I met a dear Friend in Manchester yesterday for lunch. We’ve been close Friends for 43 years. We can go a couple of years and not visit and then when we do get together it is like we talk everyday.
On the way to Manchester I saw 6 eagles sitting in trees and one on the side of the highway eating some road kill. I was so tempted to stop but I was running a little late anyway and I knew if I stopped and tried to get set up with the long lens I was going to be a lot later so I just kept driving. 😦
I have seen this barn many times but have never had time to photograph it. On the way home I decided to finally get some good images. I drove up to the house to get permission but there was no one home. I didn’t want to be wandering around their farm and have them come home so I went back to the side of the road and waded through a little snow to get this image.
As I turned around and headed for my vehicle I noticed this juvenile eagle perched on top of this pine tree. All I had with me was my Nikon 70-200mm f2.0 so it is not a good image by any stretch, but at least it is an eagle. 🙂
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I had lunch with a great friend yesterday and on the way home I ventured off on some new roads to see if I could find anything that interested me. There were some puffy clouds and some farm structures that I found, so I have three images for today.
I really enjoy photographing farm buildings especially old and worn buildings, barns, windmills, and sheds.
Found this old building sitting in the middle of a field and there was a place to park nearby so I made some images. 🙂
The entire time I was getting set up for the shot this guy was harping at me and would fly toward me and then back to his perch. Red-Winged Black Birds are fearless and I’ve had many run-ins with them both on foot and on a bike. They will defend their territory no matter what size the intruder.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
Yesterday was one of my favorite days from a photography standpoint. I love to make photographs against a deep blue sky with big puffy white clouds. I was presented with such a sky yesterday morning and although it was later in the day before I could get out the conditions were still very good.
I decided to look for farm structures to photograph and so I took roads that I have never been on (well let’s say I don’t remember being on them.) I saw a lot of new places yesterday but not a lot of farm structures that stood out to me. I love red barns so I’ll show that as my first image.
I don’t like photographing images with power lines in them and where possible I will remove the power lines in Photoshop if I cannot eliminate them by the angle I take the image. There were just too many power lines in this image and it would have taken an hour or more to remove all of them so they remain. 😦
This old structure is in the twilight of its life. One day the owner will decide to tear it down and put something else in its place of just let it become pasture again. I enjoy photographing deteriorating structures and usually render them in black and white, but I loved the blue sky so the color remained.
Personal story. I have had a Microsoft Surface 3 tablet for a couple of years and I started using it as my work notebook because I would have anywhere from 6 – 12 paper note books lying around and sometimes it was hard to keep track of everything. It just made sense to keep everything in one place and with the Surface 3 I can type my notes or hand write them and they are very easy to organize. Thursday I got out of the car for a meeting with a couple of employees and sat the tablet on top of my car to get some more materials and then shut the door. The vibration of the door shutting caused the tablet to fall off the roof onto the concrete parking lot and the tablet now has the most interesting mosaic arrangement of glass.
I turned it on when I got inside and it actually still functioned although the cursor would radically move around what was left of the screen at random times. So I got the replacement yesterday afternoon and will probably spend most of the day today getting it reconfigured. It is amazing how dependent I have become using the tablet and the thought of going back to paper note books was in my mind not an option.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have windmills for you today. As I traveled around some back roads last Friday I came across three windmills that I decided to photograph. You can imagine living in a predominately rural area there are windmills everywhere. Like barns and other farm structures I enjoy making images of them. Generally I try to photograph them against a dynamic cloudy sky, however Friday was pretty much a dull gray sky. 😦
Several years ago I photographed this windmill along with a deteriorating barn and some other farm buildings. When I drove by it this time I noticed that the barn and other building were gone. The windmill is all that remains. Kind of sad in a way as these old structures had a lot of history about them and were a salient part of the landscape.
This old guy has lost his wind fins and is just the frame of the windmill with all sorts of vegetation grown on it. Still it appealed to me so I had to make some image of it.
That’s it for today. Thanks for the look. Enjoy your day and be careful.
39 years ago today I did the smartest thing I have ever done in my life. I married my best friend, soul mate, lover, confidant, and life partner Jeanne. It’s been an amazing journey with peaks and valleys as all things in life are. Way, way more peaks for sure and the valleys have strengthened the bond even more. Thank you Jeanne for a wonderful life together! 🙂
Yesterday I took a 4 hour drive through the country side. Some familiar roads but a lot of unfamiliar roads. I took two cameras and two lenses. The long lens unfortunately never made it out of the bag, which means that I didn’t find any wildlife to photograph. So today I have barns for you. I love to photograph farm structures and especially barns.
I thought the contrast of red and green was appropriate for the season. 🙂
I went as far North as Guttenberg looking for some eagles or other water fowl but found only a couple of sea gulls flying over the lock and dam. I did spot a Coyote in a field hunting but he took off running when I slowed the car. He would have been too far away to photograph but I could always hope that if I remained in one place long enough he might come my way. I also saw a huge hawk but same story. After spending 15 minutes slowly getting into range he decided that was close enough and he took off.
Finally I’ll leave you with this barn. I don’t think I have ever seen a barn this color. Really caught my eye so of course I had to turn around and photograph it.
That’s it for today. Thank you for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have barns for you today. Well barns and a machine shed, but use your imagination. 🙂
I apologize for the lack of activity of late on the blog. A combination of things have prevented me from making any posts. I was out most of the day yesterday finishing up a photography project for the City of Maquoketa and so I took a long slow drive through the country on the way home.
It was like I had not where in particular to get to and all day (afternoon) to get there.
Sunday was a beautiful crisp autumn day with not a cloud in the sky. It would have made my job easier yesterday if there had been clouds because I was constantly fighting the harsh light of a washed out sky. But I’m not complaining. Days like yesterday in November are rare and to be enjoyed.
I saw lots of deer on my travels. I came very close to hitting a huge buck deer chasing a doe. He had one thing on his mind and was frothing at the mouth. It was the largest deer I have ever seen and he cleared a high fence in one effortless leap and was gone. It was stunning to see something that large bound so high and so effortlessly
I also saw lots of doe running across the road and through the fields. I could never get a camera on them and the one time I did it was late enough in the day that I didn’t have time to change my ISO so I ripped off about 40 shots at 1/80 of a second and that produced a lot of brown blurry things on green grass. 🙂
Here is a question for you Miss Marilyn. Is the plural of doe – does? or did I use it correctly in the sentence above? I searched the internet but there were as many contradictions as there were answers.
That’s it for today. I’ll be spending most of the day processing images for the project. I have to deliver them tomorrow.
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Last Wednesday I was in Central City for the grand opening of a new branch bank. We were taking a tour of the community when we happened by this old barn. My friends were kind enough to stop and let me take a few images of this wonderful structure.
Unfortunately we didn’t have the time nor the ability to explore and fully photograph this old barn but rest assured that I will visit it again this summer and attempt to do it justice.
This particular image looked great in color but in keeping with the theme of the day I rendered it in black and white. It is the street address of our new branch.
The branch is a wonderful old structure that was originally built as a bank and then has served many other functions during its life span including being a bar and a retail store. Now fittingly, it has been restored to its original purpose and dignity.
I couldn’t talk about this wonderful building without showing you an image of the building. Because it is on the historical record there were some things that could not be done to the building. However it was always our intent to preserve the original look and feel of the bank and still meet all the safety requirements.
That’s it for today. I have to go cut hay in my back yard. We lost one of the dogs out there yesterday. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day, it looks like it might be a nice day weather wise. Be careful.
These images are from my commute home Friday evening. It was a nice soft light and I found a never traveled road (by me that is) so there were lots of new things to see.
I actually was, for a time, lost in the relative sense and thought I might have to turn on my navigation system to figure out where I was but finally came to a main road so all ended well. 🙂
I think when I retire I may just drive around the countryside and shoot old farm structures. I love the looks of them and to me they are very interesting. They mirror life, in that at one time they were new and purposeful and now the passage of time has taken its toll on them. Perhaps their original purpose is no longer needed. Some have been abandoned while others have been relegated to a different less meaningful purpose. All seem to be waiting for their inevitable fate of final demise.
We had a great dinner last night with Angie, Ben, Josh, Gabby, and Mark at a nice restaurant downtown. I’ve eaten there several times before and for the first time we had a very good server who was attentive to our needs and got everything correct. It makes dinning out so much more enjoyable when you have a server who actually seems to like their job. I tipped him well and told him he had done a great job.
That’s it for today. I hope you enjoy your Sunday. We’re expecting another (hopefully short) round with Winter today. I’m getting anxious to start photographing flowers and other Spring related things.
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Happy Thursday ~ 316
A couple of old farm structures for you today. Something about old farm buildings that attracts my interest. These were taken in the early afternoon so the light was not good but I just couldn’t pass them up.
Had lunch with my good friend from DeWitt yesterday. I hadn’t seen her in some time and it was good to catch up on what’s been going on in her life.
I think one of the things I might do to get out of my self-imposed rut is follow what a photographer from Great Britain does. He picks a location or actually has his readers pick a location and then he spends fifteen minutes there making a good of images as possible. I am always amazed at what he comes up with. If you narrow your focus you naturally become more attentive to things in the field of focus. Makes sense to me so I will give that a go.
I guess since this is supposed to be a blog about photography and not necessarily about my often times incoherent ramblings I should occasionally throw in some information about settings. So these images were shot with: Nikon D600 (RAW) | Nikon 80 – 400 mm F4.5-5.6 VRII lens | ISO 100 1/160 of sec @ f6.3 | First image at 220 mm focal length – second images 210 focal length.
I am having another problem with Mediacom. Those who have followed this blog for some time remember my last go around with them. I ended up filing a complaint with cable commission and finally got some satisfaction and resolution to that problem. We’re not there yet but it seems that we may be headed to another complaint filed. I will exercise my full limit of patience before I do anything rash. 🙂
Well that’s it for today. I hope you enjoy your day. Thanks as always for checking on my humble blog and be careful. It is a dangerous world out there.