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Sledding

November 12th, 2012 Permalink

 Rob Roose and his daughters Lena, age 5, front, and Robin, age 10, in back, sled down Manito Hill in Manito Park, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

With three inches of fresh snow on the ground, I decided to crank out a quick feature picture of people sledding in Manito Park Monday morning. With my trusty 24-120mm lens, I shot at a slow shutter speed, while panning the camera. It is a technique that usually doesn’t work for me. This time I turned on the built-in vibration reduction in the lens, and it made a big difference in sharpness of many of my photos. The key in every pan shot is to pick the slowest shutter speed that will yield the best chance for a sharp photo, then match perfectly the speed of the subject as you pan the camera. In this case, a 30th of a second worked best. Out of all my shots, this one, with the fun expressions stood out. There was one better snap, but it just wasn’t sharp enough. I don’t dwell on all my missed shots. If I did, I would be a very depressed Photographer. Nikon D3s, Nikkor 24-120mm Colin Mulvany/© The Spokesman-Review

 

I was in the Japanese Gardens in Manito Park today looking for a fall color feature. I spotted some cool wild mushrooms popping up from the grass and I went down on all fours to make a macro shot. Suddenly all the sprinklers in the garden blasted on. I quickly scuttled my shoot and ran out the gardens a bit wet and kind of confused. It turns out the park maintenance guys were venting the sprinklers for winter using air pressure in the pipes. Several other people with cameras ran out right behind me. Looking for through the doorway, I realized a fine mist instead of water was now coming from the sprinkler heads. I rushed back in and made some backlit mist shots. Just when you think there is nothing much to photograph, something cool will present itself. Nikon D3s Nikkor 24-120 mm f/4 Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

Duncan Gardens

September 21st, 2010 Permalink

I live just a few blocks from this formal garden and am always amazed at how colorful it is this time of year. In a few weeks gardeners will pull everything up and prep the beds for winter. I used a Nikon 70mm-200 set at about 150mm. It was raining and I didn’t think I would get this type of color from my RAW file–but I did. The lens is having some focus issues. It is soft on the right half of the frame. Two years ago this lens and my camera popped out the back hatch of my SUV going 30-mph. Both miraculously survived–though my heart almost stopped. I think it is just now dying. Time for a trip to Nikon for repair.

Awash in a rainbow of colors, visitors at Manito Park's Duncan Gardens stroll its gravel pathways during a light rain Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review.