Archives
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

Portrait

Front Porch Portrait

Portrait, Senior Portrait, Rural, Porch
Occasionally I have the opportunity to photograph people. This is a favorite capture from a high school senior portrait shoot.

Portrait photography is challenging.  Since I don’t do a lot of portrait work, it challenges me to think outside of my normal landscape/nature photography box.  Sure, much of the technical and creative aspects are the same, but putting a person in the frame, as the focus of the image, requires a different thought process.

I would focus more on people in my photos if it weren’t for my greatest challenge in portrait work – scheduling. (Remember, photography isn’t my full-time employment.) I can take photos of sunrises or flowers or bugs whenever I have a spare moment.  I just grab my camera bag and go find something pretty or interesting.  To do a portrait shoot, requires planning and cooperation with others – date, time, location, weather, etc..

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Caged Competitor

Baseball, Baseball Player, Fence, Sports, Portrait
The season may be over, but this is one baseball player who remains serious about his game.

This is one of my favorites from a recent “senior portrait” shoot. Baseball was an important part of this young man’s high school career so they wanted some photos of him in his uniform.

The basic idea for this shot (ball player looking through the fence) was brought to me by the subject’s parent who saw a similar shot on Pinterest and wanted us to try it. During the shoot, we made a quick trip to a nearby, small town ball field to grab a few shots. I believe the version she showed me was in color but, while I was working on it, I thought a gritty, monochrome style would best suit the players mood.

There are a lot of things that make this a favorite for me.  First, the general mood of the shot. You can easily imagine a story behind this image. (In fact, several stories.)

I also like the detail of the ball, glove and uniform. Don’t miss other interesting touches…like the bruises on the player’s elbow (An element that adds to the story), the tufts of grass on the unkempt infield, the way the light poles and the wisps of clouds frame the photo.  (I wish I would have thought to throw a bat on the field in the background.)

The one aspect I question…  Is the fence too distracting?  Of course, it’s important to this scene, but  I think it is almost too symmetrical around the facial features. I didn’t try to get it that way, it’s just the stance he took.  I think it might seem more natural if the fence didn’t intersect right on the bridge of the nose and chin.  If it was just offset a little to one side or another it might seem more natural, less posed.  Of course, now I might be just nit-picking.  What do you think?  (If it didn’t occur to you before I mentioned it, than it is just me being the nit-picky perfectionist.)

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Early Adoration

Baby, Child, Portrait, Infant, Eyes
At this stage, it’s hard to gain and keep their attention.  I was able to captivate her…and she captivated me…for this brief moment.

This image of our newest grandchild was snapped on a recent, holiday weekend visit.

At this age, there’s not a lot of going on.  She’s just beginning to notice activity around her, just beginning to smile.

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Girl In the Light

Girl, Child Portrait, Portrait, Toddler, Child, Young
Every now and then, the light works with you.  This young girls was holding the rail, advancing up some steps in a dimly lit area.  At this particular spot a gentle light fell across her face.

This is one of our grandchildren on a trip to the Children’s Museum. For the most part, light was a problem.  Museums are usually a challenge because they tend to have low lighting. It’s more of a challenge when you have a moving target.  In this particular shot, if you look close you’ll notice a “grainy” quality to the image…due to the low light conditions.

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Be Still My Soul

Lighthouse, Lake Michigan, Kewaunee, Sunrise, Waves, SkyI find this to be a very therapeutic scene. It is the Kewaunee, Wisconsin lighthouse with the waves of Lake Michigan rolling and reflecting the sunrise in the foreground. To add and extra measure of calming grace, six Canada geese fly past the lighthouse.  (If you look close, you’ll even see a sea gull above the geese, on the right side.)

This is one of my favorite images.  I captured this at the end of last February – the same morning I captured, Morning Rolls In, posted March 1st. Look back and compare the two.  This one was after the sun was up and into the clouds.  Morning Rolls In was shot earlier, before the sun breached the horizon.

I like both, but I like this one more.  The sun’s reflection among the waves and the near perfect timing of the geese flying by make this an easy favorite.

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Strolling Through the Weeds

Boy, B&W, Monochrome, Portrait, Child,
A young boy, with a contemplative look, strolls through the tall grasses and weeds of an rural farm field.

I don’t often get to shoot photos of people, but when I do, it tends to be close friends or family. I just don’t have the time in my schedule to set up portrait sessions and the work of post processing. In this case, I got to spend some time with this three -year-old cutie – my grandson.  Just the two of us took a little walk in the country…with my camera, of course.

I wasn’t really intending to grab a shot of him.  We were just out for a stroll while Papa (what he calls me) looked for interesting things to photograph. We looked for birds and pretty leaves, talked about, walked over a dry creek bed. The perfect subject eluded us.

It was a tough time to shoot – mid day, under a bright sun.  I didn’t find much that caught my eye. So, naturally, on the walk back I turned the camera on the most interesting thing I could find.

Because of the overpowering contrast created by that bright sun, I thought the best treatment for this shot was to convert it to a monochrome image. I think it turned out well. In fact, one of my all time favorites. (Of course, that’s from the Grandpa in me as much as the artist.)

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Eye Contact

Boy, Portrait, Candid, Eyes, Toddler, Child
Caught a candid shot of my grandson, Sammy, while visiting a gift shop.  He just celebrated his 2nd birthday.  This photo was taken a couple of months earlier.

The unusual lighting for this image was provided by afternoon daylight coming in through a nearby store window.

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Eyes of Wonder

Baby, Baby Portrait, Child Blue Eyes, Pretty
That look of innocence and wide-eyed wonder is priceless.  On a recent visit, I made sure to get on the floor with our granddaughter and my camera.

The camera is a proven baby attractant; an immediate point of interest for the short-lived attention span of youngsters.  The challenge is to move close enough to fill the frame with your subject and still keep out of reach. I usually spend a lot of time scooting backward and snapping a lot of photos in hopes of snagging one or two good shots.  This is one of my favorites.

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Rounding the Curve

Senior Portrait, Chair, Girl, Woman, Portrait, Road, Yellow Line, Casual
My niece is entering into her senior year in high school.  She asked if I would take her senior portrait photos. We got a bunch of good shots. (Actually, too many.  It makes it hard to choose.)  This one is my favorite…or one of my favorites…at least in the top five….

And, for those who may wonder – Yes, I do portrait work…weddings…etc.  As long as I can fit it into my schedule. Contact me if you’d like to talk about it.

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