Bond Falls

I ended up having some time away from work and decided to make a trip to a set of falls I’ve been wanting to visit for awhile. Now that I live an hour closer to them it makes the trip a little easier and I’m hoping to make another trip to them sometime during the summer. For all of these photos I had on my gear to go walking into the water to get different perspectives. For the colored photo with the reflection I ended up waist deep in the water. I was trying to get closer but it got too deep but I’m glad I was forced to get the photo I did as it allowed to capture the reflection in the foreground.



2015 in review

Although I wasn’t able to keep up like I would have liked, it was still a great year. Some of the great things that happened this year was getting a flash, finally taking some professional looking photos of one of my babies (only took 3 tries, lol), and learning how to take much better photos of flowers by using the flash. I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things once things start to slow down.

For now we’ve just got our first big snow fall for the year and I’ve started a new project of building an ice rink at the new house. I’m hoping it turns out but if doesn’t turn out so great then I’ve learned one way not to do it next year. I hope you all have a great New Year’s and may the next year be even better for you!

Happy shooting!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 43 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Happy Holidays

I hope everyone is having a good end of the year. I know it’s been awhile since my last post. I don’t have any landscape photos ready to post yet and I’m not sure when I will have any. I’ve been busy with moving and still getting things situated. I do have photos to process and I’m hoping to get out this winter to get more. My plan is to be back on here hopefully this winter or in the spring at the latest but we’ll see if that happens.

This photo wasn’t taken with my DSLR but with my phone. Homemade pumpkin pie with graham cracker crust in 1 cup ramekins.


The Eye

You must be thinking since there are 3 posts this week that I’m back to my normal schedule. I wish! Actually, I was able to schedule the 3 posts with photos I have taken a couple weeks ago. Unfortunately I still don’t have time to keep up with my blog yet, but I’m hoping in a month or two that I will.

For this post I’ll keep with the theme I have going for the week. Sunflowers!


This one was taken with my macro lens. I wasn’t really quite sure what I was going for but I knew I wanted something that would show quite a bit of detail for parts of the flower but have a shallower depth of field. After taking a few different angles this one stood out the most to me. It’s almost like the sunflower has an eye and it’s looking out.

I’m happy that my wife and kids decided to plant some sunflowers this summer as it gave me new subjects to shoot. I’m hoping at our new house that we’ll be planting some next year to do more experimenting. We’ll also be planting a garden and hopefully my wife will plan more flowers. I’ve found that I enjoy photographing these things and experimenting with my flash when possible. I’m looking forward to shooting more sunflower plants while experimenting with water and light.

A Hint of Green

When thinking of a sunflower you usually think yellow leaves with a darker, brown or black, center. But that’s because most sunflower photos look like that. There are a few that show the sunflower in the state before it starts to get ready and grow its seeds. During this stage of its life there’s a green center which can be very appealing.


Now to throw another photo into the mix for a little quiz.


Both of these photos look very similar and that’s because they are of the same sunflower. Now for a question. One of these were taken with the Nikon 20mm f/1.8 lens and the other with the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Macro lens. Can you tell which is which? It’s very difficult to tell just by looking at them. But if you look close enough you can see the little differences that just might tell you the answer. And for those who are wondering, yes I did crop the photo taken with the 20mm lens. But not by much and to give it the same frame as the macro shot. I also did this just to show how such a big difference in focal length doesn’t always mean a big difference in the final outcome.

Looking Up

It seems like it’s been forever since my last post. Somehow I was able to squeeze in a few minutes to take a few photos and then edit them a couple weeks later. When I went outside to do something I noticed the sky was perfect for a photo I wanted to get so instead of letting the opportunity pass by I went and grabbed my camera to take a few photos. And here is one of them.



Although it almost seems like this photo was taken as a long exposure but it wasn’t. The clouds were the wispy type so that worked out really well for the look I was going for. The sun was right behind the flower to help with back lighting and it was still bright enough out that I was able to pull the details out of the shadows for the flower itself without needing to use a flash. This photo was taken with the Nikon 20mm f/1.8 lens. I still like how close I’m able to get to the subject and am still really happy with the sharpness with this lens.

I am also happy to announce that we have our house sold now and just got an accepted offer on a new house. It will be exciting to get this process moving forward and done so I can get back to what I love to do in my free time. The new house has high speed internet access so I will be able to keep up with my blog. I’m also looking forward to the additional free time once things start to settle down a bit.

Reaching – Original

I know I said I was going to post what the photo that I posted two weeks ago last week, but I couldn’t find the time. So here I am a week late. Better late than not at all though.

Here is the edited version so you don’t have to view the last post:


And here is the original that I used to create that photo:


Now can you see what it is? It’s an orange, but more specifically,  a mandarin orange. I liked how it looked when I peeled it so I decided to take a photo of it. Don’t know when my next post will be. I’ve been busy getting things moved out of my house and searching for a new house. Looked at 4 so far and haven’t liked any of them. I’ve got quite a few on the list though.
The next one is less than half an hour from Lake Michigan so it would be nice to get that one. I hope we like it. Two state parks near by as well.

Until next time!



You are always told to not play with your food, but where is the fun in that? With that in mind, can you guess what the above photo is of? You won’t find out in this post. To me it looks like it could be a minuature tree reaching towards the sky.

Unlike my other photos this one was taken with my phone and edited in snapseed. Once you have a vision and the tools to create that vision, it doesn’t matter how well those tools are as long as they get the job done. It would have been nice to use the DSLR but I didn’t have access to it at the time. LR would have been nice to use but I didn’t feel like going through with the amount of time it would have taken with transferring the photo over and doing the processing. Plus I was happy with the results I got anyways.

I wish I could say that there are more photos coming soon. Instead I’ll say that I have no idea when I’ll be able to process more or even get the camera out again. I’m still working crazy hours, a couple weeks with 70, and on top of that in the process of selling and buying a house. Add trying to keep up with three kids and that leaves me with very little sleep each night and no time to even think about photography. I’ve got David DuChemin’s newest book and some other photography materials but no time to go through them. I think about how much I wish I could and still I wait until I have the time. Patience is something I’ve learned to live with.

I’m hoping this busy life will slow down soon so I can get back to what I enjoy. Until then have fun guessing at what I have presented you with.



It’s been awhile since I’ve made a post. I’ve been rather busy trying to keep afloat so decided to take a break from photography for a bit. I was still getting the camera out from time to time but as you can see from the photo above it is now cracked. It happened a few hours before my brother’s wedding. Funny how these things happen just before it would be nice to have them.

Anyways, thank god I wasn’t shooting the wedding. I’m also lucky enough to have insurance so the damages will be covered. For those wondering, I had my camera on the tripod and was doing some macro shots. I moved a chair and next thing I heard was my camera hitting the patio floor. It hit on the screen side. I’m thinking due to the weight of the lens it helped smash in the front and cracked the body. The auto focus doesn’t work and the grid lines don’t show up anymore.

Currently my camera body is being shipped to a Nikon repair center to get an estimate for the insurance company. Who knows how long I’ll be without it. My camera has had bumps here and there so I thought it would be fine after this fall, but now I know to be a bit extra careful when moving around.

I’ve still got photos to post but not the time. I’m hoping to be posting again within another month or so. Thought I’d drop in to say hi and let you know that I’m still here. Until next time!

Frosted with Pollen

Frosted with Pollen

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Focal Length: 105mm
Aperture: f/20
Shutter Speed: 1/200
ISO: 100

I really enjoyed shooting this flower. I couldn’t seem to get enough shots of it but had to stop at some point. I’ve still got a lot of photos to edit but having a hard time finding the time to do so. The pollen on this flower almost looks like frosting. The flowers have since died and are now gone though so I think it may be time to pick up a new batch and give them a go.

Photos for Inspiration

I don’t really have any time to put together a post like I would want so thought I’d just put a gallery together of some photos I took last summer while camping. The gallery contains photos of different  mushrooms and a variety of other things I thought were interesting.

I would also like to note that I know it’s time for the next chapter to be posted for my book but I haven’t had the time to go through it to do any updates so it’s not ready yet. So for now that project has been put on hold. I’m not sure when I’ll get back to it but I’m hoping to within the next month or so. Sorry for those who are patiently waiting.

One Four Challenge – April Review

It’s been 5 months since Robyn started up the One Four Challenge and I’ve participated in 4 of those months. It has been great so far and I’ve learned how to use different tools within LR that I never knew about before. Trying to come up with a different look for a photo that you’ve already achieved a good look for is quite challenging, especially once you get down to the last week. I look forward to continuing this challenge in the months ahead as I learn how to edit photos in more ways. I don’t know if I’ll ever settle on one specific style as I like to evolve with my photography.

Until next month, here’s a gallery of the photos of the months I have participated in.

Surrounded by Purple

Surrounded by Purple

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Focal Length: 105mm
Aperture: f/29
Shutter Speed: 1/200
ISO: 100

I know in the past I have said that in order to get a black background I have used LR and turned the exposure all the way down for the areas I wanted to be black, but for this shot I used a different approach. I used a flash. I made sure that the camera wasn’t picking up any ambient light from the background and also made sure to position the flower where no other objects would show up. The only thing I ‘edited’ out was the stem of the flower, otherwise the rest was from the use of the flash.