the subject as they approach. You also should try and take the photo when they are perpendicular to you as much as possible. It sounds easy but when your subject is moving, it goes by fast!

Lastly I would try and compose your subject so there is empty space in front of the direction your subject is traveling. I did *not* do this very well in the first and last photo. Got it a little in the middle. The empty space gives viewers eyes comfort in knowing the moving subject has someplace to go.

Photos from Palm Sunday & Good Friday

Below are some images captures with my cell phone camera (Samsung Focus) of Palm Sunday and Good Friday 2012 at Church of the Holy Spirit.

Each year on Good Friday, many people from CHS take the day off and serve others that day.