Monday, November 12, 2007

Veterans' Day

Today our little city had a Veteran's Day Ceremony at the baseball fields. The girl scouts had planned to be there so it was on Denise's calendar. We almost forgot but we were able to get ready and get everyone loaded up to go. The event started with a motorcycle group bringing flags to the event and officiating. Oh-by-the-way the picture above is framed with Denise in her flag shirt, I thought it looked pretty cool but then again it could just be me.

I wasn't really sure what I was going to photograph but once I got there I decided to just shoot the thing like I would have back in the day when I was trying to be a journalist. It was actually a lot of fun and neat to be thinking of different angles and views to photograph. I also had the local Mojave news photographer come up to me and ask if I was shooting for the Valley Press (the Antelope Valley daily paper).  Then again I can understand why, I had more gear than he did and I kind of looked the part.

Even though there was a lot going on Deanna just wanted to play around in the dirt. I guess some other folks didn't like it and someone complained to Denise that Deanna was getting dirt on their kid. But considering their kid was still in their pajamas I can understand, I mean who wants their pajamas dirty! Some people really amaze me. Anyway just as I captured the image to the left Deanna saw me and came running over to me. It was really kind of cute and I was glad that I made the shot I did because she moved pretty darn quickly!

Once the event was over the motorcycle group mounted up and rode off with police escort to make a trip through the boulevard. I was fortunate enough to get a good angle and make some really neat captures while they were leaving. It was pretty neat and at one point one of the riders paused to get my card to get copies of the images. I am not sure if they will write me but that would be cool and if they do I hope they like what I shot.

Once everyone broke Denise rounded up the kids in the brownie troop for a group photo. As we were taking it the Mayor of California City wanted to do a photo op with the kids so I shot that as well It was pretty cool and the troop had a really great turn out with only one girl not making it to the event because she was out of town.

Anyway it was a lot of fun and I am glad that Denise drug (literally) everyone out there.  Devin really didn't want to go and it isn't something that I would have generally wanted to attend.  I am going to try to turn over a new leaf on things like this though.

I loaded all the selects here!


At Monday, 12 November, 2007, Blogger Donna Rae said...

Double WELCOME BACK! Nice to see so many nice shots. Glad Denise drug you out!

At Wednesday, 14 November, 2007, Blogger Brad said...

Duane! I am so glad to see you blogging again. I was really missing your pics. Way to come back with a flourish. Today's pics of Deanna in the dirt was a fun action shot (especially knowing she was getting other kids dirty in the process). I am still laughing about the mayor posing for pictures with the brownies (knowing nothing else about him, I would vote for the goober). But your sun-swiped mountain shot from Sunday was inspiring. And I loved the highway shot, wow.

Glad your back.



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