Tuesday, March 13, 2018

In Memory Of Snows Past

No meaningful snows this year in Northeast... here are a couple of shots from the past.  2011 Above 1990s below.  Top is digital image. Bottom is 4x5 black and white film scanned on an Epson 3200. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Spring On The Forest Floor

These flowers, called Spring Beauties, come up toward the end of March and only last for a couple of days.  They are very tiny, only as large as an average thumbnail.
 These photos were taken with a Nikon F4 film camera using Kodachrome 64.  105mm lens, tripod, shot at ISO 80.   Scanned on an Epson 3200.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

City View From Waterworks Park

KC skyline and Northtown from Water Works Park.   This image is made up of 15 shots... five each to create three and then the three into one panorama.  Nikon D850, Nikon 70-200mm lens at 70mm. ISO 800, F5.6.  The shots below have similar data.

 Above shot was taken with the 70-200mm lens and the 1.4x tele-extender making it an effective 360mm lens.

Sunday, February 25, 2018


The KC Skyline from Kansas City, Kansas. Nikon D850, Nikon 70-200mm lens. F8, ISO 64, five shots at 1 stop intervals combined into one image. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Going For Sharp

Decided to head to the river to use every technique I've learned to get sharp images.  Not that I don't normally.  Used focus stacking, polarizer, best aperture, tripod, etc. etc.  All ISO 64.  Boat just happened to come along in the above shot which was 14-24mm lens at F8.

Used focus stacking for the first time ever in this one... five shots with the point of focus moving into the image for each one.  Camera did that work, then the five were imported on layers into Photoshop and aligned and merged.  You can accomplish something similar by using F16 or higher... but you start getting image distortion...

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Skyline In Winter

                      Two views of the city in winter...top from Kaw Point, bottom from Northeast.

Insect - Aside Volume 7


                                       Come into my parlor said the spider to the fly.

And, some bees on a thistle.

Monday, January 29, 2018


                                        Beautiful young lady who is an aspiring actress.
            Lighting, one beauty dish on the left with translucent cover. Nikon D850, 105mm lens.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Insects - Aside Volume 5

A mixture of insects and spiders, predators and prey.  Kind of a miserable life when you are born/hatched and then spend the rest of your life hiding from death.
Swept wing dragon fly....

If you're not large, be scary. 

 Think you had a bad day; at least you didn't get eaten. 

 His/her Mom thought he/she was cute. 
 Daddy Long Legs and dinner. 
Spider yoga

Monday, January 22, 2018

Insect-Aside Volume 4

Aphid ranching, predation, and SPIDERS.
Above and two below, ants herding aphids.  Ants feed and protect the aphids and the aphids in turn provide a sweet, nutritious secretion for the ants.  Everyone is happy. 

American Hover Fly getting a taste. 


The shot above shows a spider which lay in wait for the hapless honey bee on a thistle..