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Fisheye Fun

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I hope you all had a great weekend! I spent some long hours preparing our landscape photography workshop. It is going to be really cool. I did get to meet up with a fellow photo buddy of mine that was in town from San Jose. We did what all photo buddies do…we headed out on a photo-walk in Denver. I used the photo-walk to test some new gear. IF you have been following my Fuji story on Facebook, you know I have just added an inexpensive tripod to the mix as well as a Samyang 8mm Fisheye lens. I’ll have more details about them later. This is one of the image from the tests.

Photographer’s Note – This is actually five images blended together. First I had to get the scene without trains and a shallow DOF. Then I had to get each train coming and going so that I had both motion and tail lights. Once I got home I blended them all together using Photoshop.

What I Learned About Bats

What I Learned About Bats

This weekend we attended a bat lecture at the Denver Botanical Gardens. It was super interesting! The scientist hosting it actually brought a few bats with him. This is one of them. A three pound fruit bat from South America. I asked her to open her wings, but she was pretty shy. Her wing span was close to five feet. As always, I try to kept things fresh here so I thought I would share what I learned about bats.

  • There are two general classifications of bats. Mega and Micro
  • Mega bats are large (like this one), live in the southern hemisphere and only eat fruit.
  • Micro bats are small (a big one weighs about the same as three nickels), live in the northern hemisphere and eat up to 2000 insects a night.
  • There is however, one type of vampire bat. It lands close to cows, hops up on them, sucks 1 tbsp of blood, hops down, then flies away. This bat is an exception to most micro bats.
  • Bats save the agricultural industry close to 2 billion dollar in insecticides. Crazy!
  • If you want to help support the bat population, but up a bat house (click here to learn how). They will use it in the summer, then when winter comes they will leave and hibernate in a cave or local mine.
  • Yes, we will be building a bat house next year!

Photographer’s Note – This image was shot in crazy low light with the Fuji 35mm 1.4. I have fallen in love with this lens. This is a .JPG straight out of the camera. I can’t wait until Fuji releases their 56mm 1.2…that will be a game changer!

Denver Skyline – Part IV

Denver Skyline

I hope you have enjoyed this tour of the Denver Skyline one early morning. The sun rose and it was time for coffee…and a few boring egg whites (long story). On your left are the Rocky Mountains. On your right is Kansas.

Denver Cash Register Building

Denver Cash Register Building

If you read the title, you are disqualified from this guessing game. Guess what we call this building here in Denver? Yep, you guessed it…the Cash Register Building. Other than having a melting snow issue, which falls 700 ft to the pedestrians below, it’s cool and definitely the signature of the Denver skyline.

Photographer’s Notes – This is a single image processed in Nik Viveza 2 and Lightroom 4.

Denver Skyline – Part II

DIA Sunrise

Something I often forget, especially when presented with an opportunity to photograph from a tall building, is a telephoto lens. Well, not this time. I made sure to bring along my 70-300. Longer focal length lenses are great to photograph the distant horizon. Having the sunrise directly behind the air traffic control tower at Denver International Airport was pretty darn lucky. I’m glad I was prepared. Totally worth waking up at 3:30am…right? I was able to bolster my ‘sunrise’ category of photos…click the link below to see others from this rare hour.