July 4 Angie, I and dogs Maezee and Leo returned from a 17 day, 4300 mile road trip through 7 western states. We visited nephew and niece, both of whom gave birth to their first children. We visited several national parks, Zion, Capitol Reef, Glacier, North Cascades and Crater Lake. We traveled country road, county, state and US highways to see things one would never see on an interstate. Traffic on country roads can be as fast as interstates but you see so much more, you just don’t speed in the towns whose speed limits are generally 25 mph. Attached are some photos from our trip. Notice I have some people, ie family members, as part of my photography. Enjoy.
We are now in the middle of 1st Communion and Confirmation season.
Today we start 1st Communion portraits at St. Euphrasia Catholic Church in Granada Hills, Ca. We will photograph every afternoon and early evening through Thursday. Their 1st Communion Masses (3) are Saturday.
We also photograph 1st Communions and Confirmations at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Newhall and Confirmation at St. Bernardine of Siena in Woodland Hills.
For OLPH in Newhall we also offer family portraits for the Spanish families who really take advantage of this service.
At the recent California State Square Dance Convention I photographed the California Heritage Dancers as a group using our riser system. The background was not pretty. The convention committee commissioned a couple of scenic panels which I thought would be a useful background for any group. Unfortunately it did not work out at the convention, so I cleaned up the background with white. Here is what I had to deal with, what I did at the convention then what I intended created a couple of days ago.
I photographed this scene a couple of weeks ago at corner of McBean Pkwy and Newhall Ranch Rd. Using Photomatix software I created these two images from the 1st Original Image. Because I shot RAW there is detail in the dark areas that I can extrapolate. When creating HDR images it is better to take multiple images at different exposures than what I did creating additional exposures from 1 image, one lighter and one darker than the original.