I'll be posting some random thoughts here about my photography: my travel plans, technical information behind some images, stories about how certain pictures were captured, etc.  The timing of the postings will also be random as my priority is capturing new images rather than writing about existing ones.  I hope you will feel free to comment on any of my postings and I appreciate you taking time to read my entries.

 

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"African Lion" Wins Photo of the Day!

March 10, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

This morning, my "African Lion" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Resource's Photo of the Day page.

This photograph was captured last month at the Brookfield Zoo. This is the first photo from my new Nikon Z9 camera to be recognized with a "Photo of the Day".

This marks the 86th time that one of my photographs was recognized by Imaging Resource as its "Photo of the Day". A photographer is limited to one winning entry per month, so this series of winning images stretches back more than seven years. Click here to view all of the winning entries.

African LionAfrican LionImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for March 10, 2022


A Place Called Hope

March 06, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

President Clinton once said that he "still believes in a place called Hope." I visited Hope last month and captured a few photographs of Bill Clinton's birthplace home:

Clinton's birthplaceClinton's birthplacePresident William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site at 117 S Hervey Street in Hope, Arkansas on February 21, 2022

Clinton's birthplaceClinton's birthplacePresident William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site at 117 S Hervey Street in Hope, Arkansas on February 21, 2022 Clinton's birthplaceClinton's birthplacePresident William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site at 117 S Hervey Street in Hope, Arkansas on February 21, 2022


"Butterfly Wings 2" Wins Photo of the Day!

March 03, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

This morning, my "Butterfly Wing 2" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Resource's Photo of the Day page.

This photograph was captured late last year. I positioned a small flashlight to the side of the butterfly to help bring out the texture of the wing. I used my Nikon 200 f4 Micro lens with an extension tube to get really close to the wing. Two of the pictures that I captured during that photo shoot were recognized with a "Photo of the Day".

This marks the 85th time that one of my photographs was recognized by Imaging Resource as its "Photo of the Day". A photographer is limited to one winning entry per month, so this series of winning images stretches back more than seven years. Click here to view all of the winning entries.

Butterfly Wing 2Butterfly Wing 2Imaging Resource's Photo of the Day for March 3, 2022


"Butterfly Wing" Wins Photo of the Day!

February 09, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

This morning, my "Butterfly Wing" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Resource's Photo of the Day page.

This photograph was captured late last year. I positioned a small flashlight to the side of the butterfly to help bring out the texture of the wing. I used my Nikon 200 f4 Micro lens with an extension tube to get really close to the wing.

This marks the 84th time that one of my photographs was recognized by Imaging Resource as its "Photo of the Day". A photographer is limited to one winning entry per month, so this series of winning images stretches back more than seven years. Click here to view all of the winning entries.

Butterfly WingButterfly WingImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for February 9, 2022


Deadwood in B&W

January 12, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

I have photographed several National Historic Landmarks. What made Deadwood so exciting is that the entire town was designated as a National Historic Landmark for its well-preserved collection of late 19th century frontier architecture!

1- Fairmont Hotel

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NIKON Z 7_2    ---    43mm    f/8.0    1/80s    ISO 64

2- Buffalo Bodega Complex

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NIKON Z 7_2    ---    116mm    f/8.0    1/25s    ISO 64

3- Fairmont Hotel windows

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NIKON Z 7_2    ---    48mm    f/8.0    1/30s    ISO 64

4- Main Street

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NIKON Z 7_2    ---    70mm    f/8.0    1/20s    ISO 64

5- Bloody Nose Saloon

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NIKON Z 7_2    ---    53mm    f/8.0    1/10s    ISO 64

6- Bullock Hotel

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NIKON Z 7_2    ---    16mm    f/8.0    1/60s    ISO 64

7- Hickok's

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NIKON Z 7_2    ---    14mm    f/8.0    1/60s    ISO 64

8- I don't want to turn this into a political post! But, a couple of the T-shirt shops definitely tried to stir the pot. T-shirts with a "stolen White House", extremely disturbing vulgarities toward Vice President Harris, "Biden Looney Tunes", Trump with his middle finger raised, etc. For retail stores, they definitely weren't trying to appeal to everyone!

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NIKON Z 7_2    ---    200mm    f/8.0    1/8s    ISO 64

9- Another view of the Fairmont Hotel

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NIKON Z 7_2    ---    16mm    f/8.0    1/80s    ISO 64

10- Bullock Hotel

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NIKON Z 7_2    ---    14mm    f/8.0    1/40s    ISO 64

11- Wild Bill Bar

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NIKON Z 7_2    ---    67mm    f/8.0    1/20s    ISO 64

12- Wild Bill Bar...site of the killing of Wild Bill Hickok

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NIKON Z 7_2    ---    50mm    f/8.0    1/30s    ISO 64

A couple of other notes regarding my travels...

I stayed at the Hampton Inn on Main Street. This allowed me to walk to all of these locations at my convenience and to try to time the shots for the best possible lighting and with minimal crowds. During the offseason, the Hampton Inn was just $39 per night! The night after I left, the price went of to $215. The Hampton Inn is attached to a casino. I'm not much of a gambler, but they gave me $15 of "free play" when I checked in. I ran the free play through a slot machine and pulled $11 out of the machine. I then cashed out!


"Badlands Sunset" Wins Photo of the Day!

January 02, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

This morning, my "South Dakota Badlands" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Resource's Photo of the Day page.

This photograph was captured during my October road trip to South Dakota. This is the sixth time one of my photographs has won this contest since I migrated to mirrorless with the Nikon Z7ii camera. This is the second photo to be recognized as Photo of the Day from Panorama Point in Badlands National Park!

This marks the 83rd time that one of my photographs was recognized by Imaging Resource as its "Photo of the Day". A photographer is limited to one winning entry per month, so this series of winning images stretches back more than seven years. Click here to view all of the winning entries.

Badlands SunsetBadlands SunsetImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for January 2, 2022


My Favorite 10 Pictures of the 2021

December 30, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Each year, I make a selection of my favorite 10 images. It's not always an easy process and I'm sure the selection would look different if I went through the same exercise tomorrow. But, it's kind of fun.

Here are my favorites, in no particular order:

A Winter Walk in the Orland Grassland
A Winter WalkA Winter WalkHiker on a snowy trail at the Orland Grassland North at 104th Avenue and Santa Cruz Lane in Orland Park, Illinois on January 3, 2021 Sunset in the South Dakota Badlands
Badlands SunsetBadlands SunsetImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for January 2, 2022 Extreme Close-Up of a Bobcat
BobcatBobcatBobcat at Bear Country USA at 13820 US-16 in Rapid City, South Dakota on October 19, 2021 Residence Hall at Illinois State University
Watterson TowersWatterson TowersWatterson Residence Halls on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois on June 6, 2021 Butterfly Wing
Butterfly wingButterfly wingClose-up of a butterfly (Papilio gigon verso) wing in Orland Park, Illinois on November 26, 2021 Wooden Wagon Wheel Repair Shop
Blacksmith shopBlacksmith shopBlacksmith shop at the 1880 Town at 24280 SD Hwy 63 Interstate 90 Exit 170 in Midland, South Dakota on October 22, 2021 Wisconsin State Capitol
Assembly staircasesAssembly staircasesStaircases in front of the Assembly Room in the Wisconsin State Capitol at 2 East Main Street in Madison, Wisconsin on June 19, 2021 Bond Falls
Bond FallsBond FallsBond Falls (Upper Falls) near Paulding, Michigan on September 25, 2021 Youth Football
Orland Park Pioneers FootballOrland Park Pioneers FootballFootball game between the Orland Park Pioneers and the New Lenox Warriors at Lincoln Way West High School at 21701 Gougar Road in New Lenox, Illinois on March 28, 2021 Endless Prison Cell Bars, Ohio State Reformatory
Cell blockCell blockEndless bars of the cell block inside the Ohio State Reformatory at 100 Reformatory Road in Mansfield, Ohio on July 19, 2021

Happy New Year!


"A Look Through My Lens" Published for 2021!

December 27, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Each year, I create a book which compiles my favorite photographs from the entire year.

You may CLICK HERE to view a full preview of this year's book. It's most effective to view the images with the pages of the book expanded to fill your monitor.

I use Blurb to create my books. I'm very pleased with the quality of the product--from the binding and paper to the image quality. Producing such a small quantity of books makes for a high cost per unit. I make these available for purchase at the base cost from Blurb. However, the book isn't intended for general distribution. I like to create one for my own records--and family and friends occasionally order books as well.

This is the 14th annual "A Look Through My Lens" book that I've created!


"South Dakota Badlands" Wins Photo of the Day!

December 15, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

This morning, my "South Dakota Badlands" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Resource's Photo of the Day page.

This photograph was captured during my October road trip to South Dakota. This is the fifth time one of my photographs has won this contest since I migrated to mirrorless with the Nikon Z7ii camera.

This marks the 82nd time that one of my photographs was recognized by Imaging Resource as its "Photo of the Day". A photographer is limited to one winning entry per month, so this series of winning images stretches back more than seven years. Click here to view all of the winning entries.

South Dakota BadlandsSouth Dakota BadlandsImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for December 15, 2021


"Bond Falls" Wins Photo of the Day!

November 11, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

This morning, my "Bond Falls" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Resource's Photo of the Day page.

This photograph was captured during my road trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in September. This is the fourth time one of my photographs has won this contest since I migrated to mirrorless with the Nikon Z7ii camera.

This marks the 81st time that one of my photographs was recognized by Imaging Resource as its "Photo of the Day". A photographer is limited to one winning entry per month, so this series of winning images stretches back more than seven years. Click here to view all of the winning entries.

Bond FallsBond FallsImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for November 12, 2011

 

 

 

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