Thursday, September 30, 2010

Geese in the Sunset

Shooting the sunset last night and got a surprise - a flock of geese.  They must be lost as they're flying South...?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cool Studio

This photographer's studio is in an old theater in New Prague, MN.  Cool place tyo have a studio...

Monday, September 27, 2010

Who Is This Guy?

Mom - who is this guy?  He keeps flashing that light at me...

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Rainbow






















On my drive to Minneapolis yesterday there was a rainbow right off of Hwy 18 before you get to I-35.  I just had to stop and take a photo.  Moments after I took this the rain started (again)... but, I did get the rainbow recorded.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

Sky

The last bit of sun before the storm.  Have you ever played the "cloud game" where you see what you can see in the different shapes of the clouds?  I swear I see an Eagle coming out of the top of the photo with his talons ready to grab on to a prey.  What do you see?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Iowa League Credit Union Convention


































I'm at the Iowa League of Credit Union's Annual Convention - last night we had food and entertainment at the River Music Experience Museum in Davenport, Iowa.

I do wonder why they call it the Red Room when the only red in the room is the sign?  Or, is a Red Room a take on the theatre's Green Room?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Female American Goldfinch




















I believe this is a female American Goldfinch - I could be wrong...

Monday, September 20, 2010

First Day

Yesterday was Samuel Clayton's day of firsts - first day out of the hospital, first time in a car seat, first time in a car, first car ride, first day home - and probably several more firsts I'm forgetting (or shouldn't be mentioned)...

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Grandma Helen Meets Samuel Clayton

























We met Samuel Clayton today.  Grandma Helen will have an entire week to spoil him (and Mom)...


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Glamor Portrait

Andrea #1
Andrea #2
Andrea #3
Andrea #4
I'm working on the last photo assignment for a Course I'm taking with the New York Institute of Photography.  The assignment is glamor, and to replicate a photo I've seen.  Here are 4 portraits I took last night of Andrea my step-daughter.  These are basically out of the camera with a little help from iPhoto on my wife's MacBook.  Thought I'd do a survey - vote for your favorite by leaving a comment.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Ouch!

I went to Cattle Congress last night - the 100th Anniversary.  I stopped by the Lumberjack Exhibition and managed to take a photo at the precise moment - well, let's just say that he split the log...

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Samuel Clayton

Samuel Clayton was born yesterday to our youngest daughter Jessica and husband Tom.  He is our 8th Grandchild and the 3rd Grandson.  The boys are gaining on the girls...  We will be taking a trip this weekend to visit and my wife will be spending the week helping the new Mom and boy.  I'm SURE there will be additional photos.  This one was taken with a phone and emailed to me.  I fiddled with it (my new term for Photoshop) for his world's debut.

Splish Splash

Playing with water again - (idle hands ya know)...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Paper Hat Man

Short of subjects today - tired of bird pictures - and I need to practice with lights and some new software, so I set up, sat down, and, well, this is my favorite - if I have such a thing...  There is something odd about this hat - complete strangers tell me it looks cool, and one guy wanted to buy it.  The women at work have nicknamed me the "Paper Hat Man"...  In regards to the photograph the eyes are spot on, in focus, with the light ring in the pupil.  The subject is clear, the background blurred - now if we could get this guy to smile...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Old Autographic Brownie

























I picked this up at an antique store then used my light box to take photographs.  I then added the sepia and grain for effect...  Photo below is "BF"  (before fiddling)...

Monday, September 13, 2010

Meat Ball

We had  a good old fashion church social yesterday to celebrate some volunteers in our Parish.   I had my eye on one of those meatballs, but since I was taking photos they were all gone by the time I got there.  Not to worry - there were plenty of other choices including my favorite beans and nothing can beat Janine's brownies for desert.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Bug Eyes


These are  two glass cutters - when I walked by them, however, they looked like a pair of eyes were following me...

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Chubby Cardinal


It looks like this guy has been hitting the sunflower seeds a bit hard...

Friday, September 10, 2010

Stained Glass Butterfly


We visited our son and daughter-in-law's Stained Glass Gallery in Cedar Rapids yesterday.  Since I've been chasing butterflies recently this one caught my eye - and, besides, he didn't move.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Blue Sky


Typically I have my 400 mm lens with me (or at least close), but not last night.  There was a hot air balloon approaching the church and I wanted to grab a shot when it got close, but,  the camera bag I brought with me was without the 400 mm.  I took a few shots, disappointed in the fact I couldn't zoom.  When I got home and loaded the photos the sky just jumped out.  I had been concentrating so hard on the balloon and having a pity party about not having my big lens, that I didn't see the beauty of the sky right in front of me.  That little dot is the balloon but ignore that, and enjoy the blue sky and white clouds.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Multi-Tasking

























I got sucked into making some modifications to one of my websites and before  I knew it was today...decided to take a quick photo of my one of my work areas in my home office...and no, 3 is not enough I also have 2 MACS...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Busy A a Bee

























Shot while I was at the Minnesota State Fair with my Canon 100 mm F/2.8L Macro Lens.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Butts


I went to the Minnesota State Fair today with my daughter, and my other daughter's spouse.  We arrived early (cooler and fewer people).  One of the stops we made was the animal barns.  As we were walking through there was a variety of cattle, steers, bulls, and cows.  As we walked the rows all I could see was cow butts, and then I noticed another "Butt" sticking out as well.  I couldn't help myself I just had to take a photograph.  Now if you're curious about what he might be doing with that hose....  He is preparing the cattle for show and vacuuming off excess straw and dirt...

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Cow Cupcake

Today there was a baby shower for my youngest daughter, Jessica, who is expecting her first baby within the next few weeks.  Ania (our artist in training) made these cupcakes which featured a cow (don't ask - I don't know why Jessica likes and collects all things cow) but Ania went to the Internet and found a cow likeness she liked and constructed these sugar cows which sat upon a patch of green frosting.  Quite good and quite clever.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Cracker Barrel

We are on our annual pilgrimage to Minneapolis, MN with our Son and Daughter-in-law.  It's always difficult to keep up with the photo a day, but since I haven't missed in nearly 2 years I couldn't start now.  We arrived late, and unfortunately my spouse is ill and didn't get to enjoy her favorite restaurant.  I took this out of our hotel window (we stay close so we can eat there)... and pushed the limits of my camera's light sensitivity and hand held it (tripod is in the car)...not bad.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Tippy Toes

























Standing on his tippy-toes to see over the feeder..

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Still Chasing the Red Bird

Still chasing the cardinal...  I think he's glaring at me...

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Snow

Ok - I didn't take this photo today, but it's been so doggone hot and humid I wanted to think cool...  enjoy the snow!!