Archive for August, 2010

August 30, 2010

Monday Morning Coffee

I am not really a fan of HDR processing.  It seems gimmicky to me.  But of course, I have to try it out myself just to see if I can do anything with it that satisfies my vision of my photography.  So this is what I came up with that seems cool to me.  It isn’t too crazy for HDR I think, but just enough to give it some edge and it seems to work with this picture of my son on his bike.  So I can’t dismiss HDR completely but its important to keep in mind that as with all things, a little moderation is a good thing.  I used two speedlights to light him even though it was a bright, sunny day.  I wanted high key lighting to get the effect I was looking for after the HDR processing.  In the end, I like this well enough although it is really just another example of the types of images we see all over flickr and I just don’t see the need to flood the world with more of the same thing.  So I’ll keep working on my vision knowing that at this point HDR may only be a small part of my photography.

August 23, 2010

Monday Morning Coffee

Continuing my boating theme, here is a picture of my two sons (on the right) and their cousin.  They always have a great time together when we go camping.  More summer memories for them.

I just finished up a wilderness medicine course that ran from Friday to Sunday.  Three very long, physically grueling days.  I had a blast and purposely did not take any pictures.  I’m glad I took the course, the instructor was fantastic.  If anyone is interested in learning wilderness medicine let me know and I’ll put you in touch with her.

Short post today.  I’m really tired and reality decided I should wait for the refrigerator repair person today. 😦

August 16, 2010

Monday Morning Coffee.

Another picture from our recent trip to the Catskills.  We miss it already.  I’m gonna try to get back in the fall.

  • “There is nothing–absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
    – Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
August 11, 2010


Working out an idea.

August 11, 2010


I’m gearing up for my latest adventure.  I’m taking a three day wilderness medicine course from the 20th to the 22nd of this month and its gonna be a blast.  Hiking, running, biking, kayaking, orienteering, and climbing.  I’m bringing my Canon G10 camera with me so I’ll be sharing pics when I get back.  Can’t wait!

August 9, 2010

Monday Morning Coffee

I’ve had this picture floating around on my hard drive for some time now.  At first I didn’t like it much, it wasn’t what I was going for when I made the picture.  The other day I got it out and messed around a bit and came up with the image above.  Its not great, but better.  I like old cars and this one sure is sweet!

I’m still working on my marketing plan.  I am grateful for Heather Morton’s blog and all the information she shares.  I am also glad I follow Don Giannatti’s Lighting Essentials blog.  Again, more valuable information for those of us trying to “make it” as photographers.  So even in the dog days of summer, I’m still working, working, working.  Now if I could just find the time to shoot more.

August 5, 2010


While on a recent shoot I came across the tractor you see below.  Being the kid at heart that I am I just had to get some pictures of it.  How cool is this?

August 3, 2010


Some days its just about keeping your bobber out of the tree!

We don’t always win.

August 2, 2010

A Trip Home

Monday Morning Coffee is late today.  I just returned from a short trip to the Catskills, the place where I am originally from, on a visit with family.  We stayed at a state park just outside my hometown, camping there for four nights.  This picture is from this morning as we were getting ready to leave.  I had taken a little time to walk down to the lake for one last moment with the mountains of my childhood.  It was grey and looked like rain.  This is how I remember the Catskills.  I shot these canoes along the shore as they sat waiting.  It was quiet.  A perfect morning.

Just a little post processing in Lightroom 3.