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Vegas Business Trip


I recently made the most of a four day business trip to Las Vegas with evening trips to Red Rock Canyon and Hoover Dam (Hoover Dam will be posted very soon). The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is an awe inspiring park about twenty miles outside Las Vegas and for a small admission price you can enjoy a beautiful loop drive offering plenty of places to stop, get out and hike, bike, climb, picnic all the while taking in the desert views and wildlife.

Getting these shots proved to be a bit of a challenge due to the thirty to forty mile an hour winds and my use of a unfamiliar tripod but, with the sun approaching the horizon on a cloudless sky you have to adapt quickly and I did. It also helped that I wasn’t driving (Thank you to my co-worker Theresa).

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Red Rock Canyon as sunset nears.

A foot path leading to one of the sandstone outcropping

Red Rock Canyon path

A shot of the sandstone with divergent patterns and people

Putting it into perspective.



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Taking a Short Break From Alaska: The Armada Fair

The Armada Fair wrapped up its 143rd run last week and I went down early Friday morning to take in the sites before the crowds came. It’s nice to get there early, the place isn’t packed with people, it’s peaceful and the staff, vendors and participants are just getting ready to start the day. Although the clear blue sky didn’t provide the best lighting I still found great subject matter. The Budweiser Clydesdales came in for the event and the Budweiser crew was getting them ready for the show. There was also a Miniature Horse going on and the children involved were both posed and professional, the parents should be very proud of them (Parents, please reach out to me if you are interested in the photos I shot, my prices are very reasonable!).

Showing of Miniature Horses and the Aramada Fair

Miniature Horse Competition

Working in harsh lighting conditions is a challenge but, understanding composition and working with the angle of the sun will allow you to still get great shots.


Young Lady assists the crew in preping the Clydesdales.

Brooklyn gets to help with the Budweiser Clydesdale.

When walking though an event, you never know what photo op may appear before you. Be solidly familiar with your camera’s operations and functions; and some times you can capture a great moment like this.

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Overnight in Seattle

After a long cramped flight from Detroit we arrived a day early (Saturday) for our cruise in Seattle to insure we made our cruise, avoiding concerns of possible flight delays or over booking. Once checked in to our hotel room, we caught a bus heading downtown with the idea of exploring the famous Pike’s Market and the surrounding areas. The Seattle people on the bus were both friendly and helpful making sure we didn’t miss our stop and gave us some safety tips too.

For the next five hours we walked though the market’s many tightly packed shops, and nearby areas, enjoyed photographing the sites, some interesting people then had a very nice seafood dinner before taking the bus back to the hotel . .  after that long flight and spending the day exploring of the Market area we had no trouble sleeping that night in Seattle.


A busy Saturday afternoon at Pike's Market under the Pike's Market Pig.

A busy Saturday afternoon at Pike’s Market under the Pike’s Market Pig.

Just wandering Pike’s Market, shooting the people enjoying the day is so much easier with the flexibility of digital. The shot above was taken on a bright overcast day and the one below of the woman tending to her flowers was indoors. Moving between these two different scenes was almost too easy and makes shooting like this fun.

A woman tending her flower in Pike's Market.

A woman tending to her flowers in Pike’s Market.


As the Ruby Princess leaves Seattle, I found a steady place at the stern to brace myself against, as shooting with a tripod on a moving ship doesn’t away make sense, and captured the Seattle skyline. The key here is to get a good balance of shutter speed and f-stop so you have a crisp image with depth.

The Seattle skyline from the Cruise ship and it leaves port.

The Seattle skyline from the Cruise ship as it leaves port.

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Special Olympics posts

The photos I shot at the Polar Plunge were used on their Flicker site! And may end up on their Facebook page too.


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