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A Sample of Pop’s “Bee” Images

Some of Your Beeswax

Sedum Bumbler

Look of Defiance

Chicory Bee

Bumbling Bees

Garden Cafe

Buzz By Here - To Infinity and Beyond

Pick Your Poison

Blind Side Attack

On a Mission

Honey Bee on Sedum

Covering the Cosmos

Center of the Cosmos

Three's a Crowd

Popular Spot

On A Pedestal

On Golden Rod

The Beeline

Messy Hands

Bee on Yellow

Incoming

Bumble Bee Choreography

Messy Hands

A Sample of Pop’s “People” Photo Collection

Front Porch Portrait

Caged Competitor

Early Adoration

Child In the Ligtht

Stroll Through the Weeds

Attention Grabbing

Eye Contact

On the Line

Eyes of Wonder

Rounding the Curve

Troubadours of Basin Spring Park

Down by the Creek

Sun Day

Catching Some Light

EAA Fireworks

Hear Me Roar

Pops Photos

Kewaunee Lighthouse Group

Here are a few images of the Kewaunee, WI lighthouse. It sits at the end of a long pier, extending out into Lake Michigan.

These were taken late in the afternoon of January 22, 2011 as the sun was dropping behind the hills and and shadows were moving along the pier.

(Clicking on any of the images will open a larger version.)

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White Bench on a Winter Beach

Last Saturday I stopped at Crescent Beach in Algoma, WI and snapped this image.  Beyond the fence and out of view is the open water of Lake Michigan.

I took several shots – with the sun shining brightly and with the sun behind the clouds.  I preferred the bright sun (as seen here) to emphasize the contrast of the shadows on the snow.

After downloading to my computer, I added the sepia tone in Photoshop.

Spring’s First


Miserable weather this week – beginning with snow, blustery winds and bitter cold – have me thinking of spring.

Instead of posting the photo of a snow scene snapped last Saturday, I thought something a little more optimistic would be a better choice today.

These are some early blooming wildflowers I captured on a hike through the woods of a state park near Sturgeon Bay, WI.

The simplicity and the colors of this image make it one of my favorites.

Pretty Bird

These guys are harder to photograph than I had imagined.

There’s an avairy in the lobby of a nursing home where I visit a friend.  I’ve walked by it a hundred times and admired the dozen or more birds that are part of the display.  Since my friend wasn’t up for much of a visit, I stopped on my way out and fired up the camera.

These guys are fast! They rarely pause for more than a second or two.  They are continually bouncing from one perch to another, squabbling with one another or preening with their head under a wing or other unsightly places.  My camera has a “Continuous Advance” setting, where, if you hold the shutter button down, it will keep clicking off photos.  I held the button down for a round of about 7 shots and not one of them caught the bird in an appealing pose.  This is one of those times where I snapped 60-70 photos and only kept two.

The aviary is constructed of oak and plexiglass, so I employed a Circular Polarizing filter to cut down on the glare.  It didn’t totally eliminate it, but it helped.  I don’t notice any glare in this image.

(Click on the photo to view a larger image.)

Cloud Bank Background

When I take photos, I usually take a lot.  Then I load them on to my computer and pick out one or two that I like and share them.  All the other images from that day are still on my computer.  When things are slow – photography wise – I’ll look through some of those photos I passed on the first time around and see if there’s something worth bringing out.

The original image without an effect.

This photograph is one taken in 2009 using my old Kodak EasyShare DX7590.  It is the Kewaunee Lighthouse.  The lighthouse is actually a supporting actor.  I think the clouds are the real star and makes this image a keeper for me.  The flock of birds provide a nice accent.

As I often do with photos that don’t quite dazzle me on their own, I added a digital effect to this one using a Photoshop filter.

Feel free to leave a comment.

Kewaunee Night-House


I’ve been itching to take some photos but have been frustrated by the lack of opportunity.  It’s dark when I leave for work and dark by the time I return.  Tonight I decided to snap something.

I had to run an errand to the nearest town, Kewaunee, WI – on the shore of Lake Michigan.  I kept an eye open for something to photograph.  Not much caught my eye so I stopped by the beach and experimented with some night photography, trying a variety of camera settings.

This is a view of the Kewaunee lighthouse.  The lighthouse light overpowers the image, not leaving much else.  Still, something about the image appeals to me.  I really like the red of the navigational light on the north pier, across the harbor from the lighthouse.  I added a slight texture to give it character.

So, what do you think?  Worthwhile image, or no.  Leave a comment with your thoughts.

Image details:  280mm, F8, 20-sec., ISO 800

Fire Painted In the Sky

I’m always watching the sky.  Here, in northeast Wisconsin, we seem to have the coolest sunrises and sunsets.  This prime example dates back a few years; back to March of ’07.

My wife and I had just settled in on the sofa to watch a DVD when I noticed some color in the sky out my living room window. I had to pause the video and run outside with my camera to fill a few frames with this beauty.  I remember being very excited about what I was seeing and hoping, beyond hope, that the camera would capture the shear glory of it.  As you can see, I think my old Kodak Easyshare DX7590 did an exceptional job.

About being left on the sofa in “pause” mode, my wife simply said, “I kinda thought this was going to happen.” She knows me well.