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3 years, 9 months ago 8

It was late morning and I had just posted the mornings balloon shots and Jay Miller suggested we go out to the field to shoot some of the car show, car show?, could things get any better!!  I love to photograph classic cars, rusting and beautifully built like these today!  I continue to be amazed at the qualities of the D800.  In these kinds of shots in harsh light, dynamic range and gradation are both critical and the D800 passed with flying colors!

 

See if you agree??!!

 

Wow, this camera really makes shooting more fun than ever!   Hey, I sound like I work for Nikon!  Wait a minute, I do!!!

 

I’m posting my Monday post early as things will get busy tomorrow at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.

 

In Him,

 

the pilgrim

3 years, 9 months ago 4

Well after yesterdays cold, cloudy windy weather, we finally caught a break and had great conditions to launch balloons in Albuquerque!  The D800 performed wonderfully as a hand held camera.  I used the 24-120 AFS VR f4 lens, everything shot at F8, Aperture Priority and Auto ISO with a high end limit of 3200.  Hope you enjoy the results!  It was so much fun I didn’t realize my fingers ere frozen till I got back in the Media Center!

 

 

Love my little buddy Elvis above!

 

……and Bill Pekala, if you’re out there, thanks for the job!!!!

 

Be blessed,

 

the pilgrim

 

This one’s for you Jim!  Nik’s Color Efex 3.0 Tonal Contrast to get a poor simulation of a Jim Begley HDR Masterpiece!!!

3 years, 9 months ago 4

Some of my friends can’t believe what a great job I have, but they have never been at an event with me either!  This morning started with a 3:00 a.m. wake-up call, but I didn’t sleep that long!  Trying to get onto Mountain Time, I went to bed at 7:30 last night, I was awake by 11:30 and cat napped until 1:30, sleeping was over so I got up showered and surfed the web, and then met Kyoshi in the lobby to head over to the launch field.  We opened the press center in total darkness and chilly temps.  As the morning drug on a cold front moved in producing strong winds and much colder temps, all launching of Balloons was cancelled for the morning.   While I was waiting for Kyoshi to show up in the lobby I saw something that caught my interest, the interplay of light and shadows on the hotels outside walls.  After processing the file I thought it might just work as a Black and White!

 

We worked in the center until late morning when all flying activities were cancelled for the rest of the day due to weather, the photographers all left to rest up for another 3:30 start Sunday morning, so we did too.  I was worn out and tired but I’m a photographer, and I had not shot much of anything all day so I checked out a junk yard one of  the other shooters told be about, it was closed but I could shoot through the chain link fence.

 

 

 

 

I saw the staircase shadows on a oil tank on the way back to the hotel to collapse, then get up and process these images to share with you!

I’ll try get a good ten hours sleep before the wake up call at 3:00 a.m.!

 

Thank you Lord for such a great job and that I haven’t died on the spot!!!!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

3 years, 9 months ago 4

I went up to Santa Fe after work today to give Bobcat Bite another shot and number one.  I had a great memories of the last time Richard Small and I sat down in this great place and were very impressed!  I won’t ho;ld you in suspense, Bobcat Bite has taken over the number ONE spot!  This is one burger you’ve got to bite your teeth into.   Below, Ronal places another juicy burger on the bun!  The seasoning was perfect and it was packed with flavor!

The folks are friendly, but rushed, this place stays very busy, and i went in before the dinner crowd!  located on Old Las Vegas Highway which at one time was part of historic Route 66, the Bobcat Bite has been a family owned and operated restaurant since 1953!

 

Many people ask how they got their name.  Years ago, before I-25 was built, bobcats came down from the hills and were given treats at the back door at what was one of the few local dining spots that were friendly to bobcats at that time. One thing is for sure, for a Kentucky Wildcat this was a great treat for me, especially the bobcat images around the room!

 

 

It was a real pleasure and I’m happy to hand over the honor of America’s Best Cheeseburger to these great folks at Bobcat Bite!

 

 

 

One last shot, I call it my stairway to heaven from launch field for the Balloon Fiesta!

 

Out to the Media Center at 3:30 a.m., I’ll share the results tomorrow!!

 

Be blessed,

 

the pilgrim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…..and the result?  One killer cheeseburger!