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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A Big Surprise

August 12, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

A couple of weeks ago I took a short photography trip to Des Moines, Iowa. As part of that trip, I revisited the Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge. I photographed that bridge back in 2016 and was hoping to capture more images of this interesting contemporary structure. Here's my photo of the bridge from five years ago:

Iowa Women of Achievement BridgeIowa Women of Achievement BridgeIowa Women of Achievement Bridge over the Des Moines River at Principal River Walk in Des Moines, Iowa on July 15, 2016 I arrived at the bridge about 20 minutes before sunset and set up my composition. I waited until 30 or 40 minutes after sunset, but the bridge lights never went on. My photo shoot was spoiled.

I left the site and checked into my hotel--the Hampton Inn. As I entered the room, I was shocked to see my own photograph hanging on the wall!

I submit my pictures to a number of photo stock agencies, so I assume that the Hilton purchased my photograph from one of those agencies.

What an incredible coincidence!


"Red Barn" Wins Photo of the Day!

July 07, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

This morning, my "Red Barn" 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 in Baraboo, Wisconsin. The barn dates back to 1908. It was one of the buildings within the headquarters of the Ringling Brothers Circus. The harsh light in this situation was a blessing. It created the shadows that make the lines of the barn stand out more.

This marks the 77th 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.

Red BarnRed BarnImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for July 7, 2021


"Lifeguard Tower" Wins Photo of the Day!

June 06, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

This morning, my "Lifeguard Tower" 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 earlier this year at Lake Michigan in Michigan City, Indiana. I partially desaturated the image while editing it in Photoshop.

This marks the 76th 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.

Lifeguard TowerLifeguard TowerImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for June 6, 2021


"Fajada Butte" Wins Photo of the Day!

May 14, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

This morning, my "Fajada Butte" 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 in 2014 during one of my most memorable road trips. CLICK HERE to read my blog entry about the challenging road conditions that I faced to capture this image!

This marks the 75th 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 six years. Click here to view all of the winning entries over the past few years.

Fajada ButteFajada ButteImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for May 14, 2021


My Mirrorless Transition Plan

April 27, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

I currently shoot with a D850 and have a D800 as my backup camera. I own a lot of Nikon F mount glass...including the Holy Trinity, 105 Macro, 200 Micro, 200 f2, 300 2.8, 500 f4 and Sigma 15 fisheye

So, my migration plan is as follows:

  • Just placed an order for the Z7ii.
  • Once the Z7ii arrives, I plan to replace the 14-24 and 24-70 lenses with the S 2.8 versions. The S version of the 24-70 looks to be a significant improvement over my 24-70 (first version) and the 14-24 also looks to be improved (although that's tough to do against my 14-24). The filter options for the 14-24 S look to be a lot more convenient.
  • I plan to keep my 70-200 F mount (latest version) and use it with the FTZ adapter.
  • I plan to keep all of my other F mount lenses and use the FTZ adapter for now.
  • I plan to keep my D850 for a while and use it for action photography with my long lenses. I suspect the D850 will outperform the Z7ii for action photography--sports and birds in flight.
  • Within the next year, I expect the Z7ii to transition to my backup camera. It's possible that the Z9 (or whatever the model) will be my primary camera, but I'll wait to see the pricing and specs on that first. In any event, once the Z7ii moves to being a backup, I'll sell my D850 and two of my Holy Trinity lenses.
  • I plan to keep the long telephoto primes for quite some time and use with the FTZ adapter. I will likely sell one or two of them (probably the 200 f2 and the 300 2.8) in time.

It's an expensive transition, but not as costly as it could be as I'm retaining all but two of my lenses. I have made the decision to stick with Nikon--mostly because I'm so heavily invested in the system, particularly the lenses.

I decided that mirrorless is going to be the future for me and that it's best to start making the transition now. I don't expect the Z7ii to outperform my D850 in terms of image image quality, but I do expect the S lenses to be superior to my F mount lenses...and will also appreciate the size and weight savings. As I'm making this transition, I think I'll be better positioned to take advantage of future advances with mirrorless technology...such as the ones we are already seeing with the most recent Sony flagship body.

So, that's the plan. I made the first step by placing an order for the Z7ii today!


Summer Road Trip 2021 Itinerary

March 20, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

My travel plans for last year were canceled due to the pandemic. However, things are looking a little brighter for travel for this summer. By then, I will have had both doses of my Pfizer vaccine. And, it appears that most of the locations I plan to visit are reopening.

So, here's the preliminary itinerary for this summer's road trip. This trip covers 8 states, 20 days and 3,500 miles:

Day 1: Des Moines, IA - revisit Iowa Capitol

Day 2: Omaha NE - Zoo

Day 3: North Platte - NE - revisit Nebraska Capitol, Buffalo Bill Ranch

Day 4: Scottsbluff, NE - Oregon Trail, Fort Laramie

Day 5: Cheyenne, WY - revisit Wyoming Capitol

Day 6: Cheyenne, WY - Botanic Gardens

Day 7: Laramie, WY 

Day 8: Rawlins, WY - Wyoming Frontier Prison

Day 9: Jackson, WY - Grand Teton National Park

Day 10: West Yellowstone, MT - Yellowstone National Park

Day 11: West Yellowstone, MT - Yellowstone National Park

Day 12: Gardiner, MT - Mammoth Springs

Day 13: Bozeman, MT - Livingston, Montana Grizzly Encounter

Day 14: Helena, MT - revisit Montana Capitol, Gates of the Mountains boat tour

Day 15: Billings, MT - Zoo Montana

Day 16: Custer, SD - Mt Rushmore, Little Bighorn

Day 17: Wall, SD - Murdo, Badlands National Park

Day 18: Pierre, SD - revisit South Dakota Capitol

Day 19: LaCrosse, WI - Porter Sculpture Park

Day 20: Orland Park, IL

 


"Lake Michigan" Wins Photo of the Day!

March 07, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

This morning, my "Lake Michigan" 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 on an unusually warm December (2020) evening at Silver Beach in St. Joseph, Michigan.

This marks the 74th 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 six years. Click here to view all of the winning entries over the past few years.

Lake MichiganLake MichiganImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for March 7, 2021


"Mono Lake" Wins Photo of the Day!

February 11, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

This morning, my "Mono Lake" 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 five years ago at Mono Lake in California. I was practicing some newly learned post processing techniques and decided to revisit this photograph from the past.

This marks the 73rd 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 six years. Click here to view all of the winning entries over the past few years.

Mono LakeMono LakeImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for February 11, 2021


"Death Valley" Wins Photo of the Day!

January 08, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

This morning, my "Death Valley" 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 over a decade ago at Badwater salt pan in Death Valley National Park, California. Last week, I was practicing some newly learned post processing techniques and decided to revisit this photograph from the past.

This marks the 72nd 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 six years. Click here to view all of the winning entries over the past few years.

Death ValleyDeath ValleyImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for January 8, 2021


"A Look Through My Lens" Published for 2020!

December 25, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Each year, I create a book which compiles my favorite photographs from the entire year. However, 2020 has been a different kind of year in many ways. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, my travel plans for the year were canceled. My photography sessions were far fewer than in past years.

This year, I decided to do something different. The book is a collection of my favorite photographs from the past decade. The process of selecting the pictures to include in the book helped me relive so many remarkable experiences. It really has been an amazing ten years of photography.

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 13th annual "A Look Through My Lens" book that I've created!

 

 

 

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