I have three images for you today. It feels like I have forgotten how to take photographs. It’s been such a drought for me this Winter. Hopefully that will improve as it gets lighter in the evening.
I was determined to take my camera out yesterday into new territory. I didn’t have anything in particular I wanted to capture so I took two lenses with me. A long lens if I saw some critters and a shorter lens for landscapes. Turns out I never took the long lens out of the bag and only used the landscape lens.
I took these two images near the end of the sun’s journey across the sky. The entire day, the sky was a gray shapeless yuk and I don’t like to shoot in those conditions. Around 3:30 p.m. the clouds started to clear a little and the sun was trying to peek through the gray muck so I decided it was then or never.
I was focusing on the sun lighting this small stream and when I looked at the back of the camera I was pleased with what I saw and said (out loud) “Sweet!” A very large hawk, who apparently was sitting quietly in the tree near the stream was frightened by my outburst and flew away. It would have been a magnificent shot with his massive body outlined by the sun but I just stood there and watched him fly away. 🙂
I saw a lot of barns yesterday afternoon but this was one that really caught my eye with the sky showing some structure and definition so I stopped in the middle of the road and grabbed an image.
That’s it for today. Hope you enjoy your day and as always be careful.
Another early morning meeting so a fairly short post today. After the first meeting yesterday I drove to Cedar Rapids to conduct the presentation to our two banks in the Cedar Rapids / Marion area. It went very well and then after the last presentation I headed back to the office. I found a few things to stop and take pictures of but none more interesting than this old fire truck
I had seen this old truck a couple of times before on the way to Cedar Rapids but the light was not good so it didn’t capture my attention. Yesterday on the way home the light was just wonderful and so I had no choice but to stop and take some images.
It was on 29 degrees and the wind was blowing so it was pretty cold. The old truck was sitting in the middle of a harvested corn field and I had misgivings about walking out in the corn field to shoot the truck. I walked along the fringe of the corn field and finally decided to jump feet first and walk out on the field to make some images. I hurried my shots and didn’t take nearly as many images as I would have liked to. One it was very cold and uncomfortable and two I was uneasy about being in a corn field without the owner’s permission.
I could have easily spent an hour photographing this gallant old fire wagon. I love to shoot old cars and trucks. I like to capture a couple of images of the entire vehicle and then spend the rest of my time exploring the individual detail of the vehicle in small parts. That is where I would have enjoyed more time with this vehicle.
It didn’t take too long to lose the rich light as well, so I’m happy I was able to get what I did.
That’s it for today. Enjoy your work week hump day. Thanks for checking out the blog and be careful.
I don’t think I have ever been as disappointed with a photo shoot as I was with the one I did yesterday. The questions for me as I get ready to go on a shoot are, where to go and what do I want to try to capture on this shoot. What I try to capture is usually (but not always) dependent on where I choose to go. So after much self debate (yes I did even answer myself) I decided to try the Mud Lake area. My reasoning was based on the hope that some of the migratory wildlife might be hanging around the marsh there. I was wrong and never saw so much as a ubiquitous gull.
I shot 160 shots in beautiful golden sunlight. The problem is there just wasn’t anything of substance to shoot. So much for my theorem that it doesn’t really matter what you have in front of your lens as long as the light is beautiful. I pretty well disproved that yesterday.
Since I didn’t find anything at the Mud Lake Park I decided to go to the marsh behind the John Deere tractor plant. Jeanne and I had gone there earlier in the year and found a variety of wildlife to shoot. Additionally I reasoned I didn’t really have enough sun light time left to get further than the marsh. There is a trail that runs from the parking area to the river and all along the trail are small canals of water for the water fowl. The trail is about 14 miles long and I walked every mile of it. Okay, let me be honest, the trail is probably only a little over a mile long but in my current physical condition it felt like 14 miles.
I kept saying to myself, “The farther you go the farther it is going to be to get back to the car.” I was right. 🙂
As I was walking back to the car the sun was rapidly going down and it created this silhouette of the water tower at the John Deere Plant. the only image from the 160 that I like. I did not enhance the color of the sunset. What you see is what I saw. All I did was darken the shadows a bit so there was no distraction from the water tower.
So disappointed and cold I made it back to the car and it felt good to sit down and feel the warmth of the car heater. I ran through the images on the little LCD on the back of the camera. I thought I had captured some nice images, (of course when I got them on the big screen of my iMac, I realized that I had not.) So I headed back home. The good news was I didn’t have far to travel.
As I turned onto the main road out of the John Deere plant area I caught a glimpse of several deer feeding in a harvested corn field. Nothing special about this shot other than it was shot at 32,000 ISO. There was some noise in the image but easily removed in Light Room. Shortly after this shot the herd ran off into the timber so I was lucky to get this image.
Sorry for the lack of inspiring images. I’ll try again today. I hope you enjoy your Sunday. Thanks for stopping by the blog and be careful.
A potpourri for you today image wise. I had to check on the cygnets yesterday when I got into town around noon. I had a meeting at one of our other banks and so it was about 12:30 p.m. when I drove by the duck pond. The children were out swimming (although it’s more like walking because of the low water level) while the parents were on the beach. Interesting observation, the Mother was ever vigilant of her offspring and had her neck extended to its limits to watch both the children and me. The Father on the other hand had his back to the group and was grooming himself. 🙂
Another harvest image from my shoot on Saturday. I like the action in this shot with all the junk coming out of the discharge shoot. The harvest images are about to come to an end for another year. I didn’t leave the office until 5:30 p.m. last evening and it was already dark enough that it would have been difficult to capture an image. I hope to get a few more images before the harvest is complete.
Finally I’ll leave you with this uninspiring image to support my statement of yesterday that it doesn’t matter what you put in front of the lens as long as it is lit by the soft golden light. Well maybe that is a bit of a stretch with this image. I can’t imagine (this morning) why I took this image. I must have thought at the time it looked good in the view finder. 🙂
That’s it for today. Fresh out of images and profound thoughts. Well that’s not exactly true. I have plenty of thoughts but most of them would get me in trouble if I shared them with you. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.