State park camping spots tend to fill up quickly, so we thought we’d end up camping in our backyard this weekend until one spot happened to pop up on the Oakwood Lakes SD State Park reservation site. Oakwood Lakes SD State Park is located near Bruce, SD and is a beautiful facility with clean rest room, friendly staff, hiking trails, boating and fishing. We snatched it up quicker than Usain Bolt sprints down the track.
Here’s the view…
No camping trip is complete without the traditional marshmallow roast.
Enjoyed the “Praise in the Park” service provided by the Preston Christian Church on Sunday morning. Preston Christian Church is located three miles from the campground and provides the worship service at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday morning at Oakwood Lakes State Park from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Campers were all invited to their church at noon for a meal (fundraiser?). We all know church dinners are always delicious (FYI ~We are farmers so dinner is eaten at noon.) and after stopping in nearby Bruce, SD at noon on a Sunday, I realize that offering a church dinner was a smart move since everything in town was locked up tight. They may have quite a resource to tap since they have hungry, tired campers close by that would just as soon grab a meal on the way out on Sunday noon versus preparing, cooking and cleaning up after another meal. After all, Sunday is a day of rest, right? Well, maybe not for the Preston Christian Church…
Everyone wants a back pew, even at an outdoor worship service.
Update! I was contacted by Pastor Smith of the Preston Christian Church and the Sunday noon meal during the summer is just a meet and greet get-together – NOT a fundraising event.
A challenge/annoyance when working with back light is the blown-out sky that results from exposing for the subject. Blah, washed out results can make for a dull image. Off-camera flash to the rescue to add a little drama to the subject at hand.
A Boy and his Pickup
The above portrait is available light only. Flash did not fire. Sometimes the soft lens flare look is one I want, depending on the subject. I wanted a strong, vibrant look for this situation so the lighting above does not match my goals for this portrait.
A Man and his Truck
For the portrait above I used 1 Canon Speedlight on ETTL triggered by Pocket Wizards about 6 feet or so from camera right and about 8 feet from subject. I had the flash on a light-weight light stand held by an assistant (Mom) and moved it when necessary for correct effects. I was able to keep detail in the sky and rim lighting on subject is from the late day sun. F11 at 1/200 ~ ISO 160 ~ 5D Mark 2 ~ Canon 70-200 IS L lens
I often like a shallow depth of field for portraits, but in this case I also wanted the truck in sharp focus. High speed sync would have been something to consider to allow a wide open aperture, but this aperture seems to work fine for now.