I had a fun day yesterday. Spent about four hours doing a photo shoot for the city of Preston, Iowa. Actually the company that supplies electricity to Preston hired me to photograph the community. Shot 175 images and will edit them today. I got to meet a lot of nice people and learned a lot of things about Preston that I didn’t know.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have four images today all about family. Jeanne and I went to Gabby’s soccer practice and scrimmage yesterday afternoon. It is always fun to watch the little ones play or at least run around. 🙂
At one time the other team only had one player on the field (his teammates were all getting snacks) and he still scored a goal.
The whole crew shows up for practice. Gabby is on break for snacks. They generally play 3 on 3 soccer and they have six kids on each team so they all get some exercise. Gabby didn’t really have much interest in the game yesterday.
Josh is taking some advanced classes this summer and each week they teach a new life skill. This is his pet gerbil that he has to take care of. He has it with him constantly and feeds him and plays with him. Maybe someday he will get a real one. 🙂
We had a little trouble keeping Austin off the field. He was enjoying the exercise as well. It was a perfect day for soccer. Low 60s, partly cloudy and a nice breeze.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Thursday and Happy New Year’s Eve.
Yesterday was a real treat for me. Right in the middle of all the year-end pressure and tasks that absolutely have to be done by today I got to take a short respite from work and do a photo shoot across the street at the wonderful Decker Hotel. One of our departments was getting ready for a new promotion and they needed some photography. Well they only had to ask once.
After the team photos some of the team decided they would like some “head shots” taken, which of course is one of my favorite images to make. I used my Elinchrome portable strobes and two large soft boxes to get the wonderful soft light that you see here. I was very pleased with the results. The only problem I had was I forgot to bring my favorite portrait lens the Nikon 24 – 70 mm f2.8 so I took these with the Nikon 28 – 300 mm f4.5, which is a good lens, just not best choice for portraiture.
It was a fun break and I was able to help out one of our departments so it was a win – win.
Exciting things happening at our organization and it is fun to be a part of it.
That’s it for today. Have a safe and sane New Year’s Eve. Thanks for stopping by the blog. I wish you the best year ahead that you’ve ever had. Be careful.
I had one of the most enjoyable Saturdays in recent memory.
Back in March, Jessica from the Hurstville Interpretive Center asked me if I would give a presentation on Drones. I agreed and it was held this past Saturday at the Interpretive Center @ 1:00 p.m. At 12:55 p.m. there was no one there but Jeanne, Jessica and Me.
Soon some ladies with young children showed up and then a few others came so we had about 20 people in attendance. I presented a slide show on Drones and then went outside and gave a flying demonstration. I let everyone look through the goggles (which allowed them to see what the drone saw.)
It was 2:37 p.m. by the time we packed up and left and that was way too long for me to not have eaten anything. My blood sugar got very low and I could really feel it.
After lunch we drove down Highway 61 just North of DeWitt and stopped at the new Tycoga Winery. What an amazing place. The manager gave us a tour and details about how they pick and process the grapes. We sampled some of the wines and I found my new favorite.
It is a wonderful stop for anyone who enjoys pretty scenery, a relaxed atmosphere, and of course wine. 🙂
Then is was on to our dear friends home Steve and Becki and our favorite place to visit the Lazy K Farm.
Steve and Becki had a fishing contest and invited several of their friends. We met some wonderful friendly people who we thoroughly enjoyed sharing an evening with. Great food, conversation, and of course some wine. 🙂
We had to leave much too early as Jeanne’s little dog needed to be relieved. It’s probably a good thing because the wine was tasting pretty good.
Since I had my drone with me I grabbed some video and this photo of the Lazy K Farm. More images from the day as the week unfolds.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Monday ~ 221
One of the things that Jeanne has always lamented about digital photography is that she doesn’t get to see a lot of the images I take unless I publish them. I only publish them to tell a story, because I think they are good enough to show, or because I just like a particular subject matter.
On those rare occasions when she does take some images with her point and shoot camera, she will take them to the drug store and have prints made. She likes to hold the pictures in her hand. 🙂
So when Josh and Gabby visited a couple of weeks ago I shot the image above. In fact I posted the color version of it on this blog. I was experimenting with some effects and decided to try black and white on this one. I liked the color version but I love this version. So I made an 8 X 10 print for Jeanne.
I could tell by her reaction that it didn’t wow her like it did me. Why?
“I can’t see the kids faces in the picture. There was more detail in the spilling water in the color version, and I don’t have a frame for it.” 🙂
All of her points are correct from her perspective. She wasn’t being rude, just honest. It points out a valid point. I loved it from an artistic view-point it actually grabs my attention every time I walk into the room. None of the things Jeanne said, distracts her from esteeming it, occurred to me. I only saw what I saw. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
Share your thoughts if you like in the comment section.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Tuesday! ~ 227
The rise of the Phoenix will have to be delayed one more day. One because of some technical issues and two because Josh and Gabby came for lunch and a visit today. Well, when they are around I have to take images of them. It’s part of the Grandpa code. 🙂
Two things happen when you put kids next to water. They have fun and they get wet.
I took Gabby out to see the birds feeding at the sanctuary and some of them let us get pretty close. Soon Josh was curious about what we were doing so he came out carrying two of his toys.
It wasn’t long before he spotted water in the bird bath and in went the toys, splishing and splashing. Well of course it wasn’t long until Gabby wanted in on the action and so as was to be expected she got soaked. 🙂
No harm done and the kids had a lot of fun. I filled the bird bath back up when they were sufficiently wet and all was well.
I go to the eye doctor tomorrow to see what’s going on with my right eye. Very foggy and hard to see out of it. I’m hoping it just a temporary thing or perhaps a cataract, which can be removed. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
It was a good day yesterday. I was a little low on energy most of the day and that may be as a result of my 20 mile bike ride on Sunday. Jeanne and I went for a quick 10 minute walk last evening just to get a little exercise.
That’s it for today. Hope you enjoy your Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by and be careful.