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A Walk Along Tempe Town Lake

Took an evening walk along the north shore of Tempe Town Lake. We were hoping for some nice storm activity as radar simulations showed a decent size storm moving in but it took a detour south of town. The clouds made for a great time hanging out at the lake anyway. While sitting on a bench enjoying the weather (it was still over 100° F but the clouds allowed us to pretend it wasn’t) I couldn’t help but notice how the sun was shining through a break in the clouds lighing up the Ocotillo Power Plant.

Ocotillo Power Plant

Just below ‘A’ mountain sits what are possibly the priciest condominiums in the east valley. I have to admit, the view, especially from the top, must be magnificent.

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Looking a bit west makes for a nice pano that includes the first high rises to be built on the lake front and the new Mill Avenue bridge.

Tempe Town Lake High Rises

Anytime I find myself at Tempe Town Lake I can’t help but capture the underbelly of at least one jet passing overhead. Usually they are on final approach to Phoenix Sky Harbor but today we were under the departure pattern. As I looked up I liked how the jets were passing over the power lines on departure.

Between the Lines

This was the first time I’ve pulled out the 70-300mm in a long time. I had forgotten how light it is and how superbly sharp it is for being such a budget lens.


Less is More

Sometimes the best thing we can do for an image is reduce something. In this case reducing the saturation made for a far more pleasing photo.


I’m spoiled by the WordPress editor, the iPad app just doesn’t give me the control I like over images. Plus it lacks the ability to include this post in the front page slideshow and set a featured image.

Lego Summer Vacation

Lego (Toy) Wars – June 2012

The boys put this idea together before Chris modified Lego Wars to Toy Wars (a decision I completely understand) so I had to ensure I didn’t miss another month since the boys have assembled something for Lego Wars every month this year, but I haven’t always gotten a photo of their creation. I have a feeling that even though Chris’ friendly competition has expanded the opportunity for creativity it won’t be the last you see of a Lego entry from my boys.

Without further ado, our official entry into Chris Nitz’s Toy Wars for June 2012.

Lego Summer Vacation - Night

First day of summer vacation. It was too hot to be outside in the daytime!

Below is the image we started out with. I love how everything was thought of in the creation of this scene. A life guard tower, barbecue grill, diving board, surf board, scuba diver, lounger, and even a jet ski. After capturing a few shots I decided to kill the overhead speedlight and see what it looked like with the single speedlight that was shooting into the pool. In the end my youngest decided that the night shot was the better of the two so we went with it.

Lego Summer Vacation

Here’s a behind the scenes look at the setup. Westcott Apollo Orb overhead with a single Yongnou YN-560 speedlight at 1/4 power. Another YN-560 at 1/64 power is lying on the right side of the table shooting into the swimming pool. For the shot above the Apollo Orb was lowered to about 18″ above the scene.

Lego Wars June 2012 BTS