June 27, 2011

Las Conchas Fire Heads towards our town - Los Alamos

Well, if the Wallow Fire, Pacheco Fire, and Track fire were not enough, we had a fire start up just 12 miles southwest of us yesterday.  What started as a small fire, blew up out of control and within several hours had gone from 100 acres to 44 thousand acres overnight.

When they called for voluntary evacuations last night, we acted.  They called for mandatory evacuations this afternoon.  Luckily we were already in Albuquerque.  Here is my quick photo journal of our evac last night:

First look of fire when it started in the afternoon
Photo by Michael P. Young – Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons.

Las Conchas smoke and sun as reflected off my iPhone behind me
Photo by Michael P. Young – Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons.

Las Conchas Fire as seen from North Mesa Ballfields prior to us leaving.
Photo by Michael P. Young – Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons.
Traffic leaving Los Alamos with smoke plums in the foreground
Photo by Michael P. Young – Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons.

Ridge on Fire
Photo by Michael P. Young – Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons.

Fire from the "other side" in Santo Domingo as we headed to Albuquerque
Photo by Michael P. Young – Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons.

June 26, 2011

Pacheco Fire Plummage

Pacheco Fire 06/25/2011 From Los Alamos
A fire has been burning in the Santa Fe Mountains for the past week.  It has been ebbing and flowing, so to speak, during that week.

However, yesterday the fire was exhibiting some awesome plummage and I was trying to think of a cool vantage point to take the picture...many went to the pull off on the main hill...but as I was traveling down Diamond Drive I realized the best vantage point might be the corridor that Canyon Drive might give as a frame to the fire.

So I pulled into the nearest parking lot, pulled out the D700 with a Nikon 70-200 and got this shot.  The compression that the 200 brought to the scene worked well in making the fire look closer than it really is, as the fire is in the Santa Fe Mountains East of Los Alamos.

June 24, 2011

In Home Competition!

Looks like I may have some competition from my youngest daughter...while traveling to Denver she was playing around with my iPhone and snapped a picture of the sunset and ran it through Photoshop Express (a great app, by the way).


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June 10, 2011

Milton Glaser On Fear of Failure

I just found out about this exhibit called Bergh's Exhibition on the Fear of Failure.  As part of the exhibition, several professional creatives submitted videos to the students of the exhibit on the topic of Fear of Failure.  Milton Glaser was one of those.  And the video is amazing in his wisdom put forth on the subject.  I will not try to comment on it, as I would do a butcher's job of doing so...just watch it!

Three of my most favorite quotes from the video:

"The model for personal development is antithetical to the model for professional success".

"The real embarrassing issue about failure, is your own acknowledgment that you're not a genius.  That you are not as good as you thought you were."

"There is only one way out...embrace the failure."

Milton Glaser – on the fear of failure. from Berghs' Exhibition '11 on Vimeo.

June 3, 2011

Memorial Day Basketball!

Both my daughter and my niece had basketball games in Albuquerque this past Memorial Day weekend.  I was in sports shooter heaven!  I rented a Nikon D700 for the occasion and used a combination of my 24-70 f/2.8 and 70-200 f/2.8 VR1 glass to capture the action.  The D700 kicks my D300's butt on low light sensitivity.  We even got to see a WNBA exhibition between the LA Sparks and Phoenix Mavericks at The Pit...lot's of fun.  I'll post some of the WNBA shots in a later post.

I shot all the pics with manual exposure...why?