This annual event is sponsored by Scott Kelby and a number of photography businesses.
I led the Jonesborough Tennessee walk where 35 local photographers spent 3 hours shooting in Tennessee's oldest town. Lots of interesting architecture, history, and off the wall art can be shot in just a few blocks. The walk occurs on the same day worldwide, which turned out to be the hottest day of the year in Jonesborough.
Each photographer now has to select their best photo to submit to the photowalk contest and I have the unenviable duty to pick one winner from the 35. I know they will all have excellent photos and I'm not looking forward to having to pick the one. Here's a link to some of the groups photos on flickr
Monday, July 26, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
You can get a larger version of any of these photos by clicking on them.
Bodie grew up from one man to a population of about 10,000 in just 20 years. These were gold miners looking for fortune and gold in the Sierra Mountains. Bodie developed a reputation as a bad town full of "Bad Men From Bodie". One little girl, whose family was taking her to the remote and infamous town, wrote in her diary: "Goodbye God, I'm going to Bodie." At the peak there were 65 saloons, daily fights and murders. This was a wild west town.
Some buildings were leaning or falling down, including an outhouse that was falling into the pit.
The town sits at over 8000 feet above sea level. The day we were there the sky was a beautiful clear blue with wispy clouds. The sun was very bright, making harsh shadows. All this made taking photos a real challenge.
If you go to Bodie, be sure to allow 1/2 a day to visit. It's like no other park you'll visit and you'll not want to rush through.
I have created a short slide show of photos from our time at Bodie. You can watch it on Youtube
Monday, July 5, 2010
Here's some info on how I shot these. I set the lens to 17mm, f/8.0, manually focused at infinity, and set the camera to ISO 100, and used daylight white balance. I used a wired remote shutter release and set the camera to BULB. As soon as I would hear one launch I would press and hold the button on the shutter release. I would then hold it open long enough to get several bursts of fireworks. I found getting more than four bursts in one shot tended to be too much. One burst can be interesting but two or three seemed to be the best. I post processed these in Lightroom to add +36 vibrance and clarity. I adjusted the tone curve to cut down on the shadow setting, which cut down on a lot of the smoke.
There are 10 photos in my photo gallery.
I hope you enjoy these.