Family Photos, Halloween 2010

Here are some photos of my family in their Halloween costumes, shot with a Westcott Apollo JS Softbox on an umbrella stand, triggered with Cactus radio triggers and Flash Zebra hot shoe adapters.

Here are some photos of my family in their Halloween costumes.

Del and Jen
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Action Shot with a Point and Shoot

Sometimes you get lucky. Luck favors the prepared, though.

I’ve been using my Canon G9 long enough that I kind of have the timing figured out for shooting action shots. More or less.

Usually, I compose first, expecting the action. Then it’s a matter of pressing the shutter release. This is the _only_ shot I took of our friend Tanner hitting water balloons with a fat bat. If I had my druthers, I would have preferred to see his face, so maybe a moment sooner on the shutter button next time.

Interesting question: is it still a “shutter release” on digital cameras with no shutters?

Downtown Showdown

Photos from the Downtown Showdown, ski and board jib rail competition, in Portland, Maine.

Yesterday I took my family to see the Downtown Showdown in Monument Square, here in Portland, Maine. There was a 30 foot staircase built in Monument Square and skiers and snow boarders competed with rail tricks. It was a jib fest right downtown in sleepy Portland, Maine.

I went as more of a spectator than a photographer. I had my 6 year old son on my shoulders for most of the photos, and I was elbow to elbow with the other folks jostling for viewing positions.

(Next time: arrive early, finagle a spot inside the fence, set up lights, shoot like mad.)

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You can check out the whole Downtown Showdown slideshow on my Downtown Showdown Flickr page.

I hope Sunday River and Sugarloaf continue to put on moreDowntown Showdown events in years to come.