A severe thunderstorm blew through Sarpy County, Nebraska last Friday night. Straight-line winds of 125 mph were recorded in Papillion. Wide spread damage was evident throughout the county: downed power lines, uprooted trees, split tree trunks, trees' crowns snapped off, farm buildings with no roofs, etc. This shot was taken southwest of Gretna, about 36 … Continue reading Photojournalism is Dangerous!
Last weekend, I attended the Aronia Berry Festival in the Loess Hills north of Missouri Valley, Iowa. In case you haven't heard, the aronia berry is the latest fad in health foods, high in vitamin C and antioxidants. Many Iowa farmers are putting acres into aronia berry bushes and trying to promote the berry as … Continue reading Aronia Berry Festival
Thought for the Day: To the complaint, "There are no people in these photographs", I respond, "There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer". Ansel Adams (1902 - 1984)
I'm using this photograph to explain a diptych layout, sort of a show-and-tell approach. You know what they say, "A picture is worth a thousand words". (As if I could explain it without a picture.) From what I gather, a diptych layout comes from the ancient world where it was popular to attach … Continue reading Diptych
I remember these ... well, I don't remember using one, and I've never seen a picture of me in one, but I remember seeing them around the neighborhood when I was a kid. I suppose they came in other colors too, but blue is the only color I remember. Maybe only boys used them. … Continue reading Old School
I don't like loud talkers. I'm not talking about preachers, teachers, motivational speakers, etc. Of course, I like them to speak loud enough to be heard by an attentive audience. I'm talking about the ever-increasing number of people that think their private conversations are of any interest to the rest of the universe --we used to … Continue reading Loud Talkers
I've often wondered how my super-sophisticated, high-tech Canon DSLR would fare against the cannons used in the Civil War. At 8.5 frames per second, my Canon could easily "outshoot" the lumbering 2,000 lb single-shot artillery pieces used at Gettysburg. But the battlefield is so massive, approximately 3 x 5 miles, I wasn't sure I'd have enough "ammuniton". If … Continue reading Canon fire
This scene really got my attention. First of all, just the barn itself on a stone foundation, still standing tall. A new paint job will do wonders, but the old gal is so sturdy-looking, the windows are still square, no sagging or leaning of the main frame. The windows look like they have cardboard covering them from … Continue reading Old and New
During a photo shoot of a local high school senior, I noticed how beat up his football looked. So I isolated the ball in his firm grip, converted it to B&W and started playing with different grunge-looking effects. This is pretty mild compared to some grunge effects I've seen, but I like the way it … Continue reading Grunge Ball
Now that Labor Day is behind me I can concentrate on football, my favorite sport -- that is spectator sport. Play football? Are you kidding me!? I could get hurt! I played flag football in 7th and 8th grade and tackle football in 9th grade. That was enough for me; I finally realized how important … Continue reading Smash Mouth
Labor Day: The unofficial end of summer, the last summer holiday, the final curtain of summertime fun. Reality sets in with thoughts of "school nights", regimented daily schedules, early risings, and shoes. One last night on the dock at the old fishin' hole is a good way to end the summer. Thought for the Day: We … Continue reading Fishin’ Hole
This is a follow-up to the prior post called "White Elephant". I found a dealer at the flea market that was selling wooden boxes, that's it, just wooden boxes. Wooden boxes are a thing of the past, long since replaced by cardboard packaging, but wooden boxes are really neat. They make good toy boxes, end … Continue reading Boxes
White elephant sales, garage sales, flea markets, yard sales, bazaars, swap meets or whatever you want to call them, are a collection of people trying to unload their junk. People come from all over to set up their booth, table or stall and sell things that you have thrown away. Some are amateurs, just trying to clean out their basement … Continue reading White Elephants
This is another photo from the Prairie Burn I witnessed and wrote about last May; to see blog titled, "Burn, Baby, Burn" click here. Actually, the burn took place in the morning, but I thought a night shot would look more dramatic, so I played around in Photoshop for awhile. Now, the photo has more depth to … Continue reading Hot Times!
I attended a Balloon and Wine Fest over the weekend. Gorgeous weather, so-so music, okay wine, and fabulous photo ops. I've seen hot air balloons in the air before, singles and occasional doubles, but never a collection of balloons launching at the same time. I really didn't know what to expect. This lady looked like she … Continue reading Need a Lift?
One of the things I like best about photography, as opposed to videography, is the ability to freeze a moment in time. In this photo, the aspiring young gymnasts are waiting their turn on the high bar. At this moment in time, there are mixed emotions visible on the faces, like boredom, awe, and anxiety. Maybe in … Continue reading Teamwork
I was lucky to get this little guy with both feet off the ground, jumping so high that his shadow is separated from his body. I think his coach told him that school starts this week. Thought for the Day: The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane. Mark Twain
Vignetting is a photo-editing technique used to help draw the viewer's eye to the intended subject. I apply it on certain photos that have above average appeal to me, but have distracting backgrounds; the ugly chain link fence that is always present at little league ball games is a perfect example. This photo would be … Continue reading Vignettes
Two boys can have a lot of fun on a dock. Barefoot, perfect weather, and free from daily chores, they can spend all day on the dock: fishing, sitting on the edge with their feet in the water, comparing tackle boxes, fishing, baiting hooks, changing bobbers, watching each other fish, day dreaming, fishing, sharing equipment, trading lures, … Continue reading Little Brothers
Deep in the Loess Hills of Iowa, I ran across an old Danish Lutheran church and cemetery, built in 1894. Its a very idyllic setting, see photo below. As you might imagine, all of the names on the tombstones end in "s-e-n": Madsen, Johnsen, Sorensen, Mikkelsen, Swansen, Petersen, etc. This particular tombstone tickled my funny bone. Jorgen … Continue reading Billy Bob