View 228: Making Lemonade

This was a trying weekend for me photographically speaking.  Had plans for four different events and all but one of them had major challenges with a couple of complete failures. In  facing these, I kept remembering my sister Linda’s favorite quote by Joan Collins, “If life throws you a lemon – make lemonade.

The first event was my great nephew’s (Linda’s Grandson) First Communion.  The challenge here was getting there in time as we were late getting to the church. I made my way through the children lined up outside and was able to photograph the beginning of the ceremony.  This photo shows you the excitement of the event.

A girl pauses before walking into church for her First Communion ceremony at St. Francis Xavier Church in Marcellus, New York.

A girl pauses before walking into church for her First Communion ceremony at St. Francis Xavier Church in Marcellus, New York. Nikon D700/24-85G, 1/60s, f/5, ISO 1250, EV 0, 24mm focal length, flash.

After enjoying lunch and an excellent cake at my niece’s, I headed to downtown Syracuse, New York to attend the 5th annual Crawfish Festival at Clinton’s Square.  I had a few ideas for some award winning photos but I did not count on this…

SOLD OUT! Crawfish were gone by 4 in the afternoon at the 4th Annual Crawfish Festival held at Clinton Square in Syracuse, New York.

SOLD OUT! Crawfish were gone by 4 in the afternoon at the 4th Annual Crawfish Festival held at Clinton Square in Syracuse, New York. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200, EV 0, 36mm focal length.

Next year I will get there early enough to enjoy my first taste of Crawfish and get those photographs.

Remember last year’s Super Moon?  Last Saturday was this year’s version and I had another grand idea.  The local TV weather forecaster promised we would see it. However, she failed to say when the sky would be clear enough to see the moon which happened for a few brief minutes an hour after moonrise. Another photo op spoiled by a bank of clouds.

As I was waiting for the moon, I turned around and with the help of the new steeple in town, photographed a colorful sunset. Normally I would tell you to drink the Kool-Aid.  This time enjoy the lemonade.

Sunset over Baldwinsville, New York the evening of the 2012 Super Moon.

Sunset over Baldwinsville, New York the evening of the 2012 Super Moon.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/30s, f/8, ISO 360, EV 0, 300mm focal length.

Finally, everything came together yesterday for a trip out to the ESTA Safety Park Dragstrip.  Beautiful weather and lots of fast race cars.

The popular SpongeBob SquarePants yellow Barracuda at ESTA Safety Park Dragstrip in Cicero, New York.

The popular SpongeBob SquarePants yellow Barracuda at ESTA Safety Park Dragstrip in Cicero, New York.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/500s, f/4.8, ISO 280, EV 0, 68mm focal length, polarizer filter.

Fitting that I end this post with a yellow race car.  Thank you, Linda!

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14 Responses to View 228: Making Lemonade

  1. Gerry says:

    Excellent lemonade, Scott.

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  2. milkayphoto says:

    Ha! And here I thought stuff like that only happened to ME! :-) That colorful sky is amazing!

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  3. Karma says:

    I think you did your best with the lemons! We had some similar happenings this weekend. I, too, attended a first communion, and I, too, was disappointed by the cloudy evening on the night of the supermoon.

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  4. Nye says:

    I do love the first shot. We had a cloudy night here also and I didn’t get to see the Super Moon, perhaps better luck next year.

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  5. kanniduba says:

    We had the same beautiful sunset here! You and Gerry have reminded me that I really need to have a look at all the photos I took that night. :)

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