Day 258 (15 Sep 2012) Fire Dancers

Last night I went to the wedding of a very good and close friend.  After the reception ended at 11:30 pm, a friend and I headed to Downtown Providence, RI to see Waterfire. But due to the late hour, most of the fires were out 😦  But we just hung out a little and stumbled upon a group of people who were playing/performing some ‘fire dancing.’  They had torch-like objects on the ends of two chains which they twirled around. It was pretty cool.  I used the opportunity to set up my tripod and take some images of their art.  I was able to meet and talk with one of them when I showed her the photos I took of her friend, then she wanted me to shoot her doing it.  It was pretty cool to see them and meet them.  She was very appreciative of the fact that she can now get photos of her doing it.

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18 mm, 1 sec, f/4.5, ISO 100 (Ring of Fire)

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18 mm, 8 sec, f/4.5, ISO 100 (Fire Dancer)

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18 mm, 1 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 (Flaming Dance)

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18 mm, 30 sec, f/14, ISO 100 (WaterFire Basin, After)

Day 223 (10 Aug 2012) Fair Winds and Following Seas USS Providence!

I know this post is a bit late for yesterday, but It was late when I made it home last night, and I’ve had technical problems all morning.

Yesterday I was asked to take some photos for a couple that I’m good friends with.  He was leaving on an extended deployment on the USS Providence, a US Navy Fast Attack Submarine (almost identical to the one I served on).  Of course I said yes; I know how important and hard this day is on both of them, having experienced more than once.  I shot a lot of images, most of which are still being uploaded. The image below below is the first one I worked with.  It came out way too over exposed (I had my settings all wrong from shooting at their home, and I wasn’t fast enough to properly set it up for this shot)

I wasn’t expecting anything from this, being as over exposed as it is.  But after some heavy tweaks, what you see below came out.  And it hit me; the emotion of this image, the moment, and memories of my own moments, including sending off my gf to spain for up to 3  years, just hit.  I couldn’t move or think for a little while.  I can’t even go back into LR to finish the rest of them right now.

Fair Winds and Following Seas, crew of the USS Providance!  May God’s hand be upon  you, and the families you left behind!  Return safely and with your mission complete!

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18 mm, 1/20 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100 (Goodbye)

T – 2 days (30 Dec 2011)

I figured I would try to start the habit before my “official” start date.  This will allow me to practice posting, figure out this whole blog thing, and let you look at a couple more pics this year 🙂

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18mm, 1.0 sec (hand-held), f/8, ISO 1600

I’ll try the next one from my phone!