Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Arizona Coyotes Prospects Camp July 2015

The Arizona Coyotes National Hockey League club started their prospects camp on 7 July 2015 at the Ice Den in Scottsdale, Arizona. 
Coach Dave Tippett

I photographed the highlights of the first day.  It was what appeared to be a hard skating hour and a half.  This wasn’t a scrimmage.  They had set things they worked on, then the coaches broke them into smaller teams of three and two. 

Photographing inside with artificial light is always a challenge, but since I shoot in raw I knew I could adjust the white balance within Lightroom in post processing.  I also used Photoshop’s content aware fill to eliminate some distracting elements in a few of the photos. 

There was either net or glass surrounding the entire rink, which was also a challenge.  You may see some of the net in a few of the photos.  I photographed through the net and later through the glass. 

I used a Tamron 28-300mm “all purpose” lens on my Canon 5D Mark III.

Until My Next Adventure, 

(Spain, Italy/Sicily, Malta...)

See You On Down The Road!

Here are all the keeper photos!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Dbacks Game and Fireworks

Inside Chase Field from Section 117, done in HDR
What could be more American on July 4th than a baseball game, hot dogs, beer, and fireworks?  And so it was at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks as they entertained the Colorado Rockies.

The photo above was my view from section 117 before the game.  This is an HDR photo, or high dynamic range.  My Canon 5D Mark III (using a Tamron 28-300mm lens) has a setting that allows for three quick photos, exposure bracketed this time at -2, 0, and +2.  Then I combined them together in Lightroom to produce the finished product.  Not bad, considering I did this hand held and not on a tripod!
Patrick Corbin Starts First Time Since 2013!
It was Patrick Corbin's first start for the D'backs since 2013.  He had "Tommy John" surgery which is pretty major work on a throwing arm.  He pitched 5 solid innings and ended up with the eventual win.  
A.J. Pollock Strokes a Hit!

During Phoenix's hot summers, the roof of the stadium is closed.  So there is mixed lighting inside.  I was shooting at 1600 ISO (fairly light sensitive) hand held.  

Following the D'backs 7 to 3 win, they opened up the stadium roof so we could see the fireworks display.
Chase Field Roof is Opening!

The stadium lights were turned down.  I shot the fireworks with NO tripod, which isn't the right way to do it, but they won't allow such devices inside a stadium.  So I cranked up the ISO to 12,800, opened the aperture all the way, and hoped I'd get some useable shots.  

I think I had some nice shots!

Until My Next Adventure, 

(Spain, Italy/Sicily, Malta...)

See You On Down The Road!

Here are all the keeper photos!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Riding With the Verde Canyon Railroad

Only an hour and a half from Phoenix, Clarkdale is the home of the Verde Canyon Railroad.  It’s an old fashioned railroad trip that goes through the beautiful Verde Valley in Northern Arizona. 

I thought this would be a good four hour trip on the rails to thoroughly try out my new Tamron 28-300mm “travel lens.”  This lens is what they call an “all in one” zoom, perfect for traveling.  I put it on my Canon 5D Mark III.  It’s much easier to travel with an all in one like this that is lighter than Canon lenses and fits the range of zoom that I am liable to need. 

What was a bonus was to find out that the Liberty Wildlife people show off Sonora, the bald eagle on the first Saturday of the month.  Liberty Wildlife is based in Scottsdale and specializes in rehabilitation, education, and conservation.  Sonora hurt his wing when he was young around eight years ago and is trained to travel on the railroad and show off for the passengers. 

Now, anybody that knows me knows one of my interests is in photographing for non-profit organizations!  So this truly was a treat for me.  I plan on sharing my photos with Liberty once I post them. 

I am quite pleased with my new camera lens.  The Tamron performed quite nicely on my trip.  I’m also thrilled to have some photos to share with Liberty Wildlife!

Until My Next Adventure, 

(The June San Diego West Coast School!)

See You On Down The Road!

Here are all the keeper photos!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Cave Creek Balloon Festival May 2015

Falcon Field Fly By
The weather in the Phoenix area for late May was absolutely delicious, with a high barely reaching the 80s, a far cry from the previous five Cave Creek balloon festivals held in the middle of winter.  Now, this is the desert and sure it's warm, but the night in winter can be FREEZING!  
Lauren Riley Performs

This was the 6th annual balloon festival.  I took photos of the early fly-by from planes based at Falcon Field in Mesa, local country singer Lauren Riley, and the balloon glow.  

Lauren Riley Close Up
Photographing the performers on stage was difficult during the day as the backlighting pretty much washed out the details of the musicians.  As it got darker, my luck improved and I was able to use the stage lighting.  

And as it got dark, I had to use high ISO to capture the balloons as they were fired up by their owners.  

Balloon Light

For those interested, I used a Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 70-300mm lens.  Some of the photos were also treated with MacPhun's Noiseless Pro to eliminate noise that comes from photographing at a high ISO.  

Until My Next Adventure, 

(Sedona, With the Tamron Tailgate Tour)

See You On Down The Road!

Jim Patterson

Here are all the keeper photos from Flickr!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Relay for Life Book and Video Out

I'm done.  Finished.  The book is ready to be sold!  The photo video is uploaded to You Tube!  As a way of raising more money for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, I put together a book for sale at Blurb called "Hope: North Valley Relay for Life."  

It is made up of photos from 2011 to 2015 Relays held at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix.

The book is listed at $29.99 and $7 of that will go to the North Valley Relay for Life


I primarily edited the photos with Adobe Lightroom.  I imported some 60-plus photos into the Blurb bookmaking program called BookWright.  The book is being sold on Blurb.  I could have sold on the Apple site or Amazon, but costs would have run higher meaning less money going to the Relay for Life.  

I created the video using a program called FotoMagico.  It allowed me to lay down a music bed and narrate the video, too.  Then I uploaded to You Tube to share with you and the world.

This is all part of the "photo philanthropy" concept... giving back with a camera.  I hope to do more of this in the future.  

Until My Next Adventure, 

(Sedona, Environmental Portraits, with the Arizona Professional Photographers Association)

See You On Down The Road!

Jim Patterson