I have three images for today.
I have really neglected my photography. Not really intentional but just I just never seemed to find the time.
So, yesterday I had to go to the clinic to get my flu shot and I decided to spend the rest of the day with my camera. It was a very fun morning and afternoon.
I have a tendency to look for the same type of images so I forced myself to look for other things to capture. I still have some Herons and Egrets because I can’t pass up a chance to photograph them but I also have some different things for the coming days to post.
These images were taken by Lock & Dam #11. I drove a lot of miles yesterday and it was good to get out and see the progress of the harvest. Unfortunately with all the rain we’ve had I also saw a lot of damage both to crops and parks.
When I was at the river I was amazed at how dirty and muddy the river was. I don’t ever remember it looking that bad and it was full of floating debris.
A couple of parks I went to had sustained considerable damage as well. I didn’t photograph the damage as I wanted to focus on positive things.
I met a lot of very nice and friendly people who stopped and visited with me about my photography. I had one of the best lunches in recent memory at a restaurant I didn’t even know existed. So all in all, it was a fantastic day.
I shot 375 images (several duplications) but a lot of different things. I want to get out this afternoon as well because the weather forecast is for five straight days of rain.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have four more images for you today and before you say “Not more flowers”, the answer is yes, but this is the last of them. I made almost a thousand images at the Arboretum last Monday so showing you 12 isn’t too bad. 🙂
I had a corporate photo shoot yesterday afternoon. One of our banks is making some changes to its website and needed some fresh “head shots” of some of our staff. I enjoy doing portrait work a lot and it’s nice for the staff because they have a business appropriate image for their social media and Linked-In accounts if they want to use them.
My portrait photography keeps evolving as I’ve added equipment, gained experience, and changed my lighting set up. I’ve followed the lighting technique of Joel Grimes, a well-known photographer, whose work I admire and so I’ve adapted my style to utilize some of the lighting set up he has been so successful with.
I still have a lot to learn but with each session comes more comfort and confidence. 🙂
I have another big photo session next week as I make some more formal portraits for the board of directors for one of our banks. It will be fun to compare this session to the one I did for them 4 years ago. Hopefully there will be a nice improvement.
Okay that’s it for today. No more flowers or butterflies for a long time. Thanks for your patience.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
The light was harsh and not a cloud in the sky on the way home last evening so I have more shots from the Dubuque Arboretum taken on Monday. I thought I only got one image worth while of a Monarch Butterfly. Turns out after looking through the photo shoot last night, I got lucky several times.
So I have four images to share with you today. I have mentioned before my love of photographing flowers. Hopefully after viewing today’s offering you can understand why I feel that way.
On another note, I have spent a significant amount of my life studying and trying to understand human nature. Since I make my living working in Human Resources that would seem to be a worthwhile and useful endeavor. I can tell you however that it is a practice in futility. For example, I understand that if you want to make a good image from an exposure stand point there are three things that you must do proportionally. You must use the proper shutter speed, the proper aperture, and the proper ISO. Get all those correct and you have a well exposed image. Perhaps not interesting but well exposed.
Not so absolute with human beings. There is no routine formula that seems to work with humans. And just when I think I have things figured out I am proven wrong. I guess that’s what keeps me coming back each day. 🙂
So what’s the point? I’m not sure. Nothing is routine and seldom predictable when it comes to human nature. But just like photography you take the principles you’ve learned over the years and apply them whenever possible and hopefully come up with a good exposure from time to time. 🙂
That’s it for today.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day. Stay dry and be careful.
I have four images for you today. I had one goal in mind yesterday as I set out on a photography run. I wanted to capture an image of a Monarch Butterfly. Question was where do I go. I thought about the butterfly garden at Bellevue State Park. I also thought about the Dubuque Arboretum and reasoned I might find some butterflies there. Finally I decided on the Arboretum thinking that if I didn’t find any butterflies I would at least have some pretty flowers to photograph and I wouldn’t spend two hours in the car driving.
As you can see from the first image I did find some Monarchs. They were not very cooperative however. I have about 400 images of them with their wings closed tight. This was one of the few I captured with an open wing.
I saw this little guy when I first arrived at the Arboretum. There are lots of them around and they are constantly scurrying from one flower group to another. I tried unsuccessfully several times to make some more images of them but they are quicker than quick and I was never ready to press the shutter at the right time.
Lots of bees and other insects working on the flowers. Although the sun was behind some clouds it was very humid and uncomfortable at the Arboretum as there wasn’t any breeze. Still it was enjoyable and I had the whole place almost to myself. Only a few people were walking through the gardens.
I never get tired of photographing flowers. Even though at this time of year they are looking a little worn. I watched one lady with her small camera and a note-book photographing flowers and then writing details about her capture. I’m just not into that. I love to take images of flowers but honestly I really don’t care what kind of a flower it is. 🙂
That’s it for today. Back to work today so you may see more flowers tomorrow. 🙂
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Fun day yesterday. Jeanne and I along with Angie, Ben, and the grand kids attended the annual fly in breakfast at Dubuque Regional Airport. We didn’t get there until 10:00 a.m. so some of the older war birds had already departed. Still it was fun to see the kids. Their eyes get so big when they see the airplanes up close. I took Gabby to sit in the Mercy helicopter. She kept saying “Mercy helicopter” and I said no Gabby it’s the UI helicopter, (because it said University of Iowa on the side and several other places.) We went back and forth about it and when we got back in line for breakfast I was telling Angie about our conversation about the helicopter. She just looked at me and said, “Dad it is the Mercy helicopter.” We lease it from the University. I apologized to Gabby. 🙂
The first two images were taken at the breakfast table inside the hanger at the airport. Lighting and background were terrible but the subjects were beautiful and perfect.
Later in the day I played golf at Thunder Hills in the inaugural “Bob Rudzinski Memorial Golf Outing.” A lot of his friends and golfing buddies showed up to play golf and then we had dinner to celebrate the memories of our departed friend. His twin sons, Nick and Tim were there as well and after dinner we shared our favorite stories about our friend Bob.
The Butterfly? I couldn’t get him to open his wings for me but I can’t pass up a chance to photograph a Monarch even if they don’t cooperate. 🙂
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Only one image for you today and a very short post. I found this guy in the parking lot last Thursday as I was leaving for the day. Two things I’m not happy with but over all how can I resist showing a beautiful Monarch Butterfly?
I don’t like the background. It’s a parking lot! I wasn’t paying attention to my shutter speed so the over all image is much softer than I like. I shot this at 300 mm focal length and a shutter speed of 1/100 sec. Standard rule is that your shutter speed must be at the very least as high as your focal length. Many professionals will say it needs to be double the focal length because of the increased detail that the new lenses can capture. So in this instance I would have had a much sharper image if I had raised my ISO to say 400 and that would have let me photograph this butterfly at 1 /600 sec. thus eliminating any camera shake.
Live and learn to pay attention. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy the “soft butterfly” and enjoy your day.