Two posts in one! Low Angle and Telephoto shoots

This update has two different posts.  The first challenge was low angle and the second was telephoto.  I thought that the first one would be easy.  I'll just follow the boy around and take pictures of him while shooting him from the ground and pick my favorite.  I don't have a telephoto lens so I would need to rent one.  I had plans to head out of town with some friends to a cabin in the Cascades so I would have plenty of subjects to choose from.

Right after the low angle challenge was announced The Boy decided he wanted to play in his Superhero Cape and mask. He had a lot of fun running around and I even got him to pose for me for a few seconds.  (Seconds for 3 year olds might as well be a lifetime).  I was able to get a great shot of him looking very heroic.

He looks heroic.

He looks heroic.

I loved the shot.  I wanted a few more options.  Easter was coming up and I thought that there would be some opportunities while we were at my brother's for Easter dinner.  One of the first things that The Boy does when visiting his uncle is to run to grab my brother's alarm clock.  Why? It's a giant Lego Storm Trooper, that's why! 

Playing with the Storm Trooper in the hallway.

Playing with the Storm Trooper in the hallway.

Maybe the Storm Trooper is helping Lightening McQueen to be able to jump the ramp?

Maybe the Storm Trooper is helping Lightening McQueen to be able to jump the ramp?

Finally I was able to get a cute picture of my dad reading to The Boy.

The Boy does love story time. (For the picture I should have made my Dad put the can of pop away.)

The Boy does love story time. (For the picture I should have made my Dad put the can of pop away.)

I ended up posting the first picture of The Boy.  It was just too cute and I think a better photograph.

Next was the telephoto challenge.  I don't own a telephoto lens so I decided to rent one.  I've rented several lenses before.  It's great because I get to try out the latest and greatest equipment without having to actually buy it.  I decided to rent a 70-200 2.8 lens.  This type of lens is the standard for telephoto zoom lenses.  I rented one from a company called Tamron.  They are one of the main companies that make alternative lenses to the ones that Nikon sells.  In previous years 3rd party companies like Tamron did not have a good reputation for quality.  They beat Nikon on price and you got what you paid for.  Over the last couple of years this has changed dramatically.  This is great news for enthusiasts like myself who want to own quality products but not pay through the nose for them.  The lens I rented retails for $1500, not a cheap lens.  The Nikon version though costs $2300.  So for 95% of the performance you only have to pay 65% of the cost.  This is a lens that when I do need a telephoto lens on a regular basis I would consider buying.  Until then?  I'm happy to rent.

This past weekend was the semiannual Gentlemen's Weekend.  This is when a group of my male friends get together hopefully once a year, maybe 18 months, to hang out at a cabin in the Cascade Mountains and relax.  It's a lot of fun.  Normally we cram about 12 of us in a cabin with beds for 7.  Unfortunately this year we had a lot of cancelations.  There were only 5 of us able to make it.  We had a great time though.

My friend Scott wanted to go fly-fishing.  While I didn't have a rod and reel I decided to tag along and bring my camera along.  It would be nice to get out into the woods and I would have plenty to shoot.  Our friend Guy also came along and brought his dog Murphy.  We went to Greenwater Lake.  The lake we went to was about a 2 mile hike from the trailhead.  It was a beautiful hike.

There were a few spots where the light was really lovely.

There were a few spots where the light was really lovely.

The runoff from the snow was running really high.

The runoff from the snow was running really high.

I was able to get a couple of really great shots of Scott as he was fishing.

Carefully trying to find the right spot to stand.

Carefully trying to find the right spot to stand.

Mid cast.

Mid cast.

The area has a lot of elk that are not afraid of humans.  I was able to get one decent shot that weekend.  While I have always admired and respected what wildlife photographers are able to capture trying to take even one good picture of a relatively docile elk made me realize how REALLY hard it is.  It took me about 14 shots to get this one picture!

They are amazing creatures, and HUGE too.

They are amazing creatures, and HUGE too.

One of the other images I was able to capture was this one of a cloud.  It's a little simplistic; I mean it's just a cloud.  I love the detail and color of the sky I was able to capture.

A little basic and I love it.

A little basic and I love it.

In the end this is the picture I submitted. I like how I was able to capture the quiet and serenity that is involved in fishing.  Even if you don't catch anything you can still have a great time.

The rolled up pants are a nice touch.

The rolled up pants are a nice touch.

Next up is a picture of a bike.  I have a few ideas I'm thinking about.  Hopefully one of them will turn out.