A great day today, which is why I’m late getting this posted. I normally like to post in the morning but ran out of time this morning.
I had some follow-up photos for my professional assignment, I needed to take in Preston and Maquoketa and I needed to be in Preston at 9:30 a.m. I rolled in there at 9:32 a.m. and may have exceeded the posted speed limit occasionally.
Then I had a very enjoyable lunch with a dear Friend in Maquoketa. We visited for about an hour and a half. We are both recently retired so it was fun discussing the experiences and feelings we’re both having with retirement.
As I was driving around the area taking pictures for the project I was amazed by the flooding in the farm fields around Maquoketa. Some images from that at another time.
The above image is what is called “selective color.” It is frowned upon by most serious photographers. Well I take my photography seriously but I’m the only one who must like it and I thought this image worked better using selective color. 🙂
Most of these images were made in the Millwork District. It is a fascinating place and I plan on spending more time there in the future.
I left this building art out of my post yesterday. I didn’t mean to so I include it today.
Enjoy the rest of your day and be careful.
I had a very enjoyable day yesterday, that is after working a couple of hours on the heavy wet snow that covered the driveway and sidewalks.
I met my Son in Anamosa for lunch. We have a great time visiting and catching up with what each of us had been doing. It is always such a treat for me to be around my children. 🙂
I have three images for today.
It snowed most of the day yesterday although the roads were just wet it made for some interesting photography. I decided to do black and white today as that is what most of the day looked like with the snow and heavy gray overcast sky.
Today marks a full month of retirement. It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long. I’ve given lots of thought to what I might like to do with my time. Obviously photography will occupy much of my time and the grand kids as well. However, I am really considering doing some corporate photography and head shots. Having said that, I have to admit having nothing on my calendar and no stress is very appealing. 🙂
That’s all that is rambling around in my tiny brain.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
Some more images for you today from my Friday shoot. When I took these images I had every intention of rendering them in black and white. I believe this is an old manure spreader. It occurs to me that the driver may have had to take a long bath after a day of operating this piece of machinery. 🙂
I drove by this farm-house and saw this wonderful old jeep in the yard. Made a turn around and headed back with great expectations of doing a full exploration of the jeep with my camera.
This guy had other ideas about my exploration. If I stayed at a certain distance he would just look at me and give me an occasional courtesy bark. However if I took one step closer he bared is teeth and got down to some serious barking. I could call his bluff and attempt to get some more images of the jeep or I could consider it a break that I got the one and be assured of no dog bites. I opted for the sure thing. 🙂
That’s it for today. Another beautiful day in the neighborhood. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have a potpourri of 4 images for you today that are not completely related. The first image is a tree that I saw on the way to work yesterday. The same road that I have driven for 16 years and for some reason it stood out to me as I should photograph it. I was running late (as usual) so I didn’t stop to take the picture reasoning that I would remember it on the way home. Amazingly (for me) I did remember it. It isn’t the stunning tree I had viewed from the highway but I still like it.
I love to take images of Gabby. She isn’t always the most cooperative model so sometimes I have to take stealthy images like this one. As I was processing the image it kept saying to me black and white and it feels right as a black and white image.
This is what Ben and Angie had for us Wednesday evening. It was just as wonderful as it looks. Actually it was better. 🙂
When they remodeled their home they included a fireplace on the deck. I love it and after foundering on morels we adjourned to the deck for some conversation and relaxation. It was a wonderful evening that I’m still enjoying in my memories.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Another black & white offering for you today. It didn’t start out that way but as I got more into the post processing these images were clearly more dramatic in B&W then in color.
Jeanne and I went for a photo drive yesterday and after a few places where we found nothing of interest we came back to the river. Lots of ice fishermen by the lock and dam. the ice was as close to the lock as I can ever remember, so no eagles anywhere. Very few breaks in the ice so no wildlife of any kind anywhere that we went.
So with an empty card we decided to cross the bridge into Illinois and look at things from a fresh perspective. I shot the Julian Dubuque Bridge with the Tamron 150 – 600 mm lens, which was really the wrong lens for a shot like this but it was all I had. 🙂
I captured this image with the 600 mm lens from the Illinois side of the river. In this case it was the right lens. The old Star Brewery and Shot Tower were the focus of this image. I’ve made many images of the brewery but never from the Illinois side of the river.
Finally I’ll leave you with this image of a frozen channel marker buoy safely ensconced in the grip of river ice. We saw ice fishing almost everywhere we went and at one place on the river we actually saw a person had driven their car onto the ice and was fishing from the front seat of his car. Yes I did get a picture of that and I’ll show that later. 🙂
That’s it for today. Another busy work week ahead. I hope you enjoy your Monday. Thanks for stopping by the blog and be careful.
I had lunch with friends yesterday and then had to concentrate on just getting home with the snow storm so I didn’t capture any images yesterday.
This old windmill was from Tuesday and made as I was coming back to town. I like to capture images of windmills against interesting skies or near old farm structures, but this old guy (who is near or at retirement) caught my attention.
The windmill itself is in serious disrepair and the growth up its spine makes it clear that it no longer is able to perform the purpose for which it was originally intended. Sort of like us when we get to a certain age. 🙂
Anyway on that happy note I will bid you adieu. Thanks for stopping by.
Enjoy your day, be careful, and be aware.