Only one image today. I chased this guy around Green Island for awhile before getting one decent image of him. He was very active and stayed behind a lot of branches so I have a lot of blue blurry images of him.
Nothing else on my mind this morning.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have three images for you today. The first eagle images of the season. Even though the weather was lousy for photography I decided to go out and see what I could find.
What I found was a few eagles sitting around the Lock and Dam in the trees. None of them were fishing while I was there but there were a couple of them flying over the park. I had to shoot at a high ISO (7200) and with the gray sky most of the shots were heavily back-lit so it made it difficult to get any quality shots. Still these are eagles and I will never pass up a chance to photograph eagles no matter the conditions. 🙂
This reminded me of a married couple. Even with my hearing impairment I could hear the eagle on the left screeching. As the other eagle finally came to the tree where she was, the screeching intensified. I’m guessing he was in trouble for something 🙂
An interesting story to tell, which again shows why I love photography so much. After yesterday’s post I received a text message from my good friend Rick. He was commenting on the barge image and said that he knew the guy who was piloting the helper tug. He wondered if I would mind if he sent him a copy of the image. I told him if his buddy would email me I would send him the high-resolution original image and he could print it to whatever size he wanted.
When I got home there was an email from Jeremy, the tug boat Captain. He thanked me for the image and invited me to come along and ride with him and photograph a locking process. WOW! What an opportunity. Hope to get that done before the barge traffic ends for the season.
I took a lot of images but there were very few that I would even process. It was raining intermittently as well so it was not a day for outdoor photography.
That’s it for today. Back to work for me. I enjoyed the 5 days off.
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I have three images for you today. First of all thank you for the wonderful sentiments and congratulatory greetings for our 40th anniversary. The Queen deserves all the credit for sure, but thank you Kathy for your thoughtful comment. 🙂
Jeanne and I drove to Green Island Wildlife Preserve on Saturday. I really didn’t expect to find much considering it’s still hunting season and the main area of the preserve is closed, but Jeanne hadn’t been there in over a year and wanted to go. We enjoyed the time together.
We stopped in Bellevue for Lunch and this large barge was getting ready to lock through. I’m not an expert on the locking process but South bound barges must need this little tug boat to keep them lined up to the lock. Perhaps because of strong currents but each time I’ve seen a South bound barge lock through the tug gets towards the front of the barge and pushes in a Westerly direction.
Heading home I saw this Red-tailed Hawk sitting on the power line next to the highway. I turned around and drove on the shoulder until I could get this shot. I was still pretty far away but they have a pretty wide level of sensitivity and when you reach their boundaries they’re gone.
So I kept inching up as slowly as I could but as you can see I broke his boundary line and he took off.
Just a word about the lens used for this shot. I purchased it about a year ago. I’ve had a love / hate relationship with Sigma lens for several years. There are some who say it’s just me and my lack of ability and I’ll not argue that, but there was one time that I bought 5 Sigma 500 mm lenses (not all at once) and put them through a series of tests only to determine that whatever particular combination of f-stop, shutter speed, and finger crossing that was required for a sharp image was just beyond my ability. So I would send it back (within the 30 day limit) and order another. I finally found a 500 mm that I could get pretty decent results with and so I kept it.
Then Sigma released the 150 – 600 mm “Sports” lens and I of course had to have it. I struggled with it for almost a year. I got some good shots but the ratio of keepers to throw aways was not good. I finally sold that lens to a company that buys used equipment and decided to try the Sigma 150 – 600 mm “Contemporary” version, which by the was half the price of the Sports lens. Right out of the box on the way home the day I got it I had wonderfully sharp images. I have to say that it is my favorite lens of all time and it has given me some wonderful wildlife images.
Call it the luck of the draw or that Sigma got their act together doesn’t really matter to me. I just love this lens. By the way the full name of the lens is Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens.
Okay that’s my “photography talk” for awhile. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your “rainy” day and be careful.
Hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. The three images I have for you today are from the dozen roses I got for Jeanne. We celebrated 40 years of marriage on Thanksgiving day so it was a double day of giving thanks.
The woman deserves sainthood for putting up with me for 40 long years. For me it was the smartest and best thing I have ever done. She is a truly remarkable woman and, I and everyone she touches is blessed. For 42 years she has faithfully taught learning disable children. Each of them have a better life because of her care, love, and teaching.
Yesterday Jeanne and I went to see the movie Arrived. It was not what I was expecting and in fact was a wonderful movie, great story, and left me pondering things. 🙂
I used a new filter on these images with a subtle texture overlay. I kind of like it. 🙂
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have three images for you today that have no relationship with each other. I captured them last Monday on my Photo Odyssey and I selected them today because they each appeal to me for a different reason. Remember you can click on the image to reveal a larger more detailed version. 🙂
Of course if you follow this blog for any time at all, you are aware of my love of farm scenes and harvest images. I went past this old machine shed with all the corn-stalk bales in the field. It was near the end of the light and I had to make an image.
I also enjoy making image of the great Mississippi River. This is a section of the river near Mud Lake. It was here last year that I got a picture of a Fox walking on the ice looking for lunch. That is the closest I’ve been to a Fox but it is my goal this year to get closer.
Finally I will leave you with this poor (composition wise) image of a Red-Tailed Hawk. I came over a hill and saw him sitting on the phone poll. Making sure there were no cars coming (I could see a long way) I got the D4 and my 600 mm lens ready and dove as slow as I could until I could get a photo of him. A second after this image he took to the air. As long as a car is passing at normal speed they pay it little attention, but if you slow down they will depart the area in a hurry. 🙂
Only 19 degrees this morning in my little part of the world. Supposed to get up to 40 so I hope to get some more images today.
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I have three images for you today that are from my wanderings through the country side this past Monday. I drove about 100 miles looking for things that interested me and these are three of the things that caught my attention.
I was driving slowly along an old road that goes by the river and saw this little volunteer tree standing tall with the river in the background. I had to back up and make an image of it. 🙂
Driving through Clayton County I saw this hay-rake sitting in the harvested corn field along with three bales of corn stalks. I liked the story it told so made an image of them.
Finally I was going through the little community of Buena Vista and saw this magnificent weeping willow catching the last rays of the sinking sun contrasted with the shadows of the late afternoon. So I had to stop and make some images. I’m sure some of the cars that went past me wondered what in the world I was doing. 🙂
That’s it for today. Jeanne and I are attending our oldest Grand Son’s birthday party today. It’s actually the party for the Grandparents he has already had his other birthday party. So you’ll probably get some grand kid images tomorrow.
Thanks for checking out the blog. Enjoy your day. -45 degree temperature change from this time yesterday morning. Wow! Be careful.
I have three images for you today, that I took on Wednesday of this week. There was a fair amount of lens distortion on this image as I was at 18 mm and it proved to be quite the challenge to get it looking this good. It’s not perfect but I like it.
I had an interesting experience this week. Monday I received a call on my cell phone and the calling city showed San Francisco, California. I assumed it was a telemarketing call so I didn’t answer it. Then I saw that there was a voice message so I listened to it and was both surprised and delighted with the message.
It was a lady who lives in the San Francisco, California area by the name of Ann. She owns a company of consultants and she had seen an image (on the web) that I took three years ago of a vintage fire truck sitting in a harvested cornfield. She tracked me down on the internet and got my phone number and then called me. She said that her Nephew had decided on a career of a firefighter and she wanted to buy a large print of that image to give to her Nephew for his graduation from the academy. Needless to say I was blown away. So I called her back and we visited a little while. A very nice lady and very thoughtful. She told me the story of her Nephew and it really made me feel good.
I found the image and remembered photographing it. I sent her a digital copy and gave her permission to do with it as she would. I had no interest in selling the image. The experience made my day. 🙂
Saw this juvenile eagle in a cornfield feasting on a carcass. He was too far away for the lens I had (200 mm) but when I looked at it in post processing I thought it worthy of today’s post.
Finally this old barn. I saw it on the way to Cedar Rapids (and have photographed it before.) I was sad to see it being torn down. I was on time for a meeting so I didn’t have time to stop and photograph it but on the way back I did. The workers were gone but as I was processing the image I noticed some new lumber in the frame. So I’m hopeful they are in the process of restoring the barn and not tearing it down. I’ll monitor the progress.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Quite a change in the weather predicted for today in our part of the world. We had 71 degrees and sunny yesterday. For mid November that’s wonderful.
Enjoy your day and be careful.