Friday, October 30, 2009

Meet Miranda

This was my friend that was living inside my classroom. I didn't get a good picture of the other one living in the window above my desk. I named her (not sure if was male or female) Esmeralda. These two make that four black widows I've found in my classroom. One was under my desk! I am hoping to not find anymore.
The picture was taken with the Panasonic DMC-FX37. It's pretty good point and shoot with a terrific wide angle.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, DVC college, 10/2/09

My friend Sara graciously trusted me to be the photographer for her concert. I was really nervous about this because it is completely different from photographing my husband's band. One, it's not my husband and if I suck, I would feel bad. Two, while it may be similar to rock band photography, it is still different.

I'm not very excited about the pictures. They are ok, but they are not fabulous. (Sara, you can tell me different and maybe I'll see the light!) Russ says they look good. All the close-up shots that I loved were too blurry. I just didn't feel right using flash even though Sara said I could. I got some nice, crisp pictures with the 50mm 1.8, but my zoom lens is a 4-5.6and only worked when I was close to my subjects.

I did get a really nice comment after the show. A woman came up and asked if I was the photographer. After I said yes, she praised me for my photography etiquette and said she hardly realized I was there. She felt it made her experience that much better. It was very kind of her to take the time to tell me that. Later, Sara's sister called me a picture ninja. I accept the new name. I am the picture ninja!

Next time: (if Sara and Monte still want me...) Bring my monopod. I was going to bring it last time, but forgot. Consider renting a zoom lens with a wider aperture.

This was my favorite from the show.

I love the raw emotion I caught in Monte's face. You can tell he is enjoying the music.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Parade Route - Phoenix, Petaluma, Sep. 25, 2009

The Parade Route rocked the Phoenix once again. They put up a bunch of new lighting and it made photographing a bit different than last time. I think I liked the lighting better last time.

I always try to get a good photo where I frame Andrew in Stephen's base. I did it! Now my new goal is to not have anything in front of Andrew's face.

Andrew and his super rock face. This has got to be one of the best rock face shots I been able to take of Andrew...he must be practicing! Now, if I could just figure out how to get rid of red eye when I take the photo.

I love the photos with the lights in them and have been trying to work them in more.

This is my new favorite Parade Route photo. I just love how Andrew is in the corner and the single light focusing on him gives the photo a great feeling.

Stephen seemed to be the focus of a lot of my photos this time. The light was the best on this side of the stage.

I like the corner angle shots. It makes for a much more interesting photo.