I hope you have a wonderful, peaceful, and safe Christmas with the people you love. It is a time to be thankful for the birth of our Savior and all the blessings we have. A time to pause and remember those who have gone before us and have comfort in our sadden heart that they are with God.
God Bless Us All
I read a comic strip this morning that pretty much summed up about what I feel right now politically. “99% of the politicians give the rest of them a bad name.”
The above image is from the Christmas tree shoot I did on December 2nd. I enjoy looking at the ornaments and most of them bring back a flood of memories from Christmases past, when the kids were little and the house was always filled with excitement as the time for Santa’s arrival drew near.
It will start to feel like that again as Angie and Ben’s family grow. Josh will be so much fun to watch next Christmas. Thank you for stopping by. I wish you all a blessed, safe, and wonderful Christmas. You honor me with your comments and support for this blog.
I’m running late as usual but wanted to post a quick thought for today. Wednesdays have become a tradition for me to post and it lets me be reflective of the first of the week and helps give some perspective to the remaining days of the week.
I was reading a photography blog yesterday and the author had a stunning B&W image of a young girl. What was remarkable about the image was that the original image was in his words “a throw away shot” until he converted it to black and white.
So I was thinking about my little girl and all the hundreds of photos I’ve taken of her and I wanted to see if I could duplicate his technique with this image I took of Angie last Sunday evening.
While it certainly wasn’t a throw away it wasn’t one of my best efforts. In fact she had her coat on and was walking out the door as I grabbed the camera and called her name. She is so used to posing for me (from six months of life on) that she just always stops what she is doing and gives me a little pose.
It was great in color but I think I like it better as a black and white. Hope you have a good rest of the week. Hard to believe that Christmas is only three days away. Is it me or has this been one of the fastest Christmas seasons on record?
Thanks for stopping by. Oh I almost forgot. Someone sent me this quote yesterday and I really like it. “Silent gratitude isn’t very much use to anyone.”
Bummer of a day weather wise. I was slammed today with trying to get all my year-end stuff done so I didn’t have time to shoot any images today. The image above is an old Nativity scene that we’ve had for years. Jeanne just put it out yesterday so I shot it tonight.
Recognize the sky? It is from my “evil sky” image. I rarely watch TV so I either read, take an online lesson or just practice my Photoshop skills.
So you can tell I had too much time on my hands with this image. This is another one of my favorite Christmas decorations. We’ve had it a long time and one of the kids broke off the lantern. I glued it back on a few years ago but it doesn’t light up any more. So I had to help it a little. I’m not thrilled with this effort but it has some interest.
One of my favorite things to shoot are barns. The barn above is a particular favorite of mine and I have taken many images of it. Yesterday as I was out looking for something to shoot I drove by “my barn” and grabbed a few images of it. It lends itself to my retro look. I think it just looks so cold and barren.
One of my favorite dishes is Spaghetti. I particularly like it the way Jeanne makes it. We had this last night and I had my camera out taking pictures of Josh so I thought this dish looked worthy of an exposure. Bon appetite.
Thanks for stopping by. Stay warm.
I can remember years ago I use to hate Sundays. They were usually quite boring and very lonely. In fact there was a group called “Blue Suede” that had a hit song titled “Lonely Sunday Afternoon.” Well today was not a typical Sunday for me. It was anything but lonely and full on rich blessings at every turn. So today Jeanne was singing a cantata at church and I acted like I wasn’t going. I hurried abound and did show up. She was so glad to see me there. They did a beautiful job and it was a wonderful service. (camera info – Nikon D700 ISO 1600, manual mode shutter 80 @ F2.8 Nikon 24-70mm F-2.8 lens.)
So that was the early service and she had to sing again at 10:45. Well I had done my spousal thing so I texted Angie to see if I could stop by and see Josh. I got there about 10:00 am But before I did I had to stop and shoot the American Gothic that is on display down town. Pretty neat display.
When I got to Angie and Ben’s place Josh was asleep but it was time for his mid morning feeding. Ben got the honors. It is so much fun to watch Ben with his Son Josh. It is like he is so amazed at this little guy and how phenomenal his life is. Ben is a really neat guy.
Once he eats he is wide awake and very inquisitive about his surroundings. I’ll swear the kid is going to hate me as he gets older. I can just see him calling me Grandpa Flash and running from me and my bright lights 🙂
So after a few dozen shots I left the young family to enjoy their Sunday together and headed out to see what else I could find to shoot. This is a nice image but there is over an hour of post processing here. I had an off camera flash to Ben’s right and it was about eye level. With his hat on it left a terrible shadow on part of his face. I removed that shadow and I learned a lot by doing it but it was a powerful lot of work. 🙂
Each time we go to the kid’s house we go by this barn. The sun was at the right angle and I liked the way the snow surrounded it so I stopped and took a few shots. I like the way it turned out.
Then I went West out-of-town and happened by this little stream that I have seen from time to time on my bike rides. There was a small amount of water running today so I stopped on the bridge and snapped a few images. At first I liked the scene in color but the more I played with it I decided to retro it in black and white.
Well that’s enough for one day. It was a busy and very enjoyable Sunday. I have left you with one more image of Josh right after eating. I’m thinking this is one great looking kid. Thanks for stopping by.
I had these grandiose ideas last night of getting up before sun rise and taking some breath-taking Winter scenes. Well I did get the getting up before sun rise done but then looked at the thermometer and it read 2 above zero with a 10 mph wind. My grandiose ideas went right back to bed.
So since I haven’t shot much of anything all week I did take a picture of Maggie out the back door as she surveyed her territory. Pretty lame I know but I just don’t like the cold.
Okay I did venture out the back patio door far enough to shoot this back yard scene. Again the sad thing is that this is our neighbor’s back yard not ours. So I’m just totally lame today but wanted to get something posted since Wednesday.
I hope to get to see Josh today or tomorrow so I’ll have some Josh stuff later today or tomorrow hopefully.
Thanks for stopping by.
Thanks for stopping by. Today is about pulling some photos from this past week and from some weeks ago as the weather outside has been frightful and I haven’t had an opportunity to shoot. The image above of Angie and Josh was from a week ago when Ben had to work and Angie brought Josh over for dinner. I posted some of those pictures earlier.
I liked this shot of Angie but not the back ground so I messed around with my retro technique and I didn’t like it either but decided upon this look, which is about half way through the retro look process. Hey, maybe I found another technique.
Another Christmas ornament from our tree. This was another gift from one of Jeanne’s students. Ornaments seems to be the favorite gift the kids give her. She’s got a ton of them. I like this one because it expresses the sentiment of the season. A time for JOY.
It has been a tough year at our organization. With the loss of our CFO Krista Grant who was only 43 years old and a part of ownership and the remaining founder of the Ohnward organization Edward Tubbs passed away at the age of 90.
Our company gets it unique spelling by combining the names of our founders. JOHN Fagerland and EDWARD Tubbs. so OHN WARD make Ohnward. I always have to spell it when I’m giving my e-mail address to someone.
Anyway the image above is an image I took of John and Ed at a celebration of the new Ohnward Fine Arts Center (of which they were major donors.) Ownership decided to use my image to hang on our corporate headquarters above our corporate sign. I was very honored. Al Tubbs said “It’s the best image of the two of them I’ve seen.”
Have a great Wednesday.