Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Best of the 365 Blog - May 2017

Wildlife turned out to be the theme for April.

Early in the month the bees returned to the tree in our front yard.

Nikon D7000, 300mm (75-300), 1/2000, f/5.6, ISO 800, cropped

At work a goose set up camp under a tree right next to the sidewalk.

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This is Boris, one of the strays we feed. She can be elusive, but this afternoon she patiently posed for a long-distance portrait.

Nikon D7000, 200mm (75-300), 1/60, f/5.3, ISO 1600, cropped

When the cat takes possession of what you're working on, all you can do is take pictures of the cat.

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My grandpa’s old musical slide rule, now mounted on the side of a bookshelf.

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I managed to catch some good photos of a squirrel on our deck eating a slice of bread. One of the other photos got edited into a squirrel holding a protest sign.

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Two piñatas that managed to survive last June’s birthday fest. And of course maneki neko.

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And at long last I made it to my 365th straight photo. Out at the stadium I looked around for something that said “365,” but the closest I could come was five off.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Best of the 365 Blog - April 2017

April was a quiet month, mostly spent at work or at home.

A cat toy abandoned on a heating grate made an interesting study in patterns and lines.

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This is a close up of gel pens in a rack. I used an off-camera flash to get the odd side lighting.

Nikon D7000, 80mm (35-80), 1/125, f/32, ISO 200

When I moved the bird seed boxes off their shelf to refill them, I found an interesting example of texture and rule of thirds.

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I got a mini fridge for my office, just big enough for six cans of DMD.

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April 15 found us back at the ballpark for another season in the sun. This is the well-worn number on the back of my seat.

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Easter eggs, naturally.

Nikon D7000, 45mm (35-80), 1/1250, f/4.2, ISO 200

Here’s something I’d never seen before: two pennies in a Ziploc bag of water, hanging above the drive-thru window at China Feast. We looked it up later and found that it was there for good luck and good fortune.

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It seemed like this might be useful photo clip art for future projects.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Best of the 365 Blog – March 2017

No dramatic spring break photos this year (we stayed put for the whole week). But a few good ones from our regular environs.

On the drive to work I noticed that someone placed a birdhouse in one of the trees between the highway and the river.

Nikon D7000, 28mm (28-200), 1/250, f/8, ISO 200

Sunbeam cat. A rare good shot from the iPad.

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Clipboard in a paper rack.

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The Kansas City Rowing Club’s dock, on the day we cleaned the boat yard. This was my first time out there in more than a year.

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Glass skull, close up.

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A lion from the Pompeii exhibit at Union Station.

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Toward the end of the month I did a whole week of cats. Usually cat pictures are a sure sign that I didn’t photograph anything out in the world and needed a photo op somewhere around the house. But for these seven days I concentrated specifically on our feline friends and family members. This is the Dutchess, an outdoor stray in the mood to pose for a picture.

Nikon D7000, 80mm (35-80), 1/200, f/5.6, ISO 400, cropped

 And at long last spring is officially upon us.

Nikon D7000, 300mm (75-300), 1/40, f/5.6, ISO 100

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Best of the 365 Blog – February 2017

Things got back to normal this month. I took advantage of the relative calm to put the new phone through its photographic paces.

Anna Marie, looking serious and photogenic as usual.

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Remember last November when we found out ladybugs weren’t all that cute close up? Apparently Arby’s reubens aren’t improved, either.

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The warm weather prompted us to replace the grill. They look so good when they’re new.

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This bit of carpet scrap and dead leaf arranged themselves into an interesting configuration.

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And these pens in a rack made an interesting pattern.

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Even without much exposure control, the iPhone can still get some dramatic sky shots.

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This is one of the blog’s most popular posts. That’s at least in part because I Facebooked it with the comment, “Draw me like one of your French cats.”

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An abandoned chew toy on the floor of Amigos on State.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Best of the 365 Blog – January 2017

New year, new beginning. Or at least that’s what it seemed like until the middle of the month found me in the hospital. The adventures never cease.

New Years Day as usual found us out at the ballpark for our annual ceremony.

Nikon D3000, 10.5mm, 1/160, f/6.3, ISO 100

Winter got off to a warm start, with more rain than snow.

Nikon D7000, 400mm (18-55), 1/30, f/5.3, ISO 800

At the Zum soap shop. If you’ve got exposed pipes, you can at least paint them attractively. This was one of the last photos I took with my old phone.

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And this was one of the first with the new phone. Our deepest snow so far [added note: this turned out to be the deepest snow we got all winter].

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My pictures didn’t amount to much for the three days I was in the hospital. Fortunately Amy got some good pictures. This one’s the light fixture in the ER.

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Local meteorologists predicted a huge ice storm, which fortunately didn't materialize. All we got were a few icicles.

Nikon D7000, 36mm (18-55), 1/80, f/5.0, ISO 400

The aftermath of my stay at the hospital left me with several new pills, two kinds of insulin injections, and a blood testing meter.

Nikon D3000, 10.5mm, 1/30, f/2.8, ISO 640

An array of sauce cups I photographed while waiting to pick up some carry out.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Best of the 365 Blog – December 2016

December was a little catch-as-catch-can. Between the emotional fallout from the election and the usual end-of-semester exhaustion, I wasn’t focusing on photography like I usually do. Keeping up with the 365 project was the best I could manage. So here’s what I got:

An absinthe spoon in silhouette:

Nikon D7000, 42mm (35-80), 1/800, f/4.2, ISO 800

The resident cat at the Dusty Bookshelf in Lawrence:

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Snow on a table at the college:

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Jenny making the Jenny Face:

Nikon D7000, 48mm (35-80), 1/80, f/4.5, ISO 400

A dramatic-looking rabbit:

Nikon D7000, 35mm (35-80), 1/125, f/16, ISO 100, flash

Christmas Eve in the drive-thru of our favorite Chinese restaurant:

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An amazingly-detailed toy car (from the Supernatural TV series):

Nikon D7000, 80mm (35-80), 1/125, f/8, ISO 100, flash

Cat scratches on a railing:

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Best of the 365 Blog – November 2016

November was quite a month. The election and its aftermath distracted from routines such as the 365 project. But I still managed to keep up.

On the first day of the month I hauled out a macro lens and took some pictures of ladybugs. Oddly they aren’t as cute when you get this close to them.

Nikon D7000, 80mm (35-80), 1/400, f/5.6, ISO 400, cropped and rotated

Last month I blogged a photo of one of the college’s new “Learning Commons” signs. Thus I figured I should include an image of the sign in place.

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On Election Day I paused for a moment after voting to photograph the polling place. I thought it might turn out to be a historic occasion. Unfortunately I was right.

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Time to recycle! I liked the combination of the bottle chaos in the foreground and the fall foliage framed by the window on the other side of the bin.

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On the 13th I got a shot at a lunar event. The moon was unusually close to the earth. I didn’t have much luck with surface details, but at least the leaves created an interesting effect.

Nikon D7000, 300mm (75-300), 10 sec., f/25, ISO 100



This is one of my favorite photos of the year. I love the color patterns on the leaf, a small bit of beauty of the sort we all too often walk right past on the sidewalk without ever noticing it.

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Or sometimes it’s something interesting that you notice because you’re stuck in a drive-thru with nothing better to do than take random photos.

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Of course the leaves look pretty when they’re still on the tree, too.

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