Museum of Transportation Trip

Molly had wanted to go photograph at the Museum of Transportation for some time now. I had never been there. So Sunday we packed the photographic gear and headed out the door.

Since we had a 10-22 wide angle lens for another shoot, she wanted to see how it would handle the indoor and outdoor displays at the museum. Add the challenge of having to use flash and we were in for an interesting Sunday afternoon. For the record, I used a 70-210 but I got the 600XT flash since Molly felt more comfortable with her on board flash.

Flash challenge aside,you don’t have a lot choice in backgrounds, so I encouraged Molly to try and shoot tight when possible. The old locomotives are definitely cool……and enormous. Not a lot of miniaturization in those days 🙂 . The classic cars are killer… a bit cramped and crammed but I definitely would take either of the 57 chevys among their collection (or the vette or Bobby Darin’s custom or….ok I’d take anything they had LOL).

I picked 6 of her images for this post. She probably would have picked different ones but I ran these through the standard blog “Straight Out Of Camera Workflow” – Crop,Noise Reduction,Sharpening and Save for Web.

Larger version as always available by clicking thumbnail etc.

Inside Day

Cloudy,cool and other stuff kept me inside today. In between stuff, I worked on these.
Looks like rain tomorrow but Sunday should be dry. We have plans Sunday that we hope will produce some killer photos.

As always– click for larger version of the images.

4-23-2015 – A FEW FROM TODAY

Tuesday afternoon, Molly found a ‘seasonal pond’ that had a few teal and shorebirds. She told me about them. Since I had to stay home yesterday waiting for a 10-22mm to arrive from Lensrentals, I made sure to get there this morning. I was pleasantly surprised to see a good number of shorebirds and teal busy feeding in the pond. The bonus was the green and blue of the water reflecting trees and sky. Had a good morning — hope you enjoy the images.

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Molly had originally planned to do a commercial photo test shoot but I suggested that she wait until the wide-angle lens that I rented for another shoot comes in.
So, we hit the rivers. I set up in the marsh mud for shore birds and ducks while 150 yards away Molly used the truck as a blind. Molly had me place the truck so she could get the muskrat she knew would pop up. The ‘bonus’ raccoon got inside minimum focus distance. Molly said the raccoon saw her and didn’t seem to mind her taking his picture. Don’t know if he was hunting frogs but you know it is spring when the frogs are ‘singing’…….and they were singing! We had to cope with peek-a-boo sun but it was a pleasant spring morning.

For our friends that roam the wetlands there are large numbers of American Pelicans, herons, cormorants along the river. Egret numbers are increasing. Since it is turkey hunting season, we will not be in the woods for a few weeks.

Here are 3 shots by Molly. As usual,click for larger image.

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There is a reason it is called…..

You have to realize that I usually act as the camera sherpa and occasionally take a decent picture or two.
These three images by Molly are good evidence why her family name is on the marquee.

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Image for a rainy day

Molly’s family in Farmington had a rough night with the hail,rain and high winds.

They are fine but it is still raining.

so…..I thought I’d post an image from the other day when the sun was shining.

Bonaparte’s Gull–First Winter’s plumage


Turkeys and Teal

The Blue Wing Teal are from the place I could not reach last week because I forgot my knee boots and Molly shared her turkey spot.
Life is good my friends….life is good.
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