I have my three favorite eagle images from 2016 for you today. I have shown these before last January but since we are near the end of the year, a look back won’t hurt anything. 🙂
Speaking of end of the year, in my world it is the busiest time of the year, with all the federal reports and testing that has to be done. Numbers aren’t my favorite thing as can be imagined so it is a struggle sometimes. However, I am so thankful for the opportunity to do what I enjoy so much.
As I think back over the year from a photography viewpoint I have trouble deciding which I like best. I love photographing people and creating portraits but I also love photographing eagles (especially) and other forms of wildlife. I added some new light modifiers this year that help me achieve the look I want in my portraits but there was one modifier that was missing. Thankfully Jeanne got that for me as a Christmas gift. I can’t wait to experiment with it.
One of the highlights of the year was the class I took in Nashville, Tennessee. Meeting the great Joe McNally and Bill Fortney, learning new things and making new friends was a real treat. The fact that Jeanne, Angie, Ben, and the grand kids came along was a real blessing.
I haven’t had a camera in my hand since Christmas Eve and I didn’t shoot much then, so I’m anxious to get out and see if there are things out there that need to be photographed. 🙂
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I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas. This was one of the best, if not the best Christmas I can remember. I have four images for you today and I will admit up front that I did a lousy job of recording the day.
For the most part the camera stayed in the bag. There were so many missed shots I gave up counting. I hadn’t seen the kids for over a month and so there was just too much catching up to do. We spent a good part of Saturday at Angie and Ben’s home. We had a Christmas brunch, followed by some games. Then to the 2:00 p.m. church celebration.
Back to the house for presents and that took some time. 🙂
Then a nice dinner and more playing!
Mark was able to spend the day with us as well. He had just got home from his vacation in San Diego and landed in Cedar Rapids around 11:30 p.m. Friday night. But he’s young so he can handle those kind of hours. 🙂
So the first image in this series is one of the most beautiful Christmas displays I have every seen. I applied a texture to the original image but honestly it was beautiful without the enhancement.
Even though I had not seen Austin in over a month he took up with me right where we left off. He is such a happy little guy and we spent most of the day together. He had as much fun playing with the discarded Christmas wrapping as he did with his actual gifts. 🙂
Gabby was very proud of her Christmas ornament and wanted to make sure I got a picture of it.
It was a wonderful day filled with lots of food, fun, and other stuff.
Jeanne and I spent a quite Christmas day at home this year. We were going to see a movie but the weather was wet, gray, and cold so we just stayed dry and warm at home.
That’s it for today. Thanks for checking on the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Merry Christmas to all my wonderful Friends!
One more eagle picture from last January. I won’t show any more unless they are new ones I capture now. 🙂
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Happy first official day of Winter. 🙂
Another eagle image for you today from this past January 2016. You can click on the image to see a larger version and more detail.
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I have one image for you today. I have around 2,000 images of eagles from last January and February that I have not shown to anyone for a variety of reasons. 2016 was my best year ever for photographing eagles. I found two places last year that were just spectacular for photographing eagles. One of course was Lock and Dam 14 at LeClaire and the other was around the Bee Branch Project. I’m getting excited to go to LeClaire again soon.
I had my post op check up yesterday afternoon and everything looked great. I tested 20/20 vision so I’m thrilled after all those years wearing glasses not to have to wear them anymore. My surgeon asked which procedure I liked the best normal surgery or laser surgery (since I had each eye done differently.) No question the laser surgery was tops in my view. 🙂
That’s it for today. Enjoy your day. Stay warm and be careful.
I have four images today. After early church yesterday, Jeanne and I took a photo run down to the river. We saw a couple of eagles sitting high in the trees but none were fishing at the dam. The steam was rising for a far as the eye could see with a lot of open water mixed with ice below the dam. I have never seen this much steam rising from the river.
We didn’t find anything of interest at the dam so we drove up to Mud Lake Park. I enjoy going up there and have occasionally be rewarded with some great images. We saw this pair of eagle watching the river from a fallen tree. It’s not tack sharp but I thought it worthy of the post.
I think most of the wildlife was hunkered down as the static temperature was -11 and the windchill was somewhere around -25 degrees. I know that when I got out of the car to compose and take a photograph my face started hurting by the time I got back in the car.
I saw this little sparrow sitting in the tree and wanted to make an image of him so I didn’t come home with an empty card. 🙂
On the way home found this guy sitting in the tree. I figured he would fly when I stopped the car and got out but he didn’t. He tolerated me while I fired off some images. He stayed there the entire time and when we left he was still there.
That’s it for today. Still -4 but supposed to warm up to a balmy 15 degrees today. I have my final post op check up late this afternoon and hopefully he will tell me I can resume my normal routine. I’m tired of trying to sleep with that shield on. 🙂
Enjoy your day, stay warm and be careful.
I have four images for you today. This has become a tradition for me of late to photograph the Christmas tree ornaments. So that is what I have to share with you today.
It’s been a while since I posted any images. Several reasons for that. The weather has been terribly cold, the short window of light for outdoor photography and I have been reluctant to put a camera close to my eye (I’m a left eye shooter) the last few days since my cataract surgery.
I’m going to talk a little about that surgery since this one was much different then my first cataract surgery two years ago.
I opted this time for laser surgery for two reasons. The laser procedure has the ability to greatly correct an astigmatism (which I have in my left eye) and because I have experienced on going problems with my right eye after that surgery I decided to get the additional comfort and peace of mind with the precise incision of a computer guided procedure. I have to tell you it was not what I expected at all but (knock on wood) the results have been better than I expected.
The laser part of the procedure only lasts about three minutes. The entire process lasts about 15 – 20 minutes. I was instructed to look in the center of a device that had 6 tiny led lights and not to move my focus from that point until told to do so. Then the laser was lowered onto my eye and it felt as if they were drilling completely through my eyeball. It was unnerving. I was told to expect a little pressure but it was much, much more than that. There was no pain but it felt like the machine was going to go clear through my eye. 🙂
Like I said the results have been great. I go back for my post op check up on Monday and hopefully can resume my normal daily routine after that. Right now I can’t lift anything over 20 pounds and have to sleep with a plastic shield over my eye. An inconvenience but nothing more.
So if you are contemplating cataract surgery and have an astigmatism I would seriously consider the laser procedure. It may not be covered by your insurance (mine wasn’t) but for me it was worth the additional expense.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Only one image for today. I actually photographed this old barn a couple of weeks ago but never got around to processing it.
I have my cataract surgery today. Hopefully that will go okay. I’m already hungry and it’s only 6:30 a.m. 🙂
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I have three images for you today. I must have a thousand or more images of eagles sitting on a tree branch, but when I see one I have to photograph it. I was down at the Lock & Dam #11 in Dubuque to see if any eagles were fishing. They were not but there were 20 or more in the trees by the Lock and Dam. That’s the most eagles I’ve seen by the dam in a very long time.
That is exciting because it means it won’t be much longer and I’ll head a little South of here to do some eagle photography in LeClaire. 🙂
Come to think of it I have thousands of images of Ring-Billed Gulls and Canadian Geese as well. Same problem, when I see them I feel compelled to photograph them. I need to do some traveling and experience some new scenery. 🙂
My wife and my Friend Betty both love geese and there were hundreds of them at the 16th Basin and at Buck’s Branch yesterday so I had my pick. I started following this couple right after they swam out from under the bridge on 16th Street. They were pretty far apart but came within inches of running into each other. I mean maybe an inch as they were watching me the entire time.
That’s it for today. We are supposed to get a major snow storm this weekend. Jeanne and I have a Christmas party to go to out-of-town and we will be watching the radar this afternoon. There was a time when it didn’t matter what the weather was we were out among them. A lot older and a tiny bit wiser has made me much more cautious.
Enjoy your day. Stay warm and be careful.