Tag Archives: black and white

A Busy Beautiful Day

Rolling Sky

Busy day – busy week.  It seems like Summer has just been, so far, just a whirlwind of activity!

I feel blessed that so much is in my life! I also feel a bit overwhelmed that so much is in my life!

Yesterday was a wonderful day.  Between storms I had a shoot with an old friend and a new friend (getting ready for my photo class this Fall).  It was hot and muggy but it was also so much fun working together.  While I was winding down my wife noticed the sunset.  Like a shot I was out the door and heading for my favorite local “sunset” spots.  I caught some wonderful sunset pictures! What a blessing to have so much beauty surrounding us!

The picture above is in the Town of Neenah.  While the orange sky was interesting I also think this screams out “black and white” with the dynamic range and contrast!

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 24-105 f/4 | 24mm | 1/80sec at f/9.0

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Life is Tough

Life is Tough

Poor tree!  You grow for years on the side of the mountain and just mind your own business.  Then one day along comes the insects.  The tunnel under your skin and eat away.  Nothing you can do.  Then one day along comes an elk.  Beautiful animal!  Majestic animal!  Itchy animal!  Just walks up and scrapes off you bark!  At least it got rid of the insects…

Canon 5d Mk III | Canon 35mm f/2 II | 1/320s at f/5.6

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Rambler – Coast to Coast

Rambler - Coast to Coast

Doing a negative scan and cleanup for friend.  He purchased this negative that depicts his year make and model Rambler.  As near as I can tell this is a 1959 Rambler and got a wonderful 36.88 mpg in it’s LA to New York trip.  The mileage contest was sponsored by Mobilgas.


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Frisco Emporium

Frisco Emporium - Colorado

The Frisco Emporium, Colorado, is an amazing store full of every variety of junk you can imagine.  Now some people see this stuff as treasures so who am I to judge?  I liked this composition so much because of the interesting lines.  They draw your eyes into the frame.  I converted to black and white because the color was just too distracting.


Canon 5d MKIII | Canon 35mm f/2 II | 1/30s f/4.0

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Waiting for Spring

Waiting for Spring

Will Spring never come?!?

Here it is May and still in the 40’s for temperatures.  Rode my bike to work yesterday and froze my hands and arms!  On the bright side think how bad it would be without global warming!

Taken in the Town of Neenah on Oak Ridge Road.  Had to get my feet wet but all great art requires suffering (that’s what we tell our selves when we are standing in cold water in the rain).  I am not sure why but the original picture just screamed out “high key sepia” so that’s how I processed it.

Conventional recipe for a landscape photo.  Taken on a tripod to get the maximum sharpness.  Focus point about 1/3 of the way into the scene.  Small aperture, f/11, to get maximum depth of field – but not too small as to get diffraction losses in sharpness.

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon EF 16-35 L | 1/40s at f/11

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My Life (42)

My Life (42)

Woke up this morning to snow and almost went back to bed!

It’s not that I hate snow – it’s just I have had enough for this Winter!

Sometimes I feel like I just go around and around and don’t seem to be able to make any progress.  Objectively, everything is going great (and I don’t feel depressed or even sad) just sometimes I feel time is getting short and I have a lot to do before I go.

This picture is some machinery I encountered in my world travels this year.  Processed with Silver Effex Pro to desaturate and bring out some of the details. No flash and a shot at a very slow shutter speed and ISO to get a nice blur on the belts and gears.  I took 3 shots in a row and two came out (the other had a bit of camera shake).


Panasonic Lumix LX7 | 6.9mm | 1/8 sec at f/2.0

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