After the snow this weekend, I spent a few hours in my backyard and at the Stillwater Botanic Garden taking photos and video of birds in the snow. I put together a small video collage, titled “Blessings,” of what I found.
After photographing horses and chickens east of Stillwater earlier this summer, my friend Dave and I made one last stop at a farm with an old barn and a dozen or so goats milling around. The scene looked amazing from the road. [Read more…]
For the fireworks show this year at Boomer Lake, I decided to zoom in on the action a little closer. My friends and I were already pretty close at maybe 100 yards from the launch zone, so it didn’t take much lens to get frame filling images. All of the shots this year were taken with my Nikon D7000 and Nikkor 28-70 f/2.8 lens. I used a tripod, cable release, and circular polarizer on my lens since I didn’t have an equivalent neutral density filter to lower the exposures. Most of the shots are either cropped or shot at longer focal lengths around 70mm. [Read more…]
The Stillwater Medical Center Foundation held its first photo contest, entitled “Healing Through Art,” earlier this month. The goal of the contest was to receive beautiful images which could be displayed throughout the hospital in hopes of not only adding color and interest, but also to improve the healing process by positively affecting moods of patients and visitors. Over 40 photographers entered the contest with 98 images submitted in total.
A few days ago I was excited to hear that one of my entries had won second place, the People’s Choice award! The photo above is my winning entry. It was taken this last fall in the Great Smoky Mountains area of Tennessee, near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. The Foundation was very kind to offer generous cash prizes to the four winners and I was happily surprised.
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I’ve been visiting the Stillwater Botanic Garden quite a bit lately because it’s been a great place for macro photography of flowers and butterflies. Yesterday, I visited again to see what had changed since my last visit to take pics of the squirrels. This time there were many new blooming flowers and plenty of butterflies. I love the photo of the above butterfly, but had no idea what it was until a friend mentioned it was a a Buckeye. I’ve posted a few more shots of butterflies in the Stillwater Botanic Garden gallery.
I stopped by the Stillwater Botanic Garden yesterday, but unfortunately there were very few flowers planted or blooming. On my way out I noticed three squirrels lounging in a tree about 6-7 feet above the ground. The adult was stretched out, relaxing on a thick branch. Two young squirrels were peeking in and out of their home – a hole in the same tree just under the branch. [Read more…]
Some days are just too nice to stay inside. Sunday was one of those days, with cool weather in the 60’s and partly cloudy, crisp blue skies. The sun would weave in and out of the clouds, leaving a perfect balance between hard and soft lighting for most of the day. It’s the light I love for outdoor photography – not to harsh and not too soft. [Read more…]