Another Great Year at Balloon Fiesta (2015)

Well, if you’re interested, here are just a couple of my favorite images from Balloon Fiesta on 4 Oct 15.  The weather was a little dicey, but the balloons managed to find their way to the skies not too far into the a.m.This year, once again, I decided to avoid the hullabaloo of driving into the park and took the Park and Ride from Cliff’s Amusement Park.  15 minutes from start to finish and I was inside the Balloon Fiesta Park.

Of course, the most interesting part of the ride was the conversation I overheard on the bus ride back to Cliff’s.   A family sitting in the seats in front of me was having a conversation about whether the little boy, 5 or 6, had went to school on the previous Friday.  The grandma answered “No, he didn’t go to school, he was scared.”  The dad turned to the boy, without cracking a smile or missing a beat and said, “Little dude, the ONLY time we ever get scared is when we go to the dentist.”

I can relate.
















































Just a few from the most photographed event in the world.  Enjoy!!!

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Las Vegas Glamour 2015

Early last month I had the pleasure of working with four fantastic models at a Rolando Gomez Workshop in Las Vegas, NV. As usual, I drove all night,worked all day shooting photos, hotel check-in, dinner, sleep, all day behind the camera, drive all night Sunday, then back to work at 10 am Monday morning.
And the trip was definitely worth it.
For the longest time, I’ve heard that the truest test of a photographer is being able to pre visualize an image in your mind as the camera will interpret it.
After all, you’re taking a 3-dimensional , stereo view of the environment and applying it to a 2-dimensional interpretation of the scene before you.
I’ve learned from many unsuccessful attempts that “what you see is what you get” is not the case when it is not paired with training and experience. That is typically more what you see (visualize) is what you hope you get.
You know what I mean, you get the shot set up, the model in place, everything is as it should be, then click. Not that one. Click. Nope. And so it goes. But on that rare occasion early on, and with more frequency through training and experience, You and the camera begin to see as one.
I got some fantastic photos of all four of the amazing models I was working with, but my favorite was the one that I saw clearly in my mind minutes before I set up the shot.

Below is an image I shot of American Idol contestant and glamour model Amy Davis. I am pleased at how precise this image appeared in camera, identical to the image I had envisioned before setting up the shot. And yes, she was a real treat to work with.

Thanks Amy.



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Another Day in New Mexico


Shouldn’t that be, “& Sweetz”?


It could happen…

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Dewayne’s Digital Photography Weekend Update 10-13/14-12 (Red Bull World Record Skydive)

Since it’s been a while since I posted much of anything, it was time to flex the blog just a bit.  The weekend began with a trip to the Krav Maga studios with some fun with a new student Deborah, who really gave me a workout.  I don’t instruct, but I do get to work with the newer students quite a bit and it’s a real blast.

Following Krav it was time to make a decision about the direction of the next couple of days.  One thing for sure, the new Kevin James comedy, “Here Comes The Boom” was high on the list.  While the movie hasn’t generated stellar reviews, if you spend any time at all in the business side of physical fitness, you’re sure to appreciate the role played by former UFC Heavywieght Champion Bas Ruten.  For those who don’t know, Bas finished his UFC career on a 22-fight winning streak.  One of my favorite anecdotes came from the way he approached his training, with the mentality if he didn’t pass out during his workout, then he wasn’t trying hard enough.  If you’re familiar with Bas Ruten, or any of his training tapes, you’re sure to enjoy the movie.

The second stop for the weekend, “Atlas Shrugged Part 2: The Strike”, a very interesting movie with a ton of information to mull over durting and after the film, but sure to keep you interested all through the ride.

The last stop for the weekend was a toss-up, spend the weekend looking at attractive bottoms… (No, there wasn’t a cheerleader convention in town.  The leaves have dropped in the mountains, the only foliage left is in the stream and riverbeds), or head down to Roswell for a world-record skydive from 24 miles over the surface of the Earth by “Fearless Felix” Baumgartner.  Well, a four-hour drive to Roswell didn’t seem entrely out of the question, so off I went.  Here’s a few shots of the preparation and takeoff from the Roswell Air Park.

Mission Control

The above image was taken 14 miles East of Roswell at Bottomless Lakes State Park, a mineral deposit (water-filled caves) and local swimming hole in the Roswell area. See the tiny white dot in the center/top?

The above image was shot of the fully inflated balloon at altitude just before the jump with a Tamron 300mm lens with a 1.4 teleconverter giving an effective focal length of 420mm

And here’s the Official (Not mine) Youtube video link:

This was an incredibloe accomplishment involving tons of equipent, millions of dollars and corporate sponsorship. Something that I would like to try in the future. But, I need a sponsor, do you think Fruit of the Loom would be interested?

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Krav Maga Yellow Belt Testing 04/14/12

A very special Thank you to Caleb Johnson for hanging out and taking these great pictures. I know he’d much rather have been testing with us. Thanks Caleb!!!

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