Saw this on the way home from dinner with Angie and Ben. I had to capture an image of such a pretty moon.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
This week is going too fast. Slow down, take a deep breath, and relax. I can’t because I am around the people I have admired for so many years and there is so much I want to learn from them. I just want to slow down time and savor every word and action.
The images I have for you today are from our shoot at the river Monday evening. There is a pedestrian bridge across the river and it usually fills up quickly with locals and tourist photographers. We got there around 8:00 p.m. and got set up. It was fun watching the light fade and the city lights come on. Right on schedule the River Cruise Boat made its appearance and we pressed our shutter buttons with firm resolve trying to capture the perfect image.
My image didn’t win the critique contest but I’m reasonably happy with the results. Actually I like the image above of the tug boat better than the one we were supposed to photograph, which is the first image. 🙂
You can click on the image to make it larger and show more detail.
I notice this large thunder head building up over the Tennessee Tightens’ Stadium. I thought if I could capture a bolt of lightning it might make a great photo. It was too light outside to make a timed exposure and I didn’t have a neutral density filter so I just anticipated the strike, used continuous shutter release and got very lucky with this shot. I’m very please. 🙂
This trip (so far) has been like a dream come true. 🙂
I sat at the bar last night (at the hotel bistro) with Joe McNally. He was working on his lap top answering emails and making phone calls. We exchanged a few words but I didn’t want to intrude on his personal life so I just ate my food and listened and visited with the other people in the Bistro. But it was very cool sharing the time with him.
That’s it for today. We get to do portrait photography on Ricky Skaggs today at Dury’s Camera Store. Should be a lot of fun.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day. Stay cool and be careful.
My big announcement will have to wait until tomorrow. I was up at 4:00 a.m. this morning doing my exercise when I saw the reminder on T.V. about the lunar eclipse.
I stood outside for 30 minutes and was frozen solid but this image is what I came away with. I made a mistake and used the gimbal tripod instead of my ball head. 90% of my images were pretty soft and this one is softer than I would prefer. Having said that it accurately reflects what I saw this morning.
Now because I stood outside for 30 minutes I’m running later than normal so a short post today.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Halloween! I had an amazing experience last evening. One that unfortunately not even with images and video can you begin to feel what the experience was like. I’ll do my best to describe it but I suspect that words will not do it justice either. Let me start by saying that I worked late yesterday and it was almost 7:00 p.m. by the time I left Maquoketa. I’m just trying to keep my head above water.
I called Jeanne and we decided to meet at Culver’s to grab a quick sandwich as she had just gotten home from choir practice. As we were getting ready to leave the restaurant Jeanne asked me if I minded if she ran out by the Meadows Golf Course to look at a Halloween House, she had heard about. I was tired and still had work to do so I said (instead of saying I’ll join you) no I didn’t mind and that I would see her at home.
Well in the short space from Culver’s to where I would normally turn to go home I decided it was worth the five-minute drive to the Meadows for a look. WOW!!!! How glad I am that I did go. It was hard to find but as I cruised the neighborhood (major beautiful homes by the way) I saw some flashing strobe lights and headed that way. I was unprepared for what I encountered.
Watch the video below and it will be easier for me to explain.
First I was amazed at the traffic jam around the house, with all the people parking their cars on a fairly narrow street and the large crowd that had gathered in front of the house. So then there is the house itself. What I would call a major house that is two stories high and wide enough that I could hide out for a week if I wanted to. Now add fog shrouding the house from various smoke machines embedded in the ground, strobes everywhere and giant monsters popping up complete with sound effects and animation. There were horrifying scenes of carnage in every window of the house and they would play like a carnival sideshow and then darken for awhile so that you attention was drawn to the next scene. There were also scenes out in the lawn that were dark until it was there turn to preform.
I shot the top image at an unbelievable 10,000 ISO and noise was amazingly low. I only got 1/13 of s second shutter speed @ f5.0. The D4 is truly an amazing camera. In retrospect I should have switched to my f1.4 lens and bumped the ISO higher and used a mono pod. But honestly photography was the last thing on my mind at the time. The scene you are presented with overwhelms the senses and you just stand there trying to take it all in.
To top it all off the woman who owns the house was very warm and friendly and was graciously handing our bags of candy. She just kept saying that she had an industrious husband and three sons and this is what they do with their spare time. Apparently a lot of this equipment came from California. He found a movie studio that was selling off some of its special effects and he was able to acquire different pieces over time. Then I met him (I didn’t ask their name) and he said it took about 60 hours of work to set everything up. The whole thing runs on 6 air compressors, and a computer program that coordinates the lights, sounds and action of the displays.
So if you want to see it and you live anywhere around the Dubuque area I would highly encourage you to make the trek. From the NW Arterial go North until Asbury Road. Follow that until you come to Wedgewood Estates (just before the Meadows Golf Course.) Turn left into the subdivision and drive to the last street on your left. Turn left and look for the flashing strobes. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a safe and enjoyable Halloween. Be careful.
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.
I’ve become quite the home body in the evening. So I sometimes forget that there is usually something going on in the city. Last night around 9:30 p.m. Jeanne and I went out to do some night city scape photography. I’ve taken a class on night photography and I must confess I’m still not very good at it.
We found this little park that Jeanne used to watch the fireworks from when the kids were little. It offers a nice view of downtown Dubuque, the river, and the surrounding city scape. It also offered a nice view of the Julian Dubuque Bridge and all the traffic that crosses it 24 / 7.
This last image is a five shot HDR image that I’m not very happy with. I don’t do much night photography so I do not have the experience needed to do a really good job. I want to keep practicing it because some of the most dramatic images I’ve seen of late are night photos.
I did a bike ride yesterday, if you want to see the images from that ride just click on the biking link on the right side of this blog. That’s it for today. Enjoy your Sunday. Monday will be here before you know it. Thanks for stopping by and be careful.