Week 14 of 52 Theme: “Lego” Allergies…

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Allergies! Who needs ‘em right? The  older I get the worse mine have become and I’ve got to tell you it can get quite annoying, I mean breathing is so overrated…

Legos Rock! I never really played with them as a kid as I was more into GI Joe but I made sure that my kids had the chance to play with them and my son still keeps his handy (mostly for my sake I think) I had a few ideas for this theme and with my kids help I think I was able to come pretty close to what I had envisioned.

Spring and Summer time means fun in the sun and lots of sneezing – even for Lego’s…

Lego_SneezeI used the 50mm f/1.8 with a 12mm extension tube for this shot, I also had the YN-560 flash on camera to freeze the dandelion seeds as they blew away. For the motion I had my daughter and son squeeze a rocket blower just out of frame while I held the dandelion with one hand and pressed the trigger release with the other. I have to say coordinating a blower squeeze with the shutter was tougher than I had anticipated. I then “modified” the expression of the Lego man to better fit the action.

Earlier I had wrangled up a few snails from our garden to attempt a shot with some Lego Clone Troopers.

Snail fight

“I’ve got $5 on the slimy one”

 

Saddled up

“Sequestration cuts suck! I miss my speeder bike…”

Just so you know no snails were harmed during the shoot, in fact my daughter released them back into the wild of our backyard where I’m sure they’ll find their way back to our garden.

It’s been fun working on these, I still obviously need a lot more work with compositing, but it’s been exciting to make something I envisioned come to life with a little Photoshop work.

Thanks so much for stopping by I hope you have a great week!

Happy Shooting!

Howard

 

Utah State Capitol and Cherry Blossoms

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Remember my interior shots of the Utah State Capitol building here and here? Well I promised a few shots of the exterior and I usually follow through on promises, although I have a habit of taking a very long time to do so, (you’ve been warned!)

We were visiting as part of a field trip for my daughters class and of course that means showing up in the middle of the day when the light is at its worst, thankfully the blossoms were at their best.

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3 shot HDR handheld of the Capitols Dome through cherry blossoms.

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Week 13 of 52 – Theme: “Self Portrait” Focusing a “Selfie” can be a bit of a stretch…

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I do not like having my picture taken, let alone doing it myself so I decided to have a little fun with the theme of “Self Portrait” and do a composite.

You’ll notice that I’m reaching for the AE-L/AF-L button, this is because I use Back Button Focusing on my D7000 and if you have a DSLR and don’t use it you’re really missing out on a very useful tool! I won’t bore you with a list of pros, but I will suggest you check it out in your manual and give it a try for a day or two, I think you’ll love it, I know I’ll never go back!

Self Portrait-Back_Button_FocusI have to thank my son for helping me out on this, in fact if you look close enough in the viewfinder of my D7000 you’ll see him reflected in it crouched next to our point and shoot camera as he took the picture of me and the D7000, He also took the shot of me hanging off the swing set I cut out and used for the LCD. Also notice the sweet “I Shoot RAW” hat I’m wearing, it’s from “Fro Knows Photo” and is a great high quality hat  that spared my bald head a sunburn and your eyes some major glare.

So there you go a “Self Portrait” that doesn’t actually show much of me, you’re welcome! :-)

Happy Shooting!

Howard

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