Category: Photo Excursion

Photo Excursion – Huntington Library & Gardens

Rebecca and I recently took a Photo Excursion to the Huntington Library & Gardens in San Marino, CA (near Pasadena). It’s hard to believe that we’ve never been there – the photo opportunities are endless. However, this was our first visit and unfortunately not one of our more productive Photo Excursions.

The ~55 mile drive from south Orange County took us two hours. To say the location is a bit tough to get to is an understatement. It’s not freeway close and the nearest freeways are some of the most traffic prone.

So this excursion started off poorly – I’m not the most patient driver you’ll ever meet. Parking spaces were plentiful and covered by the cost of admission ($20/adult).

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The grounds and gardens are widespread (207 acres) so the crowds at the entrance were efficiently dispersed and didn’t present an issue.

We started off at the Conservatory which includes a variety of greenhouses. Here Rebecca is taking a break with camera in hand.

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We then hiked to the Japanese Garden area. It was already 1PM – the midday light was anything but favorable.

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Harsh sun creates deep shadows, lighting that is not conducive to good landscape photos. We were able to mitigate some of the effects of harsh light by applying significant post processing corrections including HDR – a great tool that is explained in this earlier Tuesday Photo Tip post. The photo below shows me capturing a scene. The HDR post-processed results are shown in the middle and right hand panels. Not bad given the realities of harsh midday light.

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The answer to harsh light – shoot shady areas as much as possible….

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…or zoom in and position yourself between the flower and sun to provide even light.

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The photos below were in a dense area with mostly shade and, no surprise, end up as two of our favorites.

We couldn’t stay long – we had to pick up Jeremiah at daycare and expected another 2+ hour drive home. On our way out we dropped into the Science is Beautiful exhibit and snapped this photo of some interesting fiber optic lights.

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In the end we spent far more time getting to and from the Library/Gardens than we would have liked. Will we return? Absolutely the photographic opportunities are just too plentiful. But, we’ll go better prepared and will wait for a cloudy day so we can better capture the beauty of the gardens.

Stay tuned for our next Photo Excursion. In the meantime, check back for our weekly Tuesday Photo Tips and Family Friday Fun & Facts posts. Better yet – be updated automatically when we post Photo Excursions, Road Trips, Family Happenings or Photo Tips by “friending” our Facebook site. We also post favorite photos, along with an explanation of how it was captured, on our Pinterest page – follow us there and join in the fun.

You may also want to browse the resource articles on our site covering basic and more advanced photography topics. There are also tips covering topics such as preparing for family or infant/child portrait sessions. If you would like a topic covered just jot it down in a comment or send us a note. Also, if  you think your friends or family members would enjoy these photo excursions please pass them on by using any of the share buttons below.

 

"If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts."
Albert Einstein

Photo Excursion – Alaska Adventure (part 3)

This is our final (of three) posts describing our recent “trip of a lifetime” (Rebecca’s description). We call it our Alaska Adventure #1 because we will certainly be back.

The first post included details of this trip including cost and itinerary. Be sure to check that out, browse over to Un-Cruise Adventures and consider booking your own Alaska Adventure. We’re certain you won’t be disappointed.

The second post included incredibly scenic photos from Patterson Bay and Bay of Pillars. Those two days were filled with hiking & kayaking activities.

The final two days of our trip were dominated by wildlife sightings and an up close visit to Dawes Glacier.

We were fascinated to watch a predator at the top of the marine food chain searching for a meal. Two Orcas swam past our spot at Port Houghton and uncharacteristically close to shore hunting for salmon, it appeared. They glided and dove effortlessly past or ship on their way to shallow waters and once again on their way back to open sea. Quite a beautiful predator despite their well deserved (and incorrect) label as “killer whales”.

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After the Orca passed we took another skiff tour looking for wildlife. This time we saw several eagles, both mature (right panel) and juvenile. Oddly the mature eagles are more beautiful – juveniles need more time to shed unsightly feathers and become sleek birds of prey.

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On the skiff ride to our hike I took the opportunity to take some more candid/environmental portraits of guests

….as well as staff.

The hike was the longest of the trip. Everyone fell in line as we followed a salmon spawning stream.

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Stops for photos and inspiration were plentiful. All along the way we made noise to ensure we didn’t startle any bears. I was hoping we would spot a feeding bear at a safe distance yet close enough to photograph. That didn’t happen but we saw enough wildlife and scenery to fill any sized photo card.

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We headed a bit off the river shore and ran across this very interesting bog.

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There were pletny of bear tracks in the mud so we knew we were in a good location. But, alas, we went back with no bear photos.

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The hike back to the skiff was fun and included several stream crossings. Both guests and staff had fun at every opportunity.

That evening we headed to Dawes Glacier by way of Stephens Passage – a hotbed of whale migration activity.

The first night of the trip we were entertained by the hyperactive humpback. This evening we were amazed to see literally dozens of whales – several of which would be visible at any given time.

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While we weren’t entertained with a flurry of breaches, we were thrilled to have some come so close to the ship that we were able to observe them feeding.

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As the sun set I captured this photo of a bird perched on a small iceberg, a harbinger of things to come.

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The next morning, as the captain manuevered towards Dawes Glacier, we were visited by two Park Rangers. They kayaked to our ship and enjoyed a hot breakfast. They were in the area for wildlife observations.

I  knew today was going to be dominated by the glacier and, frankly, I expected to be disappointed. I had wanted to finish the trip with an active day. Well, frankly I was far from dissatisfied.

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Today we witnessed a sense of scale unfamiliar to us. Things were so huge that I often couldn’t quite comprehend what exactly I was seeing

The photo above was taken while kayaking near the glacier. Note the Wilderness Adventurer, our 160 foot vessel, in the distance and dwarfed by the huge monolith of granite. Amazing, stunning, and hard to comprehend.

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The sixty guests boarded one of several skiff rides to see the glacier from a safe distance of about 1/4 mile. The glacier created its own micro-climate – wet and cold as one would expect. But we had no concerns about weather – we were taken aback by the enormity of the ice.

Everyone was keeping an eye out for glacier calving and we weren’t disappointed.

I captured several frames of a calving event. It was spectacular, loud and short lived. A few minutes after the calving our skiff rode the surge it created – hence the safe viewing distance requirement.

The captain maneuvered the ship back towards our final destination. After dropping anchor we enjoyed an afternoon of open kayaking.

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Once again, we were surrounded by incredible scenery at a scale that boggled our minds. I spent as much time taking photos as I did paddling.

Later in the afternoon I captured this vista with “magical” light.

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That evening the staff and guests gathered to celebrate an Alaska Adventure that Rebecca and I will never forget. The staff were top notch, the accomodations and food were terrific and the adventures were “once in a lifetime”.

The captain guided us to our disembarking port – Juneau. He wanted to arrive early the next morning to avoid the huge cruise ships that routinely use that port. This one had a water slide on the top deck. We love fun activities but a water slide was the last thing on our minds during our Alaska Adventure.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this three post series and encourage you to book your own Alaska Adventure. If you choose Un-Cruise Adventures you’re certain to enjoy an activity filled, “once in a lifetime” adventure. If you’d like a bit more of the gorgeous scenery, check out this gallery/slideshow of our favorite images. Drop us a note of your favorite photo and we’ll send you a free screensaver file.

In the meantime, stay tuned for Tuesday Photo Tips. Better yet – be updated automatically when we post Tuesday Photo Tips, Family Friday Fun or Family Happenings by “friending” our Facebook site. We also post favorite photos, along with an explanation of how it was captured, on our Pinterest page – follow us there and join in the fun.

You may also want to browse the resource articles on our site covering basic and more advanced photography topics. There are also tips covering topics such as preparing for family or infant/child portrait sessions. If you would like a topic covered just jot it down in a comment or send us a note. Also, if  you think your friends or family members would enjoy these photo excursions please pass them on by using any of the share buttons below.

"Life can only be understood backwards;
but it must be lived forwards."
Soren Kierkegaard

Photo Excursion – Alaska Adventure (part 2)

This is part 2 of our “trip of a lifetime” (as Rebecca described it) otherwise referred to as Alaska Adventure #1. In part 1 of this three part post we gave some details of this trip. Be sure to check that out, browse Un-Cruise Adventures and consider booking your own Alaska Adventure.

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Petersburg, AK

Part 1 reviewed the first two days of our Alaska Adventure. We visited El Capitan and the small town (pop ~3,000) of Petersburg. We had just left Petersburg and headed to Patterson Bay, via Frederick Sound.

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Frederick Sound

Well …. this is where the scenery turned from gorgeous to awe inspiring. Imagine waking up to this scene.

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Patterson Bay

That was just the beginning. We were one of two vessels in the Bay. Some lucky fisherman had also made the trek to this unbelievably beautiful location.

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Patterson Bay fishing vessel

Cathy and Jim came on deck — I couldn’t help but take a portrait. Cathy and Jim are two world travelers with a ton of stories to tell. They will share this photo on their 2013 XMAS cards.

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For our AM activities we took a skiff tour of the Bay. Others took advantage of the calm water to enjoy family fun on kayaks and paddle boards.

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We hoped to spot some wildlife on our skiff tour. With scenery this beautiful wildlife photos would only be a bonus. We were greeted by a bush pilot that took his passenger to the heights of the mountain peaks and then buzzed us for effect.

We had several pairs of eyes scouring the Bay for wildlife. We spotted and photographed a pair of eagles. There will be more eagle photos in next weeks post – stay tuned.Patterson Bay wildlife excursion

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After the skiff tour we took to the kayaks. There were plenty to choose from and they were all in top notch condition.

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Colorful kayaks

Here’s a photo of Dave & Rachel after launch and ready to explore.

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Dave & Rachel - ready to kayak

Here’s another kayak couple along with some of the scenery we paddled to.

Here’s a photo from the back seat of our kayak. That’s Rebecca, the love of my life, surveying the paddle back to the Wilderness Adventurer and enjoying every minute of the journey.

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When we got back to the ship it was time to look for some awesome shots. There were several vantage points to photograph from.

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Patterson Bay Vantage Point

As the sun was setting I took some shots that were used for the panorama below.

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Patterson Bay Panorama

I also got this terrific photo of the skiff taking some intrepid guests for a night on the shore.

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Patterson Bay Sunset

We left Patterson Bay that evening and headed to the Bay of Pillars,

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We couldn’t expect anything could match today’s scenery. We were wrong!!!

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AM fog at Bay of Pillars

The AM broke with a thick fog. It was impossible to see anything past the skiffs tied up to the side of our ship.

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But after a few hours of kayaking the fog lifted and we had one of the best kayak tours of the trip.

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Fog lifts at Bay of Pillars

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The fog reappeared for a short time as we paddled back to the ship for our afternoon and evening activities. This was just the start of an epic day.

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Return to the ship

We took the skiff to the shore for a short hike.

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There was plenty to see ....

… Cathy got up close and personal to a flock of shore birds.

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Bay of Pillars shore hike

Being a portrait photographer I took the opportunity to capture some candid environmental portraits.

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Here’s a close up of Cathy taking a short break and one of the youngest guests surveying the scene.

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Here’s a couple birdwatching and a candid shot of another adventurer.

Quite an eventful day and yet there was still fun to be had.

This was the day for the polar bear plunge. If I had been prepared I would have definitely joined in. Instead I took some photos from the skiff. We have since posted them online for everyone to enjoy.

Join us next Sunday for the finale of this three part Alaska Adventure series. We will explore Port Houghton and Dawes Glacier – both locations exhibiting features of the Alaska landscape that boggle the mind. If you’d like a preview of the gorgeous scenery check out this gallery/slideshow of our favorite images.

In the meantime, stay tuned for Tuesday Photo Tips. Better yet – be updated automatically when we post Tuesday Photo Tips, Family Friday Fun or Family Happenings by “friending” our Facebook site. We also post favorite photos, along with an explanation of how it was captured, on our Pinterest page – follow us there and join in the fun.

You may also want to browse the resource articles on our site covering basic and more advanced photography topics. There are also tips covering topics such as preparing for family or infant/child portrait sessions. If you would like a topic covered just jot it down in a comment or send us a note. Also, if  you think your friends or family members would enjoy these photo excursions please pass them on by using any of the share buttons below.

Photo Excursion – Alaska Adventure (part 1)

The “trip of a lifetime” is how Rebecca described it. I certainly wouldn’t argue with that. Seeing Alaska has been a priority for many years. We had no interest in the luxury cruise approach nor itinerary. We were more interested in an Alaska Adventure. The Captain’s ball be darned – we wanted to experience Alaska, not cruise ship amenities.

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Well, after a short search, we found our outfitter – appropriately named Un-Cruise Adventures.

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For our Un-Cruise we boarded the recently (2011) refurbished, 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer which took us on a 7day trip from Ketchikan to Juneau in what Un-Cruise calls the Western Coves Adventure.

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Alaska cruises run from late April thru late August – with “Navigator” room rates from $2,200 to $3,200 per person double occupancy. Those are the least expensive rooms so they fill up fast. We booked only a few weeks ahead of our late August adventure and somehow snagged a complementary room upgrade (from Navigator to Trailblazer).

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With 60 passengers and a terrific crew we knew we had found the Adventure approach we wanted. Lots of Alaska activities (hike, kayak, snorkel, etc.) – no slot machines, water slides or wall climbs.

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We saw Alaska. Granted, we only saw a small portion of this enormous state so we’re certain to come back for more.

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We were picked up at the Ketchikan airport Saturday afternoon and enjoyed a brief introduction to native AK tribes and culture – a fascinating and sometime baffling culture, but that’s a story line of its own.

We boarded during a light rain and were escorted to our room (#320) which included a private restroom/shower, a comfortable queen bed, plenty of storage space, a nicely placed & sized window and a pair of binoculars .

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We enjoyed a delicious dinner, made new acquaintances, (no prearranged seating-yeah!!) and headed for our first full day – destination El Capitan.

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Each evening we were given a briefing on the next day’s activities. Generally there were multiple options. For the first AM we chose a hike (up 330+ wooden steps) to El Capitan Cave.

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We didn’t mind the  hike. For me it was the best part of this day’s activities. Things went downhill, for me at least, when it came to exploring the cave. I’m just too big for caves (6’4″/245#) and I paid the price. I’m the biggest body in the group photo (below).

Rebecca had a great time and considers it one of the best activities on the trip. That’s Rebecca following the Park Ranger into the expansive section of the cave. I made it through the entire cave, often times crouched into an unnatural shape – I may have groaned a few times.

After a ride back to the Wilderness Adventurer (WA) on a skiff, the captain set off for tomorrow’s activities. That evening we sighted our first (of many) whales . This whale was particularly athletic and breeched at least two dozen times. We called him/her the hyperactive humpback.

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We navigated through Wrangell Narrows before docking at Petersburg – a fishing town with a population of ~3,000.

Petersburg does not see any of the larger cruise ships which, we’re told, unload thousands of passengers that overwhelm the towns they visit.

We really enjoyed spending a day exploring an authentic, unspoiled AK town. Petersburg, when incorporated as a town in 1910, attracted mostly immigrants of Scandinavian origin from which it earned the nickname “Little Norway”.

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We walked the town meeting and talking with locals such as Ross – a native Alaskan from the Tlingit tribe.

When we returned to the WA a group of us gathered for an exploration of the docks and fishing vessels. Our guide was a well-informed local fisherman. I was enthralled with the boats so I missed some of  his stories but captured some great photos.

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After lunch Rebecca and I hit the town again and just wandered looking for photo opportunities. I had to get a photo of these local teens with sweat shirts that told a story.

Rebecca headed back to the WA to catch a yoga session.

I continued to explore the docks for photo opportunities …

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…and interesting conversations with local fishermen.

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Once everyone returned from their excursions the Captain set a course, through Frederick Sound, to our next destination – the gorgeous Patterson Bay.

I spent the early evening on deck capturing photos unaware of just how gorgeous our next destination would be.

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Join us next Sunday for part 2 of a three part series. We will explore Patterson Bay and Bay of Pillars on foot and in kayaks. The scenery is jaw dropping gorgeous – think of Yosemite Valley on steroids.

If you’d like a preview of the gorgeous scenery check out this gallery/slideshow of our favorite images.

In the meantime, check back for our weekly Tuesday Photo Tips. Better yet – be updated automatically when we post Photo Excursions, Road Trips, Family Happenings or Photo Tips by “friending” our Facebook site. We also post favorite photos, along with an explanation of how it was captured, on our Pinterest page – follow us there and join in the fun.

You may also want to browse the resource articles on our site covering basic and more advanced photography topics. There are also tips covering topics such as preparing for family or infant/child portrait sessions. If you would like a topic covered just jot it down in a comment or send us a note. Also, if  you think your friends or family members would enjoy these photo excursions please pass them on by using any of the share buttons below.

 

Orange County Portraits – Photo Excursion – Chino Air Museum

I’ve lived in Southern CA area for over thirty years and had never made it to this fabulous museum. Until now ….If you haven’t been there – go now, take your kids, spend the day. The Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino has a very appropriate tag line: “Where aviation history lives”.

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The exhibits and sights will have you hiking this sprawling complex. We weren’t able to take it all in during a single visit – we’ll be back.

If you fancy yourself a photographer, be sure to bring your camera. You’re bound to get some great photos. The colors will grab your attention and give you enough pause to get creative with your depth of focusperspective.

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The campus map shown below shows the main hangars.

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There are plenty of planes to see, some old, some new, all historic.

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There are plenty of sites to see outside of the hangars including some ground vehicles such as these tanks.

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Don’t hesitate to get up close – there are few areas with any access restrictions.

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Be sure to bring your flash – you’ll need it if you’re in the mood for some fabulous portraits. Read up on using your flash here & here if you’re not comfortable using it. With a little practice you’ll be getting photos like these.

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Flash isn’t the only lighting option. This portrait of Benjamin was taken using only the available display-case light. The wonders of high ISO cameras and tips on how to take advantage of this new capability were discussed in this recent post.

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There’s no doubt what Ben & Yahir will remember most – the B17 display.

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They got to explore it both inside and outside. The gunner’s turrets, both rear and lower, drew their attention but ….

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….the most memorable event was manning the port side gun.

The photos below aren’t possible without flash. Make that a secondary New Year’s resolution. It’s not too late – learn flash – you won’t regret it.

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Both Ben & Yahir ran out of gas but had enough in their tank to pose for a few fun portraits.

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Take our advice – get out to the Chino Planes of Fame Air Museum. You won’t regret it … and don’t forget to bring your flash.

Stay tuned for our next Photo Excursion. In the meantime, check back for our weekly Tuesday Photo Tips. Better yet – be updated automatically when we post Photo Excursions, Road Trips, Family Happenings or Photo Tips by “friending” our Facebook site. We also post favorite photos, along with an explanation of how it was captured, on our Pinterest page – follow us there and join in the fun.

You may also want to browse the resource articles on our site covering basic and more advanced photography topics. There are also tips covering topics such as preparing for family or infant/child portrait sessions. If you would like a topic covered just jot it down in a comment or send us a note. Also, if  you think your friends or family members would enjoy these photo excursions please pass them on by using any of the share buttons below.

Orange County Portraits – Photo Excursion – Kite Hill Laguna Niguel

Last week we drove north on Hwy 73 to Turtle Ridge and Summit Park for sweeping views of central OC. We had hoped to capture a dramatic, stormy sky. Mother Nature didn’t oblige but I captured some terrific photos of Destiny. We both enjoyed the hike and conversation.

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This weekend we set our sights a bit lower. We had no allusions or expectations of a dramatic sky. But we did enjoy the view from Kite Hill.

The view included the iconic ziggurat building first erected by Rockwell International, my employer for over a decade. FYI – I looked up ziggurat on Dictionary.com and here’s what I found: ziggurat; a temple tower erected by several civilizations in Mesopotamia. We never would have expected to refer to Mesopotamia in any of our photography blogs but … there it is!!

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It’s now the Chet Holifield Federal Building and is home for millions of microfilms documenting land agreements between the government and the original Indian Tribes of the southwest United States. It is also home to the Western Regional Department of Homeland Security.

Because of its unique architectural “look” it has been used for numerous Hollywood movies including Outbreak (1995) for which it served as the headquarters for the Center for Disease Control and in the final scene for the 1975 sci-fi movie Death Race 2000. How do I know this – Wikipedia of course!

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There are other views as well including the sports complex and the parking area and mini landing strip at the top of the hill. I put together a sweeping panorama (25,000 x 5,000 pixels) of the local area but, alas, the 5×1 aspect ratio won’t show well given the pixel-constraints of websites. The Federal Building photo above is a small (~35%) portion of that panorama.

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We enjoyed the short time we spent on Kite Hill. I took advantage of the abundant RC airplanes to hone my skills focusing on fast-moving objects.

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Fortunately, our newest camera, the Canon 5D Mark III, is one of the two best autofocus cameras in the world – for now. That’s the great thing about competition. You can be sure Nikon will raise the autofocus performance of  their next generation pro camera bodies.

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You’ve heard us talk about practice, practice, practice. Well it applies to professionals as well. When I chose my exposure settings I didn’t consider the high speed with which I would be panning to capture the fast-moving RC planes. I now know I’ll need to bump up the ISO to allow for higher/faster shutter speeds. This blog, from our Tuesday Photo Tip series, discussed the use of fast shutter speeds.

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None of these photos are sharp enough to stand up to the requirements of a print quality file. They look OK on the web but the photo above clearly shows the unintended motion blur caused by a too-slow shutter. Like the saying goes, practice makes perfect. We’ll do better next time around.

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I did capture a fairly sharp image of one RC as it approached for landing and touched down on the short runway.

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As the sun was setting we headed down to the parking lot and chatted with some of the RC enthusiasts, a very  interesting group of folks that take their hobby seriously and have some real fun with it. Our hats are off to them and we look forward to a second visit in the near future.

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Stay tuned for our next Photo Excursion.  In the meantime, check back for our weekly Tuesday Photo Tips. Better yet – be updated automatically when we post Photo Excursions, Road Trips, Family Happenings or Photo Tips by “friending” our Facebook site. We also post favorite photos, along with an explanation of how it was captured, on our Pinterest page – follow us there and join in the fun.

You may also want to browse the resource articles on our site covering basic and more advanced photography topics. There are also tips covering topics such as preparing for family or infant/child portrait sessions. If you would like a topic covered just jot it down in a comment or send us a note. Also, if  you think your friends or family members would enjoy these photo excursions please pass them on by using any of the share buttons below.