I have three images for today.
I have really neglected my photography. Not really intentional but just I just never seemed to find the time.
So, yesterday I had to go to the clinic to get my flu shot and I decided to spend the rest of the day with my camera. It was a very fun morning and afternoon.
I have a tendency to look for the same type of images so I forced myself to look for other things to capture. I still have some Herons and Egrets because I can’t pass up a chance to photograph them but I also have some different things for the coming days to post.
These images were taken by Lock & Dam #11. I drove a lot of miles yesterday and it was good to get out and see the progress of the harvest. Unfortunately with all the rain we’ve had I also saw a lot of damage both to crops and parks.
When I was at the river I was amazed at how dirty and muddy the river was. I don’t ever remember it looking that bad and it was full of floating debris.
A couple of parks I went to had sustained considerable damage as well. I didn’t photograph the damage as I wanted to focus on positive things.
I met a lot of very nice and friendly people who stopped and visited with me about my photography. I had one of the best lunches in recent memory at a restaurant I didn’t even know existed. So all in all, it was a fantastic day.
I shot 375 images (several duplications) but a lot of different things. I want to get out this afternoon as well because the weather forecast is for five straight days of rain.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have four more images for you today and before you say “Not more flowers”, the answer is yes, but this is the last of them. I made almost a thousand images at the Arboretum last Monday so showing you 12 isn’t too bad. 🙂
I had a corporate photo shoot yesterday afternoon. One of our banks is making some changes to its website and needed some fresh “head shots” of some of our staff. I enjoy doing portrait work a lot and it’s nice for the staff because they have a business appropriate image for their social media and Linked-In accounts if they want to use them.
My portrait photography keeps evolving as I’ve added equipment, gained experience, and changed my lighting set up. I’ve followed the lighting technique of Joel Grimes, a well-known photographer, whose work I admire and so I’ve adapted my style to utilize some of the lighting set up he has been so successful with.
I still have a lot to learn but with each session comes more comfort and confidence. 🙂
I have another big photo session next week as I make some more formal portraits for the board of directors for one of our banks. It will be fun to compare this session to the one I did for them 4 years ago. Hopefully there will be a nice improvement.
Okay that’s it for today. No more flowers or butterflies for a long time. Thanks for your patience.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
Another beautiful evening in the neighborhood. I love sitting on the patio when the sun is soft and the light is a warm yellow. Last night was another perfect evening and a lot of God’s creatures were enjoying it as well. So what is a lover of photography to do but capture the moments. 🙂
I was nervous the entire time this small rabbit was in the yard. He laid in the grass and ate whatever it was he was eating. I could just see the evil red-tailed hawk swooping down and grabbing him in his talons. I kept a watchful eye on the sky but that hawk is clever.
Speaking of cleaver. We have a squirrel who lives in the trees behind our house and he has made a feast of the dropped bird seed below the feeders. When he didn’t get enough he discovered how to climb the feeders (which is near impossible) and eat directly from the feeders.
A few weeks ago we had been gone for a couple of days and he came onto the patio, jumped on top of the “Rubbermaid” garbage can (where I store the seed) and chewed a nice big hole in the top so he could get to the birdseed.
I put some duck tape on it and it worked for three weeks. Yesterday he came back while I was at work and Jeanne was with Angie and did it again. The bird seed is now in the garage. As clever as he is I’d like to see him get to it now. 🙂
That’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed the images of our back yard friends. I really enjoy watching them doing their thing. Often times the bird bath will have a waiting line of three or four birds waiting their turn at the water. Just a fun thing to do in the evening. I’m easily amused.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Thursday. Busy day today as I start the ten week leadership training class again this year. We will have 22 individuals attending the class and this time many of them will be from other businesses in the area so I’m very excited about meeting new people and learning of their challenges.
Yesterday I didn’t have a meeting or lunch engagement so I grabbed my camera and the 80 – 400 mm lens (by the way this lens is rapidly becoming my favorite lens.) I wanted to go to the Duck Pond and see if I could get some clear shots of the young swans.
They were out in the middle of the pond and I couldn’t get a clear view of the young ones. I shot a few images but they were just gray and brown clumps in the tall grass. You really couldn’t even make out they were swans. So I was a little discouraged but then I started noticing all the wild life around the pond. The smaller wild life that is so abundant at the pond. So I spent a half hour photographing frogs, dragon flies and some butterflies. The only butterflies around were the small white ones and I couldn’t capture a sharp image of them.
I shot about 130 images in a half hour and had a ball. I dumped a 100 of them last night but that left me 30 keepers 3 of which made it to the blog. I’m not going to do the math but that is a very small percentage. 🙂 I don’t think it would make a very good batting average.
That’s it for today. Not too much babble for a Thursday. I have the wedding shoot coming up this Saturday. Say a little prayer for me please. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.