Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Dolly Loves Windows

Dolly loves to sit by a window and watch the birds outside:


Monday, September 12, 2016

Alex is on His Way to Northern Ireland









Good luck Alex! Hope you have a great time in Europe!

Update 9/13/2016 - Alex texted us this morning at 4:30 to tell us his plane has landed safely in Belfast.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Brian Joined the Marine Corps

Today we watched as Brian left for basic training. It felt like we were sending off one of our own kids, as Brian has been a part of our extended family since he was in kindergarten with our youngest son Nick.

Good luck Brian! Semper Fi!








Sunday, September 04, 2016

Illinois State vs Valparaiso

Yesterday's highlight was college football at Hancock stadium, where Illinois State obliterated the Valparaiso Crusaders. There was a crusade alright, but the Crusaders were on the receiving end of it.

Here are just a few of the highlights that began with some tailgating in the RedBird Tent Zone:








The last photo pretty much sums up the night. The final score of the game was 50 to 13.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Finally!

For about 5 years now, I've envisioned shooting a majestic photo that would feature a local church in the shadow of an ominous growing storm system.

Last week, as Michele and I were leaving the house to eat at a local Chipotle, I spotted an incredible storm cloud growing to the North.Without hesitation I turned the car around, drove back home to get my camera, and headed for the church parking lot.

Michele was hungry, and at this point not very happy, but the photographer in me was on a mission, and nothing was going to stop me from photographing this:


Saturday, August 27, 2016

2016 Sweet Corn Blues Festival

It's that time of year again when Uptown Normal proudly features its annual Sweet Corn Blues Festival. This year we took a pass on the sweet corn, as we just weren't feeling it. Instead, we headed over to The Rock restaurant and feasted on gyros, Then we ventured out and listened to some blues from the stage at the roundabout:








With food in our bellies and smiles on our faces we wandered home knowing that this adventure was definitely worth our time.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Racquetball!

My good friend Jonathan and I get together three times a week to play racquetball. About a week ago, Jonathan thought it might be neat to put his camera on a tripod outside the huge window on one side of the court and have it take pictures automatically while we played. This is a sampling of what we ended up with:










Not pretty by any measurable standard, but kind of interesting, assuming that two old guys playing racquetball can be considered interesting.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Nick's Back at College

We spent this past weekend moving Nick into his new apartment at Missouri State. Naturally, I took the opportunity to take lots of photos with a wide angle lens that a friend is letting me play with:








Wishing Nick all the best as he continues his college adventure.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Monarch Butterfly

I ventured out again today, camera in hand, hoping for a stunning shot of something. I saw numerous monarch butterflies flying about, but only one landed close enough to me to get a clear shot:


More nature to come as I continue my trek into the world of the very small.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Sunday, August 14, 2016

It's a Small World

Today I set out to photograph a bumblebee pollinating a plant, and this is what I ended up with:


Keep in mind as you look at this photo that it is just 1 of over 200 attempts.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Family Photo

With the end of the summer closing in fast, I decided it was time to get a photo that includes the whole family:


May not get another opportunity for a photo like this until Christmas.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Congratulations Kirsten and Kyle!

Today, our good friend Kirsten married Kyle, her high school sweetheart:




A beautiful couple with a beautiful future. Congratulations you two love birds!

Friday, August 05, 2016

Dolly is a Doll

Dolly is a rare beauty, even when she's sleeping:




Sunday, July 31, 2016

New Camera

Well, I've finally made the leap from a point and shoot camera to an SLR. I've been wanting to up my photo game for some time now, and after carefully considering all of my available options, I settled on the Canon EOS 7D.

I understand that the 7D is capable of producing professional level photos, assuming the photographer knows what they're doing. Unfortunately, I've never learned the mechanics of photography, and because of that, I've always relied on my camera's auto settings.

To prepare myself for this new era in photography, I took a two week course in basic photography at the local community college, which I hope will help me to improve my photos.

Here are a some sample shots from the new camera:


The subject of the first one won't surprise anyone who knows me. It's my favorite dog Cody!

The second one comes compliments of an adult Cicada who has shed his skin and entered the final stage of his life: