When I was offered the opportunity to photograph Parker Days, I was a bit taken back by how much it has grown over the years. I remember when I was in high school back in the late 90s, it was a relatively small event which catered mostly to the citizens of Parker and fast forward to today, there are more than 150,000 people that partake in the various festivities that Parker Days has to offer. As a photographer, I knew that I needed to somehow get that quintessential shot that showed how much the festival has grown and more importantly, show that Parker still has that hometown feel.
Now in order to get the photograph I wanted, I needed to get a different perspective and preferably, get access to one of the buildings downtown. After working with the Parker Chamber of Commerce along with 20 Mile Central, I was given access to the rooftop where Vines Bistro is located which gave me the perfect view of O'Brien Park with Parker Days in the background. Once I got on the rooftop, I noticed that the evening sun began to dip below a few clouds which resulted in sun rays casting beautiful shadows across the sky. As the beautiful scene unfolded, I knew that I was going to need to take multiple exposures varying in brightness to ensure that I captured all the available light that was presented to me.
When I got my composition dialed in, I set my camera to take a total of (7) exposures ranging from very dark to very bright and in post processing, I merged all the exposures into one photo and processed it to what you see here. The photographic process that I used is known as HDR and it enables me to capture all the dynamic range of any given scene to truly represent what our eyes can see.
After getting the photograph I wanted, I set out to capture the various events and people throughout the course of the next few days. As a photographer, my job was to document the festival while at the same time, tell a story about it through my photographs. I hope you have enjoyed viewing my photo of Parker Days and if you are in town from June 10-12th, I strongly encourage that you bring out the family and attend the festival. It is a very good time and there is something for everyone regardless of age.