View 339: Thunderbirds over Rochester

The US Air Force Thunderbirds performing at the Kwik Fill Rochester International Airshow in Rochester, New York on Sunday, August 17, 2014.

The US Air Force Thunderbirds performing at the Kwik Fill Rochester International Airshow in Rochester, New York on Sunday, August 17, 2014.
Nikon D700/80-400VR, 1/1000s, f/6.3, ISO 200, EV 0, 110mm focal length.

The last time I photographed the United States Air Force Thunderbirds air demonstration team they were flying over Main Street USA at Walt Disney World.  Yesterday, the Tunderbirds performed at the Kwik Fill Rochester International Airshow in Rochester, New York. Unlike the fly over at Disney, this show lasted over thirty minutes featuring multiple passes in groups of six, four, two and solos.

Two solo USAF Thunderbird pilots perform a flying maneuver during the Kwik Fill Rochester International Airshow in Rochester, New York on Sunday, August 17, 2014.

Two solo USAF Thunderbird pilots perform a flying maneuver during the Kwik Fill Rochester International Airshow in Rochester, New York on Sunday, August 17, 2014.
Nikon D700/80-400VR, 1/1000s, f/7.1, ISO 200, EV 0, 300mm focal length.

Instead of one pass, I was able to photograph the Thunderbirds F-16 aircraft as they performed several passes demonstrating the precision flying the team is famous for.

Group of four F-16 Thurnderbird jets fly in formation during the Kwik Fill Rochester International Airshow in Rochester, New York on Sunday, August 17, 2014

Group of four F-16 Thurnderbird jets fly in formation during the Kwik Fill Rochester International Airshow in Rochester, New York on Sunday, August 17, 2014.
Nikon D700/80-400VR, 1/1000s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV 0, 280mm focal length.

Here are a couple of photos showing solo aircraft.

An F-16 Thunderbird jet making a High-G turn during the Kwik Fill Rochester International Airshow in Rochester, New York on Sunday, August 17, 2014.

An F-16 Thunderbird jet making a High-G turn during the Kwik Fill Rochester International Airshow in Rochester, New York on Sunday, August 17, 2014.
Nikon D700/80-400VR, 1/1000s, f/9, ISO 200, EV 0, 400mm focal length.

Like how the plane’s wings seem to cut through the air in this one.

A Thunderbird F-16 jet shows its namesake graphic on the bottom of the aircraft at the Kwik Fill Rochester International Airshow in Rochester, New York on Sunday, August 17, 2014.

A Thunderbird F-16 jet shows its namesake graphic on the bottom of the aircraft at the Kwik Fill Rochester International Airshow in Rochester, New York on Sunday, August 17, 2014.
Nikon D700/80-400VR, 1/1000s, f/6.3, ISO 200, EV 0, 400mm focal length.

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View 338: HDR Beach

When High Dynamic Range (HDR) images first came on the scene, many people thought they looked unreal though beautiful.  For years, HDR photographers and software companies worked to make the images look realistic with much success.

When I went to the eastern shore of Lake Ontario last week, the scene was very flat looking.  Dark skies over dark water with a small color pallet in the blue end of the spectrum.  I processed a set of photos covering the light range from -2EV to +2EV into the HDR image you see below.

HDR image of a cloudy sunset from Brennan Beach RV Park & Campground on Lake Ontario near Pulaski, New York.

HDR image of a cloudy sunset from Brennan Beach RV Park & Campground on Lake Ontario near Pulaski, New York.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, f/22, ISO 200, EV 0, 24mm focal length, tripod.

This image is far from what the actual scene looked like.  To my creative mind, it is how I felt when standing on lonely beach looking out over Lake Ontario at sunset.

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View 337: Gift of the Game

The Onondagas, a member of the Iroquois Nation, call the game of Lacrosse the Creator’s Game.  Lacrosse is a very spiritual and healing game to the Haudenosaunee people.  The traditions of the game is passed from one generation to the next. I witnessed such an event at a recent Onondaga Redhawks game.  As hard fought as the games are, there is always respect for the game, the people who play it and to the members of the Nation from elders to the very young.

Onondaga Redhawks Andy Jamerison (17) greets a young fan before playing the Newtown Golden Eagles in the Can-Am Senior

Onondaga Redhawks Andy Jamerison (17) greets a young fan before playing the Newtown Golden Eagles in the Can-Am Senior “B” Box Lacrosse finals at the Onondaga Nation Arena near Nedrow, New York on Saturday, August 2, 2014.
Nikon D700/70-200VR, 1/500s, f/2.8, ISO 10000, EV +1.3, 200mm focal length.

The Onondaga Redhawks are on the verge of another Can-Am Senior “B” Lacrosse championship having won the first three games in the Best of Seven series with the Newtown Golden Eagles.  Game Four is tomorrow night at the Onondaga Nation Arena or Tsha’Hon’nonyen’dakhwa’ near Nedrow, New York.

Below is a sampling of the kind of play found at an Onondaga Redhawks Box Lacrosse game:

Box Lacrosse is a hard hitting, fast paced and highly skilled team game with as much action as an ice hockey game.

Box Lacrosse is a hard hitting, fast paced and highly skilled team game with as much action as an ice hockey game.

The game starts tomorrow night at 7:00PM.  Admission is $5 for Adults and $3 for Elders and Children.  You might even see the Championship Trophy presented like I did back in 2012.

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View 336: Street Hockey Kids

Goalie set to defend his team's goal at the Street Crunch game outside the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Goalie set to defend his team’s goal at the Street Crunch game outside the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/7.1, ISO 200, EV o, 38mm focal length.

I went down to photograph the 2014 Syracuse Crunch Summer Street Crunch Series game last Saturday morning.  For four Saturday’s over the summer, the Crunch are setting up a street hockey rink on Montgomery Street just outside the Onondaga County War Memorial Arena. The players are ages from 5 to 14 and had a ball (get it?) playing on a street in the City of Syracuse.

A boy waits for his line to be called at the Street Crunch game outside the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, July 26, 2014.

A boy waits for his line to be called at the Street Crunch game outside the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 250mm focal length, fill flash.

I did get plenty of game action photos but I wanted to share with you today some of the portraits of the young participants in the street hockey game. Kids can be so intense one second and so carefree the next. I think I need to remember to do the same.

A couple of players hanging out between Street Crunch hockey shifts outside the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, July 16, 2014.

A couple of players hanging out between Street Crunch hockey shifts outside the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, July 16, 2014.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/500s, f/3.5, ISO 450, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length.

The game was open to all kids, boys and girls.  With the rise of high school, college and Olympic Women’s ice hockey, I see a lot of talented young women taking to the ice and, in this case, street to play the game of hockey.

A young girl getting ready for her time in the Street Crunch hockey game outside the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, July 26, 2014.

A young girl getting ready for her time in the Street Crunch hockey game outside the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/7.1, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 125mm focal length, fill flash.

I photographed this young boy as he was watching the play and waiting for a pass.  The pass did come and he did score.

A young boy watching the play and waiting for a pass during the Street Crunch hockey game outside the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, July 26, 2014.

A young boy watching the play and waiting for a pass during the Street Crunch hockey game outside the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/500s, f/5.6, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 300mm focal length.

The game lasted a little over an hour with everyone getting to play in the game and participate in a shootout at the end.  The event is sponsored by McDonald’s and made possible by the parents who take the time to bring their sons and daughters to downtown Syracuse.

There are two Saturday’s left in the series.  Click Here for more information and to sign up your child.

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Mid-Day Waterfall Photography

I hiked out to Taughannock Falls in the middle of the day with the idea of getting a long exposure photo of the falls.  Sounds crazy but I did have a plan. Upon arriving, I set up the Nikon D700 camera and Nikon 24-120mm f/4 VR FX Lens on a tripod and used Aperture mode set to f/16.  This gave me a shutter speed of 1/60th of a second at ISO 200.

Taughannock Falls at 1:19PM on a summer's day.

Taughannock Falls at 1:19PM on a summer’s day.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/60s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 24mm focal length, tripod.

At this shutter speed, you can see all the people walking on the rocks in the creek and up by Taughannock Falls.  Using f/16 got me sharp focus from front to back.  The water falling looks frozen.

I left all the settings the same and put a 3-stop Neutral Density (ND) filter on the lens. This increased the shutter speed to 1/5th of a second.

Taughannock Falls at 1:19PM on a summer's day.

Taughannock Falls at 1:19PM using at 3-stop ND filter on a summer’s day.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/5s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 24mm focal length, tripod, 3-stop ND filter.

We start to see motion blur in the people walking on the rocks and the falling water is starting to get the smooth look of long exposure photos of waterfalls.

Back to my plan, I replaced the 3-stop ND filter with a new B+W 77mm 3.0 ND 110 Filter which is rated at 10 stops.  Using this very dark filter, it is impossible for your camera to use auto-focus and just as impossible to focus manually.  Focus your camera without a filter first and then turn off auto-focus before putting the filter on.

Taughannock Falls at 1:24PM using at 10-stop ND filter on a summer's day.

Taughannock Falls at 1:24PM using at 10-stop ND filter on a summer’s day.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 30s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 24mm focal length, tripod, 10-stop ND filter.

Ah, there is the silky looking waterfall photo I was looking for.  You will notice most of the people have disappeared as they did not stay still long enough during the thirty second long exposure.

Think of the possibilities here for amusement park rides, moving vehicles and fireworks..oh, fireworks!

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