This afternoon there was a mass causality incident drill in which multiple fire and EMS agencies along with the three area hospitals took part.
The scene was an overturned tour bus with approximately 25 patients. Responders came from Fire District 12, Fire District 11, Fire District 4, Albion Fire Department, Pullman Fire Department, and Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport Fire Department. The Whitman County Sheriff’s Office and Lifeflight also participated in this drill.
The Incident Commander was FD12 Captain Eric Gibson.
I had the opportunity to shoot the photographs during the drill.
In a little spot between Pullman, WA and Moscow, ID is a patch of trees in the middle of a wheat field. If you drive around Whitman County it is not unusual to see a small patch of trees in a wheat field. Sometimes there was a house near that spot. But other times I have no idea why they patch of trees exist.
Within this patch of trees was something I would not have expected to find — two abandoned cars. They are parked side-by-side. It looks like they may have been parked there at some point and just never moved again. They don’t look dumped. Even if they were running there would be no way to drive them out of there because of all the tress that would be in the way.
I took the opportunity to take some photographs of the cars.
During the weekend of October 8th I rented two lenses for testing:
– EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
– EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
Coming into the testing I wanted to 100 – 400. As the testing period has been going along I have found myself more attracted to the 70-200 lens.
I went to Kerry Park in Seattle to take photos of the Space Needle, the Puget Sound, and some other landmarks. On the evening of October 8th, 2016 I went to Kerry Park. It was overcast with some rain. The next morning I returned to Kerry Park to redo all the photos in the daylight to compare the results.
After this testing I again liked the longer zoom but I love the faster glass. This is going to be a difficult decision.
The first weekend after Independence Day each year is a wonderful softball tournament in Anaconda, Montana. It is called Goosetown and has been an on-going event for the past several decades. Hundreds of softball teams from all over the west come to compete. Games are played on every field available from Butte to Deer Lodge to Anaconda.
This season I went to play with Charles Smith’s Flip Squad softball team. The photographs in this album of the Flip Squad playing softball were taken by Jackie Lew. The lighting for that game was not the greatest for getting crisp photos. Between innings I would make some adjustments to the settings in order to be able to take photographs as the light diminished. Unfortunately, even with some of the settings they were pretty dark. I used Lightroom to lighten them but the graininess shows. Nonetheless, it was rad to have Jackie taking the photos.
All the photos in this set were taken using a Canon 70D with a Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens.
I hope by Goosetown 2017 I will have my new glass which would have made for some awesome photographs. Stay tuned for that!