I have three images for today. Yesterday late afternoon I played golf with a couple of great friends at the Maquoketa Country Club. It was my first time out and it was ugly.
Before going to the golf course I rambled through the countryside and found some things to photograph that appealed to me. Actually it was the sky with the big puffy clouds that I wanted to capture so I looked for things to frame with the sky.
We finished the round about 7:30 p.m. It was a beautiful day but the wind was blowing a gale. I would like to blame the wind for my poor play but I can’t. 😦
We decided to have dinner at a local restaurant. While I was waiting on my friends two more friends walked in, which was a real treat, so the five of us enjoyed dinner and I had to endure some trash talk about my lack of golfing skills.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Thursday! ~ 302
I believe I have shown these horses before but I saw them the other night on the way home from work and was testing out the Tamron 150 – 600 mm lens. They seem to have developed a wonderful symbiotic relationship. Whether it’s on the way to work or on my way home I see them in this position most of the Summer. They use their tails to keep the flies out of each others eyes. They do not stand this way in the colder months only when the insects are out. Pretty neat relationship.
I wrote to the guy in Britain about the trouble I was having installing the new gimbal on my Phantom and how it wouldn’t extend the full range of motion that it is supposed to have. I explained after installing it and removing it twice it still didn’t work and now I’m waiting on some replacement screws. His simple response was, “Did you calibrate the gimbal by hooking the Phantom up to your computer and telling it the range of motion?” Uh, Duh, No! 😦
Like I’ve often said, it’s not easy being me.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. I hope you enjoy your day. Be careful.
I was in Cedar Rapids yesterday doing my HR thing. I always take a camera with me just in case. I don’t know if it was because I was looking for things or if there was another reason but I saw more hawks yesterday than I can ever remember seeing on a normal day.
There were a couple of shoulder rumbles, honking of horns, and I think someone wanted me to see one of their fingers as I would see a hawk and try to find a place to get off the road. I did end up firing off several shots but I didn’t have a telephoto lens with me so none were very good. 😦
On the way back to the office I saw these two guys. Okay so I was desperate for something. Still I like to capture horses, especially in a wintry background.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day, watch the snow and be careful.
Happy Hump Day Wednesday!
A rather abbreviated post today because as usual I am running way late. I’ve been working on the portraits I took at the Maquoketa Chamber Gala – 2014 pretty solid for the last few days and I’m getting close to being done but still have some more work ahead of me. Each portrait takes about 30 – 45 minutes of processing, enhancing, compressing, uploading and posting to the website so the subjects of the portrait can download them to their computer and either print them at home or send them to a print facility like Wal-Mart, Snap Fish or some other printer.
I have 28 completed and another 12 to do. On the whole I am very pleased with the results. Like so many things I do not shoot studio portraits often enough to develop a flow and style. I love to shoot portraits but it is a lot of work for me because in many instances the lighting is not quite right or the subject has some article of clothing out-of-place or any number of a hundred other things that have to be fixed in post processing.
I tried a new lighting set up on this shoot that I had seen on one of the on-line courses I have taken. It worked great as long as people stood exactly on the mark that I had taped to the floor. I didn’t always get them to do that as there were people behind them impatiently waiting to get their portrait taken and so if one of the couple would move too close to the light I got really bad hotspots and those (for me anyway) are hard to correct. Granted if I had taken my time and insisted on people standing in the right place and not take the shot until it is perfect that would solve a lot of problems. But I like to accommodate people so it was more of a one, two your through and on to the next one. 😦
Wait a minute, didn’t I say this was going to be a short post? The image above was shot last night on the way home. I saw this guy kicking at the ground trying to find something to eat through all the snow. The light was perfect from the setting sun so I pulled off the highway onto the shoulder and grabbed this image. I’m going to get killed one of these days doing that. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your midweek hump day and as always be careful.