Capture the Moment

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Wrestling Dogs, originally uploaded by LeggNet.

In this capture of Holly and Ziggy playing, I used a shutter speed of 1/500th of a second. Note how the camera literally catches Ziggy in mid-air. In addition to the fast shutter speed, I fired a string of several shots in a row in hope of catching one defining photo – and here it is.

December 31, 2005 at 11:22 pm by | Categories: Post

The Lights of Christmas

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Christmas Tree, originally uploaded by LeggNet.

I captured this photograph at the Sandy Utah city hall building this week. The city decorates each of the front lawn trees with small lights every year during the Christmas holiday.

To create the effect, I photographed this with a telephoto lens set wide open’ (f/4.5) and got as close to the tree as possible (while still being able to achieve focus on it). Due to the low light, this took a rather long exposure of nearly 1/2 of a second and a tripod was used. If the lens was not set wide open the circles would have taken the shape of octagons (reflecting the shape of the lens aperature).

The result of the background lights blurring into circles and overlapping creates a dramatic effect.

December 29, 2005 at 11:20 pm by | Categories: Post

My Great-Grandmother’s Watch

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My Great-Grandmother’s Watch, originally uploaded by LeggNet.

In the late 1800’s, my Great-Grandmother immigrated to the United States from Germany as a nanny for a doctor’s family. Here is a capture of the watch she carried as she entered the United States. It no longer works, but it is engraved with the name Bertha. Her full name was Bertha Willamena Karleen Baaske. My Great Aunt Claribelle Legg gave this to me a number of years ago when I was a child.

December 27, 2005 at 9:06 pm by | Categories: Post

Dinner on Christmas Day

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Dinner on Christmas, originally uploaded by LeggNet.

The day of the year for the fancy dinnerware and silver. Thank you Perry 2’s…! :)

December 26, 2005 at 4:04 pm by | Categories: Post

Merry Christmas

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Christmas Eve, originally uploaded by LeggNet.

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

December 25, 2005 at 11:02 am by | Categories: Post

Blue Sky Deer

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Blue Sky Deer, originally uploaded by LeggNet.

December 24, 2005 at 8:48 am by | Categories: Post

2 More Days…..

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Waiting softly, originally uploaded by LeggNet.

Wow, only two more days until Christmas.

I remember as a child the days before Christmas would grow increasingly long – much as my daughters are experiencing today. Now, pushing 40 years old, the days just seem to fly by.

December 22, 2005 at 10:28 pm by | Categories: Post

EyePod

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EyePod, originally uploaded by LeggNet.

I was at Best Buy the other day and overheard the sales guy telling a desperate shopper that they were completely sold out of iPods and wouldn’t get any more in stock before Christmas. The customer was visibly upset.

This got me thinking about the growing obsession with the player and it’s increasing popularity. I wanted to find a unique way to capture the iPod. Sarah helped me out and here is one of the results.

I created this by first taking a close-up of Sarah’s right eye. I then edited the eye (adding the contrast effect) and uploaded it to the iPod. Then I set the iPod to display the EYE on the screen and had Sarah hold it up while I photographed her. The tricky part was adjusting the exposure of Sarah’s face to match the brightness of the iPod screen.

December 21, 2005 at 7:08 am by | Categories: Post

Making a list, checking it twice…

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So much to do, originally uploaded by LeggNet.

Wow, Christmas is only FIVE days away! I hope everyone is prepared. As for me, I don’t like to wait until the last minute, so I’ll go out on Friday to get my shopping done :)

December 20, 2005 at 10:25 am by | Categories: Post

Inversion

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Inversion, originally uploaded by LeggNet.

It has been rather hazy lately in the Salt Lake valley. It is truly amazing what just a short drive up into the mountains can reveal – blue sky and sunshine!

Here is a capture I made just before sunset this past week while overlooking the valley and the haze. Note how the color of the guardrail brings out the rust color of the haze.

December 17, 2005 at 10:33 pm by | Categories: Post