A Sample of Pop’s “Bee” Images

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


Bumble Bee Choreography

Messy Hands

A Sample of Pop’s “People” Photo Collection

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

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

Dear Pops – Answering Common Digital Photography Questions.

I wouldn’t consider myself an expert, but I know my way around a digital camera.  Every now and then, someone who has seen my photos will come to me with questions about how to improve their own images.  Now that I have this photography blog, I can post the answers here so that… (1) other photographers can pick up a pointer or two, and… (2) other’s who have overcome the same issues can post “Comments” below with their own suggestions and solutions. (Lord knows, I don’t have all the answers.)

Here’s a question I received by email this week.  Rob wrote looking for advice with a common, frustrating problem.

Hi Pops Digital,

I have a photography problem Ive been trying to figure out for some time. looking at some of your photos, you seem to know a little. I was wondering if you could give me some advice.

Canon G1, 3.3 Mpx

I have a Canon G10 camera. It’s a point-and-shoot model but has many features of an SLR camera. My question is about something that’s been really frustrating me when I take photos during my kids basketball games. When I take a picture it is always dark. I think it has something to do with the gym being so large and well lit. When I use the flash it somehow darkens the picture. When I turn the flash off, the picture is brighter but now I run into blur. Ive tried messing with increasing the shutter speed but the pictures still didn’t turn out well.  Do I need some type of zoom lens to get better results or am I just not hitting the right combination of settings? I’m confused.

Thanks for any advice,


I did some quick research on his camera and sent back this reply…


I checked on your camera and saw that, in it’s day, it was a highly recommended model. Good choice.

The problems you are having are a combination of lighting conditions and camera limitations. Action/sports photography is a difficult trick to pull off, even with a great camera and good conditions.

The first limitation to address is the flash. Most point-and-shoot cameras have an effective flash range of less than 15 feet. So, unless you are right on top of the action, the flash will not help you.  The reason the picture seems to darken when you use the flash is because your camera automatically adjusts its settings for proper exposure with flash.  However, its settings are based on your subject being within its flash range.  Even a well lit room is not as bright as the light from your flash at 15 feet…so anything beyond the flash range will seem dark, if it shows up at all.

When you turn off the flash, your camera measures the available light in the room and adjusts its settings for the best exposure. Unless you are in an extremely bright room, the shutter speed will be slowed down enough that anything with quick movement – like a basketball game – will likely be blurred.

Adding some type of zoom lens would only compound the problems you are having. Zoom lenses typically require more light, which would slow down the shutter speed even more.  And zooming in doesn’t just magnify the subject of your photograph, it also magnifies any camera movement…creating more opportunity for blurring the image.

Since I don’t know how you had your camera set, it’s possible tweaking the settings could help, but I honestly doubt that your camera has the ability to give you quality, sports shots indoors.  Increasing the shutter speed could help to eliminate blur, but you wouldn’t have enough light to see the subject in a typical school gym at a shutter speed fast enough to stop the action.

Honestly, most point and shoot cameras don’t have the ability to do what you are asking; and do it well. Even newer models.

The Canon G1 has been around since 2000. My best advice would be to upgrade to a newer model. You’ll find that newer cameras have dramatically improved low light capabilities. For less than $250 (and possibly much less) you would see amazing results. (Keeping in mind, you are still asking the camera to do a very difficult task.)

If a new camera is not in the budget right now, you might still be able to get a decent shot with your G1 if you position yourself  just out of bounds near the basket and took pictures when the kids are close – within the range of your camera’s flash.  Give it a try and share any photos that turn out well.

Happy shooting,

Pops Digital

If you have any ideas or suggestions that might help Rob, please share them as comments, below.  If you have some other digital photography question, write your own “Dear Pops” letter and watch this blog for the answer.

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.

Bill Pevlor is Pops Digital

Starting the new year off with a new blog site for my photography. Welcome to

I’m looking forward to the images 2011 will yield.  I’ve recently stepped up my digital photography game with a new camera – the Sony SLT-A55.  It’s going to take awhile to really be able to harness all the capabilities and features of this camera.  I’m still researching and adding new accessories.  I have my eye on a new high quality printer. (My mind says, “Yes, yes!,” my wallet says, “Not now, you fool.”)  Nothing like new equipment to get your creative juices flowing.

Like all websites, this is a work in progress. I was intent on getting something up and running on January 1st. Obviously, there are more images to add, more tools to implement, more entries to post, but everyone has to start somewhere.  If I waited until I had it exactly as I’d like it, it would never be ready.

I hope you’ll check back on a regular basis.  You could also subscribe to the RSS feed or friend me on Facebook.

This first photo posted is a digitally-altered, self portrait.  That’s me, Bill Pevlor, aka Pops Digital.