Tag Archives: nature

Searching… 113/365

Searching... 113/365

…because that is what they look like they are doing…like eyes wide open searching through the grey…

Face First...

…yep…another bee face first in the pollen of a Cosmos flower…this time I think I did a better job of getting some depth of field, making more of the bee sharper and in focus…

Moonrise… 114/365

Moonrise... 114-365

Simplicity…about as complex as I want it at 5:30am…an image I am thinking of entering in “Competitions on the 24/7” group in RedBubble with the theme “Morning Madness” but I am not sure yet…might have to stretch it a bit to fit it into the madness part…

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Balanced Universe… 109/365

Balanced Universe... 109-365

This is kind of going along with my unplanned theme of dark background/light flower that seems to have appeared this week…the title comes from the translation of the name of the flower…Cosmos…this one just beginning to blossom…

Balanced Universe... 109.5-365

…this one at the end…

I am going to be away from the Internetfor the weekend and will not be able to upload anything until Sunday night unless by some miracle I can get the image, process it and upload it before we head out…going to be in Eagle River bad weather or no bad weather…so until then…

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Cosmos… 99/365

Cosmos... 99/365

I had a tie for tonight’s image…both  are of the back of a cosmos flower which I thought was just as interesting as the front view…

Cosmos... 99.5/365

While I am not terribly fond of orange (sorry Dana) unless it is the fruit or a soda, I did find its tone in this flower quite appealing…reminds me of a sunrise somewhat…

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sil·hou·ette… 94/365

sil·hou·ette... 94/365

This one almost looks like an HDR image after all was said and done, but in fact it was just a single image initially processed in Lightroom to get the temperature, tint, tone, clarity, vibrance and sharpness set, then moved over to Photoshop and put it through my usual paces: Curves for more contrast, Lab color technique and the Orton type effect, then back to Lightroom to finish off and export to JPEG…a peek into my process a bit…more on that to come…

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This one was processed similarly, but is an HDR image that was generated in Photoshop CS3 then tone-mapped in Photomatix then brought back into Lightroom to begin the above mentioned processing until…here it is! I have found that I prefer generating HDR images through Lightroom/Photoshop CS3 then tone-mapping them in Photomatix rather than generating them in Photomatix. The images are much sharper and cleaner done this way, and since the tone-mapping feature of Photomatix is all I use the program for at this point, the Photoshop plug in version of it would have done me just fine at a lower price tag.  I am sure the other features like the batch processing and such are useful, I just have not had the time to invest in learning it right now.  Maybe someday…until then… 

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One Hour in the Walmart Parking Lot… 70/365

One Hour in the Walmart Parking Lot... 70/365

…waiting for the parents of cub scouts to arrive and pick up their shirts for day camp…had a more sinister feel to it…back corner of the parking lot, white Honda with the trunk open, random cars coming and going…very sinister in a suburban, soccer mom, minivan sort of way…

One Hour in the Walmart Parking Lot

…so to look less conspicuous, I started taking pictures of the sky…nothing going on here officer…really…

One Hour in the Walmart Parking Lot-2

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Statue of Liberty… 61/365

The Statue of Liberty... 61/365

My first visit to the big apple and Liberty Island since Microsoft’s Flight Simulator does not count.  I have to admit though, the statue seems a lot larger on TV and in the movies than in real life…Still an awe inspiring sight to stand at her base and absorb the history of Ellis Island.

Manhattan…

Manhattan 

Overlook… 61.5/365

Overlook...61.5/365

On the way to NYC, there was a scenic overlook we had to make a stop at.  This is a 3 exposure HDR of the view looking over the Hudson River.  I particularly liked the way the cloud dipped into the hills on the horizon.

Daisy… 62/365

Daisy... 62/365

The family we were staying with our east lived across the street from a forest preserve that had a little bit of everything…including poison ivy…no one was affected but there was some question for a couple of hours…

More to come, and I may even double back and add some more from the trip as I finish them even if they are not in chronological order with the image of the day ones…my game…my rules…so there, haha.

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Untitled…for now… 58/365 and Thumbnail… 58.5/365

Untitled...for now... 58/365

It was a tie today for the image of the day. I am still not sure which one hits better over the other…I can say that Thumbnail was the earliest image of the day, clocking in at 4am.

Thumbnail... 58.5/365

I will be heading out to Ohio tomorrow and then on to New York to visit friends so I may not get as much of an opportunity to post, especially tomorrow night, but I will catch up as soon as Internet access allows. Until then…

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Wheat Field… 55/365

Wheat Field... 55/365

With the kids at their grandparents house in Ohio, me and Sabrina packed the dog in the car and went for a ride at sunset…after getting ice cream of course. Following Deep Lake Rd. north, the pavement becomes more narrow and the trees open up to small portals that reveal the fields behind them. What you cant see in this image are the sparrow sized mosquitoes loitering around my car. One of the fun side effects to all the flooding around the area.

Caligraphy

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Center… 50/365

Center... 50/365

For some reason, the details in this flower’s petals did not translate well to the camera and it tool some processing work to get the speckled details out without loosing the exquisite red this plant is.  It kind of looked like the center of a blast to me so there the name is born.

Over the weekend, I was put to task by my coworker who consigned me to photograph his late father’s wristwatch and ring.  It is with his enthusiastic permission that I can show you them here…

This is my first jewlwery shot (as far as I can remember that is), and I really like how receptive it is to sharpness and softness at the same time.

                 

The watch was made by Longines and the writing you see etched into the back plate is shorthand from the jewelers who repaired and maintained the works over the years.  It truly is a beautiful watch in it’s simplicity and elegance and I could feel the weight of the history in it while we worked together to create these images.

Thank you Rich for sharing a piece of your history with me and allowing me to share it here as well…

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The Smile of a Dragonfly… 41/365

The Smile of a Dragonfly... 41/365

OK, so I was able to sneak a few in before we headed off.  This guy was a rather willing model, letting me get almost close enough to touch.  Occasionally, he would head off to grab something to eat, but he would always come back to his post…

Dragon Fly-1

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Light-Burst… 40/365

Light-Burst... 40/365

Ok, so I am not entirely done with the last digital project, but I have not given it up as of yet either.  I figure I have all the images I need but since they were all taken yesterday, I cannot post the changes on it for today anyhow.  Of course this is an image of the sunset on my way home.  I am really glad I take my rig with me everywhere…

This is a three exposure HDR image…PhotoshopCS3, Photomatix, Lightroom, Upload….the usual for me lately in my HDR work-flow.  Some others in the same series….

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Light-Burst-2

I will be camping all day tomorrow in Wilmot Wisconsin, so I may not get a chance to post tomorrow night as I think the Wi-Fi signal is pretty weak at the campsite. I will have plenty to shoot though, so I will double up on the posts on Sunday when we get back. Until then, Happy Father’s day…

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Stained Glass… 35/365

Stained Glass... 35/365

 In between thunderstorms this beautiful lady decided to visit my garden…

It was a tough decision for the image of the day…

TOIL…

 Toil

I watched this little guy drag this fly carcass a couple of feet. The amazing thing about it (as if that was not enough) was that it would try, fail, walk away for a sec, then come back and try again until it found the right location to grab on and drag it for the long haul. Trial and error in the insect world…

Ant at Work…

Ant at Work Composite

This is a blending of 11 images I took while I watched the persistent ant drag the fly across my driveway…

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Turmoil HDR… 32/365

Turmoil HDR... 32/365

This monster went through early this morning, bringing 90 degree heat and pure humidity in it’s wake. Standing out in the parking lot at work, we were all looking up into the swirling mass of clouds rolling overhead, pointing out potential funnel clouds as they approached or went over, secretly hoping to catch a glimpse of one, outwardly hoping not to…As fast as it came, it left, and we all went back to the rest of the day.

Turmoil is a 6 image handheld HDR generated in Photoshop CS3, tone-mapped in Photomatix and developed in Lightroom.  I took it back into Photoshop, grabbed one of the middle exposures of the bracketed photos that made up the HDR and layered in the trees at the bottom to calm it down a little bit, then burned it into silouhette.  Other than that, it is pretty much as is, haha. 

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Red Damselfly… 29/365

Red Damselfly... 28/365

A special thank you to Kdownphotography for correcting me on the name of these creatures.  Aparently, if the wings are folded back at rest, they are Damselflies and if they go out to the sides at rest they are Dragonflies.  In any sense, I think they are cool looking and make for some great macro images.  So far I have only seen the two different colorings and being ignorant to the insect world, there could only be the two colorings for all I know, but I doubt it.  Anyone who want to comment about it, please do.

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Water Tower… 19/365

Water Tower

Happy Friday and happy Memorial day weekend to boot!

It was a long week, and on the way home I decided to take a little diversion and headed over to the Almond Marsh Forest Preserve Blackbirdto get a wider view of the sunset.  They are closed when I am on the way home, but the gate at the Almond road entrance is far enough in from the road to allow a car to park there…so I did…except this time I was not alone.  A Subaru was already there and a bearded man with a tripod and a camera sporting a bazooka sized zoom lens was busily shooting away at a little blackbird standing on the post of the entrance sign, no more than 10 feet away.  With the heavy artillery he was using and the close proximity of the bird, he should have some very intimate images.  Hell, at that distance he could have focused in on its thoughts.

I turned off my car and got out slowly so as not to disturb the session that was going on and proceeded to shoot the sunset and the surrounding areas and even the same bird (i decided to shoot him after he had left the not so aesthetically pleasing entrance sign).  In between shots I would watch the progress of the photo shoot next to me which went on for another 10 minutes or so before the guy turned and realized I was even there.  After he got his heart started again, we introduced ourselves and made small talk about… well small talk.  Apparently he is a volunteer for the park and was going to see about being able to go in after hours to shoot if that was not going to get him into trouble.  If that is the case, I will be back with some more from here.  Until then…..

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