I haven’t posted anything for the past couple of days as life has been kind of hectic of late and I haven’t had the opportunity to do any shooting. So I thought I would show some more of Christmas Day at Angie and Ben’s home.
Above Mark is overjoyed with the gift from Angie and Ben. It is a photograph of his sky dive, which he did this Summer. Both of my kids have now jumped out of perfectly good airplanes apparently trying to beat the plane to the ground. Fortunately they both waited until they were safely on the ground before telling me of their escapades.
We really had a good time at Angie and Ben’s on Christmas. It was fun watching Joshua deal with this new experience. He, at this stage is more interested in the paper and the boxes than what comes in them.
Although he did figure out the shaker and cymbals pretty quickly. One thing a Grandparent can do is buy noisy toys for their Grandchild and then of course leave. 🙂
Jeanne shows of her new coat that Angie and Ben got her for Christmas. So it was a wonderful Christmas with lots of nice presents and the sharing of family times.
Today I was visiting with a friend I have known for several years from Rotary. We got to talking about photography and much to my surprise he is an avid photographer as well. He likes to shoot landscapes and interesting scenery.
We had an enjoyable time discussing the ins and out of shooting photographs. Very interesting conversation. Well that’s all I have for today. I’m going to go looking for Eagles again this weekend. I’ve got three days of hopefully decent weather to try to capture some nice images.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Wonderful Christmas day. We were invited to have brunch with Angie, Ben and Joshua. It was a fun time and I’ll post some of the highlights of our visit tomorrow. But for today I just couldn’t resist this series of images I took of Joshua.
If you have young children or have had children then you know the miracle of the “Binky.”
Too bad that we can’t have these as adults. They could make a bad day seem a little more tolerable if you just had a Binky to take away the unhappiness.
I suppose if you think about it we do sort of have a substitute. Some us try to make a bad day better by eating. It is still an oral fixation of sorts. Adult beverages can also take care of a bad day (up to a point. ) Of course they can also do just the opposite and make an okay day a bad day. Certainly the next day a bad day.
But with the Binky securely ensconced in Josh’s mouth all is right with the world. Oh if all of life’s trials and tribulations were so easily solved. 🙂
Enjoy your day. Hopefully you have the day off today so if you do be careful. If you don’t then make the best of your busy day.
Mark, Jeanne, Tim, Pam, Jay, Jackson, Denny, Mike, Mary, and me
Merry Christmas to you all. Yesterday we left early and drove to Cedar Falls to pick up Mark. Then on to Ames to have coffee and sweet rolls with Jeanne’s Mother Jay before all of us loaded up and headed for Des Moines to spend Christmas Eve Day with Jeanne’s sister Mary and her family.
We were joined there by her cousin Pam and her family and we enjoyed a non-traditional Christmas dinner of pasta, meatballs, and salad. It was wonderful and we may have just started a new tradition.
After a abbreviated game of Hearts we left Des Moines around 5:30 pm and back to Ames where we watched Jay open some of her gifts. Then back to Dubuque arriving about 9:30 pm. Jeanne and Mark went to 10:45 service at church. Heathen that I am I laid down and the next thing I remember is waking up at 1:30 am this morning. 🙂
Today we celebrate Christmas with Angie, Ben and Joshua so we get to double up on our Christmas Joy. I hope you have a wonderful, safe, and peaceful Merry Christmas. Be careful.
If you do not have your Christmas shopping completed yet then you are rapidly running out of time. 🙂
May the blessings of this wonderful day be with you and your family.
Time to finish up my Galena Shoot. Even though I could post another entire week of images from that shoot it is time to move on, after today that is. 🙂
I told you there were at least two choirs in Galena during the day. There may have been even more but I only saw the Madrigal Singers and this choir. I’m not sure what group they belong to but their songs were beautiful.
On many of the street lamps in Galena they have hung over sized tree ornaments. I thought these made a nice Christmas image. Other than the dripping water and the slippery sidewalks the morning at Galena was very enjoyable. The temperatures were mild and the air brisk. Just the way it should be while Christmas shopping, I think.
I have no idea why I captured this image other than it must have been the reflection of the town surrounded by the Christmas greenery and the Coors Light neon sign that attracted me. It is kind of an interesting image the more I look at it.
That’s it for the Galena shoot. I shot a bunch of store signs and I may post them one of these days when I’m desperate for something to post. 🙂 It’s been another busy week with no time to slip out and capture any images.
Other than my Bank Board Of Directors shoot on Tuesday I haven’t touched a camera all week. I don’t like that. I hope you and your family have a joyous and peaceful Christmas. May all the blessings of the Season be with you.
Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy this glorious holiday and be careful.
Thankfully the days should slowly start getting longer now that we have crossed the Winter Solstice. A short post today with some Photoshop use. The image above is one I took in a store in Galena.
I shot this image with an HDR effect in mind but since I didn’t have a tripod with me and the light was low enough that I had to shoot at a relatively slow shutter speed I opted to just take the image and capture the scene and fix it later in Photoshop.
To be perfectly candid with you I didn’t notice the guy behind the shelving looking at products when I took the image. I got ready to process the image and was really disappointed to see that he was there.
I didn’t want to give up on the image because I still had this vision in my mind of what I wanted the photo to look like. So a little pseudo HDR filtering, some masking, and cloning in Photoshop and I have the image I saw in my mind.
Of course now that you’ve seen the original it isn’t all that convincing but if I hadn’t shown you the original image and just posted it as an HDR image you might not have seen the adjustments. Anyway I spent about 15 minutes on this image and I’m happy with it.
Enjoy your day. Thanks for taking a look and be careful.
Nikon D3 | Nikon 70 - 200 mm f2.8 | Strobes | ISO 200 1/125 sec @ f6.7
I start this post with an image of my friend Kara. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to take the Board Of Director images at one of our banks. It was a thrill and honor to get to do that. Kara was kind enough to be my test subject while I calibrated the strobes.
This is one of my favorite signs from the Galena shoot. I think it speaks for itself so no other comment needed.
What made yesterday’s shoot special for me was the fact that for the longest time I have wanted to do some serious portrait work. Once these images are processed and printed they will hang in the boardroom for many years. 🙂
The other thing that was special was all that practice I had done before the shoot really paid off. I had the lights set up perfectly so I didn’t get any glare off of people’s glasses. I only had to set the f-stop once and didn’t have to keep adjusting it. Things just came together to the point that post processing will be about 5 minutes per image tops.
So all the times I taken on-line lessons on photography, the constant theme has been practice, practice, practice. I think they are on to something. 🙂 Anyway it was great fun and I feel like I learned a few more things for the next opportunity.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.