American Bald Eagle

I love it when I get to see a Bald Eagle.  Not to many years ago it was a guarantee that you would NOT see one in our area.  However, with the re-introduction, the Bald Eagle is doing an amazing job, and its becoming easier to spot them in nature!  I just need to get a better telephoto lens!


Weekly (no) Photo Challenge: Delicate

I know this is a photo challenge, however today, I will not post a photo.  I find it difficult today to focus on much of anything.

So, instead, I will provide a brief statement in reflection to the word “Delicate.”

We often think of a delicate flower, or a new born child.  Both excellent representations of the word delicate.

Life.  Life is delicate.

If you have not heard, today there was an event that took place in Connecticut.  Tragedy doesn’t even come close to describing the event.  20 young children and 8 adults (last I heard) were gunned down in school.  Innocent lives lost, futures lost, families destroyed.

To those who have lost loved ones today…..

  • my thoughts are with you
  • my heart weeps with you
  • my prayers are with you

We will never understand or comprehend “why”, and there is no picture that capture the “Delicate” nature of “Life”.

Geminid Meteor Shower

My friend Rahul and I ventured out once again to bear the cold in the hopes of capturing a meteor.  First let me say it was COLD.  Upper 20’s, made for a chilly time.  Despite that, we saw some brilliant meteors, and one specifically that left a very nice trail.  Unfortunately our cameras were pointed in the wrong direction.

We did learn a lot in our adventure.  Mainly that it needs to be pitch black outside. The least little bit of light introduces a lot of noise.  You will see that below.  Regardless of how well the pictures turned out, it was a very exciting time.

I was surprised that I was able to capture 6 different meteors.  Like I said, there was a lot of light noise, and I had to adjust the exposure to see the meteors in the pics.  Not the best shots, but hey, I was very pleased to be fortunate enough to capture such a random event that last literally for only a second or two.

Here were my results:







The “Santa Worships Jesus” Nativity

I won’t get on my soap box, but I will say that the commercialization of Christmas has really taken away from the true meaning of Christmas.

I had heard about the nativity where Santa was worshiping the Baby Jesus, but I had not seen one until my wife told me there was one in a nearby neighborhood.  It was a powerful scene and a wonderful moment of reflection.

As a Christian, it is a great reminder that while it is nice to give and receive gifts, let me not forget the ultimate gift of Jesus Christ.


A Word a Week Photograph Challenge – Blue

When I think of the word “Blue”, what comes to mind the most is the Alaskan skyline, waters and glaciers. Absolutely Beautiful!!








Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons #3 Or is it??

For my third and final post for the Changing Seasons Challenge is typical for my area.  Often time I joke that Mother Nature gets confused when it comes to the weather.  It is December, and despite the leaves falling on the ground and the squirrels preparing for winter, however, nature decides to give us unseasonably warm weather.  We have hit the 70s several time in the past week with more to come.  As a result, we have “new growth” on several plants outside.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons #2

For my second post, a clear indication that the season are changing.  Looking around outside and aside from the leaves falling off the tress, many plants are wilting and losing their flowers.  My neighbors rose bushes have just a few left.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

I love the Challenge this week. “Changing Seasons” can mean so many things. My first entry what I consider the first sign of the changing season from fall to winter. The squirrels feverishly working to prepare for their hibernation. For the past month they have been burying their acorns, and often stopping for a quick “snack”. They have been fattening up. This is a picture of one perched on a branch, snacking on an acorn. Enjoy!


Using Software to Tune a Photo

I have read several blogs recently regarding the use of software to adjust a photograph. Regardless of your stance on how much you should or should not adjust the original photo, I’m learning that what you see, can be made so much better with some very minor adjustments.

For illustrative purposes, I was playing around with one of the photos from my recent post “Reflections #2”.  The picture was taken just a couple of days ago, a rather warm day, but overcast.  The original photo was nothing to write home about.  If fact, it was kinda…..well…..blah.

(Actual Photo, No Edits)

The photo that I posted as part of the “Reflections Challenge” was tweaked only slightly in Lightroom to try to draw the colors out in the trees and in the reflection. I was able to accomplish my goal, however, and after looking at it again, I felt that the picture was still a little dark, that was still more there.

(Lightroom, minor edits)

I have used Photomatix Pro to create a couple of HDR images. If you are familiar with HDR image processing it uses three images taken at different exposures then processes them with tone mapping and fuses them into a single image. Photomatix is a wonder tool for creating those images.

However, I was curious how Photomatix Pro would process a single photo. My experience with Photomatix is limited, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. My first pass at processing the photo, I wanted to achieve my original goal, which was to draw out the colors in the trees and in the reflection. The difference was amazing.

(Photomatix Pro, minor edits)

After seeing the difference, I got a little ambitious and wanted to see if I could change the feel of the image. My goal was to make the image look more “cold”. (Keep in mind it is December, and it was 70 degrees outside.) I reprocessed the photo, and again was amazed at what Photomatix was able to accomplish.

(Photomatix Pro, minor edits)

Now I recoginize the Lightroom and Photomatix Pro are used for different purposes, however, I was very pleased with what PhotoMatix could do with a single image, with only a few minor adjustments after the photo was processed.

At the end of the day, I guess it depends on what your goal is when processing the photo, but I would love to hear what other think about image processing.

The Weekly “What Is It?” Photo Challenge

I was thinking about something fun and interesting I could do using photography to tease the mind and challenge the senses.  Then it kinda hit me.  How about a “What Is It?” challenge.

This is how it will work:

  1. Using photography, I will capture an objects from around the house or in nature.  Common objects, nothing too extreme.
  2. I will post the photo using the “Postaday” & “What Is It?” tags every Tuesday evening
  3. I will reveal the object description prior to posting the next weeks challenge.

If you are up for a new challenge, I encourage to follow along.  Feel free to comment and/or work together to figure it out!  I may even drop a hint or two along the way.

I would like to give it a trial run for the next couple of week to see what kind of interest there is for a new challenge.  If there is enough interest, I will keep the challenge going.

Also, I welcome feedback as well.  If you have an idea on how to improve the challenge, to make it more appealing, more interesting or more fun; please let me know!!


The inaugural “What Is It? Photo Challenge” Photo is……..


See Through Top in December???


Good Tuesday morning everyone! It struck me this morning as I looked out the window…..I usually don’t see the sun until after it breaches the tree tops. Being December, the leaves are off the trees making them “see through”, and you can see the sun before it reaches the “top” of the trees.

I hope everyone has a blessed day!