If you follow this blog you will remember that I celebrated a momentous birthday on February 8th. It was a fantastic day and I enjoyed it a great deal. It was actually one of the best birthdays in memory.
Last night Angie and Ben hosted the “Official Momentous Birthday” dinner at their home and Mark was able to come up and enjoy the evening with us. I have five images for you today and I would encourage you to read the blog to the end for some exciting news. 🙂
Joshua is a big fan of Star Wars and he received the original trilogy, episodes 4-5-6 for Christmas. Over the last month we have watched the first two episodes and yesterday we watched episode 6, “Return of The Jedi.”
After the movie we were served a delicious prime rib dinner prepared by Ben and Angie. It was cooked to perfection. We also had one of my favorite desserts called “Dirt.” I can only have a little because it is really bad for me but love it.
Then Angie gave me one of the most wonderful gifts I have every received. A notebook binder filled with written reflections of my relationships with many of my friends. I could only read a few because they were so meaningful and thoughtful that I became emotional. I still haven’t made it all the way through and I have no idea how long it took Angie to put it together but I will cherish it my remaining days.
Now for the exciting news. As you can read on Angie’s shirt, “The Fourth is With Us.” Arriving August 2017. Angie and Ben have always found interesting ways to tell us they were going to have a child. So Angie had Josh stand beside her and he revealed his tee-shirt, which had the Star Wars logo on it. Then she opened her shirt and we saw this. Yea!!! Grand Pa again.
Finally as if to top of a perfect night I went out on the back patio and saw this wonderful moon. I have posted many full moon images on this blog, but I never get tired of photographing it.
That’s it for today. Thanks for listening to me ramble. Enjoy your day and be careful.
I got to photograph this little cutie yesterday afternoon, after work. Her parents work at the local Mexican restaurant in Maquoketa and I have gotten to know her Mother, Lettie who is a very hard-working and excellent food server. Anyway to make a long story short I photographed Lettie’s son a couple of years ago (she had never had a portrait of him) and then she had this little pumpkin about 7 months ago so I told her I would photograph her when the opportunity worked out.
Her son remembered our photo session, which like this one was held at Little Bear Park. The light was dappled so I used a reflector to provide more even light on them. I had to hand hold the reflector and the camera so I didn’t get the best angle on them. I needed an assistant. 🙂
Anyway it was a fun session and I’ll make a couple of prints for the family of the kids.
After dinner last evening I went outside to contemplate the events of the day. I saw this guy in the sky. I’ve shot the moon (no pun intended) hundreds of times but can’t resist photographing a full moon. I took this image with the Nikon D500 | Nikon 200 – 500 mm lens | ISO 100 1/500 sec @ f8.
That’s it for today. Thank you for checking out the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Bittersweet day yesterday. Good in that I got to spend most of the day with my wonderful daughter Angie and her youngest son Austin. Sad that we made the trip to Ames to say good-bye to Jeanne’s Mother Jay who is in Hospice. It was a day of reflection, respect, admiration, love, and sadness. There was also joy in that we brought a smile and some comfort to a great lady who has been a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
After dropping me off at home Angie texted me and told me I needed to go outside and see the beautiful moon. I share that with you today.
Reflect, count your blessings and be careful…
Happy Hump Day!
I’ve shot a lot of images of the moon. This is not my favorite one, however I was out enjoying the evening on the patio and it called me to photograph it. 🙂
I had the camera sitting on the gimbal tripod, which is not as steady as the ball head tripod. Additionally I used the timed shutter release instead of getting a shutter cable release. So all those things contributed to the results of the image.
I also used the Sigma 150 – 600 mm lens, which in my opinion is not as sharp as the Tamron 150 – 600 mm lens. I shot in manual mode at 1/200 of second @ f11 ISO 100.
That’s it for today. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Yesterday morning when I went out to get the paper i saw a wonderful full moon. This morning (2 hours later than yesterday) I saw a beautiful sunrise over Asbury. The sun was a brilliant red. So I ran (actually more like a slow waddle) inside got the camera and hand-held a few shots of the sunrise. I can tell you this image is not what I saw. The sun was almost a blood-red. It was red in the little LCD on the back of my screen but when I processed it there wasn’t nearly enough red. I tried a number of combinations but this is the best I could do. 😦
Yesterday was a tough day. Stressful situations I had to work through, news of friends with health issues and other things I cannot talk about. I knew Jeanne was babysitting the grand kids so I decompressed a little on the drive home and thought I’d go over and play with the kids a little. I enjoy visiting and playing with the kids but I’m not so much into babysitting so my visit was relatively short. It was just about their bedtime anyway .
When I arrived at Angie and Ben’s home Gabby was in the lower den in her seat watching Jeanne and Joshua play. After a nice greeting from Josh I sat down across from Gabby and smiled at her and said high. In less than 30 seconds her pleasant peaceful face contorted into a mass of wrinkles and the tears begin to flow.
I’m getting a complex with her. All she does is cry when I come near.
So I played a little with Josh. He has such a vivid imagination and plays very well with himself. He built a complex fence around his animals all the while explaining what he was doing. I love the energy he has. He never stays doing the same thing for very long. Then its off to another adventure or project.
Speaking of projects, I finished my third 52 week project yesterday. A new photograph every week for 52 weeks. I expect I’ll start another one. I’m still thinking about my next big project. I thought about taking 365 different images of my car never repeating the same shot but then I guess that would be more like a copycat than anything. 🙂
That’s it for today. Enjoy your weekend. Thanks for stopping by and be careful. Irish Hooley tonight. I’m looking forward to it.
Happy Friday. I took this image of the moon this morning. When I went out to get the Queen’s paper I saw a lot of low-level clouds floating by and I wanted to capture them with the almost full moon. There are several interesting things about this image (which in my mind is the best moon shot I have ever taken.) No it won’t win any awards but is it my personal best. You can click on the image to enlarge it.
It was taken around 4:30 a.m. so not the darkest time of the sky. We have a large vapor light in our block that shines very brightly on our back yard. Good for security, not so good for timed photography. And I tried a new set up this morning.
Camera Details: Nikon D4 | Nikon AF-S 80 – 400 f4.5-5.6 HG ED VR Lens | Nikon AF-S 2X Teleconverter TC-20E III | Remote shutter release | ISO 100 Manual setting f11 @ 1/80 Sec | Manual focus
What is different for me is using the Teleconverter. I’ve had it for a couple of years but just don’t remember to use it. It says it is auto focus and it is made by Nikon, however I find that it does a lot of hunting before it (if ever) locks on to what I’m trying to shoot. So it is just quicker to manual focus. Not my favorite thing to do because I haven’t had much practice and I haven’t gotten very good results in the past.
Where are the low-level clouds? Well by the time I got the camera, lens, and tripod set up and adjusted, the sky was clear of any trace of clouds. 😦
So by using the 2X TC, I extended my 400 mm lens to an 800 mm lens. If I had shot in “cropped mode” I could have picked up additional 400 mm in focal length. Cropped mode would be 1.5 X multiplier plus the 2 X TC would have given me 1,200 mm lens. WOW, I’m going to try that next time. 🙂
I was doing some testing last night with ISO settings and had been outside shooting in pretty much dark light at ISO 64000. It is amazing how good the images looked and with a little help from LightRoom 5 the noise is tolerable. Anyway when I came back in I saw Jeanne sitting at the breakfast bar and I thought now this is a great example of multitasking. Folding laundry, working on her schedule for school, and watching a TV show. 🙂
Enjoy our Friday. Going to get hot this weekend and into next week. A few more weeks and it will be my kind of weather. Thanks for stopping by. Be careful.