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'Blowing Bubbles'...03/30/2011...    Getting a tiny bit closer to where I would like to be...had about 30-40 minutes yesterday to roam about the yard...found this and a few other things...
Water Lily  Shot at Ahmedabad while testing a Nikorr 105 macro lens.
• Bald Eagle  • Here comes mom with her catch
The Wonder of Childhood - Two small children are entranced with the fish in a small pond at the Denver Botanical Garden.  There is nice detail if you want to look at it in the largest sizes.  We're off this morning to go camping near Crede, Colorado with our kids and their families.  It is supposed to be pretty chilly up there.  Anyway, I'll miss commenting and posting for a couple of days until we get back.  Hope you all have a great weekend!
9.2.09 - Snow and Rain  We woke up to fresh snow again this morning, and although it was cold it was quite a pleasant day. That is, until I decided to go out and get a Daily. I had hoped to take some night snow shots around the Cathedral, but it was raining heavily! The last time I took some photos here I got a ghostly biker zooming through the shot, tonight it was a bedraggled walker. Apart from a crop to get rid of boring foreground this is straight out of camera. Despite me standing over it with an umbrella some rain managed to get on the lens, but I think it adds to the watery scene (well that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it).  For those that like to keep an eye on our Monday Challenges mine is here;  http://www.lightanddreamsphotography.com/gallery/7093288_hSxt4#470456288_tRiRP
The morning flyout of snow geese at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in NM.  This is actually a tiny proportion of the snow geese that were part of the main flyout.  When that happens, the sky is pretty much covered totally with birds.  There are some shots of that in my "Birds" gallery.  They're not as interesting as photos, but they are pretty interesting in terms of understanding the flyout event.  I was amazed by your response to my shot of the cookware with the reflections.  Some of you wondered where I was, since I didn't show up much in the reflections.  I was off a bit to the side.  Unfortunately, that nice cookware is not mine.  I took the shot at Williams Sonoma.  Hope your week started well and that you have a great day!
Fading Pink, Lake Sam Rayburn TX    Nini and I were lucky to see a beautiful sunset at Lake Sam Rayburn on Sunday with the dogs.  There were a lot of cool cloud formations.  I think the low layer of clouds right on the horizon made for some extra-special colors in the sky.  The pink swept across the sky from the East to the West.  This was the view just before the pink faded away.      This is a single two minute exposure taken just after sundown.  To make this photo I first found a nice composition, which I really struggled with because most of the cool rocks I've been shooting are now on the beach due to a recent drop in the water level (this area of the lake is pretty shallow so I'm guessing the shoreline fluctuates often).  Once I settled on this composition I played around with several graduated filter combinations until I finally decided on using a single  3-stop soft step graduated neutral density filter to bring the exposure of the sky down closer to that of the lake.  I fiddled with the filter for a bit, making sure it was exactly where I wanted it to be, and took several test shots to double check.  Once the filter was in place and just in time for sunset, I added a 5 stop neutral density filter to increase my exposure time from 4 seconds to 2 minutes.  I like the slow shutter effect in the clouds and water and I like the exaggerated colors that come from really long exposures.  Of course you don't get to take as many shots when you're using really long exposures and in this case I only took four.  After those four shots I removed the 5 stop neutral density filter and took a lot more during the blue hour.  During the long exposures I fiddled with another camera on another tripod, and even took a video I think.  I've been trying to take more video while I'm shooting, but I'll probably never get around to editing them.    Critiques always welcome.    Daily photo: September 12, 2012, taken September 09, 2012
11-08: Friday afternoon I took a walk along the river near a place called Legacy Park in Fort Collins.
John Moulton's Barn must be one of the most photographed spots in the Grand Tetons.  Nonetheless, I was anxious to try to capture it.  The morning was quite cold and dreary.  The mountains were pretty well shrouded in clouds.  As I set up my camera and tripod, I thought I had almost no chance of getting a good shot and then, suddenly, the clouds lifted, the sun peeked through and I got a few decent shots.  Hope you like this one.  I was very busy today and did not get to comment on too many of your shots.  I'll try to catch up with everyone tomorrow.  Enjoy your day!
Frozen Tobolsk Kremlin. (1.2.2012)  Off to Rome tomorrow afternoon so may be MIA the rest of the week. Hope everyone's enjoyed their holidays & renewed for a fresh start to 2012.
12-26: Another from the golf course on Wednesday morning. There was a heavy frost on the trees which, in this shot, was helping to pick up a glow from the sun.
L L L for Lars Loves Lollipops.  Kresten Refslund
"Morning Sun"
While trying to capture some ants and aphids in my garden, I noticed this little spider (about a half inch across) with a large fly.  The spider was already sucking the insides out of the fly, which was already dead or paralyzed.  I managed to bring this pair into the house, where I experimented with a number of different lighting arrangements...trying to get the details of the spider, while maintaining a good dof.  It was very difficult and I never succeeded in getting the kind of sharpness and clarity that I wanted.  However, I think the subject is sufficiently interesting to use one of these images for my daily.  The other images from this effort are in my macro gallery (under the "other" category).  I think for this shot, you should probably view it in the original size.  The whole time I was shooting this the spider was moving around on the white paper.  Thanks for your kind comments on my iris pic today.  There were a lot of wonderful images posted today.  By the way, has anyone heard from Dave Dedman?  I haven't seen anything of his in a while and I know he had pneumonia.  I sure hope he's ok.  If some of you are communicating with him, give him my best wishes.
'Blowing Bubbles'...03/30/2011...

Getting a tiny bit closer to where I would like to be...had about 30-40 minutes yesterday to roam about the yard...found this and a few other things...

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'Blowing Bubbles'...03/30/2011...    Getting a tiny bit closer to where I would like to be...had about 30-40 minutes yesterday to roam about the yard...found this and a few other things...
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Getting a tiny bit closer to where I would like to be...had about 30-40 minutes yesterday to roam about the yard...found this and a few other things...

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