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Woman Groped by Astronaut at Museum: Astronaut Says “It Wasn’t Me!”

Washington D.C.:

Today in Washington DC, a woman (my mother) was allegedly groped by a thrill seeking astronaut.  The  astronaut denied all accusations of wrong doing…Just kidding!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1/50sec, f2.8, ISO400, 11mm

What an awesome shot!  I just love the expression on my mothers face.  My parents were here visiting us for a week this past July.  We decided to take a trip to DC for the day to visit a few museums in the Smithsonian complex.  This shot was taken at the National Air and Space Museum, located in Washington D.C.   I wanted to travel light, so I only brought my Nikon D200  equipped with a Tokina 11-16mm lens.

This is one of those rare moments when the perfect moment in time is captured.  My mother was just getting scolded for being “too close”  by a gentleman speaking to a small audience.  I didn’t realize what was going on until after I looked at the back of the D200 and looked at the shot .  Once I saw what was captured, I started laughing…hard!

Sometimes the best moments in pictures are taken when you’re not expecting anything more than a mere snapshot.


Fast Action at the NHRA Races: Charlotte NC

Last Sunday (September 18th), David Jr. and I went to an NHRA drag race.  We attended the O’Reilly Auto Parts Nationals at the zMax Dragway in Concord, North Carolina.  The weather was absolutely perfect for racing—I told David that we might witness new world records.  Well we did!  This photo  is from a record-setting race;  The US Army car, driven by Tony Schumacher, ran an all time speed record for Top Fuel Dragster of a blistering 327.90mph!  This was David Jr.’s first time seeing a Top Fuel race in person.  He had seen them on TV, but there is nothing like experiencing the mind numbing power of these cars up close.  I highly recommend going to see a Top Fuel drag race if you never have experienced it yourself.

I shot 177 pictures during the time we were there—I really just wanted to watch the racing, so I only shot a few dragster’s, a couple of funny cars, a couple of pro-stock and one set of pro-modified.  Since it was an overcast sky, I wanted the lowest iso possible with the highest shutter speed and smaller aperture, so I set the D200 at 200 iso and selected aperture priority at f/8.  The shot above was 1/320 sec.  I had the camera set for continuous high-speed shutter and “tried” to follow the cars as best I could.  I waited for them to stage at the tree—I couldn’t see the staging lights from where we were sitting (John Force Grand Stand, section J, row 33), so I had to guess when to push the shutter release.  These cars are so loud that I actually jerked the camera when they took off!  I followed them all the way to the end of the track.  I am surprised the memory card was able to keep up with the high-speed capture rate, since I was shooting in camera raw.  I managed to take 17 shots during this particular 3.775 second run.

David and I had a great time.  We hope to go there again as a family in April of 2012 to see the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.  That will be absolutely crazy loud!  Hopefully I can get closer to the action!

If you want to read more about the event we attended, just click here.


David Allen Studios Website

Currently the website is under construction. I hope to have it up and running within the next few weeks.



My name is David Smith; I am a self-taught photographer/photographic artist.  I am married to my very beautiful and talented wife, Sylvia.  Without her, I would not be who I am today–together we have a wonderful son, David Jr.

My goal for  this blog is to share some of the things I have learned, from photography, lighting, and photo-retouching.  I love photography, especially what comes after pressing the shutter button–the “art” of post processing using Photoshop and other software plug-ins.

I  shoot with a Nikon D200 and my old D100 serves as back-up.  Currently, I have three lenses available to me; A Nikon 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6, a Nikon 50mm f/1.8, and a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8.  I use a couple of Nikon SB-26 flashes for outdoor work; If I need to shoot indoors and need more light, I have three Elinchrom BX250Ri’s.

Feel free to look around and leave comments if you like.  I hope you enjoy this blog and my photography!   By the way, all photos on this blog were shot by me and are copyright protected.

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