I have this thing for small containers. Many, many years ago, in a lifetime far away, my older brother gave me some small, translucent colored boxes that I used for holding things like paper clips and who knows what other small things around my desk. In various sizes, they stacked neatly on a shelf and looked nice, but they weren’t really all that useful to me after awhile, so I gave them away. I haven’t lost my thing for small containers, though. Last spring, when visiting my mother in Chicago, I saw these very same containers – well new versions […]
Just a bit of fun here. Most people who want to show their pictures with a classic frame around them would layer one on with software. On the other hand, how often do you find a frame parked in a scenic location just waiting to be filled with an image? That’s just what happened here. While I was surveying the possibilities and deciding which way to pivot the frame, I watched couple after couple come up and pose within this rectangle, some even asking me to take their framed portrait for them. When the flood of those desiring to be immortalized […]
The day before this February shot, Ann Arbor had received 16 inches of light, white snow. The morning promised to be clear and sunny, so I arrived at the office early and trudged the few hundred yards across the railroad tracks and Argo dam to explore the options. With the sun up, but barely reaching through the trees, I was drawn in by the ice shelf in the foreground and the subtle hints of sunlight glancing the blue snowbanks.
Down the road and across the railroad tracks from my office is Ann Arbor’s Argo Dam. A year ago, the city built a series of cascading pools that allow kayakers, canoeists, and tubers to bypass the dam and continue down the river. After work today, I walked over to the Argo Cascades to see what I could pick up with the warm, low autumn light. First, I found the geese below, then discovered I could stop down my lens and bring the ISO low enough to blur the water, with the results above. Nothing like a warm, sunny fall afternoon!
In attempting bird photography, I’ve really come to appreciate what the masters do to get in the right place, wait patiently, and then follow the birds in flight. Birds of all sizes move incredibly fast and are difficult to follow with even a moderately long lens. I can’t imagine how hard it would be with a real long lens, 500 mm or longer. I’ve been lucky just to catch birds as they start to fly, but have not been good at following them in flight. Still, even with my amateur “suburban” approach, I’m amazed at the ability to view wildlife […]
Three years ago, a friend of mine was returning to Australia after working for 3 or 4 years in the US. He was a Mercedes and Jaguar fan and had just bought himself what I recall as a Jaguar Series 1 convertible (I’m not really up on car models, I just like to take their pictures!). He wanted to take it on a good drive before shipping it home, so I suggested we take a drive to the Gilmore Car Museum, about a 2-hour drive on back roads from Ann Arbor to Hickory Corners, MI, northwest of Battle Creek. I […]
So. I’m waiting for the elevator at the Maynard Street parking structure after a morning shooting a user conference last week. The conference was hosted by LLamasoft, a local Ann Arbor software company that develops supply chain optimization software. I’m chatting with a conference attendee who’s also waiting for the elevator. “How are you liking the conference?” “Great,” he says … and so on. Two young women join us in the elevator queue as the doors open. I’m guessing they are college age or a bit older, but I’m not such a good judge of these things. I’m still talking […]
Need a little color in your life? Indianapolis is an underrated town. I grew up in Louisville, only three hours away, but only visited once. But, that was a really cool visit: the Louisville AAU swim team was competing against the Indianapolis AAU team, and the Indy team arranged for us to drive on the Indianapolis 500 speedway before the swim meet. I got up to a hardly-daring 80 MPH in a Lincoln Continental, somewhat inhibited by the car’s owner, a swimmer’s father, sitting next to me. Not so fast, but still a fond memory. My wife and I visited in 2010 to […]
In late July of 2011, my daughter walked out our front door on her way to take a run around the neighborhood and stopped dead in her tracks when she saw this tiny bird on the front walk. You can’t image how small it was until you realize that we are trying to feed it sugar water from a teaspoon, which you see at left under it’s beak. It took us a while to realize that this was a hummingbird baby, which we finally realized when we looked straight up and saw it’s tiny nest about twelve feet above the walk. The […]
Three weeks ago, or so, I joined my first Ann Arbor Shutterbugs meetup, led by local photographer Frank Kaelin. He took us to the Nan Weston Nature Preserve at Sharon Hollow, northwest of Manchester, MI. I would never have known of this location if it weren’t for the meetup, which highlights the advantage of sharing your hobbies with others. Groups like this, and the southeast Michigan chapter of the worldwide Nikonians organization have taken me to fascinating places I would never have found on my own. And the people I have met through these activities have taught me many new perspectives […]
I had a day off last week and I thought I’d capture the last of winter’s pristine snow in my back yard. My timing was great because we’ve been thawing over the past several days after I caught these shadows. But, I was wrong, we have more pristine white stuff coming our way starting with rain tomorrow followed by anywhere from 2 to 9 inches of more snow. Enough, already! Who knows? This may not be the last of this year’s snow posts. I’d much rather be posting about Hawaii… Nikon D800, Pro Optic 500 mm mirror lens, 1/2000 s, […]
This started out as a test photo of the fire hydrant just down the street from my house. A bit of bright color amongst the otherwise muted tones of winter. I had a new budget lens (all photographers lust for new lenses) and wanted to get a feel if it was at least as good as its bargain basement price. So, I was just clicking off a few quick shots and out of the blue (pun intended) I spy this lass out for a stroll, completely oblivious of the historical role she was about to fulfill bringing the full complement […]
The same chilly, gray day in Boston as for Long Wharf Fence. In fact, I took this one only moments before. Gray skies drive me to look down or find details – anything to avoid the sky. What were otherwise ordinary boulders and granite slabs that had been cast into the harbor to protect the wharf, now came to life with the intense yellow-green of wet seaweed. Nikon D800, Nikkor 70-200 mm + 1.7x teleconvertor @ 340 mm, 1/640 s, f/4.8, ISO 800
A chilly, grey fall day in Boston. My wife and daughter have gone their own way down Newbury Street and I have ambled to Long Wharf to seek solace in the wind. Gulls, boats, and assorted nautical detritus abound, and draw their share of my attention. But, in recent trips to this town I’ve been drawn to the repetitive patterns of black iron fences that appear in many guises wherever I wander. Nikon D800, Nikkor 70-200 mm + 1.7x teleconvertor @ 340 mm, 1/400 s, f/5, ISO 800