Yesterday I didn’t have any lunch meetings or anyone to go to lunch with so I did what I haven’t done in a long time. Grabbed a quick meal and then went wandering through the countryside with my camera.
I have three images for you today.
Not the golden hour, “obviously” but still I’m happy with these landscape images.
This is not my replacement tree, I’m still looking for that but I did like the way this guy looked sitting on the hillside.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
A rare Saturday post for me. I was grilling some burgers last evening and when I turned around I saw this wonderful cloud formation.
I left the burgers to their own fate and grabbed my camera to capture some images. Fortunately the burgers did not burn and we didn’t have to eat lunch meat sandwiches. 🙂
I told Jeanne she should go look at the clouds as they were dynamic and impressive. She came in looking at me as if to say what are you talking about. She is to kind to say it but after 39 years of marriage I know the look.
When I went out to retrieve the food, sure enough the clouds have moved on and there was just gray cloudy skies. So hence the reason for my post today. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy (soggy and wet) Tuesday ~ 262
We had a Code Black at work yesterday, which means there is a tornado warning in the area. We were very fortunate that nothing occurred with the exception of a lot of rain, thunder, and more rain. My evening commute was in a constant down pour and the many streams I pass on the way home have become much larger “rivers.” I saw several lakes where just a few days ago there were corn fields.
The weather is not without it beauty however. Later in the evening when the rain had finally tapered off I noticed this amazing orange light shining through the blinds in my office window.
I first went to the back yard and was greeted by this incredible sky. There were layers of clouds moving through the area and all being back-lit by the sun. Even though I am happy with my images they do not tell the whole story of the magnificent sky that I saw.
I have gotten away from talking much about camera specs but I think it is more interesting with these images. The first two were taken in a hurry because there was still some rain coming down and I didn’t want to miss the light. All images were made with a:
Nikon D4 | Nikon 28 – 300 mm lens | The first image was shot at a focal length of 45 mm (hand-held) 1/100 sec @ f5.6 ISO 800 | Second image also hand-held taken at 82 mm focal length 1/160 sec @ f5.6 ISO 800 | Final shot was made 12 minutes later with camera on a tripod at a focal length of 116 mm. Exposure was 30 seconds @ f 9.0 ISO 100.
Probably more information than you need or want but it is after all supposed to be a blog about photography. 🙂
Amazing sky and an amazing amount of water. The back yard is a small lake, which is causing some problems for the ground feeders at the bird sanctuary. The good news is that as of this morning the lake has gone down and the feeders were booked solid. 🙂
That’s it for today. I think it is supposed to be a little nicer for the next few days. There are a lot of people who are or will be dealing with water damage. It is such an insidious problem when water gets into your home and does so much damage in such a short amount of time.
Thanks as always for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day, watch the water crossing the roadways and be careful.
Quick update on the Swans at Hurstville. They seem to be doing just fine, despite the ever decreasing water supply at the pond. There is one area of the pond that seems to retain enough water to keep them happy. As you can see from the above image this Cygnet is getting pretty big, almost the same size as his/her parents.
Not to worry the other Cygnet is out of frame, laying in the muck and grooming itself. I couldn’t get them both in the same image because of the focal length I was using.
I saw this dramatic cloud formation on my way home and just had to pull over to the side of the road and grab some images. I could not find any harvesting last evening. Lots of crop still in the field so there is still time to get some good harvesting images.
I got a new iMac yesterday. My laptop is getting a little old, slow, and full. I have been thinking about replacing it. I was looking on-line and made the decision to go with a desktop instead of a new laptop. That decision saved 50% of what a laptop would have cost.
Additionally I go from at 14 inch screen to a 27 inch screen to process my images. The laptop will still travel with me but I can take a lot of disk space it is now using and transfer that to larger capacity disk of the iMac.
The problem is transitioning from one system to a new one. Just getting programs that I use everyday reconfigured to my liking is a lengthy process. Still better than trying to figure out Windows 8. I do not know who Microsoft uses to determine what people like (they say their design is the result of user feedback) because I have yet to meet someone who likes Windows 8 or for that matter the new Office configuration. I was talking to an avid Windows user the other day and he lamented that he cannot find things on his computer since he switched to Win8.
There is consistency in the Mac OS. 🙂 I was a DOS / Windows user for ever but I’m very happy with MAC.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Jeanne and I went to the river yesterday morning after watching Dubuque’s Labor Day Parade. It was a beautiful day with a lot of puffy white clouds against a brilliant blue sky. The temperature was 64 degrees, a near perfect day (weather wise) for me.
I shot a bunch of images at the parade and I’ll show a couple of those later in the week. There isn’t a lot you can do with parade pictures but I have a couple of Josh enjoying the parade.
There were two sail boats on the river when we were there. I have not seen sail boats on the river this year so it was interesting to see them. The only wildlife we saw was an occasional gull and a couple of ducks flying by the lock and dam.
It was great just to be outside and experience the sights, smells, and sounds of the river on a perfect weather day. We ended our little adventure at the Copper Kettle restaurant for lunch. Great food and service make it a very nice place to have a meal.
That’s it for today. I have a wedding to shoot this Saturday so I have to be thinking about that. Also it is the first week of the new training program I’m doing for the Chamber. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.