Little Layton

Precious Layton, he was such an amazing baby to work with, so happy and sweet.

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ET Motopark – September 2012

I went with my son to ET Motopark in Queen Creek AZ to just watch and spend the morning with Mr. 72 but when you see a photo opportunity, sometimes you have to just put your 2 year old on one hip and shoot with your free hand. It was crazy busy because it was the opening weekend at the track and everyone was up early to try out the new track that was laid down. I was able to get some shots I’m proud of though, hope you enjoy 🙂

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Speed World – 9/15/2012

I took some pictures while out watching Mr. 72 ride his motorbike. He really liked this track and I liked it a lot better too. I felt like I had better pictures opportunities. Next time I’m throwing on a safety vest and tennis shoes and getting up on one of those white towers to get a better angle. 

Feel free to share if you know who those other riders are 🙂 Obviously you know who Mr. 72 is. There is Mr. M in the orange and red, then Mr. R in the blue and white (both bikes have no numbers so you have to pick them out by color) I took over 400 pictures so not sure how many installments of this post there will be since this will take some time!



Week 5 – Rule of Thirds


Hello Challengers!

Week 5’s challenge is to use the Rule of Thirds. The composition of your photograph really determines what the viewer sees in the picture. Try to imagine your view finder as divided into nine boxes, equally sized. Generally you want to try to choose to place your subject in one of the four spot where the lines intersect. 

(Granted I could have cropped this better so that he could have been on the upper right intersection point but motor bike racing is motor bike racing. They don’t always land and take off where you want them to!) Another consideration is to either “see” where the subject is going or where they were previously. In this spot above it found it more important to see the jump that the rider took off on. In the picture below from Traci Sewell, baby girl is showing you where to look by placing her in the right third of the screen. This creates so much more interest in the picture, instead of just seeing a picture of her adorable face…even though that would be ok too!

Challengers have fun and don’t forget to submit your pictures by Sunday night at 8:00pm MST!!!





Week 3 Photography Challenge – Nighttime

Nighttime Photography can be intimidating as I recently learned while shooting a few bands performing at night, inside, with crazy lighting. We want to challenge the participants this week to interpret and photography what nighttime means to them.

There are a few factors to take into consideration when shooting at night or in low-light situations like every other situation; aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Another, more expensive, consideration is the lens you are using. In my case when I shot the band pictures, I used a 50mm f/1.4 lens. The low aperture allowed me to use a lower ISO setting which caused less noise in the picture and the shutter speed could be set as well so the pictures didn’t come out blurry when the band members moved around on stage. Try to use a low ISO so that you don’t get a noisy or grainy picture.

Now if you are shooting a still object, you can use a longer shutter speed, 3 seconds or longer with a tri-pod to hold your camera still. You know all those pictures you see with the cars zooming by and you just see the car light streak? Tri-pod + loooong shutter speed, or “shutter-slow” as I call it, = streak marks in your photograph. This will also work for meteor showers or a shooting star if you are lucky enough. When using a very long shutter speed, it’s helpful to have a gentle touch on the shutter button or have a remote control. Any bump to the body of the camera can alter your image, which is a bummer to say the least.

Shooting right at dusk is helpful as well. Even though it is not technically night, it shows this way if you take the picture properly. Shooting at dusk will allow you to still get the details of the image while still showing the nighttime setting. Using a light meter can also help you to find proper exposure and then you can always mess around with it from there to get something more creative.

Lastly…DO NOT use your flash. It will alter your image too much. The whole point is to get a nighttime shot…why add light?

Good luck and have fun! We can’t wait to see what gets submitted!!