Friday, September 3, 2010

We're in Nevada now!

Thursday was a full day! We traveled the 238 miles from Deb's house in Mountain View to the Super 8 Motel in Carson CIty, arriving at 4:45, stiff and tired from a day in the car. We traveled the back and very scenic highways once we left CA 99 north of Lodi, part of the time on farm roads that bypassed the little communities, thereby saving some time.

The most scenic part of the trip was CA 88 over Carson Pass, with several mountain lakes and lots of towering evergreens. We did not take time to stop for any pictures, as we had an evening appointment for pizza and football.
Granddaughter Renee and great grandson Darren met us at the motel and led us to the Pizza Factory, where Renee's husband Adam and our daughter Kathie and her husband Shawn joined us for pizza. After some nice family time and some good pizza, we hightailed it to Douglas High School for football.

Grandson Sam, Shawn and Kat's son, is a sophomore at Douglas, and is the second string center for the Junior Varsity Douglas Tigers. As the team charged onto the field. we quickly located Sam by the big 77 number on his jersey.

Your question right now is -- why no pictures from the pizza gathering? Why no football pictures yet? Reason is, my camera had gotten turned on when I put it in my fanny pack, and the battery was dead. Suzy's camera was in the car during pizza. From here on there will be football pictures, but I'll admit I'm not familiar with the settings on Suzy's camera, so my pictures aren't the best football pictures you've ever seen.

Here's the team lined up before the game. Sam, #77, is way down toward the left end.

Had to get the required shots of the pretty girls in cheer leader uniforms!

Still waiting for the game to begin. Sam (77) is behind the Gatorade bucket.

Even little Darren was rooting for Uncle Sam's team in his Tiger outfit! Although he seems to be more interested in his GeeGee.

Had to have a couple of action shots! Suzy and I needed to leave just before half-time, so at this point we don't know which team won. But we do know this. In one play during the first quarter, the first string center had the wind knocked out of him, and Sam was sent in for a 3rd down play. And that play resulted in a touchdown for the Tigers! Yay Tigers! Yay Sam!

Friday is a quiet day, and we'll end up at Adam and Renee's house for dinner. We'll find out which team won at the end of this Thursday in ... Our Life on Wheels.


Now a question for the more accomplished photographers our there. Because the field was well lit, I turned off the flash on the camera. My "action shots" were quite blurry, because the shutter was fairly slow (1/13th of a second). If I had used flash, even though the light would not have reached the action, would the shutter speed have been faster, thereby stopping the action better? Then maybe I could have improved it in Picasa.


Late breaking news flash! Just heard that the Douglas Tigers won the game, 14-7! Although the offense didn't play well, the defense recovered a bumbled pass and ran for a touchdown in the final quarter! Yay Tigers!


  1. I'm glad that you got to go to Sam's football game. Those photos bring back recent memories of when our son, Jonathan played football for the Camas Papermakers from 7th grade through 12th grade.

    And since Dave is starting his tenth year of officiating football, fall is a special time around here!

    Safe travels to you, Jerry and Suzy!

  2. Sounds like you had a great family night. Those are always my favorite.

  3. Hooray for the Tigers! Nice that you guys could be there in time to watch the game. I bet the family really appreciated you all being there. Enjoy your time in Carson City. :)

  4. I haven't been to a football game in years, but when college games were being ruined by commercial times out by the tv coverage, my husband and I used to go see a local high school game. The game really moved along compared to college, and yuk--the pros. I didn't think your pictures were all that bad, you got a nice shot of the cheerleaders too!

  5. Ok, I'll take a stab at this one even at the risk of being told I'm wrong of course. Can't exactly remember Suzy's camera but in the 35MM days the SLR cameras had a fixed shutter speed when the flash was used. Depending on the age of the camera the shutter speed was either 1/60 or 1/125th of second therefore if that technology is in Suzy's would have been better to use the flash. Oh boy, I've really put myself out on a limb here.......

  6. Hi Jerry, yes leaving the flash enabled would give you a faster shutter speed such as 1/60 or 1/125second which would have done wonders for you. If you have the ability to push the ISO higher, that would help too although with the smaller cameras you run the risk of introducing too much noise.

  7. I've ridden that road over Carson Pass on a BMW motorcycle, so I know what a beautiful experience you must have had. The football game was enjoyable through your pics, although I'm not particularly a sports fan. But when a grandson is involved, it becomes important! Glad your team won.

  8. First of all...I LOVED Suzy's hat!! ...and GO TIGERS!! I think football is my favorite spectator sport..Our son played all through high school, and those are the most fun!! Great photos!

  9. I agree with the others that with the flash on you'd get a faster shutter speed even though the flash wouldn't do much good. Most of these point and shoots have an auto-iso setting as well, but sometimes auto only goes as high as ISO 200. Setting the ISO at 400 (or maybe even higher) would help a lot too.

    Sounds like you had a great family evening of pizza and football.

  10. I just about always use the flash but I do because there is a bit of a delay between pressing the button and the camera actually taking the picture. If I don't use flash I find that my pictures are fuzzy because I wiggle the camera.
    Thanks for your warm welcome ☺


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