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China: Opera

Chinese Opera performer.


Miss Sharon Jones! Mayan Theatre, Denver Neon

Mayan Theatre, Denver

Mayan Theatre, Denver


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Riley’s Farm Colonial Faire – The American Lads Pt 1

I’ve been posting a few pictures from Riley’s Farm Colonial Faire.  They were reenacting the times just prior to and including the Boston Tea Party.  I did the Lasses and the Brits already.  Now we have the Americans.  Again, the lighting was terrible, yadda yadda yadda.  And I wish I had a better telephoto so these would be a bit sharper.  But I think these turned out OK despite all the problems.  All with my Nikon D7200.  Mostly with my 55.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens.

This first guy spent all of his time with the candle girl I posted a while back.  And most of THAT time was spent trying to twist apples in half with his bare hands.  Riley’s Farm IS an apple orchard, after all, so I guess that’s the thing to do.  I’m not sure if the candle girl was impressed or not.  I have no idea what his actual job was supposed to be.

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Riley’s Farm Colonial Fair – The Brit Lads

As promised, here are are the lads from the Colonial Faire at Riley’s Farm in Oak Glen from a few weeks ago.  I’m not thrilled about the sharpness in some of these, but short of walking into the middle of the demonstrations, it’s the best I could do.  Now I understand why people have such huge lenses when they do this sort of thing outside of a studio.  But I’m still learning.  As I mentioned when I posted the pictures of the Lasses, the lighting was terrible.  Basically, mid-day.  So I had to do quite a bit of photoshop fuckery to get the pictures even remotely viewable.  You’ll see what I mean.  Shadows are terrible in places and over saturation is rampant.  Doesn’t help that I edited these on my laptop…which seems to show pictures a bit brighter than my desktop, so a few of these are a little dark..  But I tried.

I decided to break them up into Brits and Colonials.  First, the Brits.  They started off the day with an inspection of course.
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Colonial Faire – The Lasses

My brother visited me for about a week around the 4th of July weekend.  At the time, I just happened to see a flyer for a Colonial Faire near by in Oak Glen at a place called Riley’s Farm.  Having nothing better to do, we decided to take a look.  It was relatively small, but there was a dedicated group of reenactors there so it kept us entertained for a few hours.

It was very bright that day so most of the shots were either too bright or too dark.  But I took a few hundred shots and a few of them were ok after I edited them in Photoshop.  I will start with the shots of the Lasses roaming around the village.  Also, as I put this together, I’m seeing that the editing is a bit off.  I did it all on my laptop because my desktop doesn’t have enough RAM.  I can see now that I really need to get a new damned laptop.  Some of these don’t look at all like what they looked like on the laptop.  Oh, well.

The first two are of a charming little candle girl.  She taught my brother how to make a candle from bee’s wax.

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Vote for Sammy (and Greg and Mike)

Hey everyone. I have entered the annual Doors Open Denver Photo Contest, although who can say why? I invite everyone to stop over to the contest page and if you think I’m worthy, throw me a vote. If not, go to the contest page and vote for whomever you think is worthy.

Also, I believe a couple more 5280LMers are entering – Greg Thow and Michael Pecaut. We’d be honored if you voted for their extremely nice work as well.

My three entries are “Ludwig” – the piano shot you’ve seen here – “8:14,” a detail of the clock at Union Station, and the Hostel Fish interior, “Skylight.”

The site is here.


My Oldest Keeper

Nebraska Sky
Click to Embiggen (not that it gets much bigger 🙂 )

This is the earliest digital photo that I consider remotely a “keeper”. It was taken from the top of an RV somewhere in Nebraska. The camera was a Minolta DiMAGE S304 with a whopping 3.2MP (2048×1536) and 4x optical zoom. Still available on eBay for as little as $10!


Coy: Wedding Day

Olivia Martin Hall

Olivia Martin Hall


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‘Til Death Us Do Part


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Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bright


Solstice in Sleepy Hollow

Last year I took a shot I called “Christmas in Sleepy Hollow” at the Denver Botanic Gardens Holiday Lights Walk. I decided to come back to it a year later to see if I could do a better job in processing. Yeah, I’d say so.

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Let’s be festive!!

I know, this guy doesn’t look very happy. But he’s just one of the interesting faces I photographed a few weeks ago at a Japanese pop music festival in San Francisco. You can see the rest of my photo gallery of that event here.


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Fireworks Week 5 of 7


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Fireworks week 4 of 7


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Girls talk


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Denver is Under Attack


Pyro

Every time I think hey, this is an okay shot, GregT throws up something to humble me. Like with his fireworks shot earlier today. I may be outclassed, but I am undeterred.


Daisies

Happy 4th, everyone.


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Legacy

The Centennial State Pipes and Drums, performing at this year’s Bolder Boulder.


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Girl and the Moon…


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Firework Flowers