Day 30

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Today we headed out to the bog in search of hawks or the snowy owl.  We didn’t find any of those, but we had a great day.

The weather today was 43 degrees at it’s warmest.  For a day in January, it was unbelievable.  It was nice to walk around in just a sweat shirt.  There was no ice build up by the shore, just some icebergs floating just off from where I was standing.  It was melting so much that water just seemed to be everywhere.

We headed down to Canal Park were we caught some Mallards playing in water and getting ready for a nap.  We took a walk across the ice (which I hated) and explored a small island before heading back.  Once back on the “mainland” we found some small sparrows.  We continued to explore and found some starlings, chickadees and some juvenile eagles that flew in and sat on the edge of the ice.

Our day ended with a nice shot of the old Light House at the point and a few laps looking for the snowy owl.  It was a wonderful time to be out with my hubby.

Day 29

New Beginnings

1/1000  f/5.0  ISO 6400  100mm

1/1000 f/5.0 ISO 6400 100mm

Today I went back to work.  I was glad to be back to work, to keep myself busy and get my kids back on track.  I had no fear as I drove on the roads to work, until I came to the spot I was hit at.  The anxiety filled me to the point that I was sick.  My heart was pounding, my stomach was rolling, and I had started to sweat.  It makes me smile now, as I remember the many times I would talk to my clients about how to handle anxiety attacks when I ran Bill’s House and did crisis counseling.  I literally had to talk myself through it.  When I got to my room I looked out my window and this marvelous sunrise was taking place.  It was a fast moving sunrise but breath taking to behold.  I grabbed my camera and snapped a few shots.  It was only a minute from the first picture to the last one, but the color was changing so fast.  Soon after the last shot the clouds moved in and it was over.  I did very little editing on these photos.  I cropped it as there was a street light in the lower left hand corner that was on and bothered me, but other than that and making the blacks one click “blacker”, there was very little I had to do.

I thought it was perhaps a sign that it was a new, bright beginning, and that things would work out today.  That a week that started in horror, would end on a good note…

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1/400 f/4.5 ISO 6400 90mm

Day 28

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1/100 f/2.8 ISO 6400 90mm

Today I thought about shooting things that you normally wouldn’t look at.  I love textures and often annoy my hubby because I touch his beard.  It is a sensory thing, and us humans are, after all, very sensory motivated.

My shots consisted of the radiator covers for two different rooms and the brick surround by out fireplace.  I love how the shadow plays on the patterns and gives off such great texture.  Something you normally wouldn’t notice, yet is very beautiful when you look closely.

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1/20 f/2.8 ISO 6400 90mm

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1/5 f/2.8 ISO 6400 90mm

Day 27

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1/30 f/2.8 ISO 6400 90mm

 

Today I did an emotion shot.  Which means I found something to describe how I feel.  I feel extremely fragile today…like glass.

1/30  f/2.8  ISO 6400  90mm

1/30 f/2.8 ISO 6400 90mm

1/30  f/2.8  Iso 6400  90mm

1/30 f/2.8 Iso 6400 90mm

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Day 26

1/8000  f/2.8  ISO 6400  90mm

1/8000 f/2.8 ISO 6400 90mm

Sometimes it is the small things that make you realize how important things are.

Today was a day I never thought would happen.  While driving along I was hit from behind and then again struck on the driver side.  It happened so quick and all I can think of was the boom as I was hit from behind and then the crash and ringing in my ear.  I just closed my eyes and waited for it to stop.  I thought I was in the middle of a multi-car pile up, where all it was was one kid who hit me-spun me-and hit me again.  In the whole scheme of life, it was not a big thing; but at home, when it was all settled and I held my crying daughter it made me think of all that could have been different if even one small thing had been different.  Made me hug her all the same.

So tonight, I told a photo of a snowflake as it sat on the railing outside my house.  It wasn’t the fluffy snowflakes that I had been waiting for, but it is a start.  And for how small they are, they are truly perfection.

Day 25

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1/25 f/2.8 ISO 6400 90mm

Today I thought that I would do something along the lines of a self portrait.  Problem is that simply, I hate how I look on a camera.  That is part of the reason that I am the one behind it.  I guess years of being teased about being ugly have made me very self-conscious, which is silly since I am older.  Funny how things like that can stick with you.  However, I thought about it, and the only solution is to take something the is me…so I took a few pictures of my lens, right now it is the one I use the most.  And it is one I love to use.  So the first two are shots of who I am.

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1/25 f/2.8 ISO 6400 90mm

The last one is the other half.  I am happily married to my other half.  I don’t often wear my rings.  One reason is that I work so much with my hands and stuff that gets caught in the prongs, another was that my fingers had gotten to fat, and the third is that a prong is lose and I don’t want to lose the stone.  I recently made the band bigger so it fits and have been wearing it   So this is who I am…a happily married camera person!  I just want to capture the beauty I see.

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1/200 f/2.8 ISO 6400 90mm

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Day 24

Today was another day in the bog!

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1/8000 f/6.3 ISO 1250 500mm

As you get older you tend to find things that maybe were not so much fun, to be a lot of fun.  I always enjoyed being outside enjoying nature, but car rides were never fun.  It could have been because I always had to ride on the hump of the Pinto Hatchback we owned.  There was a metal bar that ran down the middle of that dumb and it was NOT comfortable to sit on, and if I sifted even one inch to the side either one of my siblings would hit me and tell my Mom I was bothering them.  But now, I am enjoying long car rides with my other half.  We can spend hours together driving around looking for birds and it never gets old.

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1/8000 f/6.3 ISO 1250 370mm

Some Birds were silly, like the Evening Grosbeak who was playing with a dried leaf.

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1/8000 f/6.3 ISO 1250 n 500mm

And some were camera shy, like the Blue Jay, who wouldn’t show his face to me at all.

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1/8000 f/6.3 ISO 2000 500mm

1/8000  f/6.3  ISO 2000  500mm

1/8000 f/6.3 ISO 2000 500mm

And some just wanted to eat road kill.

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1/250 f/6.3 ISO 3200 370mm

Or hang upside down.

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1/1600 f/6.3 ISO 1250 500mm

Some that we had never seen before, took flight before we could get a really good picture.

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1/5000 f/6.3 ISO 1250 500mm

While others sat and posed for the picture.

Today we had a great day, birds were everywhere we looked.  There were some birds we didn’t get a photo of (Great Gray, Ruffed Legged Hawk, Ring Neck Pheasant, Great Horned Owl) but there were so many more that we were able to see.  We love being able to walk around and have all the birds around us (as long as they don’t poop on us).  We even saw a few animals, porcupine and deer, around as we traveled.  There was even some big hairy ones out on the bog today.

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1/2000 f/5.6 ISO 1250 150mm

It was a perfect Sunday.

Day 23

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1/6400 f/2.8 ISO 6400 200mm

Today was another swim meet.  My hope was to see something on the way to the swim meet, but once again, there was nothing.  Having never been to this swim meet before it I thought we would be in and out in a timely manner…guess not.  By the time we got out it was dark.  Which meant no other chance for an outdoor photo.

It was really hard to get good photos today as the pool was pack.  And by packed, I mean we were crammed into the seats like sardines.  And because they were molded seats you really couldn’t move for space.  So today I had a little fun with the photoshop, playing with the contrast and whatnot.  It can be fun to mess with that stuff.

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1/640 f/2.8 ISO 6400 195mm

1-640  f/2.8  ISO 6400  195mm

1-640 f/2.8 ISO 6400 195mm

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Day 22

Yesterday on my way home I came across an eagle right next to the road.  There was a fresh road kill just off the ditch with about 5 raven on it.  I was so excited to see it, but of course, didn’t have my camera.  Today, I took my camera with me when I went to work.  It was my hope to find that eagle on the way home.  One of my friends even called me to tell me that she has seen it.  But by the time I had gotten there, it was gone.  I even turned around and drove by a second time just in case.  As I was waiting for the cars to pass so I could pull out I noticed how nice the moon was rising and the sky was as the sun was setting.  So I snapped a few shots.  Later the Hubby called to me from outside because the moon was directly overhead, so I snapped a few shots of it again.  It is almost full, but not quite there.

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1/1000 f/5.6 ISO 800 186mm

So I hope you enjoy the pictures.  And no, that is not dust on the screen, that is an eagle as it flew far away below the moon.

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1/1000 f/5.6 ISO 800 186mm

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1/250 f/9 ISO 640 500mm

Day 21

 

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1/2000 f/2.8 ISO 6400 100mm

Today I had another swim meet to attend and on my way home (without my camera) I spotted a bald eagle.  My hope was that I would see one on the way to Duluth.  Nope, not one single bird did we see.  So tonight I decided that my photo would be swimming.  I was given a good opportunity when there was diving.  I knew two of the divers so I took photos of them.  I love getting them in mid-air or right as they are entering the water.  So no great number of photos tonight just two:  one diving and one swimming.  I am not happy with the amount of grain in the diving photo, but swimming pools can be so hard with the lights to take good stopping photos…may have to do some research to get better photos…

Enjoy.

1/2000 f/2.8 ISO 6400 200mm

1/2000 f/2.8 ISO 6400 200mm

 

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