Happy Saturday. I don’t normally blog on Saturday as it is a day I like to sleep in. But I woke up this morning at 4:00 a.m. and couldn’t sleep so I decided to go for an early morning walk. Good time of the day for me anyway as it is the time my mind is the clearest and most focused. From there on it is a down hill slide. 🙂
So I got back to the house and since I had some endorphins working for me I felt I had two options. I could clean my office or write a blog post. You can readily see which job got done.
This image is of a wonderful young family I had the good fortune to be able to shoot yesterday after work. They were fun to work with and it’s obvious these kids love their Dad. The conditions couldn’t have been much worse. Too early for the soft light and very windy. I did use a small light stand but was always worried that it would blow over. I could have used an assistant to hold a diffuser. That would have saved a dozen shots that were not keepers. But having lamented about all that I still was lucky enough to come away with a half-dozen keepers.
Scott Kelby says that if you can end up with a hand full or even one good shot you can feel good about the shoot. I think they will be pleased with what I have. Anyway I wanted to share this image with you. It was a fun experience working with them. I’d like do to a lot more of that now.
Thanks for spending a bit of your Saturday looking at the blog. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and be careful.
Happy Friday. Another chapter in life has arrived for me. Yesterday I received my hearing aids from the Clinic. For some like me it is another crack in the persona of who you think you are. I have resisted for several years and know that I have missed a lot of conversations, agreed to some things I didn’t even know that I had agreed to and frustrated a number of friends and acquaintances. I’ve also been on the receiving end of jokes, pranks, and teasing by others. In the final decision process I did it mainly for the people I serve and care about.
Jeanne, in all the thousands of times she has had to repeat herself never once showed one slight hint of frustration with me. She would simply repeat what she said with a smile on her face. But then that is the special gift that Jeanne is. I remember the frustration I had with my Father who also had a hearing loss and would ask for a repeat of almost everything. Lesson learned = age is the stalker of us all and with it comes the loss of certain functions. Most of us will experience hearing degradation as we get older and then will be faced with the decision I was.
In my work people share very confidential information with me and I’m honored that they do. But when they do that it is normal to lower their voice. In those instances I could see their lips moving but could only hear the 10,000 chirping crickets in my ears from the tinnitus and then would have to say “I can’t hear you.” For the last several years I have gone to an ear specialist who has been matter of fact and not very empathic about my tinnitus and hearing loss. I hadn’t been to him in over 5 years and this time he put his hand on my shoulder and informed me that he too now had tinnitus. He said that it is a part of aging as well as from a series of loud noises.
So yesterday I head things I have not heard in years. I actually had to tell a couple of people they didn’t have to talk so loud. 🙂 I have to go back for an adjustment this morning because there are some things I don’t want to hear but for the most part I am committed to making them a part of my life.
Hope you enjoy your Friday and have something good happen to you. Thanks for stopping by and be careful.
Yesterday was a day that made me wish I was a full-time photographer. I won’t go into details, suffice it to say it was not a fun day. For those of you who regularly follow this blog you will hopefully remember that I have a 365 project that I’ve been working on just 4 days short of a full year. I intend to make a very long and tedious post on the last day about the love/hate relationship I have developed for the 365 project. I will pontificate on said subject this coming Sunday the 30th of June, which by the way is the 365th photograph for the 365 project.
Having said all that I, early in the beginning of the project, looked for future subjects that I could photograph, in case I got desperate for an image. I reasoned that if I had a few of them lined up and were I to experience a creative block I could always take an image of them and that would keep the project going through the creativity drought.
The image above was one of my first safe guards. I reasoned early on that this was the perfect image to fall back on if I needed it. You have no idea how many times I stopped the car at this location to shoot this image only to say to myself I can find something else to shoot. I don’t want to waste this ace in the hole now.
So last night after driving a total of 78 miles in search mental tranquility and of a worthy subject to photograph for the 361st image I found nothing. Absolutely nothing. I attributed it to my work frustration and perhaps that indeed was the cause of my blockage. Anyway last night desperate for an image I finally cashed my ace in the hole. The first image is after a fair amount of Photoshopping and the second image is as it came out of the camera.
I probably could have spent a lot more time on the first image but what point would that serve. It would be a complete deception and that is not what my photography is about.
So only 4 more days on my project and I can put it to bed. I will write about it with mixed emotions because it has evoked some pretty strong emotions in me. I was told by many friends not to start a project like this and they may have been right. That discussion is for Sunday.
Enjoy your day. Thanks for stopping by and be careful.
An unstructured post today. What’s that you say? Yes I like to think my posts have some theme or reason about them, however that is not the case today. The rambling thoughts and the unrelated images have nothing to do with each other. It is what could be referred to as an incoherent babble.
I had lunch with my friend Steve yesterday and after lunch we decided to take a look at the dam at the Maquoketa River. I have never seen the water flowing like this. The main gate was wide open and the water was boiling high and fast. No fishing there today. Usually there are fishermen there on a daily basis. (Click on the image to make it larger.)
You remember Sunday Jeanne and I took a walk on the River Front. The river was filled with trees, debris, and clumps of what appeared to be small islands of land that may have broken away from the shore. I can’t imagine trying to run a boat in that kind of water but there were a few hardy souls on the water. The river boat Twilight was also docking at the River Center Hotel with a boat load of tourist.
Yes I know this is a butt shot. I debated about showing this duck in this unflattering pose, however I liked the angle of his face so I decided to show it. You can see a bit of the debris. Jeanne and I wondered who cleans up the debris along the river? I mean on the River Walk in front of the hotel, river park and River Center. It is massive and would take a real effort to clean up, not to mention a fair amount of equipment. I would say a fourth of the bank is under water or covered with junk. Too bad because it is such a pretty view normally.
That’s it for today. No rhyme or reason for the post or images. Just needed to bloviate as usual. Oh by the way, I had an opportunity to play golf at Eagle Ridge today. That opportunity got canceled because apparently Eagle Ridge has some major water problems and is unplayable. Amazing weather. Last year a major drought and this year every day flooding concerns.
Enjoy your Hump Day and be careful.
A short post today with only one image as I am as usual running very late. We had tornado warnings yesterday in Maquoketa and everyone in our building had to go to the basement for shelter during the dangerous period. Guess what went with me. That’s right, my beloved photography equipment. I don’t want to go through the enormous hassle of trying to replace all that equipment. Much easier to just carry it down the stairs. 🙂
I like this image of the Blue Heron just about to land. They stick their long legs straight out behind them as they fly and then on landing approach they drop them down. Reminds me of the Concord.
I have picked up a couple of photo shoots over the last couple of days. I think I will enjoy them as they are both environmental family shoots. More on that later.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your wet Tuesday and be careful.
Happy Monday. On Sunday Jeanne and I went down to the River Walk and took a stroll on the walkway. I cannot ever remember seeing more junk and debris in the water than we did yesterday. Tree limbs everywhere, and huge chunks of floating land going down the river. If I had a boat I would not want to take it out on the river under these kind of conditions.
We didn’t see this little guy at the river. On the way I stopped to wash my car and when we pulled out of the stall he was sitting right next to my window on one of the steel posts. I shot a couple of shots through the window glass just to make sure I got an image of him and then rolled down the window. He was quite content to let me shoot away. It looks like he has some type of seed in his bill.
First we went to the lock and dam to see what was going on. There were still some pelicans swimming around in small groups but nothing like last weekend. The river is so high and the water is so dirty it is hard to make a pleasing shot of any wildlife in that muddy water. So we went to the River Walk and the first thing I saw was this guy down by all the junk by the shore. I believe he is a Brewer’s Blackbird. Pretty common around our area but I like their piercing eyes.
I’ve tried to capture a decent image of a Blue Heron all this year and just haven’t had any luck. They seem to be way more skittish this year then they have been in the past. I drove very slowly and took what seemed like a very stealthy approach but as soon as I stuck the lens out the window he took off.
I was able to get this shot because I parked behind a building and then just peeked around the corner. He didn’t see me until I had fired off several frames. It was like he said, alright you got me, take all the pictures you want because he never moved the entire time I was taking images. 🙂
I have rarely gone to the River Walk without coming back with some fun images. Yesterday was no exception. I shot over 200 images so I have a few things to show you as the week unfolds.
All images were shot with: Nikon D4 | Nikon AF-S 80-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 G VR lens | ISO 400 1/1250 sec @f5.6
I had two different individuals ask me to shoot family images for them for hire. 🙂 Also one wedding, which I’m still thinking about. Fun stuff for sure. Well that’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Friday. I had a stomach bug yesterday so instead of eating I took the D800 and the 80 – 400 mm lens out for a spin. I went down by the duck pond but nothing was moving around that area. So I drove over to the marsh on the other side of the highway. I didn’t find any wildlife but I did find some pretty flowers.
I would not normally shoot flowers with the 80-400 but as the old adage goes you shoot with what you got. I eventually did find a pair of geese but they were not interested in showing me their front side so I didn’t capture many images of them. They kept their backs to me the entire time I was there. 🙂
The first image was shot at the Hurstville Kilns and the next two were at the marsh across the highway. The last image in this post was also shot at the Hurstville Kilns. I wish now I would have gotten closer to the red flowers but my lunch hour was about over and I thought I should get back.
These flower shots won’t win any awards but I had fun shooting and processing them. I’m pleased with them so I hope you enjoyed looking at them. Have a wonderful Friday. Thanks for checking on the blog and be careful.