I went to this tattoo festival

man with tattooOne thing about tattoo festivals. If you are into photographing faces with character, then you are in the right place.

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Lila and I attended a tattoo festival that was wall to wall with interesting faces and people.

Shooting conditions won’t be prime but the interesting goings on more than make up for that.

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I used the Nikon D5000 with a Nikkor 18-200mm lens. No flash, so I set the ISO to 1600, f/5.6 at 1/20th with vibration reduction on. Since these photos will never be turned into any kind of prints, I figured I could get away with photographic murder so to speak. For photos that are to be displayed primarily on the net or from an IPOD type device this type of shooting is just fine. I do pay heed to the ultimate use of my images. If I think I will display them at a photo show or gallery then I go about taking the pictures in a different way.

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The action at this festival was both indoors and out. Sometimes I would follow a person outside and then go back in, as was the case here, so I snapped the picture with the same settings as the first one but at a shutter speed of 1/1250th. The nice thing about shooting with Nikons is I have no fear of high ISO numbers.

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This picture illustrates one of my guiding principles that I never break. When I see a beautiful woman I take pictures of her. End of story. I will ask and most of the time will get lucky and have the lady pose for me, as was the case here. It’s a crime against humanity to pass up a picture like this. Never pass up a shot like this!

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A Fine Day At The El Paso Speedway Park

Portrait of a beautiful young lady Grossinger Photography

Lila and I had a great time at the El Paso Speedway.

I met this gorgeous young lady at one of the cars being prepared for the race. Her eyes are so beautiful I just had to get this shot.

I took this picture with the Nikon D5000 and the Nikkor 18-200mm lens.

ISO 400 f/9  1/250  70mm Aperture Priority

It would have been a crime against humanity to pass up this gorgeous woman.

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The Speedway is a photographer’s paradise!

When we arrived at the speedway about 2 hours early I checked into getting access to the pits. This is crucial at one of these events because some of the best photo ops take place before the race when you can talk to the drivers, mechanics and fans.

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Nikon D5000 ISO 400 f/9  1/16oth  29mm aperture priority

I like to get in close!

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I used the same setup for all of these images. The D5000 with it’s swiveling LCD  makes composing a snap and the 18-200mm Nikkor is a super “walking around” lens.

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This young lady was actually posed like this when I walked up and asked if I could take her picture. All I had to do is ask her to turn her head a bit for a better composition. I think the background helps this image a lot. Beautiful women and cars are a natural match.

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This young man was taking off a lot of mud the car picked up from the last race. El Paso Speedway is a dirt track that gets watered down just before the race. Yeah, I came home with quite a bit of mud on me. The price you pay for getting close to the action.

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I told you I would get to the actual race. I did get very close to the action. Close enough to get mud all over me.

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My final photo for this post shows a car sliding into the turn and slinging mud.

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Gorgeous Texas Babe

Gorgeous Texas Babe

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Yesterday I wanted to photograph a Western style Ho-Down taking place in San Elizario. On my way there I got detained by a house fire. Fire engines, firemen and fire women all over the road, police redirecting traffic and so on. I will get to more of that in a later post.
I did meet this beautiful young woman in San Elizario and naturally asked if I could take her photo. She kindly agreed and you see the result. Her eyes are absolutely fabulous!
The nitty gritty on this photo is:
Shot with the Nikon D5000 using the 18-200mm vr lens. I had the camera set on 400 ISO because the sun was about to set and it was getting a wee bit dark. The setting sun did make for a great light on the girl’s face. The aperture was set to f/7.1 and that forced a shutter speed of 1/80th. Plenty fast for the vibration reducing lens.
That was my adventure for today.

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