Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Lens Selection

This last week I used three different lenses for the pictures in Dallas.

I love the 50 mm f/1.8. It was the clearest pictures all weekend as long as the people were within about 50 yards. If they were farther, the focus was more for the general scene than the person.

I own the 18-55 IS f/3.5-5.6 by Cannon. It is a kit lens and works well. The wide 18mm range is nice to get the whole picture. The 55mm is not as sharp as the previous lens mentioned. The redeeming factor for this lens is that it can zoom.

The last lens that I used/borrowed was a 75-300 mm f/4-5.6 by Canon. Without it I would not have been able to take clear pictures of peoples faces. The aperture was too small to get pictures that were not grainy. It was what I had so it worked.

A little about the lenses that I want to have in my bag.

Tamron 28-300 mm VC f/3.5-6.3

  • Huge focal range for almost all the situations that I would be in. It is a good all around lens
  • I miss it. I had it once and sold it because I thought the focus was soft. Turns out it was. The lady I sold it to sent in the lens and they repaired the aperture and now the lens is sharp from what I hear.
  • The aperture is not the biggest but it works wonderfully in the sun and even in moderate low light.
  • Tamron warranties their lenses for 6 years. Canon only warranties their equipment for one year. I am ok with the extra 5 years.

Canon 24-70 mm f/2.8L

  • Sharp, sharp, sharp!
  • This lens has a large, constant aperture of 2.8. This creates a wonderful depth of field when taking pictures.
  • The build quality of this lens is legendary

Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5

  • Wide angle allows me to capture an entire scene.
  • It is just fun.

Lens hoods are a must as well. They stop or minimize stray light from getting into the picture. A must when using a flash to illuminate the picture.

Each of these lenses would be great! The only thing that would make them better would be to have a full frame camera. More on that to come.

I think I will be asking for gift cards to B&H Photo for my birthday! Maybe my gear bag will look like this someday!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Girls Just Want to Have Fun!

Seminar was many things. Inspirational, educational and fun, fun, fun. The girls get to dress up like princesses and have wonderful gifts given to them.

These are all of the ladies on their way to the awards ceremony. Most of them went shopping together to get a fabulous dress for the event. There are not many things women like more than shopping!

Heather and Mindy just outside the arena. Shine on was the theme this year and shine they did. One example of shining was the Cadillacs they gave away.

Here are all the directors that qualified or re qualified to drive a Cadillac.

On a side note I had to borrow a lens from a buddy for seminar. I am working on purchasing new equipment since my original set up was stolen over the 4th of July. I borrowed a 75-300 mm Canon lens. The pictures turned out good but it was tough to get the ISO high enough and not make the pictures grainy. I "think" I know which lenses I want next.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Who is Heather Bohlinger?

One of the many gatherings that my wife and I attended through out Mary Kay Seminar 2009 was for her National Sales area. That area is not defined by boundaries but by the people that are offspring consultants and directors. A national area may be in one city if there are enough directors and consultants or is may be spread all over the US.

These two lovely ladies are Heather and Heather. The woman on the right is Heather Bohlinger. Heather B (director) has been in Mary Kay for 13 years. Her business has survived and thrived many changes in her life. She started in college, had numerous moves throughout the country with her husband and is now in Northern Colorado. This past seminar year her unit sold over $550,000. Heather has become a friend and mentor to my wife over the years.

There are and were many descriptions of Heather B over the week. Some of the accomplishments include being a faithful woman of God, outstanding mother, loving wife, endless supporter and encourager, fearless leader, and having endless perseverance.

When Heather received her award the night of this picture she was overcome with joy. God, her husband and her family were the first to be recognized and thanked. She showed such gratitude for her team. Even between tears her words were inspirational and driving.

Heather B’s director showed her appreciation for all the hard work completed that year by giving her a very nice necklace from Tiffany’s and a designer Coach bag. It is not all about the prizes but they sure do help.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Free time in Dallas

This post is a little out of order. The first night in town we had a little free time to explore Dallas. I say free time but we were looking for somewhere that was open to eat.

Our trip to the east of the hotel revealed Our Lady of Guadalupe.

This church is the main church for the downtown area. Downtown Dallas is very different from what we are used to. There is very little residential homes where we are staying and as a result the diocese only has 2 services on Sunday (9 and 11).

Approaching the church we could hear a drum circle. It turns out Sunday at 7 is the Hispanic mass. After the members get together outside the church and dance.

We did end up finding somewhere to eat. On the walk back to the hotel I snapped this picture. Dallas has numerous buildings with lights running the length and various configurations.

Still more to come.

Power of Pink (BandW)

I have about 1100 images to go through and edit. I am hoping to have roughly 250 great images when I am finished.

The seminar has been a lot of fun and enjoyable for me as a man. I have gained a broader understanding of the company and I am excited to support Heather in all that she is becoming adn will become.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mary Kay!

Heather and I are in Dallas right now to attend her Mary Kay Seminar. This company has so much to offer women. More about that later but it has been a wonderful weekend so far.

This is the building right next to where we are staying. Around the base of the building there are almost endless fountains. I am amazed how Dallas has so many fountains.

Heather and I were blessed enough to bring one of her consultants with her. The seminar is very effective at helping to see the entire picture of the company and their purpose.

There is almost too much to list but we were able to tour the manufacturing facility. The quality of the products is outstanding but I was surprised at how happy the people in the center were. A large majority of the employees had been with the company for a long time.

This is the quality control station for lipstick.

I have sooo many pictures to post. Here is the last one today.

Heather in her new Cadillac!

Most impressive so far has been the faith of the women that we have met. I have not met one woman that has not subscribed to Mary Kay's order of priorities. God first, family second and career third. Talks to 8000 people state to take God as you leader, keep the Lord in everything you do, and we have prayed before every meal as a group.

We have been to so many functions and met so many wonderful women there will be more posts to come.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Bachelor Party Weekend

This last weekend I did not have my camera but Heather was nice enough to lend me hers. She did give me some rules.

1. Don't loose it
2. Don't break it.

I followed the rules for the most part. I did come close to breaking the camera once. Shhhh don't tell Heather.

We started out the weekend by ridding our mountain bikes down Breckenridge Mountain. That was a blast. I could do that every day of the summer if I lived close enough.

I took a couple pictures of everyone ridding down.
Also a shot of a couple people in the group.

There was one big crash that morning. He was ok but he cracked all the way through his helmet. I will have one on my head all the time now. Even at work or diving!

We went to the Breckenridge Brewery for a couple beers after.

The rest of the night I didn't have my camera but it was fun, no doubt about it.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A glimpse into the Valentine summer

I have not been posting for a couple reasons. Summer has been crazy busy. Projects at work took up a solid month and now all the fun is getting in the way.

Heather and I purchased a Jeep about 6 months ago and I have been working on it here and there. One of the big reasons to buy the Jeep was to go on an annual Jeeping trip with family. 2 weeks before the trip the carburetor needed to be rebuilt. What a great opportunity for me to learn! I took lots and lots of pictures so I could see and compare the before and after. In the middle of rebuilding the carb we took a trip to Grand Junction for a music festival. 3 days after that was our Jeeping trip. Turns out I can rebuild a carburetor. It went very well and the Jeep still runs.

2 days before we were to leave I found a fuel line leak. My brother-in-law is very good with Jeeps and helped me fix the leak. I am not so good and after the leak was fixed started the Jeep in reverse and drove into his garage! Everyone is ok!

1 day before we are leaving to go camping Heather was involved in a car accident. SHE IS OK! The car is not. An older gentleman was turning right on red and came into moving traffic and hit her. We are still waiting to see how that turns out.

Day 0…We are camping! We got to the site, unpacked and left to hit the trails in the Jeep with a rebuilt carb and new fuel lines! It was great for about 2 minutes until Heather and I realized the camera was on the hood of the Jeep when we left. Oh NO! We continued that day expecting to arrive back at the site and see the camera smashed on the ground!

The good news is that the camera was not smashed. Bad news…we have no idea where the camera walked off too. The only thing that makes any sense is that someone helped the camera find a new home and owner.

The sad part is that in 3 days I ran my Jeep into someone’s garage, Heather was hit by and old man and my camera and pictures are gone.

THAT is why there have been few posts. I have attached a couple pictures from the Jeep trip and one from the garage.

It was a great weekend and we had a lot of fun. Now starts the battles with insurance.

Pictures provided and taken by Krista Hutchison