Just enough time to post one image from our trip. This is pretty much how it came out of the camera. I decreased the highlights a bit to reveal more detail in the water and added a little sharpening and vibrancy. It was a beautiful 5 to 7 minutes watching the sun reflect off the water.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
The day started off perfect for catching fish but it didn’t last long. The wind died down and the lake became placid and that is not good for fishing. I caught one Northern Pike (enough for dinner) but it was a long day with no strikes.
I do however, have three images for you today.
By the time the sun was setting the sky was gray with clouds and I couldn’t see the sun. So for the first time this week I don’t have a true sunset image for you
This was the best I could do with what I had to work with. 🙂
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have three images for you today. Jeanne and I went on a photo run yesterday evening and I didn’t find what I was looking for. We were losing daylight rapidly so I decided to make some images of the sunset. It wasn’t a spectacular sunset, however any sunset is beautiful in its own right.
I was standing on the edge of a field trying to capture this tree as my main subject with the light and clouds to give it definition. Some young men came by in a pickup truck, stopped and then yelled “Weird” and then drove off at a high rate of speed. I get that a lot. 🙂
I was asked the other day by a friend why I usually say how many images I have at the beginning of each post. I do that for my Facebook Friends as if they think I only have one image they are inclined to no click on the link that goes to my blog so they miss some of the mindless dribble I put forth and some additional images.
I did all my tasks over the weekend so today my only goal is to see if I can capture a decent image of a butterfly. If not I’ll see what else my camera can find.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Remember you can click on each image to reveal a larger more detailed version of the image.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Monday! I love it when a plan comes together and things work out like I had envisioned. Such was not the case yesterday. Late yesterday afternoon Jeanne and I headed out for our typical Sunday drive / photo shoot. I knew there wasn’t much time to make images because there was only an hour of sunlight left so since I had shot water the day before I was going for a landscape shot Sunday.
Using my massive brain I reasoned that if I were going to shoot some great light landscapes I should go West. So the very first thing I see as we’re driving were two grain wagons parked on a hill of a harvested field. I reasoned they would make a wonderful image in silhouette. Problem was there was no place to park. It was too cold to park a half mile away and walk back so what to do.
After shooting the above bridge and not finding anything else worthy of making an image I decided to drive back to the wagons and see if I could reason out how to get closer to them. On our second pass I notice a small entrance to the field. Aha, I thought, this is where I will go. Jeanne reminded me that we had a car not a truck or tractor. Not to worry my dear we can do this and down into the field we went. After turning around and heading back up the steep incline we parked and I got out to make an award-winning, much acclaimed photo that would surely seal my fate as a world-class photographer.
Problem was the sun wasn’t down yet and I couldn’t get the angle I wanted so the sun was directly behind the wagons, because of a large row of very tall trees. Finally, as the sun disappeared below the horizon, I capture the shot and it looked pretty good on the little LCD screen on my camera. Problem is, it wasn’t anything like I imagined in my mind. Sunsets look great if they are over water or some other amazing scenery or if there are some clouds in the sky to cast some interesting shades of light on. Unfortunately I had none of those yesterday so the image was a (yawn) nice snapshot.
Problem is I spent so much time on and effort to make it I’m bound to show it to you. 😦
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day 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.