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Dedication To The Craft



So I was out shooting in the fog last December.  I ran across a fellow photographer who was in the same area, wrangling not only a tripod like me, but two dogs on leashes.  My hat is off to him, I have enough trouble walking around with a tripod and my camera bag, without adding dogs to the mix.  Well done sir.





A foggy December morning along the river in downtown Wichita, Ks.  That’s the science center called Exploration Place in the background.





Five not-that-common variety of trees for Wichita, Ks…some kind of pines.  They sit in an area of Wichita known as Riverside, where there are city parks along the Big and Little Arkansas rivers as they meander through the city.  I really wanted to call this post “Trees In The Mist”, or maybe “Five Trees In The Mist”, but talked myself out of it…don’t want to get into a rut.  This has obviously had a fairly heavy light vignette applied to it, it seemed to work for me.

Windmills In The Mist





OK, actually it’s Windmill, singular, and fog…and the tree is more prominent than the windmill.   But Windmills In The Mist sounded better.

A Tree With Character Revisted



The weather systems aligned and we were blessed with two mornings of dense fog a couple of weeks ago here in Wichita.   I had a great time taking photographs.   This is a particular tree that caught my eye out at Sedgwick County Park.   The last time I went out for a major fog shoot here at home, I had posted a “Tree With Character”  on the blog, I thought this one qualified for the same honor.  All the post processing was done in Lightroom.

The Path

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Taken before all the leaves fell from the trees at Sedgwick County Park, Wichita, Ks.  I was shooting fall color but this has had an infrared style filter applied in post processing.  I think this was one of the filters built into Lightroom.  The color version is nice too, but the leaves here were still mostly green, so I got out of hand with the filter thing.

Beer Bottle Chandelier




The only reason I’m posting this is because it was taken with my new iPhone 5s.  I waited a long time to get a phone with a good camera.  This particular indoor, fairly low light image does not stand up to much magnification, however at this size it looks pretty good.  I haven’t yet gotten the new phone outdoors to see what it can do.  It’s not replacing my Nikon, but I’ll always have it with me, which of course is not the case with the big DSLR.    By the way, this is a light in a local Mexican restaurant.

Sky Fall




A little strip of fall color and sky at Sedgwick County Park, Wichita, Ks.

Kaleidoscope Tree


I went to Sedgwick County Park here in Wichita, Kansas  Sunday to look for fall color.  The first scene that I stopped for was this crazy multi-colored tree.   I leave it to any botanists/arborists/tree experts for the scientific explanation.   It looks as if the leaves are changing at wildly differing rates on various parts of the tree.

Fall at Beaver Pond




Another 2008 image from Acadia National Park.  This was among the very first images I took in the park.  We had arrived at Bar Harbor in the evening, and I took a little recon drive into the park.  I recall driving around a curve and two things hit me….first I recognized this was beaver pond which I recognized from my trip research, second…wow!   I HAD picked the right week to visit, fall color looked to be peaking inside the park.   I wasn’t alone either, there were at least five cars parked along the road , and five to ten photographer with tripods shooting the trees and glassy water in the fading light.  I pulled over, found a spot, and took a few photos myself of course, the best of which yous see here.