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Friday
May272011

Port Washington Lighthouse

The sea was angry that day, my friend.  You'd never know it was Memorial Day Week-end.  Low clouds, buffeting winds and driving rain.

Good thing Elvis had his trusty Nikon D3s as he climbed up the south wall of the embankment to get into position to make this photograph.  The Nikon could handle the elements.  But could Elvis?

Rain-soaked and shivering from the cold, Elvis set-up his tripod and camera.  One quick five-shot HDR sequence and down he scrambled to the relative warmth of the car.

The reward for that punishment?  Another pretty picture.

Made with a Nikon D3s and a 70-200 lens mounted on a Gitzo tripod.

Thursday
May262011

Mother Nature vs. Mother Goose

Mother Nature with her rain, cold and 40 mph wind was no match for Mother Goose and her gaggle of goslings. This flock is a vision of stoicism.
 
It's almost June and in Port Washington, WI it feels like late November.  Mother Goose is probably contemplating an early flight south.  (Can Elvis come along?)
 

 

Made with a Nikon D3s and a 70-200 mm lens.

Wednesday
May252011

Dewdrop Inn

Note the very thin area that is in focus.  A band about one-half inch thick going from left-to-right.  Three dewdrops in focus, everything else is blurry.
 
This "narrow depth of field" draws the viewer to the primary subject - the dewdrops.
 
Use this technique in portraiture by focusing your lens on the subject's eyes.
One shot HDR made with a Nikon D3s and a Nikon 105 VR macro lens.
Monday
May232011

Charlie's Tractor

An interesting picture of Charlie's tractor in the sandbox.
  
Model John Deere tractors have pleased generations of Kennedy kids.  Even Elvis had one as a young lad.  
This particular one was a gift from Charlie's great-grandfather.
 
Great-grandfather grew up on a farm that featured a John Deere Model B tractor (although he recalls plowing fields behind horses (horses!)).
Hand-held, 3-shot HDR sequence made with a Nikon D7000 and a Nikon 50 mm lens.  F/5 at ISO 100.

 

 

Sunday
May222011

It's a Dandy!

Elvis was outstanding in his field.  So he did what he does - he made a photograph.

Like a lot of things in life the beauty of the dandelion is fleeting.  Gorgeous, glowing yellow petals one day.  White, puffy seedlings the next day.  Then ugly weed for weeks.

Grab the beauty when you can.  Appreciate it always.  For tomorrow it may be gone.

Made with a Nikon D3s and a Nikon 14-24 lens.  9 shot HDR at f7.1 and ISO 200.