Day 283 – Colorful Dawn


The morning sun rise was beautiful. I framed the Zebra Grass in the foreground, silhouetted against the beautiful sky.

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Day 261 – Keys to Music


I see nice contrast between the black and white keys with distinct lines and angles formed by the spaces between the keys; to me, it’s an opportunity for a nice black and white photo. To a musician, these keys are the tools to open the door to an infinite number of melodies that make wonderful music. I love to listen to music, but I am not able to make the keys produce a sound that is pleasing to the ear. I am limited in my use of the keys; a photo in black and white.

Day 252 – Frankenmuth Auto Fest


We decided to head down to the Frankenmuth Auto Fest this evening. The plan was to drive into town, park the Jeep and get an ice cream cone. We found a bench on the side of the road and sat down to watch the parade of classic cars drive by. This night the cars just cruise back and forth down Main Street, and it brought back memories for me of nights long ago, cruising up and down Woodward Avenue. It’s funny to me, some of the cars I thought weren’t so cool back then, look awesome now. Some of the owners choose to restore their car to original condition, just as it came off the line; others customize their car and turn it into a souped up hot rod with custom paint, lots of chrome, and an awesome engine. I am not an expert on engines, and all the different parts, but I do enjoy looking at the cars. The car pictured above really drew me in, the beautiful red paint shining, the chrome accents, and the custom engine cut out, were what pulled me closer for a more detailed look. I am not sure what kind of car this is, the seats said Willys. Definitely a cool ride.

Day 238 – Dads, Daughters and Dating


One of the hardest adjustments for me as a father, has been to remain civil and not overprotective when my daughter Amanda began dating. Dads, you know what I mean. This is my little girl, even though she is a young lady, I still feel like I need to protect her. Early on when Amanda was 5 or 6 we agreed that she would not date until she turned 25. She broke her end of the deal. When you get right down to it, we dads just want to make sure that our daughters are treated with respect and kindness. We may come off as being over protective bears, but it’s just our way of making sure that our daughters are being treated properly. As a father we want to make sure that the young man that comes a callin’ is a gentleman who will give you a firm handshake and look you in the eye when he talks to you. This is my daughter Amanda pictured above with her boyfriend Eric. Eric is a gentleman and seems to genuinely care for Amanda, and he treats her like a lady. My daughter is happy and that’s the main thing right fellow dads?

Day 236 – M&M Chocolate


M&M Milk Chocolate candy is hard to resist. Vicki likes to have a bowl on display, but the display never lasts long. It’s like the m&ms are calling out to me and I am unable to resist. I can’t eat one, I grab a handful, and before you know it the display is gone. So, I decided to shoot the m&ms tonight. This way we can preserve them. 🙂

Day 214 – Red Sky at Night


The saying goes, “Red sky at night, sailors’ delight”. We had a beautiful sunset tonight, with the clouds reflecting the last rays of the sun as it set down low in the sky. I took a few shots of the clouds by themselves and then noticed the trees silhouetted against the red sky. I think the sharp focus on the silhouetted leaves adds more depth and dimension to the scene.

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 194 – Monochrome Pepper

Tonight I wanted to do a still life, and struggled to find a subject. Then I remembered the orange pepper I had in the refrigerator. I set up a couple of different shots and experimented with the lighting and ended up with the shots you see above. As I was processing in Lightroom 4, I wanted to see what the pepper would look like in black and white. I really like the look, much more than the color version I originally was looking for. I also added a print template and saved as a jpeg. Tomorrow I am heading up to West Branch where Bike Week 2012 begins on Sunday. I will be taking photos all week, should be interesting. Stay tuned…

Day 186 – Bridgeport Historical Society

I am attracted to old barns and out buildings. I really like the weathered wood and the old hardware on the doors. The photo to the left is the door and hinges on an old corn crib (that’s what we used to call the one on my uncle’s farm). I like the look of the hinges and the weathered, painted wood. I took this photo and the reset of the photos in this post at the Historical Society of Bridgeport grounds. This is a nice area where the group has put together a nice historic park, including restored buildings from earlier days. There is a paved pathway that you can follow and some really nice flower gardens.  I’m not sure what kind of plant this is, but I like the way it is climbing up the beam to the portico.  I used my 50 mm lens today.  I like the bokeh effect on the back ground, which really draws your attention to the flowers as the main focal point.

The picture below was taken in front of the barn.  I like the look of the yellow flowers with the barn wood and wagon wheel in the back ground.

Click on any of the pictures to view them larger.

Day 184 – Candle Light Bulb

This is a close up of one of the candle light bulbs in our kitchen chandelier. I didn’t have a lot of time today for photos, so I was scrambling around the house looking for my shot. The light was coming in through our kitchen window providing a filtered back light, the grass provided a nice gradient background. I like the effect the back lighting has on the glass lamp shade and the bulb, creating silhouette with the fine filament.

I have passed the halfway mark, actually passed it a couple of days ago without taking notice. I have learned a lot with this photo a day challenge. One of my goals was to take more pictures, because that is really the way to improve, practice, practice, practice. Something else has happened along the way that I had not anticipated. I really did not expect to have followers, and that is a pleasant surprise for me. This blog has become a conversation piece when I see my friends. I really appreciate the encouragement and feedback I have received, and the “Likes” really are appreciated. I feel like I am part of a growing community of fellow WordPress bloggers, a community that I never knew existed. Thank you everyone for taking the time to view this blog, leave a comment, and thanks for pressing the “Like” button. 🙂

Day 183 – The Simple Life

Today we visited Mike and Mary Ann, everyone calls her “Stu”. Upon arriving, we noticed Stu’s car was not in the drive. Vicki sent a quick text and received the response from Stu, that she was at her son’s house and wouldn’t be home for a while. As they texted back and forth, I noticed the window on the side of their barn. I really like to photograph windows and doors, so I said to Vicki, “I’ll be right back”. As I was walking up to get a nice shot of the window, I noticed the day lillies in front of the barn. I really like the combination of the day lillies against the old barn wood and weathered window. As I took a few more steps and moved in closer, I noticed the old, rusty bicycle leaning against the galvanized wall of the barn, so I shot a couple more pictures.
I really like the way the sun was shining on the bike, almost like a spot light drawing my attention to it. I also like the contrast of the rust on the bike against the blueish tint of the galvanized steel wall. I zoomed in on the rear wheel of the bike to capture the unique detail, they sure don’t make them like this anymore.
Finally, I processed the bike as a sepia tone image to really add to that antique feel. The bike, the barn, the old window, remind me of simpler times when things were slower; it was a harder life, that’s for sure, but at a much slower pace. I’m not really sure if I would want to go back in time… after all, back in yesteryear, they didn’t have digital SLR cameras, cell phones, or blogs. Maybe the simple life is not all it’s cracked up to be.
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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 177 – Fence Line

I love split rail fences and the texture of the weathered wood. This is the fence line that runs along the West end of the Fortress golf course in Frankenmuth. I shot this at about 8:00pm, as the sun was sinking low in the West, creating a golden glow.

Day 175 – Day Lilly Dew

We had a heavy dew this morning in Frankenmuth, Michigan. I took an early Saturday morning stroll to the Frankenmuth Visitor’s Center and captured the day lillies covered with morning dew.

If you’ve never been to Frankenmuth before, you owe it to yourself to visit. Frankenmuth is also known as “Little Bavaria” and is a Sister city to Gunzenhausen, Germany.