Category Archives: Documentary

Catalina Mountains from Windy Point and the Wildfire

Last night a group of my former photography students and I went to Windy Point to photograph the skyline. We didn’t think we’d see the fire from there, just the smoke. In a matter of hours the fire had climbed over the next peak and was visible from our vantage point. As of 10:00 am today, people are being evacuated from the area at the base of the mountains. In this photo you can see the fire cresting the ridge (far right).

Here we are as a group earlier in the evening. You can see the smoke pluming behind us.

 

Go Pro Hero 7!

This summer I bit the bullet and bought a brand new Go Pro. I’d been wanting one for years, especially during some grand adventure when I’d think, “Man, it would be so cool to record this on a Go Pro.”

Since my purchase, I’ve barely put the thing down! Currently, I am working on a vlog with a fellow teacher which highlights inspirational teaching practices, but in my spare time I am having a blast recording the fun activities at my school. Here’s a quick video of the class cheers from Spirit Week!

Behind the Stage

I recently did some behind the scenes photography for a local organization, Kids Unlimited, a place for young performers who wish to explore the excitement of singing, dancing and acting with other children who share this interest. According to their website, “No other organization in Tucson provides the unique performance classes where students learn a diverse combination of dance, musical theatre, voice and drama by professionals who have entertained across the United States and abroad.”

I really enjoyed the access I was given to the goings on behind the stage and before the public performance. I had no idea how much work goes into live performances! And, all of their actors, singers, and dancers are 18 years or younger. Whoa!

Here are some of my favorite images from a week’s worth of a “backstage pass.”

High Dynamic Range

Despite my dislike for HDR photography, I can understand its advantages. This week I decided to try it out myself as I am introducing the concept to my high school photography students as an end of the semester project.

In the below two images, I layered three images for each, taken in the middle of the day. I used Photoshop as my processing software and used Photos in Color as my tutorial. These images were taken at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Tucson, AZ. For my full post on this visit, please visit my other site.

Puppy Play

Well, they aren’t puppies anymore, but to me, they’ll always be “the pups.” The best time to catch these two playing is in the early morning when they first wake up from a long night’s rest. Plus, it gets hot in Tucson, AZ very quickly! Watching these two (sometimes my oldest will even play along) with a cup of coffee makes me giggle every time.

Happy Easter! He is Risen!

Easter is the only time of the year that I can convince my kiddos to put on something nice for a picture. Fifteen minutes into the shoot I had to bribe them with four scoops of ice cream and any toppings they wanted if they’d just hang on for another fifteen minutes with me. LOL!

50mm Prime

Yesterday I enjoyed a two-hour window of time, just me and my girl. We built a sand castle, went for a bike ride, and walked hand-in-hand. I don’t usually take pictures of people with my 50mm prime, I wasn’t about to take along a huge, portrait lens during this precious time. I just love the many facial expressions of this girl!