I have some black and white images for you today from my River Walk on Friday. I saw this couple sitting by the water’s edge conversing about who knows what and it appealed to me so I made the image. In post processing it did not convey what I thought I saw until I made it black and white.
If I make one image in black and white then they all have to be black and white. At least that’s the way my brain works. 🙂
I love this old iron railroad bridge that crosses the Mississippi River. Every time I see it I am reminded of the great drone loss. That doesn’t ring a bell? Click here if you want to learn more about the great drone loss.
I have shown images of the riverboat Twilight on this blog many times. It is a wonderful excursion boat that makes the trip from the Quad Cities, over nights in Dubuque and then returns to the Quad Cities. I have never seen it in dry dock.
When I first saw it I thought it was just floating in the ice harbor but as I got closer it was obvious it was actually in dry dock. I thought it made for an interesting image even though I was shooting directly into the sun.
That’s it for today. Enjoy your Sunday. We’re having nice weather in the mid-west right now so I plan to get out today and do some photography.
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For some reason I decided to look back at my blog yesterday morning (not reading the posts) just looking at my photography. It was then that I realized that yesterday was my one year anniversary of being diagnosed with Diabetes. Amazing all the changes I’ve made in my life over the last year. All for the best I might add. 🙂
Today I have some more back yard images for you. After a wonderful dinner I went out to the patio to enjoy the evening sun. Of course when I see that beautiful soft orange light I have to get my camera and shoot some images. The moon really stood out this evening and I didn’t have to fight with the city light clutter to make this image.
We met our great friends Becki and Steve for lunch yesterday. They had been shopping in Wisconsin and were stopping by Dubuque on their way home. We ate at my favorite (sort of) restaurant, Tony Roma and had a wonderful visit. To celebrate my anniversary I had a small piece of strawberry shortcake (my favorite.) I got along with it pretty well.
Then we did the river walk with them (shot a lot of images) and headed home for a nice nap. 🙂
I am starting to enjoy the Sigma 150 – 600 mm VRII lens. At first I thought it wasn’t very sharp but after some experimentation and trying different setting values I believe it is going to be a keeper after all. I’ve had it for almost a year now but just have not been able to get comfortable with it until recently.
Not exactly the image you expect to take with a 600 mm lens but as we were going inside (the bugs were starting to bite) and Jeanne said, “Oh look at the beautiful ight on Jack’s (our neighbor) flowers. So I handheld the lens and grabbed this shot. That’s it for today. Enjoy your humid Sunday. Thanks for stopping by the blog and be careful.
Happy Monday / Memorial Day! ~ 298
A late post this morning as I have been working on one of the Phantoms. Ugh, they are becoming more work to keep in the air then actual time spent flying. Of course most of it is my ineptitude. I put a range extender antenna on the controllers for both Phantoms. One works superbly well and the Vision 2 looses signal at 206 feet. That’s not good. I tried a couple of different antennas on it this morning but none helped.
After some observation and tinkering I believe the problem is a loose connection. So as a last resort. I have affixed the connector to the flight controller with silicone for stability and when it dries I’ll give it another test. Doesn’t do much good for a Phantom to only be able to go 200 feet high or 200 feet away.
Yesterday evening as is our custom Jeanne and I went down to the 16th basin. Lots of water in the basin now but not many birds. We did see this Heron. I know I have about a hundred images of this same pose but I was also trying out the 600 mm lens. I think I’m going to like it. It needs lots of light a bit more than the 500 mm lens. I also captured this duck at the basin. I just liked the looks of him sitting on his little island of rocks. 🙂
Next we went down to the River Walk. It had been sometime since we were last there. There is always interesting things to see and photograph at the River Walk. Lots of diversity on the walk and it’s good to see so many cultures in Dubuque.
We also saw a guy flying his Phantom. He had the new Vision 2 plus. He was standing on the railroad tracks flying it up and over the railroad bridge. We stopped at the little brewery and had some fruity tasting wine and a bag of popcorn. We wanted the popcorn so we bought the wine to have the popcorn. 🙂
Finally I’ll leave you with the image of this little guy. I love how piercing his eyes are and in this scene I just love all the colorization of the bird.
Going to the Memorial Day Parade today downtown. Always a fun thing to do. Enjoy this day and thank you as always for checking out the blog. Be careful.