Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Sometimes photography hurts


As I mentioned in my first post, I lead a team of photographers at the Watsonville Airshow. These are mostly amateur or semi-pro photographers, and our main goal is to take photographs of every plane being judged. Artistic is good, getting all of the planes is better.

My job is to herd the photographers, make sure that all of the sections are photographed, and then sort, cull, and make a slide presentation of the winning airplanes for the awards dinner. The judging stops at 2:00 pm, the actual airplanes are decided on by 4:00, and I have to have a slideshow by 6:00. Needless to say, tools are my friend. I use iPhoto and the keywords capability to sort on who took the photographs, what the registration number of the airplane is, and whether the plane won a prize. Keynote puts together the award presentation nicely.

This year, just as I was getting the information on the winning planes, my head was pounding with a headache. I took some ibuprofin, and was drinking a coke to try and kill it. Just at that moment, the two Harrier jets took off to do their demo flight. The loud noise was making my headache worse. I remember thinking that if my head exploded, it wouldn't hurt anymore.

Thankfully the drugs kicked in. Everyone enjoyed the award presentation.

This photo is from my Watsonville 2007 gallery http://www.pbase.com/moffetb/wvi2007

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Playing with motion


When I was wandering around the Monterey Bay Aquarium looking for things to photograph, I noticed that the fish were constantly swimming (makes sense) while the people would pause and watch the fish. I wondered what this would look like as a minor time-lapse. I set my camera for 30 seconds, time priority, and took this shot. The fish created streaks through the water, while some people paused long enough to almost make out details.
Just one more thing that humans can't do on their own...

You can see more of my aquarium shots at http://www.pbase.com/moffetb/monterey_bay_aquarium