January, 2010

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My TAZ

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Was finally able to take Keely’s 5yr portraits on Saturday. Yes, she turned 5 in October, so it’s a little late…but at least she was still 5 when I took them. ┬áMy nickname for her is TAZ because when she was little, everywhere she went, she left a path of destruction. The nickname still fits her today because, as you can see, she is incredibly cute, and can still be major trouble.

It also gave me a chance to play with some new toys. I got a new flash that works off camera and some lighting modifiers that give me a whole arsenal of options for creating great photos.

Keely

Keely

Keely

Keely

Keely

Keely

Keely

Keely

Keely

My First Bald Eagle

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Made a trip to Holla Bend yesterday to see what I could see. Saw 5 bald eagles, two swans, and 3 armadillos. Tried to take some shots of the eagles but really couldn’t get close enough to get a good one with my Sigma 12-400 OS on my D300. Then I remembered that I had my 2x teleconverter in the bag and that it would work with that lens…in manual focus. I figured I could manual focus on an eagle in a tree so I set off toward a tree with two eagles in it. Still didn’t get as close as I would have liked. The larger eagle started to take off so I did the best I could to capture it with the manual focus and this was the best I got. Even at 800mm (1200mm equivalent?) this is still a 100% crop of the photo. I guess I’m gonna have to get my ground blind out and go hang out for the day.

Yes, I know that if you aren’t into photography all you read was “Bald Eagle…not close enough…blah blah blah.”

Bald Eagle at Holla Bend

Chris and Jennifer – engagement photos

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Here are some of the photos from my shoot with Chris and Jennifer. I’m very happy with them and can’t wait to shoot the wedding.

Chris and Jennifer - 12.18.2009

Chris and Jennifer - 12.18.2009

Chris and Jennifer - 12.18.2009

Chris and Jennifer - 12.18.2009

Chris and Jennifer - 12.18.2009

Chris and Jennifer - 12.18.2009

Chris and Jennifer - 12.18.2009

Chris and Jennifer - 12.18.2009

Chris and Jennifer - 12.18.2009

Chris and Jennifer - 12.18.2009

Chris and Jennifer - 12.18.2009

Chris and Jennifer - 12.18.2009

Chris and Jennifer - 12.18.2009

Cedar Falls on New Year’s Day

Friday, January 1st, 2010

I made a quick trip up to Cedar Falls today. I actually wasn’t planning on it but apparently I was not in a good mood and didn’t know it. My loving wife, who knows me better than I know myself, said I needed to get out of the house to find my happy place. So at 3:00 I headed out the door for a quick hike to Cedar Falls. It was a bright sunny day – which is actually terrible for waterfall photos – but I knew the sun would be setting and thought when the sun went down low enough, the light might be just right. I was correct. The light was great, the air was crisp, and water was just right coming over the falls. I came home in a much better mood. Here’s some of the photos…

Cedar Falls and reflection - Petit Jean State Park

Cedar Falls reflection - Petit Jean State Park

Cedar Falls and cascades - Petit Jean State Park

Cedar Falls - Petit Jean State Park

Behind Cedar Falls - Petit Jean State Park