Happy New Year’s Eve. 2014 was an interesting year for me. Several dramatic changes in my life mainly related to my health.
It was the year of drones that went up and came down in unexpected and disastrous ways. The fleet is grounded now still not airworthy but that may change in 2015. I continued to practice photography and feel like I made modest improvement. No where near where I want to be but as my friend says it a journey.
I shot 43 images of this sunset Sunday evening. I had narrowed it down to four images and this morning I cut it down to two. I just couldn’t decide which one to post so I finally decided to post them both.
I also decided to change the header for the blog because I like this sunset better than the other and it is after all the beginning of a new year.
We are going to celebrate new year’s eve with some great friends. We haven’t gone anywhere but to the movies on new year’s eve in years so this will be a change for us.
To my good friend who is under the weather right now, you are in my prayers.
I hope you have a safe and reasonably sane new year’s eve. Thanks for your support this past year and as always please be careful.
I normally do not take images of grave yards. For a variety of reasons but mainly out of respect. However as I was wanting to photograph this tree it was the center point of this small burial site. It was hard to show the tree without some of the old stones in the image so I decided to render it in black and white and capture the stones as well.
This is a reflective time of the year. To think about what the year (and years) has been and contemplate what the coming year may hold. I’ve never been known for my planning ahead. I tend to take life as it comes, which I do not recommend. Perhaps in my later years I have been more mindful of thinking ahead.
My eye continues to be an annoyance. There has been no noticeable improvement since surgery. Frustrating to be sure but I can see clearly and I do not have to wear glasses so I’m not really complaining. The surgeon tells me that it will get better so I am trusting that it will.
That’s it for today. Busy time ending the year in the HR field.
Hope you enjoy your day and thank you as always for stopping by to view my images and listen to my babble. Be careful.
Yesterday afternoon Jeanne and I went out chasing the light. Finally the sun made its long-awaited appearance (good for the blahs) and we decided to take advantage of it.
The images I have for you today are not so much about the subjects themselves but the light is what I found appealing.
I used the Nikon D610 | Nikon 80 – 400 mm lens | ISO 400 with varying shutter and aperture settings. Yes you’re right, each of these images would look equally well in black in white. I tried them both ways but for some reason I was in a color mood today.
I have a three-day work week this week as I am planning on taking Friday off. Because of my battle with diabetes earlier this year, I have been out of PTO (paid time off) so with the new year comes a resupply of PTO. 🙂
Jeanne asked me on each of these images, when I got back in the car. “What did you see that made you stop, get out and take a picture?” My stock answer was, you’ll just have to read the blog tomorrow. 🙂
We always have a great time when we go looking for things to capture. Yesterday was no exception.
That’s it for today. I hope you have a wonderful Monday. It’s here all day so might as well make the best of it. Thanks for stopping by and be careful.
Cloudy, damp, windy, and cold most of the day yesterday so I didn’t venture out with my camera. There was a period of about an hour of sunshine so I grabbed a couple of shots.
I’ve photographed this tree many times against some dynamic skies and I liked the clouds from yesterday.
Angie and Ben gave me this beautiful handmade bird house as a Christmas present. It’s too pretty to use as a bird house but that’s what it is for so I put it out. I’ll be choosy as to the tenants however. 🙂
Jeanne gave me a mirror-less camera for Christmas and I took that with me on Christmas day. I did not have time to learn anything about it other than to turn it on. I took several shots with it but none worthy of posting. Then when I woke up from my post dinner nap people were leaving so no group photo this year. 😦
Still a great Christmas and a joyous time with family and friends.
That’s it for today. Hope you have a great day. Thanks for stopping by and be careful.
We had a wonderful Christmas Eve with our family last night. Santa Clause was way, way too good to me. I certainly did not deserve all the wonderful presents, but I am grateful for them.
After presents we had a nice dinner and then to church for the candlelight celebration of the birth of Christ. It was wonderful.
Then back home to clean up and try to figure out how to use some of the technology that Santa brought me. It doesn’t come as easy as it used to. 🙂
No images of Joshua today. He has decided he doesn’t like Grandpa taking his picture. Gabby doesn’t yet seem to mind.
I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas today.
Thanks for checking out the blog and be careful.
Happy Christmas Eve to you and your family. Christmas Eve has always been so special to me. As a child growing up we always had some of Mom’s homemade soup and sandwiches, then off to church where I usually dressed up as the ubiquitous Shepard for the manger scene.
We would then stop by and see Grandma and Grandpa who only lived a block away. Then it was home to look for the sleigh tracks in the yard (which my Dad made) and then opening our presents. I always took my presents to bed as they were meager but so precious to me.
Christmas traditions are so important and to this day they bring warm memories flooding back.
One tradition I used to do with my kids which, brought me great joy, was to take them to Toy R Us (when we had one) and let them roam the store to pick out anything they wanted. We did this on Christmas Eve afternoon and Angie told me a few weeks ago that she really loved those times. It was so much fun watching them make their decision. It always took Angie longer than Mark as she weighed out the differences. Mark always seemed to know right away what he wanted.
We will celebrate with our kids tonight. Angie and her family and Mark. We will have a light supper, then church and then well who knows with bedtime schedules. But it will be time spent with the people I love so much.
Today at work I will celebrate another tradition. I always have lunch with my friend Steve and we toast a glass of wine to wish each other a Merry Christmas. Then it’s to the mall to do my Christmas shopping. 🙂
I hope you enjoy your day and are able to spend it with people you love and admire. Thank you for listening to my babble all year and for viewing my images. My promise to you is to do better in 2015.
Have a Merry Christmas and as always please be careful.
I have Mallard Ducks for you today. Why? Because Mallard Ducks is what I have for you today. 🙂
I did a video for the local access channel yesterday in Maquoketa. The lady who runs the operation is a professional and a very nice person. She made us feel so comfortable it was almost like not having a camera recording your every word. I think it went well and it was actually enjoyable.
Had a nice lunch with some of my friends yesterday. One of them had received a gift card to the restaurant and in the true spirit of the season he invited us to be his guests for lunch. It was rewarding.
Then before leaving for home I was invited to another friend’s home for a Christmas cheer. We spent an hour visiting and enjoying some banter with another friend.
I love this time of year. The spirit of giving and fellowship with your peers and friends. Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of everyday living that part seems to get lost.
That’s all for today. Hope you enjoy your Tuesday. Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and I enjoy the events of the day.
Thanks for stopping by the blog and be careful.
I didn’t do much photography wise this weekend. It was damp and gray the entire weekend and that didn’t inspire me to go look for images. Instead I opted to finish up a couple of projects that I’ve put off for too long.
Sunday after church Jeanne and I went for a short drive down to the river. No eagles flying nor any other birds for that matter. Just some dedicated fishermen braving the icy cold temperature and misty conditions in hopes of catching their ever elusive prey.
When you love to fish, weather is not a detractor, it’s just something you dress differently for and change your tactics to accommodate. I do not believe you would have been able to convenience me to go on this thin ice. There was as much water as there was ice from where we sat.
They made it to their spot without incident and cut a hole to begin their quest.
I wish I had more for you but that’s it for today. I’ve got to start thinking about my Christmas shopping. Only two more days before Christmas eve. But then again I don’t want to get into too big of hurry! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
One of the many things I love about digital photography is all the creative freedom it affords. I shot this image of the De Soto hotel in Galena last week and was playing around with a new filter for Photoshop that rendered the above result. Some may like it while others not so much.
The black and white rendition. I was going to try my retro look with the black and white but then decided it wouldn’t look right with the modern vehicles in the image and I didn’t have the time required to remove them. Which is another thing I love about digital photography. 🙂
Finally the image as it more or less looked out of the camera. I did sharpen the image to bring out more detail. Since I shot this with the Nikon D810 with its 36.5 megapixel sensor there is a lot of detail that can be brought out.
That’s it for today. Nothing profound just trying new things.
Enjoy your Friday. Thanks for checking out the blog and be careful.
One day closer to the weekend. The last of my Galena images from Saturday past. As I said in an earlier post, I just didn’t find all that much to shoot. It was the lowest amount of images I’ve taken since going to Galena. Perhaps I was uninspired.
I had to go to the dentist yesterday afternoon (as a work in) to have a chipped tooth repaired. My Dad was 81 when he passed and didn’t have one cavity. I only have two and have been told by several dentists over the years what amazing teeth I have, but of late things seem to be going in the wrong direction. Chipped teeth (2), cavities (2), crown (1). Apparently all the genetic information didn’t get completely passed. 😦
I met a very interesting person yesterday in a meeting by the name of Mary Swander. She is a professor of English at Iowa State University. She has authored several books, short stories, screen plays, poetry, and is Iowa’s Poet Laureate. Amazing lady who has written a play entitled “Map of My Kingdom”, a play about transitioning the family farm, business, wealth, etc., and the challenges to family harmony. It is a one person, one hour production and tackles the difficulties families go through with the planning of transition.
I am neither cultured nor have any resources to transfer so I’m not sure why I was at the meeting but I must tell you it was one of the most fascinating and enjoyable hours I have spent in recent memory. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Mary speak of her life, her work, and her play.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.