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May 2017

While on my way to Laramie, Wyoming…

Earlier this month, I visited Cheyenne, Wyoming. I know you’re asking yourself “why Cheyenne”??? Many, many years ago when I was in Tech School for the Air National Guard, one of the airmen I hung around with was from Cheyenne. Since then I’ve always wanted to visit. Yes it’s the little things that matter :-).

 

When I was checking into the hotel I was asking the person at the front desk about Cheyenne, things to do, etc. Before arriving, I did a little research on Laramie, which was not too far away. I mentioned to her that I was going to drive to Laramie after I check in and had lunch. She recommended to go the scenic route and take Happy Jack Road. She also said that this way I will see these big, funny shaped rocks and it would be cool to see. Being a photographer I was all in!! Well as always things don’t go as they should. I started out on Happy Jack Road but it led to nowhere (yeah I probably messed up) so I got back on the main highway for Laramie.

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Driving to Laramie I noticed some HUGE rocks on the right side of the highway…and there was an entrance to get to these rocks. I found the rocks the lady at the hotel was talking about – but it was Medicine Bow National Forest. A little background from there website: the forest extends from North Central Colorado to Central Wyoming. It is a year round recreational area. The forest also provides wildlife habitat, timber, forage for livestock, and a vital source of water irrigation, domestic use, and industry. With all that being said, I spent the next few hours at Medicine Bow National Forest. This place was so cool….and this was just a small portion of the forest.

After I finished visiting the forest, across the highway was Ames Monument.   According to the brochure, this 60-foot pyramid was built in 1882 as a monument to Oliver and Oakes Ames who were instrumental in the construction of the first transcontinental railroad.

Below are just a few of my images from my adventure. All photographs were taken with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 and the 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens.

Well I never made it to Laramie. But those big, funny shaped rocks along the way made up for it all.

Too see more of my visit to Medicine Bow National Forest (and the rest of my work), please go to my website: http://www.dawnhesterphotography.com, open Special Projects, open “Medicine Bow National Forest”.

HAPPY SHOOTING!! 🙂 🙂

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Track & Field…I Love It!

I’ve always enjoyed track & field – professional or amateur. From the individual performance to the team races I’ve always found them fascinating. I do remember years ago track meets could be seen on Saturday afternoons on regular TV. Now it’s hit or miss and I feel it’s more of a miss. If you’re lucky and come across one on TV most likely it’s somewhere in Europe. Colleges have more TV channels therefore its possible you can see more of them (I’m going to have to research that more).

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A few weeks ago I was invited to WV for the final track meet of the year. I believe it was a regional track meet. And of course my camera was my companion. Even though I was focusing on a particular team I still enjoyed taking photographs of others and parts of what makes a track meet happen. This was the first time I’ve photographed a meet so I was more nervous than normal. Yes it was cold and rainy throughout which made it more challenging for the athletes and me.

On this day with my Fujifilm X-Pro2, I used my XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS lens. This isn’t a fast lens but I thought it did very well. With some more shoots under my belt I’ll get more comfortable in shooting sports. Below are some images I took that day. I love shooting track and field so much it was really hard to narrow them down. So there’s a lot to look at…..told you I love track and field.

HAPPY SHOOTING!! 🙂 🙂

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For the Love of Photography….

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I was invited out to a women’s photographer’s day a few weeks ago. The trip was to Longwood Gardens, which is located in Pennsylvania. I’m not a photographer that gets super excited about photographing flowers but I will give it a try and put a great effort behind enjoying and photographing all the flowers. Longwood Gardens is GORGEOUS! There were TONS of flowers everywhere. I think the land was over 1,000 acres. The Conservatory by itself was sitting on four acres….that’s a lot of land. Included on this land is the Main Fountain Garden. I believe the shows begin this past weekend. Believe me this place is something to see.

Of course when you plan a trip the weather is never the way you want…but that didn’t stop us from taking photographs of everything with great interest. We all were prepared for the chills of the rain and wind throughout the day. It was fun! Tripods are permitted until noon. I did have mine but decided to leave it in the trunk and I’m glad I did. Yes! A photographer club was there with their tripods. I give them credit – they were very respectful when other people where around. From time to time you do have photographers that feel they “own” the place.

Photographing flowers was cool. Learning to shoot around crowds and being creative plus trying to get the best composition is always rewarding for me. Even when the wind kicked up or the rain came along, standing and waiting for what you hope is the right moment is challenging and rewarding. Not only working on my composition skills, I was able to shoot and focused on depth of field. f/2.4 or f/13 I tried to photograph one flower many different ways. Why not? You’re there. And you really don’t know what you have until you’re able to view your images on a large monitor. No matter what you’re photographing make the most of that moment.

On this day I used my Fujifilm X-E1 with the 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6, R LM OIS WR lens, and the 60mm f/2.4 macro lens.

Here are a few photographs of the women photographers along with some of my images I took this day. To view more please visit my site: www.dawnhesterphotography.com.

HAPPY SHOOTING!! 🙂 🙂

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Photographer’s Workshop – San Juan style

 

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Late April I had a great opportunity to attend a photography workshop held by the Exposure Group (EG http://www.exposuregroup.org) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This was my third trip to San Juan, second trip with EG. I use to be a member of EG but they always kept me in the loop whether if it was new openings of photographer’s galleries, studios, and EG exhibits.

When you think of San Juan you think of Old San Juan. Not just the good food but also the city has a lot of history and how can you not photograph something? And this wasn’t a typical classroom setting etc. Everyone was photographers and knew beyond the basics of photography. This workshop was all about taking you out of your comfort zone: shooting with prime lenses (and if you didn’t have a prime, set your lens to one focal length), street photography, natural light, black and white, shooting at sunrise and sunset, night, and as always good fellowship. I really felt that we all learned from each other and everyone had no problem in sharing this, that, or the other.

When I’m with a person or a group I enjoy taking photographs of them “taking photographs”. So if you ever feel that you want to have a workshop don’t think it has to be in a proper setting, etc. Get some photographers together, have an idea what you would like to accomplish and have your workshop. And if that doesn’t work, have a photo walk. You will be surprised what you can learn. Below are some photographs of the photographers doing what they love….and of course a few of San Juan.

HAPPY SHOOTING!! 🙂 🙂

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