Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Slide Abstract

This was more by accident than a picture by design. Do you think it is a happy accident or just a bad picture. I like the abstract/surreal feel.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Anna Homecoming with the Grandsons

As promised we took the four grandsons to the Anna Homecoming, Saturday evening. My wife and I have since decided to take them all at the same time next year.

The biggest ride at the event this year was the Rocko Plane. The Granddaughters which are older wouldn't ride it so I was surprised when the younger boys wanted to give it a try.

Much to my further surprise they rode it several more times. By the end of the night they had ridden every ride there.

This is Evan, and I won't tell you how many shots I took just trying to get one good pan of any of them. This isn't even much of a pan but it was the best of the bunch. I had a really nice one with an empty seat.

Avery and Austin sporting their Ohio State T's get a cool ride in the front car of the little roller coaster ride.

After a bit of panic of not being able to find Isaiah after he went into the Run-A-Muck play house, I found him inside, hiding in the ball pit. KIDS!

The ride the Tempest was one of their favorites too.

I thought this was a pretty cool night shot.

We had a great time but I must admit that Papaw and Nanna were a bit tuckered.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Anna Homecoming (Just a few shots)

My wife and I took the Granddaughters to the Anna Homecoming. Here are a few shot from our outing. We are doing the Grandsons the next night.

This is one of those swing rides. I used the longest exposure that I could, I think it was 3 seconds and a fire hydrant for a tripod.

Maddie, Emily and Hanah with a little face paint.

The Big Fun Slide and this Whirly Ride were their favorites.

Here are a few of the car show that was going on at the time.

Betty Boop still looking good after all these years.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Cloud Mushroom and Rose

Coming home from my Granddaughters softball game I saw this cloud formation.

These clouds were opposite the sun that had just set. Pretty Cool huh!

The above shot was taken from my backyard. This one was taken earlier on my way home.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Dog Walk-A-Thon

I am the official Pet Portrait and Event Photographer for the HAHN~HUFFORD CENTER OF HOPE first ever Dog Walk-A-Thon. The event is July 11. Wish me Luck.

Hands and Paws of Hope

Monday, June 22, 2009

Bat and Ball

A good friend of mine let me borrow his Sigma 50-500mm f/4.0 lens. I thought I'd give it a try at one of my granddaughters softball games. I must say that having the ability to zoom from 50 to 500mm gives you quite a bit a versatility. About the only draw back besides the f/4.0 is the weight. This bad boy weighs in at 7 pounds. Here's the best shot I got at the game, taken from behind the fence in Center Field.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Armstrong Air & Space Museum

I went to the Armstrong Air & Space Museum this weekend to take yet more pictures for My Hometown Ohio blog. These are the ones I don't plan on using for that blog.

Here's one from the outside. I tried to find a new angle to shoot from.

I found this display on Coke and Pepsi in space interesting.

This is what the inside of the Gemini capsule looks like.

This had to be my coolest shot for the day. They have this light and mirrored hallway to simulate starts and space you walk through to get to the theater.

For all the time I've lived in the area and drove past it on I75 I had never visited the museum until now. So it was a pretty neat experience for me. They have an upcoming event that I hope to make it back for called the Tri-County Field of Honor July 13-20.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Troy Walk About Part 1

Friday after work, I dropped my wife off at the movies in Piqua and I went to Troy to take some downtown pictures for my "My Hometown Ohio" blog. I thought I'd share a few here.

This first one is the old Power Plant.

I think this one of the street lights came out pretty cool!

Like Dayton, Troy has sculptures on display. This one called "Confessions" was my favorite capture from the outing.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Old and New

In this shot I just liked the contrast of something old and forgotten with something new set against the background of green. The shadows add a nice touch as well.

Which do you think works better the color or black and white?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Tweak Before the Show

The Edison Photo Society is having a show a the Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney. This is one of the pictures I used for the show. The first picture is what I started with. I really hated that I shot it crooked and I didn't care for the grass and dirt in the corner.

After spending a little time in PhotoShop (okay maybe more than a little) with the straightening and cloning tools--I had the picture that I wanted.

I think I may have actually liked it better if I had left it crooked.

Monday, June 15, 2009


A collage of some candids of my son Tyler bottom right and grand-kids from recent family gatherings and events.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Second Place

I entered this along with two others in the Versailles Poultry Days Pro. Division for people. I was surprised when this one got a second place ribbon. Not bad for a birthday party shot.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Buckeye Fever

I took this sometime ago. I had just got my studio lights and was looking for something to practice on. GO BUCKS!