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Whoa! This weather is a motivation killer!

Cold, snow…..cold….cold, more snow, ice, sleet….c’mon, it’s the first day of March! Well, it is ya know. Last month, the #WE35 task was to shoot 36 frames, as if it were film and at 35mm FOV, of course. So, I decided that I would be all in, I have an old Nikon N8008s and picked up a roll of Kodak TRX 400 in B&W. Yeah, I was gonna shoot 36 frames, send it off for processing and scanning and make my contact sheet for the project! Well, as time started ticking, I realized a few days ago that I was not going to complete this with the film camera, so I used my DSLR. I set the ISO to 400 and taped the barrel of my Tamron 19-35mm at the 35mm mark (to prevent the ability to zoom) and started shooting. Saturday, the 28th….the last day of the project and I needed about 27 frames. It’s very painful knowing that you cannot delete an image for a “do-over”, remember this is like using film. So, I have several shots that are, indeed, out of focus, bad lighting, motion blur, etc, etc. It was a good exercise, challenging and fun. I still have the film loaded and will most likely finish it when the weather allows me to be outside comfortably. I’ve also got the Mamiya ready to roll as well. Film in the fridge, camera bags loaded, tripod ready…..we all know the routine. I am enjoying this #WE35 project so far, but with 35mm, one has to be fairly close to the subject to make s decent image, I have not been very good at that lately, but hopefully that will also change with the weather. I did manage to take some photos with the FED 3b and the Yashica Electro. The images from the FED turned out pretty good, but the Yashica is very dim, or flat….I’ll be taking the FED out some more, but I wish I had a 35mm lens for that one so I could use it for the #WE35 project. I might try and find a decent, cheap 55mm for the Mamiya as for this project as well (55mm on a medium format is approximately 35mm FOV on a …35mm of course).

At any rate, please check out another project of mine at http://www.garagesalepictures.com

Here is my contact sheet for the #WE35 February Expedition. and some images from recent contributions to the project.

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End of March…and the end of winter I hope!

Wow…we have had some strange pre-spring weather.  Warm for a few days and then…BAM!….ol’ man winter stirs up the snow and ice pot. We had snow again earlier this week. Not much mind you, but it was snow nonetheless. I did manage to get a few images that I really likes this past week. One of them I actually took the time to write a little about the shot so I would have something here to say about it. Since that is the only one I wrote about…I’ll list it first.

Because of the snow falling that morning, I remember thinking that I wanted an image that reflected the fact that I wanted spring to sneak in past winter, but winter caught the sneaky season and ripped it a new one. I thought about the daffodils that had just bloomed, but were now covered in snow…..yeah, something like that. While sitting at a traffic light, as usual, I saw this person riding a bike in this blowing, cold bitter snow/sleet thing we had coming down on us. I posted it to my pbase account and made this comment, “Yeah…it snowed again today! Yippee…So glad I am able to own a car. I can only image what level of “suck” this must be during this weather.” That image was a good representation of the mood. and here it is:


The previous day I posted an image of a carved bear from Big Sky Carvers that Tracey has positioned on either side of the fireplace. I posed the image as a happy bear looking up asking for spring to finally arrive…..and the next day was the biker in the snow…



I think that we are finally in the spring season. It rained all weekend and the temps stayed in the mid to upper 30’s, it will be getting into the 60’s and 70’s this week. Soon, I am sure, we will be crying for cooler temps, but until then…bring it on. Sunshine and vitamin D. I pre-ordered a Tamron 150-600mm lens, which still has not been sent (back ordered, I’m told). I am excited about that lens, I might be able to get some good bird or other wildlife images this year!!! Yesterday I missed a great opportunity for a bald eagle enjoying some roadkill with the company of two turkey vultures. I made a u-turn (legally) on a four lane divided highway to go back and get some shots. As soon as my car was almost completely stopped on the opposite side of the roadway, the eagle takes flight. I did not have my camera set for that! I locked focus and he flew…out of the focus plane, single servo the camera did not try to change focus, but kept firing off the shutter, each one out of focus. Oh well, there will be other opportunities. 25 meters from me though. I only had the 85mm, but I had the 600mm, I could have stopped at a further distance and not disturbed them! Such is life. At any rate, here are the other images that I did not delete last week.

Don’t forget to check out my photo-a-day gallery:





Oh yeah, even though I’ve seen many shots using this technique/ lighting set-up. Tracey and I might be doing one this year, or very soon!



Warm weather is on the way!!….at least Saturday felt that way.

One week left in the month of March! Why does it seem that when Winter arrives, it gets cold and stays cold, but when spring/summer arrives, it gets warm for a day, cold for 4 and then maybe another warms day. After a cycle or two of this, it is blazing hot….I know, I’m never fully happy with the weather. Most recently, Saturday was in the 70’s and today it made it to 48…!!! I took a lot of pictures Saturday, lots. I’ll add them all to this post as usual. I even met a celebrity, he goes by the name GCh Moongaze White Tie Affair. He’s a Whippet, Grand Champion.Image

Back to the weather…..last Monday we had snow, ice, cold, etc….this much:

Imageand this past Saturday I ate lunch outside with a cold brew and a glass of ice water…hahaImage


Oh, I did order that Tamron 150-600mm! Well, pre-ordered anyway. I read on Newegg and originally there was a note that stated the release date of 26 March, but recently it stated 1 april….sigh,…..it can’t get here soon enough!


I still have not been able to think of a functional way to document my daily images so that I can have something to say at these weekly blog posts. I’ll work on it. I’d also like to document all the gear I have/use as well as the stuff I’ve bought on impulse and my thoughts of each item. Some things I buy for a specific purpose, maybe for one or two shots, but I’ll buy the cheapo 3rd party flavor. I’ve got a few DIY things that actually work well. Maybe I’ll work on a post for that in addition to a weekly post. I know that I don’t have any readers, but I write this mostly for myself, to be quite honest. I’ve got a lot of stuff, stuff I rarely use (see why I buy inexpensive things?) studio strobes, back drops, reflectors, light stands, booms, softboxes, umbrellas….etc, etc, etc….Oh, and lenses current, past and future!

Coming up soon, I asked a local alpaca farm if I could come take pictures when they shear them. They said that they would love for me to take photos! So, in a couple of weeks…..there will be naked alpaca photo’s! Boudoir on the farm!

Ok…here are the images from this past week! Make sure to check out my PaD gallery! 


2 months complete, 10 “mo to go”!

Believe it, another month has came and went. I can’t say that I am unhappy though, I long for warmer weather. I have always been one who enjoys the seasons, but this time around I want winter to go away. This past week of shooting was not so productive. I’ve learned some new Lightroom tips and tricks and am anxious to try them out. However, I need a few specifics images to work on.  I really would like to take some time to plan a fun image. I mean really plan it. From the location, wardrobe, pose, lighting, time of day…yadda, yadda, yadda. With a full time job doing that is not so easy and I am not about to quit working (where do ya think I scape my pennies for this photography stuff)? I also want to finish a roll of film in my Yashica TLR and get it off to be developed and I’ve only taken three shots with it! It’s a color roll and once I send it to the developers, they will advise me if the camera is functioning properly. Once I know the camera is working well, I’ll purchase some Black and white film for it. I had a bit of an oh Sh** last Thursday. I was leaving work and placing my camera bag on the passenger seat of my car. My D700 with Nikon 85mm F/1.8G attached fell to the asphalt!! The nausea was almost immediate. I picked it u and looked through the viewfinder. What I saw was a depth of field preview of about F/22…….no matter what I did, it was dark. I got in the car and took a deep breath. Changed the lens to my 50mm F/1.4G and everything worked! I looked at the 85mm and the aperture tab would move, but the blades stayed stopped all the way down. Once I arrived at home and had the time, I decided that if it was broken, what is it going to hurt if I take it apart..? So I did. I noticed why the blades were not moving, placed the “tab” back into position and…..viola! It went back together and so far, so good. I want to get a lens calibration kit just to make sure that the focus is still good to go.  Whew…..I cannot begin to explain the jaw drop on that one. We are in for some more nasty winter stuff tonight and Monday…..yay…..grumble…grumble….. At any rate, here are the images from last week. Most of them anyway. As always, check out my favorite links and blogs I follow, they are linked somewhere on this page…stay warm! My Photo-A-Day gallery: Here Feb 24th_1 Feb 24th_44 Feb 24th Feb 25th Feb 27th copy Feb 28th-2 Feb 28th-3 Feb 28th-4 Feb 28th Mar 1st_1 Mar 1st_2 Mar 1st Mar 2nd-2 Mar 2nd-3 Feb 26th Feb 26th_1