Saturday, February 28, 2009

Moon Shot














There was an interesting moon last night at dusk. I played around with getting a picture. This photo is not quite what I was looking for, but it does have some interesting shades of blue. It was cold (23 degrees with a wind chill putting it near zero) so I took this picture quickly not taking the time to frame the photo without the electric wires.
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Friday, February 27, 2009

Vase




















On Thursday nights my wife at times has to work late at the Grout Museum for a family night. I tag along and roam around looking for picture opportunities. Last night I took a picture of vases she has for sale in the gift shop.
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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Sunset














A gorgeous winter sunset.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Fat Tuesday




















My Church, Trinity Episcopal Parish, in Waterloo, Iowa, flew in 100 lbs of Louisiana crayfish to celebrate Fat Tuesday. Our standard fare for years has been pancakes and this year one of our youth suggested something different. It was a Fat Tuesday celebration (minus the debauchery found on Bourbon street in New Orleans!!)
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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Little Guy




















Saw this little guy guarding a pond at the home show - loved the eyes...
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Monday, February 23, 2009

Hands














My daughter-in-law's hands as she foils a piece of stained glass at the Home Show in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
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Sunday, February 22, 2009

New Gizmo




















This is a photo of my Canon 50D with a new Wireless Remote Shutter Switch. I have been wanting one for some time but the Canon brand was pricey. My favorite photo store, Porter's in Cedar Falls, Iowa has started to handle a 3rd party (RFN3) Wireless Remote Switch at a most reasonable price. So, I finally bought one. It's cool - I can set the camera up - go across the room and hit the button and the shutter fires. I can hardly wait until it is warmer out and I can setup outside and get a picture of that cardinal that always seems to know when I'm going to hit the release...
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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Izzie




















I was invited to Izzie's 3rd birthday party last night - had to take my camera - here is the birthday girl getting ready to blow out the candle...
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Friday, February 20, 2009

Old School House




















One room school house in Cedar Falls, Iowa. No internet, no computers, no overhead projectors - how did they ever learn? With teachers and chalk...
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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Iowa.com














You will probably pick up on the fact that this photo was not taken today or yesterday since it is February in Iowa and there is green grass (and no snow) in the photo. This photo, along with 2 other of my photos, appear on a new website www.iowa.com in the section CaptureIowa. I submitted several photos last fall and received a note yesterday that they are on the site.

Besides the fact some of my pictures are on the site - it's a cool site promoting Iowa.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Street Art




















Cedar Falls, Iowa has such cool street art.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Pens




















For as long as I can remember I have loved pens and pencils. I had a cigar box filled with them while I was growing up. My collections have varied over the years and it seems that my more recent taste is a bit more expensive then when I was a kid. This picture reflects a few of the pens I have...
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Monday, February 16, 2009

Snow Clings On














The sun has been shining and it has been relatively warm, but some of the snow just hangs on...
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Sunday, February 15, 2009

A Rose




















Paid a return visit to Crazy Girls Yarn Shop in Cedar Falls and of course took my camera to take a few pictures. They had a gorgeous bouquet of roses so I took a picture. It seems, however, that I'm not the only person taking pictures in the yarn shop...




















This is Linda taking a picture of one her projects that she will add to the website www.ravelry.com.
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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Tree Rings















There is an area behind the Credit Union where I work called Hope Martin Park which is prone to flooding. When the creek overflows its banks the flood gates are closed and the park fills up with water. Last year there was 20 feet of water covering the entire park. With the recent snow melt the creek started to rise and the flood gates were closed. The weather changed, it became freezing again and the flooding stopped. When the gates opened this is the view - a frozen ring of ice indicates how deep the water had become overnight. Rings on trees - a perfect valentine picture. (ok - that might be a stretch).
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Friday, February 13, 2009

Melting Ice














As the sun shines the ice on the creek melts.
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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Flooded Basement




















The complete story can be found on my other blog "The Windmills of My Mind." There have been better days

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Psychotic Clown




















I was "clowning around" (pun intended) last night running around the house looking for "photo ops" and took this picture. Now, I'd love to tell you how I composed the photo, the exposure, ISO and all the technical stuff, but the fact of the matter it's a mistake. But, I like it. It has an ominous and ghost like feel to it and is a little scary. Even mistakes make good photos (sometimes).
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Snow Melt




















We had temperatures in the 40s yesterday and we're supposed to hit 50 today. The next picture is how it looked a month ago.




















I'm trying not to enjoy it too much because I know there is more snow to come...
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Monday, February 9, 2009

Prairie Grass




















I belong to a photo club and once a month we meet at a nature center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This is a picture of the prairie grass which surrounds the place.
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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Night Light




















I took this picture of the moon last night (no flash) with a high ISO (Light sensitivity). It has an eerie feel about it. The next picture was taken a minute later with a flash - it was dark outside and it's amazing the amount of light the flash put out.




















I like the colors on this one.
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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Volunteers














The Grout Museum in Waterloo, Iowa sponsored an event last night called, "A Night of 200 Lincolns." I was there, camera in hand and took over 100 photos. The challenge was to find one picture to represent the evening - a picture of people in Lincoln hats?, the musicians?, or the artist who was cutting silhouettes? I decided that this picture represents the evening - volunteers ready to help everyone have an enjoyable evening. This is (L-R) Janine, Samuel, Christine and Jo - 4 of many volunteers who helped make the evening a successful one. I will post other photos on my Flickr page.
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Friday, February 6, 2009

Typewriter














Long, long ago before people used computers to compose letters and fill out forms there were machines called typewriters. This is my favorite of ALL typewriters. It is the IBM Selectric. You can change type faces by changing the "ball" that presses against the ribbon. When I went to my first school in the Navy I learned to type on a Selectric an when I joined the Fighter Squadron on board the USS Forrestal I used a Selectric. There is something about the sound I find soothing. I acquired this model about 5 or 6 years ago and I use it in my office. There are forms that are easier to fill out using a typewriter. Long story - but it's what makes this photo.
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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Pipe Organ




















This is a photo of the pipe organ in our church, Trinity Episcopal Parish. I'm sure there is a colorful history that goes along with the instrument, but I'm not familiar with the story. I'll have to ask... In the mean time enjoy the photo. It's an old organ so I used an "antique browning" to convey that in the photo. The photo below is the original (before I played with it in Lightroom2).




















Oh no...that's 2 days in a row I posted 2 pictures for the "photo" of the day. It's OK today though 'cause technically it's the same photo - just different effects. At any rate enjoy...
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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Not The Way to Start A Day


Ouch!!! This is how my day started yesterday.

Question - is it cheating to post 2 pictures? I'm afraid I must today...












The dental tech must have thought I was weird - I can't imagine that many patients take a picture of the chair before they get in it - let alone after.


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Infrared













I recently downloaded some Presets for Adobe Lightroom2. I was playing around with the infrared setting on one of my earlier photos. The above photo is the result.
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Monday, February 2, 2009

Bulletin Board














They say a person's eyes are a window to their soul. I wonder what you can tell by looking at someone's bulletin board?
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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Pumped!!














I was out and about yesterday looking for that "Perfect" picture opportunity and had almost given up. The picture was eluding me... Then I drove by this... I know we've had a lot of snow this year, but I didn't think it was so deep that the 4-wheel drive vehicles had to pump up their tires!!
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