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Photographing Sea World Part 2

Having Fun with Your Camera at Sea World Part 2

The stadium from atop the Skytower ride
The stadium from atop the Skytower ride

The very first thing I did when I entered the grounds was head to the Skytower Ride.

This tower gave an unobstructed view of Sea World.

Although the ride didn’t give us a lot of time at the top, 3 minutes up and 3 minutes down.,it was sufficient to give me an idea of what to expect.

It gave me a good perspective of where everything was and more importantly where the sun was relative to the various places I planned to shoot.

The picture on the left was taken from Skytower Ride.

I saw I had a severely backlit situation if I stayed at eye level  from the stands.

I was glad I packed my 70-300 zoom.

Blue Horizons Stadium

The sun was behind the stage as you can see from this picture.
The sun was behind the stage as you can see from this picture.

At the Blue Horizons stadium where we watched the 25-minute show of aerial acrobats, bottle nosed dolphins and a pilot whale, you probably want to steer clear of the first 12 rows, their splash zone.

Those are the rows for the hard core folks who want to get the entire ‘feel’ and flavor of the show by getting soaked to the bone.

I’m not saying I wouldn’t sit down there but if I ever did so, I would be sure to have some serious water protective gear for my equipment.

The pictures would be different and more engaging because I would be able to see the performer’s faces better. Continue reading Photographing Sea World Part 2

Fun and games at Artnival Part 2

Emilie Michele Gleisberg, acrobat from the Great All American Youth Circus awed the crowds with her display of strength, poise and control. 

Chance favors the prepared, so I read somewhere.

It’s definitely true especially when covering an event.

In part 2 of my coverage of Riverside’s Artnival over the weekend, here are some tips.

Choosing a vantage point that backlights your subjects is often an easy way to make subjects standout. The trick is to watch for lens flare which destroys image integrity by loss of contrast. Ironically, lens flare is now being added in post production in Photoshop to perfectly good pictures as an creative device?

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Family fun time at Riverside’s Artnival Part1

My buddy fellow photographer Carlos Puma photographed his youngest son for this banner which greeted visitors to the first “Artnival” at Riverside’s White Park.

Artnival, a concatenation of the words “Art” and “Carnival,” materialized as a family fun event in Riverside’s White Park this afternoon.

For its debut, this event put together by Cosme Cordova owner of Division 9 Gallery, showed it’s not all gloom for the arts even in bad economic times.

When budget woes force an austere mentality to glom on to everything in sight  like a hot humid cloud that follows us around everywhere, sometimes all it takes is for one person to have a vision. Continue reading Family fun time at Riverside’s Artnival Part1

More pictures after UCR 2012 school of business graduation

Jessica Hala’s family brought out a special mat, decked her out in floral wreaths and other decorations so they could pose with her after the ceremony. I shot this with a wide angle lens on my Canon 5DM2 raised on a monopod and triggered the shutter by a cable release.
Guests, family and friends of graduates enjoy each other’s company as they pose for pictures

After the formal affair ends, there are still plenty of picture-taking opportunities.

Remember, there is limited seating, each graduate only gets a few tickets for their family and guests.

So you can expect that the graduates will have family and friends waiting outside with balloons, flowers and other gifts.

Be ready for lots of hugging, hand-shaking and kissing and other emotional outbursts.

Your biggest challenge?

Finding a way to eliminate clutter in your viewfinder in an area that’s sure to be crowded with lots of people trying to get pictures too.
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