Archives for May 2009

A Moment Of Silence…

As we remember and give thanks to those who gave their lives so that we may be free!

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Storm Chase Safari Day 2

With very little likelihood of any severe weather in the forecast we decided to follow what might turn into some interesting weather later in the day. Our adventure took us through three states…Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado covering 550 miles. We did find some great subjects to aim our cameras at.

By late afternoon clouds began to form against the darker blue sky as they floated past a Colorado farm.

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As the clouds continued to build we found a picturesque old building to place in the foreground.

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There’s nothing quite so beautiful as a dramatic sky. This one screamed B&W when I reviewed it in the digital darkroom

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Still in a B&W mood we moved on to find a wind farm that went for miles. What a great subject for a stormy day…the windmills powered by the winds of the approaching storm.

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There were scattered thunder showers throughout the afternoon and evening followed by a downpour as we made our way to our hotel for the night. While we did not get our tube, we had a great day with some outstanding skies.

Images captured with Nikon D700, AF-S 24-70mm on Lexar digital media

Storm Chase Safari Day 1…Positioning Day

Today began our great adventure in Tornado Alley chasing storms. We began in Oklahoma City with an orientation. There was not much in the way of storm activity today so we looked ahead at the two and three day forecasts to determine where we should position ourselves for weather for the next few days. Once we had our plan we were off with our very knowledgeable and capable guides Brian & Chris.

When we arrived in Hays, KS; our stop for the night the sun was getting low in the horizon so we headed out to find something interesting to photograph. We came across an old homestead, one of the hundreds (maybe thousands) that dot the Kansas landscape. I had black & white in mind when I photographed this old outbuilding with the windmill.

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Looking through the window of the homestead, the range of light was too great to capture in one click so, I braced myself against the window and did a 5 stop bracket with HDR in mind.

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As the sun dropped below the horizon we headed to dinner.

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Today was a pretty light positioning day with only 360 miles of travel.

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Images captures with Nikon D700, AF-S 24-70mm on Lexar digital media.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom

Today as I reflect on how grateful to have such a wonderful mother, I felt that simply telling her was not enough. You see my mom is the best mom in the world. No matter the situation, she was (and is) always right there by my side telling me that I can do anything I set my mind to. She believes unfailingly in me and my abilities. She is there to share in the good times and she steps up to comfort me in the bad. My mother unselfishly does for others…she may bake all day long to send a care package of goodies for no reason than to let you know that she is thinking of you. She listens when I have something to talk out and offers sound advice with no hint of judgement. My mom is generous, kind, selfless, caring, the most beautiful mom in the world.
I can only hope to posses a fraction of your qualities, mom. I love you!

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