Tuesday, June 18, 2019

June 2019 Photography

June 2019 saw me photograph the Orme School of Mayer Arizona where we did some animal and owner portraits along with some cowboy images. 

Then I went to San Diego where the West Coast School of Professional Photography holds a week long session.  This time, I was in premier portrait photographer Tony Corbell's class.  

The week concluded with two days in and around Shelter Island and La Jolla.  I took images of the Shelter Island Marina, La Jolla's Scripps Aquarium, and the coast around La Jolla.  

Until My Next Adventure,

See You On Down the Road!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Phoenix Botanical Garden May 2019

Armed with a Canon EOS R mirrorless and the RF 24-105mm lens, I visited the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden one early afternoon in May.  

One thing I wished I had done was bring my Tamron 70-200mm lens.  I felt I needed a bit more reach.  However, I was able to crop and get some keepers.  

They also had a butterfly display that was THICK with butterflies. Most of them moved around making it harder to photograph.  

My entire photography portfolio is on SmugMug.  And, here's my Instagram feed.

Until My Next Adventure,

See You On Down the Road!

Jim Patterson

Here's a slideshow of all of my photos.... ENJOY!

Then I came home and photographed flowers around the house with Tamron 100-400mm and Tamron 70-200mm lenses.

EOS R and Tamron 70-200mm Lens
EOS R and Tamron 100-400mm Lens

Monday, May 6, 2019

Turf Paradise End of Season Racing 5 May 2019

5 May 2019, or Cinco de Mayo, was the last race day of the season at Turf Paradise in Phoenix.  

I thought I'd stop by and take in a few races.  

Unless you have permission to get inside the track to photograph, it is very difficult to get a good angle at track level.  The track is actually a few feet higher than where fans can stand, so that means having to shoot through rails.  

Over the years, I found the best place to capture racing images is from the top deck of the stadium, looking down.  

I used a Canon 70-200mm lens on a Canon EOS R camera body.  NOT the best lens for this kind of photography!  I have a Tamron 100-400mm lens, similar to the Canon lens I used at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Kentucky last week.  

My entire photography portfolio is on SmugMug.  And, here's my Instagram feed.

Until My Next Adventure,

See You On Down the Road,

Jim Patterson

Here's a slideshow of all of my photos.... ENJOY!

I took four of the photos and applied some selective colorization...

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Kentucky Horses and Bourbon and More

Manchester Farm Sunrise in Lexington Kentucky
In April of 2019, I visited in and around Lexington, Kentucky to photograph horses and two stops on the Bourbon Trail.  I was with a group from Canon, even though I saw one photographer carrying a Nikon!  I capture images with the new mirrorless Canon EOS R.  On this trip, I brought the EF 17-40mm and the RF 25-105mm lenses.  At the racetrack, I borrowed the Canon 100mm-400mm lens.  
Curious Horses Wondering Why I Was Up so Early!

The first stop was the Manchester Farm of Lexington, Kentucky for some sunrise photos.  This was about a ten minute drive from our host hotel but it still meant a very early morning wake-up call.  The iconic white fences you see at these farms I found out cost something like $14 a foot, so DON’T TOUCH THE FENCES.  If I visit again, I’m going to contact Manchester for a tour.  By the way, the dogwoods were in bloom.  I don't see that often in Phoenix, so I had to photograph.  
Racing Action at Keeneland in Lexington

Right next door was Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington.  I had time to wander around and walked outside the horse stalls, talking to workers as I went along.  Horse people, I’ve found, are the friendliest people around!  They welcomed me as I peeked around taking photographs.  
In the Stalls at Keeneland

Post Time at Keeneland was 1pm, so our group walked over to the 3rd and 4th turn on the grass to get action photos.  I’m used to this because I’ve photographed Turf Paradise in Phoenix.  To capture action, I had to make sure my shutter speed was at least 1/1000 of a second.  I was secretly hoping for rain this day so I could capture mudder horses.  That opportunity just doesn’t happen in Phoenix.  But it was dry.  Not a problem!  
Dogwoods in Bloom
High Dynamic Range Capture in the Cask Room at Buffalo Trace
Next up was a visit to Buffalo Trace Bourbon Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky, part of the Bourbon Trail.  Hanna the intern helped get the group around to capture great images in the cask room and elsewhere on the grounds.  
Shaker Village Scene

Another stop was at Shaker Village in Pleasant Hill. In the early 1800s, there was a religious order that was celibate so they died out.  But they left behind interesting buildings.
Maker's Mark Bourbon Waiting to be Bottled

Our final stop back on the Bourbon Trail was Maker’s Mark of Loretto, Kentucky.  It’s OUT THERE.  Lots of driving on very narrow roads, what I call “Irish Freeways.”  Then, up pops a distillery.  After early morning photos, Christopher our tour guide showed us around, ending at the cask room and tasting room.  Here I found out to be considered bourbon, it needs at least 51% corn.  What an education.  And what great bourbon.  
Special Mint Julep Bourbon and it was GOOD!
My entire photography portfolio is on SmugMug.  And, here's my Instagram feed.

Until My Next Adventure,

See You On Down the Road!

Jim Patterson

Here's a slideshow of all of my photos.... ENJOY!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Shari Rowe at Arizona Horseman’s Challenge and Expo 20 April 2019

Before watching, listening, and photographing Shari Rowe at the Arizona Horseman’s Challenge and Expo on 20 April 2019, we had time to watch some of the horse and horse trainer competition.  I'm used to rodeo, but these competitions for trainers take some eight hours over a few days.  

Then Shari and her band went into the arena and I got a close up and personal view of them, watching to make sure I didn't step in horse #%$#.  

I photographed Shari a few years ago (2016) at Country Thunder Arizona.  

My entire photography portfolio is on SmugMug.  And, here's my Instagram feed.

Until My Next Adventure,

See You On Down the Road!

... And here's a slideshow from my time with Shari Rowe.

.. And a few photos from the horse competition.

Friday, April 19, 2019

At the Roadrunner 13 April 2019

I've lived in north Phoenix for over 18 years.  I thought I knew interesting and great places to visit and photograph in my area.  And then I found the Roadrunner Saloon in New River, about 14 miles straight north of me, off the I-17.

What fun!

It's a large bar with a band stage and bull riding arena.  So I contacted them to make sure my camera would be welcome, too.  You never know nowadays.  

First off, the burgers are massive and good.  Next time, I think I will try it with their cole slaw.  There were just too my fries!  

Anyway, I walked over to the arena and they had the little people mutton busting (children riding sheep), then the novices or first timers rode very very tame bulls.  

Then Hollywood Yates and the Hitmen played.  

That was followed by the serious bull riders.  I was a wee bit surprised because these were serious bulls and serious riders.  The competition was better than I thought.  Sadly, the arena was full and I didn't get a chance to photograph from my usual perch on the top row.  That will be for another visit.

Special shout-out to Josh, the Roadrunner videographer, for coming over and saying hi.  

I've also posted photos on Flickr and on my portfolio site on SmugMug.

Until My Next Adventure,

See You On Down the Road!

... And here's a slideshow from my visit to the Roadrunner!

Monday, March 25, 2019

Cave Creek Rodeo 24 March 2019

The Cave Creek Rodeo in Arizona has to be the best small PRCA sanctioned rodeo in North America.  I've photographed this rodeo for about ten or more straight years and it is an absolute joy.  The best group of folks around.  

Images were made with a Canon EOS R and Canon 70-200mm lens.  Post processing in Lightroom and Photolemur.

Usually bull riding comes last.  This time around for this finals event they started with bull riding, part one, and ended with bull riding part two.  Kind of an interesting way to do it.  There's a lot of tradition involved in rodeo and I have to think people like things the way it's always been done, but this worked out well.  

The bulls were especially nasty today as I don't remember more than one cowboy sticking around past eight seconds. Somebody did.  The all-around cowboy was JC Mortensen, winning $1,858 for bareback riding and bull riding. 

The featured event is always bull riding.  But before that the ladies of rodeo perform at barrel racing.  And what a show they put on!  

Here's a complete list of Cave Creek Rodeo winners.  And great professional stock was again supplied by the Cervi Brothers.  

And the Cave Creek Rodeo ends with the horse stock running around the arena.  

I've also posted the Sunday finals photos on Flickr and on my portfolio site on SmugMug.

See ya soon!!!

Until My Next Adventure,

See You On Down the Road!

... And here's a slideshow from the Cave Creek Rodeo!