Yorba Linda, CA – Rocking T Ranch (HDR)

From sunny Southern California in a horse loving town called Yorba Linda you can find the excellent equestrian sports center Rocking T Ranch. I’ll post more info on this cool ranch soon. But now I’ll focus on the wonderful town of Yorba Linda. Some info from the web: One of the reasons Yorba Linda is such an attractive place to live is due to its landscaping and extensive trail system. There are some 100 miles of equestrian, biking and walking trails in the City.

The love of horses and the City’s commitment to equestrian activities helps set Yorba Linda apart from other communities. In addition to the well-maintained horse trails, the City has also built three state-of-the-art equestrian arenas. The nearby Chino Hills State Park also affords residents the opportunity to ride in unspoiled wilderness.

Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 34.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 9 Exposures (+4 to -4)
Aperture: f/11.0
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Photo Tools 2.6

Austin, TX – In My Daughters Eyes

I had to post this wonderful photo…not taken by me!  This shot was taken by my six year old daughter.  We were all playing tennis this past weekend and I brought my 70-200 lens up to catch all of us in action.  My wife and I would all take turns taking a break in the shade and photograph each other.  Near the end of the day we took a few cool fisheye shots and then I switched over to my least used lens…the Nikon 50mm f/1.4.   Its a great small lens and makes it easy to hold the camera for a six year old.  She asked if she could use my camera.  I let her take pictures and she captured some great tennis action and like all kids, they take shots of what they see right near them wherever they are!  Love those shots!!  This shot is of her shoes.  Not cropped at all… as is except a little photoshop work and Nik Color Efex Pro – Tonal Contrast filter and some vignetting.

My little one has her own CoolPix, and always asks to get a “big” camera.  I tell her she can as soon as she is 8 years old.   She already knows well about HDR ‘s, IR and Portrait photography.  If she wants to continues to learn, I will not hold her back.  The view from our kids eyes with a camera in their hands is wonderful to see!!

If you are a photographer or are the chosen one in the family to catch all the pics…share the wealth!  Let your wife/husband and/or kids grab a few shots!  I really don’t push them to join in the fun…Ill let them decide that on their own….but my hopes are one day to have all of us with DSLR’s heading out on a photographic trip!  So share your camera with your loved ones (I know its tough to give it up)…ya never know…they might have some skills!!!!!    Have fun!