Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Parada Del Sol Scottsdale Rodeo 11 March 2018

Sunday in the middle of March is time for the Parada Del Sol or Scottsdale Rodeo.  And once again, Westworld was host.  It’s an indoor arena with tricky lighting.  

I brought my second camera, the Canon G3x.  I got some wind from the rodeo people that they might stop me from bringing in my full size Canon 5D Mark IV.  Security could care less what I brought in.  What that ended up meaning was photos with higher grain.  Plus the G3x is a slower camera.  

Patriotism is a big part of rodeos.  That's good.  I love it.  

Bareback riding...

The ladies compete in barrel racing...

And the final event in every rodeo is eight seconds of hell, or bull riding.  

I also photographed steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, and tie down roping.  Mark Swingler was the rodeo clown. And, we were also entertained by Whiplash The Cowboy Monkey.  

Given the limitations of an indoor arena for lighting and the limitations of the camera I used, I took more time in post processing, but I still got a decent number of photos.  

Until My Next Adventure,
(Cave Creek Rodeo!)
See You On Down the Road!

… and all the photos!

A Lazy Day at the Races

I spent part of Monday, the 12th of March, as the race track.  In Phoenix, that means Turf Paradise.  It was a warm day in the 80s andI had a camera.

I ran into a nice fellow who told me how scientific he bets.  I told him I look for a name, a sort of commandment from God, as a guide.  For instance, if a horse is named “Wildcat Jim” then he gets $2 to win.   The other method I use is to look at the last serial number on a dollar bill.  On this day, it was 2.  So I put $2 on the 2 horse.  Guess what?  The two horse won!  I got $16.80, enough to pay for a beer and a few hot dogs.  

I used a Canon 5d Mark IV and Tamron’s wonderful 28-300mm lens on my short visit.

Until My Next Adventure,
(Cave Creek Rodeo!)
See You On Down the Road!

… and all the photos!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Neal McCoy in Wickenburg Arizona

A few years ago I saw Neal McCoy at Country Thunder.  I was so impressed.  He had a string of hits in the 90s so I knew his songs.  But he is also funny and did I say talented?

So we went to Wickenburg, Arizona on 4 March 2018 to see him.  I had never driven to Wickenburg, a town about an hour northwest of me.  It’s close enough to Phoenix and yet far enough away to keep it’s western ways.  

Neal and his band performed in the lovely Del Webb Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Wickenburg High School.  Marvelous facility!  As a side note, I bought a beer there for TWO DOLLARS.  

Neal has also done many USO shows for soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen, and coasties.  

He sang his hits, but also sang old standards from the likes of Frank Sinatra, showing off his multi-talented skills.  Along with that, he sang the theme song of the Beverly Hillbillies television show RAP STYLE!  

During one song he notice there was an empty seat in the front row.  He stopped the show and asked the gentleman there why the seat was empty.  He said his wife.. was tired.  So Neal said “call her up and give me the phone.”  And he had a nice chat with her on the phone during the set!  It was hilarious.  

Neal's currently popular song is his reaction to NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem called "Take a Knee Kiss My Ass."  He got a standing ovation for that and I have the tee shirt!

I know Neal will be at Country Thunder Arizona coming up in April.  If you get a chance, go see him.  You will love it!   

Until My Next Adventure,
(The Parada del Sol Rodeo in Scottsdale!)
See You On Down the Road!

… and all the photos!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Pima Air & Space Museum

I hadn’t been to the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson since 1989.  Lots to photograph!  Thanks to the good folks like Guy of Tempe Camera for supporting this photowalk.

There were B17’s, lots of small prop planes, helicopters, jets of all kinds… and not just from the United States.  

Planes hung from the ceiling of hangars.  Planes were lined up outside as well.  

And there was a whole hangar dedicated to space exploration, too.   

Until My Next Adventure,
(Neal McCoy in Wickenburg)
See You On Down the Road!

Jim Patterson

Monday, February 19, 2018

Miranda Lambert & Jon Pardi & Lucie Silvas in Phoenix

Miranda Lambert visited Phoenix on 17 February 2018 and brought along Lucie Silvas and Jon Pardi.  Lucie opened the show, followed by Jon.  Personally, I’m a huge Jon Pardi fan.  A few years ago, I went to another event in Phoenix and he played maybe two songs and then left.  I always suspected he got sick.  Then he had a few hits and I had wished he gave us more.  

We were in the far end of the Talking Stick Arena (where the Suns play), squared up with the stage.  Although further away, I like these “end zone” seats because it’s easier to photograph.  

Arena policies normally ban “professional cameras” if you don’t come in with a photographers pass.  Now, define “professional camera.”  These security people have no idea what it is.  So I was prepared.  The security guard looked at my Canon G3x and said “no professional cameras.”  I said, “look… one piece, no removable lens!”  And he told me yeah ok.. and passed me through the gate.  

Take a look at some of the shots I got.  The G3x non-removable lens as the equivalent of a 24-600mm lens!  And some of these photos I took with 10,000 ISO.  Not long ago 10,000 ISO would mean HEAVY GRAIN, but not now.  I also post processed the photos using Lightroom.  By the way, I love the new dehaze feature in Lightroom.  

Until My Next Adventure,
(Canon Photowalk at the Pima Air Museum in Tucson, courtesy of Tempe Camera!)
See You On Down the Road!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Lights of the World December 2017

The Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix hosted Lights of the World and Chinese acrobats this Christmas season in Phoenix.  It gets crowded so we decided to go a wee bit early and catch the 5:30pm Chinese acrobats first.  It was a pleasant 60+ degrees out; just perfect!   

The photos you see were taken with my backup camera, the Canon 3Gx.  It has one permanent lens, 24 to a whopping 600mm.  It’s very lightweight.  I use it especially when a venue says “no professional cameras.”  What that means is any camera with detachable lenses typically won’t be let in. I always pull out this little camera to show security... “look, the lens doesn’t come off!” 

Now, this camera won’t ever replace my Canon 5D Mark IV.  But I decided to take this camera also because the more you use your equipment, the better you get with it.  

For the acrobats, I used a shutter speed from 640th to 1,000th of a second to try to freeze motion.  AND, because it was dark, I had to use a fairly high ISO.  In the end, there was grain in those shots, so I had to use some anti-grain magic in post processing with Lightroom.  This is where the difference between the G3x and the 5D Mark IV.  My 5D handles high ISO far far better with less to no grain.  You also will not get 6 or 10 frames per second with the G3x, either.  More like one frame per second.   

After the Chinese acrobats performed, it was time to walk through the grounds and look at the marvelous lighted animals and buildings.  The colorful objects were well lit with a black background.  I was very happy at the performance of the G3x in this case.  I could use a more reasonable ISO of around 400.  I found no grain in any of the photos!

Given the objects were so brilliantly lit, anybody standing in front appeared to be dark shadows.  I liked that.  

And, I got a chance photo of a baby girl no doubt seeing Santa for the first time.

Until My Next Adventure,
See You On Down the Road!

Created with flickr slideshow.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Arizona Railway Museum

The Arizona Railway Museum in Chandler has an interesting collection of railroad passenger cars and equipment from copper mines.  

This was a visit sponsored by Canon and Tempe Camera and Guy Reed).  And, we had period models to photograph at our visit; costumes courtesy of Cloud Creations of Scottsdale.  Some were dressed in western clothing and others sported 40's wardrobes.

Tempe Camera's own Guy Reed!

I photographed with a Canon 5d Mark IV and Canon 24-105mm lens. I did fill flash and indoor flash with the small Canon 270exII.  I have larger Canon speedlites, but I wanted to force myself to only use the 270.  Take a look at some of these shots using flash; I was pleasantly surprised at how much nice light it put out!  

Until My Next Adventure,

See You On Down the Road!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Visiting Out of Africa

The Tamron lens folks sponsored a visit to "Out of Africa" at Camp Verde, Arizona... a little over an hour from Phoenix. 

The weather started to cool down in these parts and it was a great time to get away from the big city.  

I'd never been to this park and came away very impressed.  We'll go again in December, my birthday month, since admission is free for me!

Special thanks to Tamron's Erica Robinson and Armando Flores, who took us on our visit.  

And, to the fine folks of Out of Africa and the good work they do rescuing these fine animals!

I'll be back... with my Canon 5D Mark IV and Tamron lenses!

Until My Next Adventure,

See You On Down the Road!

Photos from Flickr ... and, here are all the keeper photos!

We visited Out of Africa a second time on 30 December 2017.  Here are my additional photos from Flickr...