A Night at the Lake

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And because I was such a horrible Dad that I’d never shown my daughter Hot Waters, or taken her to shoot the Lighthouse at night….

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Contest Pays Off

Earlier this summer, I entered a photo in the Metro Parks “There’s a Park for That” contest. It was a pic from a shoot in May 2009 with my daughter and two of her friends, in front of the fountain at Lakeview Park at night. I found out it won when I drove by Lakeview one evening after work and saw it displayed on a banner in front of the park. A few weeks later, I was contacted and asked if the girls in the shot would be able to appear in a commercial for the MetroParks system. Needless to say, the girls were excited, as was I. (I think I was more tickled than the girls!!) Recently, the commercial editing was completed, and it was uploaded to YouTube, as well as getting airtime on Animal Planet and a few TimeWarner channels. I thought I’d share it here where it first appeared.

Neutral Density Filter: 400x

I found a great deal on a 400x neutral density filter. I bought an ND filter a year ago and demonstrated it here, which was rated an ND8. After that shoot, and seeing some other photos from other photographers, I knew I needed something else for the things I wanted to do. I was up at Lakeview a few weeks ago, and had the chance to give it a test drive.

This is what a regular shot of the water from the fountain looks like:
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Using the new filter, an exposure of 3.2 seconds looks like this:

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Note the individual points where the water falls into the basin. More interesting shots to follow soon.

Grief Therapy: Session Two

After the Rose Garden, I wandered down to the beach. I shot the Lighthouse with different lenses and speeds and filters, and was thrilled with absolutely none of them. Walking up the stairs to stop by the fountain, I stared at all the gull feathers caught in the grass.  Swapping lenses again, I sat down and started clicking. My spirits lifted considerably after each shot. Beats paying a therapist.

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