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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

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

Favorite

Lighthouse Bling


The early morning sky and it’s reflection off the Algoma, WI harbor make this one of my favorites.  The lighthouse gets a bit of bling from the sun rising directly behind it.  (Technically, it’s not a lighthouse. It’s a “pier light,” but everyone refers to it as the Algoma Lighthouse.)

The close up image on the left, gives you a better view of the effect created by the star filter I used.

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Point of Inspiration

This is one of my favorites of the many photos I took Saturday morning (07/23/11).   It’s not the image I was going after but, believe me, I am not disappointed.

I made a special point of getting up early and heading to the harbor in Algoma, WI in hopes of capturing a beautiful sunrise. The sky looked promising as I drove, however, when I got to the harbor, it was enveloped by fog. There wasn’t going to be a sunrise to photograph. I decided to stick around anyway and capture some images of the lighthouse in the fog.  Since fog has a way of draining everything of color, I switched to shooting in black and white.

Eventually the fog lifted some, the sun got higher and I kept snapping.  This is the first of several images I’ll be sharing from that morning. Check back often.

I haven’t done much in black and white but after this series of photos, I think I’ll be doing more.

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Humdinger

hum·ding·er/ˈhəmˈdiNGər / Noun: A remarkable or outstanding person or thing of its kind.

There’s little that compares to the dazzle of a male ruby-throated humming bird when the light hits it just right.  If you’re able to watch one while he’s perched, you’ll see flashes of brilliant red with just a slight turn of his head.

Even though the sunlight is coming more from behind this bird, I used a shiny surface to reflect some of that sunlight to the front side, bringing out the colors of his gorget (the neck area).

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Delicate Delight

Hummingbirds are fascinating and beautiful…the perfect subject to photograph…and one of the most challenging.

This is an image I captured early last Saturday morning (6/24/11).  I spent a couple of hours and snapped more than 400 photos to come up with a handful of worthwhile images.

Snapping more than 400 photos sounds a lot harder than it was.  My camera has a setting that allows me to press and hold the shutter button and take up to 10 frames per second. With that kind of speed, you can knock out an SD card full of images pretty quick.

The greatest challenge, at least for me, is to capture the birds in focus.  When in flight, they are constantly zipping in and out, back and forth, up and down. I had an embarrassing amount of empty frames, where the bird had left the field of view before I could snap…or stop snapping.   When I did catch the bird in the frame, they often were blurry.

With enough patience, some experimentation and a bit of dumb luck, I was able to get a few “keepers.”  This is a good example.  I’ll be posting a few more in the next few days, so check back.

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The Bride’s Bouquet

I had the honor of playing the role of Wedding Photographer at our son’s wedding. I took a ton of pictures and this is one of my favorites.

It was an outdoor wedding at the country home of the bride’s parents. The reception was held immediately following the ceremony in a tent on the property. (After a few posed photos of the wedding party and family.) At the head table, the gal’s bouquets were displayed in vases placed directly in front of each gal.

I decided to snap a closeup of the bride’s bouquet.  While I was focusing and framing the shot, I noticed the groom having an intimate conversation with his bride. I don’t think they realized I was including them in this shot.

Even though the majority of the image is filled with gorgeous flowers in the foreground, your eyes are drawn to the blurred couple in the background.

I think this photo captures them…their couple personality…perfectly. (If you knew them you would think, “That is so them.”) Purposely keeping them out of focus conveys the intimacy of the moment and stirs the imagination. What do you suppose this groom is whispering to his bride?

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Like a Dream

This is my favorite hummingbird photo of the year…so far.  I’ve been trying to capture the hummingbirds that frequent the feeders at our house this spring.  I’ve been able to grab a few images that I’ve liked.  However, the best of them have been images of birds perched on a feeder. (See my earlier posts – Intense Eater and All Puffed Up)

My ultimate photographic goal is to capture them in flight. I want to freeze their little wings so that you can see the detail of every feather.  (A nearly impossible task for an amateur like me.)

This photo doesn’t achieve my ultimate goal – to capture the detail of the hummingbird’s wings – but it captures my soul.  I don’t want this to come across as bragging.  I realize not everyone will find this image as compelling as I do. (Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right?) But to this beholder, this image is like something from a dream.

I took this in the early morning light (around 5 am).  The angle and quality of the sunrise lighting gives it depth. I think the colors are wonderful. The bird’s head being in focus while the rest of the body is slightly out of focus draws your attention to it’s stare; it’s character.  (I also love its little feet.)  Add the background blur and the whole image takes on an artistic quality.  The overall effect reminds me of a watercolor painting.

Adding to the wonder of it all (at least for me) is the fact that I did very little to this image in post-processing.  Aside from cropping and increasing the contrast a smidge, this is the image that came out of the camera. (My Sony SLT-A55 with the standard kit lens.)

This is one you’ll want to see closer.  Just click on the photo to view a larger version.

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Winter Beach

Of the seventy or so images you’ll find in my Flickr Photostream, this is the image that has been viewed and commented on the most.

This is a view of Lake Michigan at the the Algoma, WI beach on March 4, 2007.  I was heading to the church early in the morning and stopped, as I often do, to snap a few pictures.  It was at the tail-end of a snow storm and, though you can’t see it, snow was still blowing quite a bit.  I remember it being miserable outside.

If you go to my Flickr Photostream, you can see this same image in B&W.  (Click Here)

The panoramic view below – created by “stitching” several photos together – was captured the same morning.

Fire in the Sky


This is one of my favorite photos, taken a few years ago with my Kodak EasyShare DX7590.

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 capture a few frames of this beauty.  A wider version from the same shoot is below.

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.

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Bluebird Hatch

Just hours old, these bluebirds are waiting for their siblings to hatch. All of them successfully hatched and fledged.

I shot this by lifting the top off the bluebird house and shooting straight down with my Kodak Easyshare DX7590.  This photo was taken in early June of 2010.

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