Now that our Riverfest photo contest is over, I can post anything I want from the event. Not that there is all that much…but I was fascinated by this balloon launch. Farmer’s Insurance was giving tethered balloon rides. In the past they have had some trouble getting everything working, including the weather, but this year they had some luck. I hovered around quite awhile, shooting while the sun set. I thought this was a good example of the high ISO capabilities of a my full frame Nikon D700. Coupled with the rather amazing noise reduction capability of Lightroom (still using version 3), this is the result. Handheld at ISO 3200. That’s amazing stuff to me, but I am old and used to shoot Kodachrome 64.
This is my second place image in the fireworks category at the Wichita Riverfest Photo Contest. Photographing the fireworks this year was made more difficult because they changed the launch site from previous years, and specifics were not publicized. They even added a couple of different launch sites to the mix, there were actually fireworks going off about 40 yards to my right here, but they were way too close to shoot. As you can probably imagine, it is very helpful to know exactly where they are being launched from ahead of time so you can work out a suitable camera location in order to include a pleasing foreground.
I got pretty lucky considering, and found a spot on a steep hill, halfway into a flower bed on the riverbank from which to shoot this image. We do what we must.
Strike up the music, the Warped Prism is back. My apologies, an overload of real life stuff caused the unplanned hiatus of this blog. It may take me awhile to work back up to the previous output, but I’ll try.
The photo above is actually my favorite photo that I shot for the annual Wichita Riverfest photo contest in June. It did not win anything (nor did I expect it to) because it really didn’t fit the contest parameters very well. I did win 4 of the 24 awards, but this non-winner is still my favorite. These guys were playing in sweltering, muggy heat on top of a hill in downtown Wichita. This was overlooking the famous “tot trot” race where small children are forced to run in front of a crowd of strangers. Actually, the older kids seem to have a lot of fun, but it can be a little daunting for the younger ones. The parents seem to love it though, so every year masses of small children are herded into lines and urged to run for their lives while surrounded by hordes of loud adults. 🙂 Hats off to the Mariachi band here, they were dedicated and sounded quite amazing, especially considering their lack of any sound equipment.