Saturday, September 18, 2010

Westsiders Dance Team

Last night I had the privilege of attending the Topeka West vs Hayden football game. My granddaughter Lacee preforms with the Westsiders Dance Team and I took lots of pictures. I am sharing three pictures here and the rest can be viewed at betterbill photography. While viewing the pictures keep in mind that Lacee is the prettiest one.

From my standpoint as a photographer this was a great learning experience. I had to continually change camera settings all night long as the sun went down and the day became night. I had to use a lot of combinations of aperture, shutter speed and ISO to get a good exposure and still stop most of the action. Towards the end of the game the shutter speed was slow enough as to blur some of the pom pom action, but I think this added interest to the shot.

I hope you enjoy the photos. You can see more of the dance team photos at my photo sight click on the Lacee 2010 album.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Flint Hills Photo-Cycle Tour

This past weekend I was able to indulge myself in two of my greatest passions, photography and cycling. Emporia, KS cyclist and photographer Eric Benjamin led a group of us on a tour of the Flint Hills and schooled us in photography as well. I had a great time cycling over the rocks and dirt/mud roads in the Flint Hills. This is not the type of cycling I usually do, but really enjoy the change of pace and scenery. I also picked up some things that will really help my photography. Below are some of the shots. You can find more of them at, click on the Flint Hills 2010 album.

Kansas one room school house

Sunrise over Camp Wood

Monday, September 6, 2010

Nelson-Atkins Museum Of Art with Shuttlecocks

I canceled my planned bike ride for today due to gale force winds. Instead I got up early and went to The Nelson-Atkins Museum Of Art and took some photos. This may take another trip because I am not real happy with most of them.

Nelson-Atkins Museum with shuttlecocks

The Thinker by Rodin guards the entrance to Nelson-Atkins

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Kansas City Icons 2

I had some spare time this afternoon so I went downtown to scout out good places to take photos of some of Kansas City's icons. The sun was out wall to wall so not a very good light, but I did find some good vantage points to return to and also took some snaps that turned out not bad. I do think most of these will look better in early morning or twilight/nite.

Downtown skyline with Bartle Hall Space Objects

Space Objects

Sprint Center