Archives for the month of: August, 2015



For my son’s 16th birthday, we went to King’s Island in  Cincinnati, Ohio. I didn’t want to take my good camera because I didn’t want to keep up with it all day on rides and risk water or shock damage. Luckily, smartphone technology allows me to take some pretty good shots with my Motorola Moto X. Photos that I take on my smartphone and I-pad automatically upload to Dropbox, so when I got home, I was able to pull the pictures from King’s Island off Dropbox and edit them in Photoshop. If you are not using Dropbox, it’s pretty awesome. You should be.

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Canon Rebel, ISO 100, F/5.6, 1/200 sec.


Sometimes the action in the photo is more powerful left unfocused. For example, in the photo above, it is obvious that there is a baseball game going on. However, the fence is what is in focus. There are a couple of reasons why a photographer may want to take the photo this way. The most important for me as a part-time graphic artist, is that I can use this photo as a text background, perhaps as part of a Powerpoint presentation or a introductory image in a baseball league slideshow. A common problem photographers have is that when an image is needed, there are not releases to publish the faces of the people in the picture. This method solves that dilemma by making the people in the photo unrecognizable.


Canon Rebel, ISO 400, F/1.8, 1/50 sec.

We have had a lot of rain this summer in Kentucky. In this image, I wanted to show the raindrops on the door with the overworked rain gauge barely recognizable in the background.


Canon Rebel, ISO 400, F/5, 1/30 sec.

Same for this picture taken from the windshield of my car. You can see the roadway in the background, but the focus of the photo is the raindrops. I can envision this picture being used as an ad for windshield wipers or a public service ad about slowing down on wet roads.


Canon Rebel, ISO 400, F/1.8, 1/4000 sec.

This image and the one below make me want to escape the confinements of the fence and gate to the wide open spaces beyond.


Canon Rebel, ISO 400, F/1.8, 1/4000 sec.


Canon Rebel, ISO 400, F/1.8, 1/1000 sec.

Lastly, I took this photo of our lonely fire pit in the background with the fence dripping water in focus. It has been too wet to even enjoy a fire this summer.

Remember, you will probably have to manually focus you camera for these shots, as the auto focus will pick up on the larger objects in the frame. You want to make sure what you are focusing on is very sharp. Hopefully, these have inspired you to look for ways to use your camera to capture images from an unusual perspective.

Have fun 🙂

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Canon Powershot, F/4, ISO 800, 1/250 sec.

Shooting into the light source is tricky for photographers, but when done at the right time and from the right angle, it can produce some spectacular effects. The photo above was taken close to sundown and the sun is barely peeking out from behind a tree.


Canon Powershot, F/4, ISO 800, 1/250 sec.

This shot, taken moments later, shows the reflection of the sun on the water.


Canon Powershot, F/8, ISO 800, 1/250 sec.

This photo was also taken close to sunset. I was surprised to see some lovely lens flare in this shot.

For more information about light leaks, see this post.

Have fun 🙂


Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/794 sec.

We took a trip to the Kentucky Speedway this year for the running of the Quaker State 400. This was my second trip to the race.



Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/513 sec.

I decided to shoot some HDR of crowd gathered outside the speedway. The three shots were so fast that there was hardly any movement of the people.


Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/800 sec.

This sand sculpture was a tribute to Jeff Gordon, who is racing his last year.


Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/640 sec.


Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/500 sec.


Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/320 sec.


Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/160 sec.

Of course, there are always retired cars on display.


Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/400 sec.


Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/800 sec.


Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/6.3, 1/1600 sec.


Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/1600 sec.

There was a great fly-over.


Canon Rebel, ISO 1600, F/5.6, 1/50 sec.

Being a night race made it difficult to take pictures of the cars when they were in front of me with the equipment I had with me. The ISO on my Rebel only goes to 1600 and the zoom lens I was using only opens to F/5.6 when zoomed. Therefore 1/50 sec. shutter speed was the fastest I could achieve. These cars were traveling at 200 m.p.h. A 1/50 sec. shutter speed would not capture them. I kinda like the way this shot turned out, despite my limitations.


Canon Rebel, ISO 1600, F/5.6, 1/50 sec.

The race concluded with fireworks. In case you are interested – Kyle Busch won. My son was happy. He’s a Busch fan.


Canon Rebel, F/5.6, ISO 100, 1/250 sec.


Canon Rebel, F/5.6, ISO 100, 1/250 sec.

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