I just can’t help but think of the Cheshire Cat’s grin from Alice In Wonderland when I look at these eclipse photos.
If you were downtown Bremerton this weekend, chances are you saw a bunch of people dressed up in some amazing costumes (which is actually called cosplay: the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga and anime).
The first GAMCON at the Kitsap Conference Center seemed to be a success from the amount of people I witnessed out and about at the convention on Saturday. But it was kind of an overwhelming scene for a photographer because the colorful cosplay outfits were just everywhere!
I decided to take a bunch of portraits with my iPhone’s Hipstamatic app and put them together as a grid, to give an overall look at some of the many people in the most random attire that were present on Saturday. I chose the most “sci-fi/japanese anime” filter and lens combo I could come up with in the app and just started snapping people against the same wall throughout the day. I stitched them together in a grid and came up with the image below.
It looks a little rough and I was really rushed in getting it done but overall I think it came out pretty nice. It gives an overall look of the convention with a flare of art because of the app filter. But the next time I do something like this I’ll make it a little more refined and easier to read.
It had been many many years since I had photographed fireworks, so needless to say I was incredibly stressed out when I was assigned to shoot the 3rd of July fireworks in Poulsbo on deadline (which means transmitting photos immediately back to the office for print as soon as the final “boom”resonates across the water, leaving not one extra second for checking focus, exposure, changing position etc.)
Luckily I shot just fine and transmitted photos in time (well barely in time thanks to the whole North Kitsap area being on their smart phones as they left the fireworks hence causing cell data service to creep along as slow as possible as this photographer freaks out in her car because her wireless card for her computer has 5 bars but is creeping along slower than a snail and only picked up to actual snail pace as soon as we exited city limits) but whatever they made it in time for the presses to start rolling.
The hardest part was of course editing as fast as I could, I missed some great shots that should have been sent in for front page contention. But wait, I run a blog so I’m publishing them here as well.
For those who want to know the “tech” specs for this fireworks shoot, here are my camera settings: ISO 400, F-11 and Shutter varied from 1 -6 seconds depending on how bright I thought the fireworks were going to be. Also used a tripod (a must for fireworks) and a cable/wireless shutter release.
Here are some of my favorites: (the slideshow will advance in its own, or you can click the image to hurry it along)
Larry has been shooting a lot of bird photos lately…and of course he would tack on his signature sunset silhouette to his latest bird shot.
As a co-owner (I use the “co-owner” title because they are technically my boyfriend’s dogs and I only claim them as “mine” when they are being good and not pooping etc) of 1 big dog and 1 little dog, I feel this dog-walkers pain.