Sunday, April 12, 2015
Saturday, February 7, 2015
|Kyara Japanese Tapas|
Serena is a licensed clinical dietitian by trade so I am forced to eat healthy most of the time. That's a good thing otherwise I would be eating junk food constantly. Getting up for sunrise shots and driving long distances also takes a lot out of me. My drink of choice for those long hauls used to be Mountain Dew. I have binged on and off sodas most of my life but hopefully I have finally kicked the habit. That was one of my 2015 goals. The longest I have gone without a soda before was 3.5 years. I'm hoping this time will be forever. I feel better, my stomach feels better and I'm sure my teeth appreciate my 2015 goal. So now it's basically water, hot tea and ice tea. No alcohol, cigarettes or drugs either unless you count chocolate chip cookies. It's good to set goals especially as you get older, taking care of your body should be a priority to include an exercise routine.
While on the road it's hard to find a decent place to eat. There are too many McDonalds and Burger Kings. It doesn't mean we don't eat there, it just means we try really hard not to. Serena usually makes food to bring along and we cook on the road. I purchased an ARB 50 qt Fridge Freezer for the car that keeps the food & drinks very cold. It was a bit pricey but a perfect addition for long trips.
I like to check out Yelp before eating at a restaurant to see what the reviews say. There is nothing worse than being on a photo trip and ending up sick from a bad lunch or dinner. I have started to put reviews on Yelp, good or bad. Trip adviser is another good website to check out for hotels and things to see and do. I'm sure there are many others to include weather radar and other weather related sites. That sounds like a good topic for another post.
Anyway from time to time my post may not be entirely about photography as in this case. I wanted to tell you about our favorite Japanese Tapas Restaurant. It's called Kyara at 6555 South Jones Boulevard #120 here in Las Vegas. It's usually pretty busy in the evening so you may need a reservation. There are only about seven tables and there is also seating at the bar. The service is excellent and the staff are very friendly. After going a few times the staff knows what we like and drink, this place is a diamond in the ruff. Try the Kora Kora steak, it's one of my favorites. Serena is also a trained chef so it's hard to find a place that she thinks is worthy of going back. Kyara Japanese Tapas is always consistent in their food preparation, presentation and service. It's a place I can count on for a great meal. So the next time you're in Vegas check them out.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
|"Floating Rock" Zion Narrows|
I have hiked the Narrows several times and this shot has eluded me every time until last month. I guess patience and persistence pays off!
|Chuck & Serena at Zion Narrows September 2014|
I hope you enjoyed these photographs of one of our favorite places to visit and photograph. Thanks for your visit!
Monday, October 20, 2014
|Zap! Nikon D-800 1/20sec f/2.8 70mm with 24-70mm f/2.8 Nikkor lens RRS tripod/ballhead|
I basically received my unit the day before I left for the canyon and had no time to read their booklet so I just winged it on my settings.The book tells you for nighttime lightning shots to set your aperture from f/5.6 to f/4. Shutter speed from 1/4 sec up to 2 seconds. The unit runs on a single 9 volt battery and comes with a nice small case that can slip onto your pants belt. The case measures 6.5" X 3.5" by approximately 2.5" wide with the unit in the case. Not a large unit, my photo bag is stuffed full now, any more gear and I will have to look for another bag.
One of the biggest problems of course is once the sun goes down it is quite difficult to focus on the lightning strikes. You will have to switch to manual focus, as with my Nikon it refuses to take the shot with auto focus once it's too dark out. Hopefully there will be a landmark or some type of light near where the lightning is striking so that you can manually focus on it. You may have to experiment a bit with a few shots to get the lightning in focus. I know on my Nikkor lenses infinity is not in sharp focus when set to infinity. It is usually backed off just a tad from where the lens is marked infinity.
Just experiment and have some fun with it. When I was shooting with this other photographer many people came by and asked what we were doing and what was that gadget on our cameras? They were surprised to find out we were shooting lightning.
It's a lot of fun, I'm looking forward to my next lightning storm! Thanks for visiting!
|Nice one! Nikon D-800 1/20sec f/2.8 70mm with 24-70mm f/2.8 Nikkor lens RRS tripod/ballhead|
|Ball lightning! Nikon D-800 1/30sec f/2.8 70mm with 24-70mm f/2.8 Nikkor lens RRS tripod/ballhead|