Tag Archives: Photography

Conducted By… 115/365

Conducted By... 115/365

Maybe it was because I was listening to classical music on the way home tonight…and my mind was already n that frame…but as I pulled into the driveway, I was met by clouds that look like the hands of a conductor…I tried layering on a row of piano keys, but the image looked too corny to me and the natural image says more in the end without saying too much…

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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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The Elements… 111/365

Elements... 111/365

I don’t do too many things like this…collage I think it is called…but after I was finished processing the images from Saturday, I noticed a bit of a pattern…other than they were all water drops on a leaf…they sort of represented all the elements…well the ones of old that is…

It had rained Friday night…a storm that was pretty close as I tied down the airplane and hurried to pack the bags into the car…and the next morning the yard was littered with leaves full of water droplets…

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This is a macro of some floor cover slash mossy plant hat is rampant in the yard…it is very soft despite its spiky appearance…I liked how upon closer inspection, the tips of the leaves are red…

Oshkosh At 3500 Feet… 112/365

Oshkosh At 3500 Feet... 112-365

The flight home, other than being a blast, was uneventful…we made our way south with the wind yet again at out tail, listening to the other aircraft around us…at various stages of landing patterns, approaches and departures…we even caught a “jumpers away” over East Troy airfield and could see over our right wing, the silhouette of the diver and parachute as they drifted to the earth again…sorry, no image that time, I did have to fly the thing on occasion…

Wind Farms.. 

South of Oshkosh is a huge expanse of wind generators…not that they generate wind, but rather electricity from the wind…somewhat creepy to me in their gargantuan size with impossibly huge blades slowly rotating…the chart showed nine…I think they ran out of ink…

In the interest of not getting too lengthy in post, I will leave it here tonight and post today’s image with tomorrows and then I am back on track gain…until tomorrow…

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Marginal VFR… 110/365

Marginal VFR... 110/365

This was the view from the side of the windscreen on out flight up to Eagle River this Friday…the scene is a rather deceptive one in that the clouds, while dark, were rather benign, there was no turbulence, in fact it was rather smooth, and although it was hazy and the light was falling, the visibility was still over 10 nautical miles…

I have Saturday’s and today’s images all set to go, but I am tired from the weekend and the flight home and will post a triple play including tomorrow night’s image.  I wanted to give all of you that visited while I was “on vacation” something for today, and rather than just slapping on the last three day’s work, I want to spend some time putting it all together nicely…

Marginal VFR... 110.5-365

Both of these images are straight from the camera with no processing…something I rarely do, but I thought it worked well with these..OK actually when I tried to process them, they started to look like crap, so in their own way they were telling me to lay off…so I did…

(By the way…the instrument panel only looks like it was a bouncy ride…the exposure was too long and I moved…a shot that I would normally throw away, but in this case there was something about it I liked…)

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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…

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…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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They Came in a Wildflower Pack… 108/365

They Came in a Wildflower Pack... 108/365

That is what my wife said when I asked her what hey were called, so I guess that is their name…seems a bit long winded to me, but I’m not a botanist…

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Untitled… 107/365

Untitled... 107-365

I have been watching the forecast for Friday…it went from 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms this morning to 30% chance for both here and Eagle River…they cannot possibly be right this early…can they?

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Digging In… 106/365

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If the light looks a little strange on this one, it is because it was flipped upside down…It gives one less of a headache this way I think and my daughter insisted it looked better…so there…I liked this one for the way the legs seem to blend in with the stamen of the flower…as though he was really digging into it…

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These macros were not as easy to capture as some out there make it look…these little guys move…a lot…more than I thought they would…but then I guess “busy as a bee” was not coined by accident…These were the sharpest of the lot, but I am sure if I worked longer at it and shot more megabytes of images I would have captured an even better one…or maybe I am my worst critic…maybe…

Gratuitous Flower Shots:

(because you all asked for it….or maybe because I happened to take these as well today…anyway…)

 
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Yep, more of the Mexican Sunflower shots, except this time from the back of the flower rather than the front… I am finding out (by accident on the first one “Cosmos”) that a lot of flowers are just as interesting from the back of the flower as they are from the front.  More subtle, but I like the organic symmetry.  

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I also took this opportunity to play around with Lightroom 2’s new graduated filter feature…the above desaturation was created using it…a nice little feature added from the beta version I was crashing…I mean using…

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Cruise… 104/365

Cruise... 104/365

Last night was our company outing and this year we took a cruise on “The Sophisticated Lady,” a charter boat out of Burnham Harbor. We cruised up and down the lake shore watching the sun set and the moon rise while the crew spoiled us with appetizers and drinks…

Moonrise..

I would highly recommend this for anyone thinking of doing an outing or their company or the like. You can check out their website HERE

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From the Center… 103/365

From the Center... 103/365

Reminds me of rays of light from the darkness…the end of a long two weeks of staff shortage at the shop…perhaps I will be wordier tomorrow but for tonight…

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New York, New York…

Intro…

This was my first visit to “The Big Apple” and while I was excited to visit our friends who live about an hour and a half north of there, I was a little apprehensive about going into the city itself.  Anyone who knows me knows that I am not very fond of large cities (even though I went to school in downtown Chicago), and have chosen to visit but not stay if I even visit at all.  I have to admit, though, that New York has quite an endearing property to it that I find less oppressive for a large city, a lot of that having to do with the landscape (and seascape) surrounding the city and the fact that to me it has a more settled feel to it…meaning that it has been around for so much longer than any of the other large cities I have visited and the inhabitants and scenery feels more “in place”.  That all may only mean something to me if it makes sense at all, but that being said, because of that “sense” I was not only less apprehensive about being there, I actually enjoyed it and dare I say felt comfortable there.  Call it the excitement of new scenery, but I was thoroughly impressed and would not mind going back there someday…not to live of course, lets not fly off the handle here.

 Manhattan

The plan for the day was to get to the city, visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and finish off the fourth with a birds-eye view of the fireworks display on the Hudson River…so as any with any trip in a new place…

Route 9 Inbound…

…We took the long way, following Route 9 and the Hudson River, stopping at a scenic overlook near West Point military base.  The cloud ceiling was right at the tops of the hills and appeared in places like smoke rising rather than the sky meeting the ground. 

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We continued south, following the river as it led us through the small communities cut into the hillsides and forests including the home of the headless horseman…Sleepy Hollow…(as a foreword to the images following, I took them all from the front passenger seat of our trusty chariot…a 1987 GMC Safari Van…I think maybe one of the last ones on the road…)

Downtown Sleepy Hollow, NY

One can almost feel the history in the towns as we rolled through them

Into Sleepy Hollow...

A beautifully old cemetery that seemed to go on for miles in all directions…If we had the time I would have loved to stroll through it looking at the age of the monuments, but we had an agenda to follow so onward…

Heading into Downtown

The rolling hills begin to fade a bit and the small towns begin to grow and then suddenly you are in Yonkers in a flash that almost feels like someone threw a switch. A few stoplights later we were on a highway bordered by rocky channel walls on our way into the city…

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Next up…on foot and on the water…

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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…

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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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Overnight in the Racine Zoo…

 Sunrise on Lake Michigan 

…See the whole set of images from the visit here…

Black and White Colobus Monkey… 97/365

Black and White Colobus Monkey (Colobus guereza)... 97/365

(Or Skunk Monkey s the scouts and their siblings liked to call them…A little bit about them here…)

That’s right, we spent the weekend on a camp out in the Racine Zoo with the rest of the scout pack.  After setting up camp, we went on a scavenger hunt through the Zoo looking for the answers to a list of questions handed to us by volunteers at the zoo and visiting the animals…after the scavenger hunt, we broke into groups and headed off to visit the zoo behind the scenes which included a visit to the lower level of the main building and also an opportunity to feed the Black Rhinoceros…after the after hours fun, we headed back to camp to make “enrichment” for the animals in the form of paper-mache balloons and painted cereal boxes and cardboard tubes (the enrichment comes from the fact that they will contain food for the animals as well as provide some fun after the food is gone)…  after the creative session, we created smores and drank hot chocolate and then tried to get the sugar rush to subside enough to maybe catch a couple of winks…all in all it was quite an experience and one worth looking into if you have a group that is looking for something to do one weekend…

Julie… 98/365

Julie... 98/365

On our first outing into the zoo (the scavenger hunt) we learned all about this little creature…Julie here is the oldest Patas Monkey in captivity in North America at 28 years old.  Her kind also claims fame for being the fastest monkey in the world with a run of about 34 MPH.  Unless told wither of these facts, one would never know it.  Of course it is hard to build up speed in a closed space, but she certainly did not act her natural age, running right up to the side of the exhibit as we approached to check us out…

Be sure to check out all of the images I uploaded from the trip…I will also be uploading them to my Smugmug account for the parents of the scouts and the scouts themselves to download from…just email me at jonosay@gmail.comand I will send you the link (in your email to me, make the subject line the name three of the women there shared (and one of the three it was her birthday as well) to verify that you were there)…for everyone else, just click on the link at the beginning of the post to go to my Flickr site and enjoy…

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