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Golden Hour

Golden Hour

A friend and I took a walk the other evening and brought our cameras with. Golden Hour was in full swing by the time we got here and we found a spot that yielded some nice landscapes. This was one of my favorites. I was focused on this plant and decided to shoot into the […]

Indiana Cactus


This is one of many Prickly Pear cacti that can be found around the Indiana Dunes. For some reason I had never seen a cactus there before. But then again, I never walked the trails until this year. Too bad I missed them when they were flowering but I’ve added it to my photography bucket […]

Trees 6/9/14

local trees

I like to walk. I really like taking walks in the woods. There are a few places near me that are fun to explore. Bartel Grassland is one of them. It’s encompasses around 700 or so acres and has it all including water, trees, and wildlife. One thing it doesn’t have is trails. Works for […]

Davies Pond

Davies Pond

Davies Pond. One of my tries at long exposures. This was a 25 second exposure.

Fireworks over Oak Forest


For the fist time in, well, I can’t remember; I actually sat back, cracked open a beer, and watched the fireworks without using a cable or chimping to see if I got the shot. This year I hooked my smart phone to my camera, and with the help of my TriggerTrap app, I didn’t have […]

Lightning Strike!


A pretty powerful thunderstorm blew through and I set my camera up and started ripping frames in hope of capturing some lightning strikes. I set my camera to manual with an aperture of f9 and the shutter set to bulb. I used my cable release and tried to keep the shutter open for around 10 […]

Summer Solstice 2014

bartel grassland

Headed out to Bartel Grassland Saturday morning to celebrate the Summer Solstice. Couldn’t have asked for a more pleasant morning! The sunrise was pretty uneventful due to a pretty heavy morning fog but other than that it was a beautiful morning. I forget how quiet it can be out there in the early morning. The […]

Starry Night

starry night

I spent the night over at the kids house over the weekend to watch the grand dogs. I was by myself and there wasn’t much going on so I thought I would try my hand at some night sky photography. It was a beautiful night and the sky was relatively clear and starry. Amazing how […]

Local Waterfall

local waterfall

A waterfall located at a nature preserve near me. I tried my hand at some long exposure photography and was pretty happy with this one.

This Old House

this old house

An old house I came across this weekend that is in desperate need of repair. The lawn was pretty nice however… It was starting to get cloudy out but the sun was still peeking out when I made this picture. I wanted to make this place look a little more foreboding so in post I […]

Local Creek

b&w creek in the woods

A creek near me that will more than likely look quite different in a few months. Landscapes are much easier to explore in the winter but infinitely better looking in the warmer months! The downside here is that everything appears to be the same color. Converting this picture to b&w seems to have separated some […]

…and Yet Another Snow Event!

march 2014 snow

I’m starting to believe winter is not going to end anytime soon. This time the snow was¬†heart attack snow. Very wet. And very heavy. The weight of the snow was too heavy for one of the branches on one of the trees in the front yard. Also too much for one of the trees in […]