Friday, September 16, 2022

Dynamic Area Auto Focus

 Dynamic Area Auto Focus really seemed to work well for basketball.  I had always used single point focus in the past but maybe the newer cameras work better with dynamic area auto focus.

Friday, September 9, 2022

Finally got the big bad lens

 I did it, I found a good deal on a 400mm f/2.8!  It is a 1985 model and very heavy, but it works!

Shot with my new to me 400mm f/2.8 on a D500

I was able to hold my 400mm on the monopod in my left hand while getting closer shots like this with my 105mm in my other hand.  

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Monday, December 13, 2021

Back from New Zealand

 I'm back.  Covid slowed everything down here at home but I'm back now and this was my one award winning photo from 2020

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Housefire in the Blue Light

Got a new lens and only need to do 30 jobs like the one above to pay for it.  YOLO!

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Housefire Close to Home

a first responder stands in the middle of Railroad avenue as smoke and steam from an extinguished house fire at 1407 Railroad, reflects orange light from a parked fire truck.

The 35mm 1.8 worked out well here as did the second D500.  What a treat it is to have two cameras that can focus in the dark. Most of these were shot in manual mode as well.

 I learned a lot during football season, learned to trust the meter in my viewfinder too.  When I trust the view finder meter I don't have to waste as much time chimping to see my histogram.  There is very little time to capture flames, the fire department had this fire knocked down less that 15 seconds after they started to put water on it.

I don't know what if any of these will be printed.  I only released the orange fog photo on my social media account.

A fire inside of a house begins to spread through a window to the outside  as the fire department arrives
and shines a light on the fence at 7:26 on Tuesday evening.

A fire fighter's shadow is cast on a fence as another firefighter enters the house moments before hitting the fire with water for the first time, as the fire begins to  leave a window and spread to the ouside of the house.

With the fire mostly extuguished a firefighter disappears into a cloud of smoke
and steam as he enters the partially burned house.
A PUD worker on the scene  lowers himself back down to his truck over the heads of first responders after he has finished cutting power to the house.

A PUD worker walks past disassembled fire hoses on Railroad ave that were used to supress the fire.
A child walks  towards the scene of the housefire on waterlogged Railroad avenue.
 Water from the fire suppression efforts spilled onto Railroad ave.

D500 times 2 finally.

I finally bought that second D500 I have been dreaming of.  My first job utilizing two d500 bodies was at the local very dark bowling alley. The area where the players sit is so much darker than the alley that  I can get good silhouette shots.  One Silhouette shot per job is great, after that I had to push my camera to the max to get usuable shots.  It was great to have two good cameras.  One was equipped with my workhorse second hand 70-200 f/2.8 that other with my new favorite lens the 35mm 1.8.

This week I also used my 10-20mm Sigma 4.5-5.6 to get a shot I have always wanted to try.  This lens is wide enough to pull it off.  10mm is really pushing it for a lens and it shows. The lens is a bit soft and at anything over about f/16 it is blurry.  f/8 seems to be the sweet spot for my copy but f/11 is okay too. I got the lens for real estate, but will use it a little bit for other things as well.

Thursday, November 22, 2018


I would not have tried to shoot through the net with my older camera and lens.  The D500 with the 35mm 1.8 can handle it just fine.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Final Football Game for the Hometeam

I learned so much this football season. I look at my photos from two years ago and I cringe. It's good that I cringe, it means I'm still learning. The thing about learning is you don't know what you don't know. So what you think is good at the time becomes cringeworthy a few years down the line *IF* you have kept learning and improving. I hope that in two years time I cringe at these pictures that I am so happy with at the moment. I am already looking for a way to improve my kick photos.