Back At It

It’s been almost a month since I took the camera out of the bag. The winter blahs get me every year about this time. Too cold to go out, crappy conditions to drive in, nothing to really shoot, and the whole lack-of-sunlight-depression thing. I got up Sunday morning to this beautiful world of white. My wonderful daughter, Kristen, had made sausage and pancakes for breakfast. I ate, started to shovel the driveway, then stopped to shoot. One shot after another, my spirits were lifted. I was pretty tickled by the time I got inside. Even moreso when I put the last watermark on the last photo.

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Amazing how snow can be so heavy to break branches on trees yet so light to just lay delicately on the long needles of a pine tree.

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nullMelting snow dripping into a puddle, splashed water onto my patio screen.

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Difficult to tell whether these are black and white or not.

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Gettin’ High on Flakes

One of my favorite lenses is the macro I got a few years ago. Christmas Eve I was doing my happy dance when I saw the snow just floating down. I hate the cold as much as I love doin’ macro stuff, but the thought of getting another shot at snowflakes was the deal-breaker. I tried without the tripod but after 3 shots, I saw that wasn’t going to work. I set it up, got 4 shots, and then the wind kicked up and blew all the snow off the south side of the truck. Really?? Had to set up again, and got about 70 pics before I called it quits. Some of these aren’t crisp shots, but you can see some good detail in the flake.

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Gulls Gone Wild

I rarely see gulls around my house, and when I do, there’s usually snow on the ground. That also means that there’s very little food available for them. So when I saw 3 gulls going at a few tiny pieces of bread the neighbor put out, I grabbed the half loaf of white we had and started tossing out big pieces before they took off.  As soon as I closed the door, and pulled the curtain to almost-closed, it began. Only a minute passed between the first and last photos. Needless to say, the bread is gone in the last photo.

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Circlefest 2013: WRHS Crawford Auto Museum

The Crawford Auto Aviation Collection represents Northeast Ohio’s vital role in transportation history. WRHS collects and preserves these historically and technically important automobiles, aircraft, bicycles, motorcycles, related accessories and Automotive Marque Files to illustrate the development and contributions of Northeast Ohio to the history of transportation state-wide, nationally and internationally.

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No Two Are Alike

If I have to be out in the cold, I’m damn sure going to make sure the photos are worth it. On February 2nd, the temps were very low and we had snow. I finished shoveling (lots of snow but very light) and brushed off the truck and noticed that the flakes were sitting on top of each other. You know what I did next. (You can click on each photo for a larger view. While some aren’t sharp, you can tell that some flakes appear to be 3-dimensional.)

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