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January 2018

Playing In The Snow

A few weeks ago I drove down to Nashville, TN to attend a photography conference. The night before the last day snow was in the forecast. I didn’t know Nashville didn’t get much snow so I wasn’t for sure what to expect. I was bored from the conference and decided to skip the last day and play in the snow. The hotel employees told me that Two Rivers Park was close by…so off I went.

It was very, very, very cold that day. Really if you weren’t good driving in the snow (and ice was under the snow) you should stay home. A lot of people did which was good for me. I had a feeling not many would be out walking in the park with their dogs, etc. While I was there a few people came out to play in the snow – making doughnut circles with their vehicles. Note to self: don’t stay too long.

The park was beautiful! Only tracks were a few tires and my footprints. At times snow can be difficult to photograph. Trying to make the snow white. Photographing the snow in color can give your images a slight blue tint. On this day it was still cloudy and at the end of my fun the sun was trying to come through the clouds. The reflections weren’t too bad but enough to give dramatic looks to your image. I did photograph everything in color but converted to black and white. It wasn’t much color out there and black and white just made everything look super calm, super dramatic.

While playing in the snow I did catch a cold 😦  and I knew I would but it was well worth it 🙂  I was bundled up but maybe not as good as if I was at home. Not knowing the environment I was in, I wasn’t for sure if a lot of other photographers or people would be out and I wanted to get there before anyone else did. I was there after lunch so I hope a few more went out with their cameras and captured some beautiful photographic scenes.

Gear used: Fujifilm X-Pro2 and the 35mm f/2 R WR prime lens.

HAPPY SHOOTING!! 🙂 🙂

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Fascination with Fog

I have always had a fascination with fog. First of all I’m not really sure what’s ahead of me. I think about it like this: yesterday I knew where the sharp turn was on the road or where the cracks and/or holes where on the sidewalk. I think I see a car coming towards me…but do I? Am I as confident today as I was before the fog? Fog has so much of a mystery to it. The moment is calm or quiet, but beautiful. In photography I believe fog gives me drama, curiosity, mood and makes me suspicious of what’s on the other side once I get through the fog. Fog brings so much impact to my photography.

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The fog was so thick the other morning I knew I would have to bump up/increase my ISO. One of my go-to places to shoot is downtown Manassas near the train station. It was a workday and lucky for me I got there a few minutes before the train arrived. I decided to not to stand around the commuters that were waiting for the train but to stand along the platform where they are dropped off in the evening. It was cool seeing the train come through the mist of the fog but I couldn’t see where it was heading. As the sun began to rise the fog gave beautiful silhouettes to people and the landscape.

Gear used: Fujifilm X-Pro 2 and the Fujinon 35mm f/2, R WR prime lens.

HAPPY SHOOTING!! 🙂 🙂

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One-Year Retirement Anniversary – The Honeymoon

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31 December 2017 was my one-year anniversary retirement mark. After 39 years of working for one organization I deserve to celebrate. It’s just a blessing to be able to reach that point in life and move on to the second part of my life.

I called my first year The Honeymoon. I went through fazes of this and that, will I get paid on time, will my full benefits be there…will everything fall into place as I hope? On top of that what will I do with my time? I went to the same building for 39 years!! Thanking God, everything fell into place. Whew! Now what?

Through the years I have heard people say when they retire they wouldn’t know what to do with their time. 😦  They lived for work and the majority of their friends were co-workers. That’s a big deal. If I didn’t have a hobby I would feel lost and I most certainly didn’t want to fall into depression (yes people it’s very easy to fall into depression).

Oh did I say I was a photographer for the FBI? And I enjoyed being a photographer for the FBI?? And I traveled around the country and some parts of the world as a photographer for the FBI??? LOL how cool was that? Yes I’m still laughing because it was great. 🙂

Photography helped me with my Honeymoon. I decided to do the 365 project but I called it “a photograph a day”. I did complete the entire project. It’s a tough project but I made it through. During this project, I taught myself to slow down with my photography. There’s no time limit. When I slow down I began to see things differently and that was a good thing. I’m always reading other photographer’s blogs on all aspects of photography. One of the things I read a lot about where the prime lenses: the difference of prime and zoom lenses and how zoom lenses compress your subject(s). Not only did I read I went out to “see” what they were talking about. I shot more with prime than with zoom lenses and I’m glad I did.

Traveling was definitely in the mix. You see the unit I use to work with I traveled and normally a trip was three, maybe four tops, days and we returned home. My trips are called mini trips: I traveled, spend an entire day or two and come back home. During that time I either had plans to shoot the day I arrived, all day the next day or two, and fly back home. Sounds crazy but to me it’s not – I don’t get bored that way. Proper planning you can get a lot done. And guess what…you can always go back! One travel was to San Juan, PR in early spring. This was a workshop trip with the Exposure Group (http://www.exposuregroup.org). This workshop was about shooting with prime lenses. If you didn’t have a prime set your lenses to a certain range and leave it there. A very good learning experience. My other workshop was OCF (Off Camera Flash) with Tyson Pough (http://www.tysonpough.com). This workshop was a refresher class for me with OCF. Great class. I made my normal trip to Washington State and some of the states I have never visited.

Enjoy your life. Have something fun to do. Not just for a day or two but for the rest of your life. And when you retire GET OUT OF THE HOUSE!! 2018 will be just as fun as 2017. I don’t know what all I will do but whatever it is my camera will be with me.

Below are a few of my images from this year. I could have added so many but I don’t want to bore you 😉

HAPPY SHOOTING!! 🙂 🙂

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US Air Force Memorial
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The streets of Culpeper, VA
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Frost Cafe, Culpeper, VA
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Middle School Track & Field Meet, WV

 

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San Juan, PR
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Photo-Shoot with Teresa Holmes
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The Palouse, Washington State
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Medicine Bowl National Forest, Wyoming
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The Barber Shop, Manassas, VA
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Ithaca, New York
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Shooting Hoops, Manassas, VA
DDH_Sunflowers
Sunflowers Farm, North Dakota
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Turner Pond, VA
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The Horses

 

 

 

 

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