Day 207 – Shoes


It was a strange day for us, weatherwise in Frankenmuth. Like many areas in the U.S., we have been experiencing drout like conditions. This morning we had rain, in fact it started early this morning as thunderstorm, at about 4:00 am, if I remember correctly. By 10:00am it had stopped and the sun came out. I stopped on my way back from running some errands and decided to take some pictures of the fountain in the welcome center. The fountain features a young boy splashing in the water, blowing bubbles while the fountain rains down on him. The sculptor captured a lot of detail, right down to the boy’s shoes sitting on the side of the fountain. He must have taken them off so they wouldn’t get wet. I like the detail of the shoes with the refreshing water in the background. The rain came once again, later in the day, plenty of rain. We do need a good soaking.

Day 202 – Super Moto

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Super Moto in Downtown West Branch, one of my favorite events. They close off the main road, and truck in enough dirt to make a “table top”, which is a jump, then race right through town. The street is lined with spectators who are wildly cheering for their favorite. A very long day for me, as I got back to camp, I was whisked away to go shoot the bands Jedi Mind Trip and Big Gun, an AC DC tribute band. Now I am shooting the host band, Ernest Entertainment. A very long day indeed.

Day 198 – Vintage and Burnouts

This Harley Davidson was on display in the Exhibit area at Bike Week. I really like the vintage bikes, and of course vintage bikes should be rendered in black and white. This reminds me of the motorcycle police bikes way back. This one is a 1957, older than me. 🙂
Flash forward to today, this evening just before the sun set, as I was making my way around camp, looking for photo ops, I came across the burnout area. Yep, this is where they line up to burn rubber. John, pictured here saw me with the camera and graciously volunteered to do a burnout for me. Wow, check out all the smoke. Great burnout John.

Day 196 – Bike Week Eve

Bike week begins tomorrow, so that would make today, Bike Week Eve. Bikers have begun filing in and setting up camp, and oh yes, having fun. That’s what it’s all about right?

Below are a few photos from today…click on any of the thumbnails below to view larger images.

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Special thanks to Bradley for stopping by inspite of the loud motorcyles, and the 50 caliber cap gun sounding off, you can see Bradley was a little nervous, but he still was brave enough to pose.

Backyard Weeds Black and White

These weeds are in the field behind my back yard. I wanted to use a shallow depth of field to draw attention to the taller wheaty looking weed, the soft focus on the other weeds provides a nice background. Vicki doesn’t like this photo, because there is too much soft focus, most of the photo is out of focus in her words. What do you think?

Day 179 – Weekly Photo Challenge: Create


I have been racking my brain trying to come up with a photo for this week’s challenge, the WordPress Postaday Weekly Challenge. This week’s challenge theme is “Create”. All it took was a quick walk into the back yard. I spotted the this nest the hornets created in my clothes line pole. It appears to be a vacant nest. A spider has built a nest in hope of a return visit from one of the hornets.

Day 166 Family Road Trip

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We jumped in the Commander and took a family road trip (well partial family, Amanda was unable to join us) to Chicago. We will be attending Jump Start at Concordia University, where Justin will begin his freshman year this fall. This is a photo I shot with the iPhone 4S and gave it a grungy look with Dynamic Light and Snapseed.

Day 37 Saginaw River

What a beautiful day to drive by the river.  I stopped by the Panda House in Saginaw to pick up dinner.  I decided to bring my Nikon D300S, just in case, the lighting was really nice this evening just before the sunset.  This time of day is sometimes referred to as the golden hour.  It also occurs in the morning just after sunrise and provides beautiful lighting.  I love the golden glow of the sun shining on the concrete bridge, and the rail and lamp posts running off into the distance.  There were gray clouds, but they enhanced the scene.  This is the Holland Street Bridge which crosses the Saginaw River.  It wasn’t our typical February day, in past years we would see this area populated with ice fishermen.  Today there were fishermen, but they were in their boats enjoying time on the river, in search of walleye no doubt.  I didn’t have to catch my dinner, just carried it out from Panda House, placed it in the truck and that shot a few frames before heading back to eat dinner with Amanda and Vicki.