Fun Friday: Reaching the Summit

Another image captured in October in a nearby butterfly garden … a small beetle successfully reaches the top of a Celosia stalk:

Beetle on top of a Celosia flower stalk

Can’t you picture what he must be thinking: “Oh, no. I left my flag on the ground!”¬† :o)

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180mm f/3.5 macro lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/2000 sec.

 

 

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Mellow Yellow

Another interesting insect found in the butterfly garden, while photographing in mid-October, was this small beetle that was busy moving around the yellow flower:

Beetle on flower

I just LOVE shooting nature in the fall colors, with crisp mornings and lots of end-of-season activities!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180mm f/3.5 macro lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/8000 sec.
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Fall Beauty

I’m making my way back through some of my 2017 images for some new things I hadn’t yet posted. One that caught my eye was this image I captured in mid October, at a friend’s butterfly garden near Paola, Kansas. When photographing there, I was immediately drawn to the vivid color of the Celosia flowers and this unidentified wasp that was busy searching for nectar:

Unidentified Wasp on Celosia flower

The patch of celosia flowers acted like a magnet for many different insects. Guess I need to plant some in my butterfly garden next year!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/4000 sec.

 

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Milky Way Over Roseman

Today’s post concludes my recent photo trip to Madison County, Iowa to photograph the covered bridges in fall colors and at night (and with playing with my new drone!). Today’s two images were captured during my last night in Madison County. Although the Milky Way’s galactic core are not nearly as visible or impressive as it would have been in the summer months, it still excites me to be able to photograph our heavenly skies over historic landmarks like the Roseman Covered Bridge. Here are a couple of my favorite images from my last night’s shoot.

I first set up to shoot the Milky Way as it stretched from behind the Roseman bridge, using a small amount of light painting to light the bridge and surrounding foliage:

Milky Way over the Roseman Covered Bridge

After shooting some images from this position, I moved to the far end of the bridge and shot the Milky Way, including a small portion of the bridge’s roof and the creek below the bridge:

Milky Way over the Roseman Covered Bridge

This photo trip was a lot of fun! I may try to make it back next year, when the galactic core of the Milky Way is colorful and much more impressive.

If you missed any of the previous posts from the Madison County Covered Bridges, you can click on these links to see my earlier posts:

Photographic Equipment Used:

Canon 5D Mark 3 body
Rokinon 14mm, manual lens (my favorite astrophotography lens!)
Bogen 3221 tripod with ballhead
ISO 6400 (top photo) and ISO 3200 (bottom photo)
Aperture f/2.8 (both photos)
Shutter 28 seconds (both photos)

 

 

 

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Looking Down on Roseman

Today’s post features some of the aerial images I captured of the Roseman Covered Bridge (Madison County, Iowa) via my drone. I’m just now starting in drone photography, but I really love the potential it offers, particularly the sunrise/sunset images. Here are some of my favorite drone images of the Roseman bridge:

On my first evening at the bridge, I captured a few images during the daylight hours:

Roseman Covered Bridge

Roseman Covered Bridge

Roseman Covered Bridge

After surveying the area, it looked like sunrise might be a great time to capture some more drone images, so on the following morning I arrived before sunrise, set up the drone, and waited for sunrise. As the sunrise neared, I put the drone into the air and captured these early morning images of the Roseman Covered Bridge:

Roseman Covered Bridge

Roseman Covered Bridge

Now, I’m anxiously awaiting our first snowfall. I have a few locations near my rural Missouri home that should give some great snow images by air!

Photographic Equipment Used:

DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone, with 20MP camera (8.8mm lens)
ISO 200 to ISO 3200
Aperture f/2.8 (all images)
Shutter 1/10 sec. to 1/240 sec.

 

 

 

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Roseman in Fall Colors

Had another wonderful art show over the weekend. If you stopped by my booth, just wanted to say I had a great time sharing conversation and my work with you and fellow nature lovers!

Today’s post features a couple of photos of the famous Roseman Covered Bridge of Madison County, Iowa. These images were captured late in the afternoon and show some of the fall colors around the bridge:

Roseman Covered Bridge

Roseman Covered Bridge

In the next post, I’ll feature some more aerial images I captured with the drone. Personally, the aerial images of the Roseman Covered Bridge are some of my favorites from the trip.

Photographic Equipment Used:

Canon 5D Mark 3 body
Canon 28-135mm, f/3.5-5.6, IS lens
Handheld, with IS “On”
ISO 200
Aperture f/11 (top photo) and f/16 (bottom photo)
Shutter 1/350 sec. (top photo) and 1/10 sec. (bottom photo)

 

 

 

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Getting High on Photography

Today’s post features images I captured recently with a new (to me) technology. Recently, I bought a new toy … er, I mean tool. I now have a drone available to capture aerial images. I’m still brainstorming how I can use the drone, but today’s post shows the persepective I can now use with my nature photography. And I’m planning on using the drone with¬† a lot of my prairie photography, especially when the prairies are at peak bloom with wildflowers. Sunrises and sunsets are also on my list. Should be not only an interesting journey, but a fun one, as well!

The images in this post were captured over and around the Holliwell Covered Bridge, just outside Winterset, Iowa. With fall colors falling on the surrounding landscape, I love the perspective that is available with the drone:

Fall landscape near the Holliwell Covered Bridge

Holliwell Covered Bridge and the fall landscape

Coming up, I’ll be sharing some images of the “Grandaddy” of the Madison County covered bridges, the Roseman Covered Bridge.

Reminder: For those living close to Kansas City, I’ll have a booth in the “Fall Harvest Holiday Arts & Crafts Show” this Friday and Saturday. Details can be found in the righthand panel of this blog post.

Photographic Equipment Used:

DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone (8.8mm lens)
ISO 6400 (top photo) and ISO 400 (last 3 photos)
Aperture f/2.8 (all)
Shutter 1/60 sec. (top photo) and 1/40 sec. (last 3 photos)

 

 

 

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Daytime Stars … Nighttime Stars

Today’s post comes from the Holliwell Covered Bridge of Madison County, Iowa. During the morning sunrise, I captured this “starburst” as the sun rose from behind the covered bridge:

Sunrise at the Holliwell Covered Bridge

That evening, I returned to the Holliwell bridge to shoot the night skies over the bridge. Capturing 5 individual images, I later processed them together in Photoshop, resulting in this star trails image:

Star Trails over the Holliwell Covered Bridge

Coming up … more Madison County covered bridges, including the “Grandaddy” of them all, and some images captured using a new technology I’ve just started using.

Photographic Equipment Used:

Canon 5D Mark 3 body (both photos)Canon 28-135mm, f/3.5-5.6, IS lens (sunrise photo)
Rokinon 14mm, f/2.8, all manual lens (night photo)
Bogen 3221 tripod and ballhead
ISO 200 (sunrise) and ISO 500 (star trails)
Aperture f/22 (sunrise) and f/2.8 (star trails)
Shutter 1/60 sec. (sunrise) and 5 minutes per individual image (star trails)
Star Trail Processing: 5 individual, 5-minute images were combined in Photoshop to get the star trail image shown above

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Star Trails Over Hogback

Today’s post comes from the Hogback Covered Bridge of Madison County, Iowa. After capturing images of the Milky Way and several Orionid meteors over the bridge, I moved position to be able to shoot the star trails over the bridge. Capturing 6 individual images, I later processed them together in Photoshop, resulting in this star trails image:

Star Trails Over Hogback Covered Bridge

Coming up … more Madison County covered bridges and some images captured using a new technology I’ve just started using.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Rokinon 14mm, all manual lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod and ballhead
  • ISO 500
  • Aperture f/2.8
  • Shutter 5 minutes (per individual image)
  • Processing: 6 individual, 5-minute images were combined in Photoshop to get the star trail image shown above

 

 

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Living Right? Just Plain Lucky?

Today’s post begins a series of posts of images I captured during last week’s “Covered Bridges of Madison County, Iowa, in the Fall Colors” trip. I actually conducted this trip as a small-group workshop with one of my photography students. During the mornings, we shot sunrises over the covered bridges. During the day, we met for some Lightroom work, and at sunset we again shot at a covered bridge, staying there well into the night to capture the Milky Way and stars over the bridge.

On our first evening, we set up to shoot over the Hogback Covered Bridge. Although the Milky Way would not be directly over the bridge (a creek and lots of trees prevented us from being able to do that), we had a great time. And we actually saw several meteors zoom over us. And as the title of this post implies, we had some pretty good success! In the featured image today, I was able to capture not only the Milky Way, but a pair of Orionid meteors. I thought I might have captured a meteor, but not until a later review did I realize there were actually 2 meteors, side-by-side … sometimes, everything just seems to fall right in place!

Double Meteor Over Hogback Covered Bridge

Coming up … more covered bridges, fall colors, and possibly some more stars!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Rokinon 14mm, all manual lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod and ballhead
  • ISO 3200
  • Aperture f/2.8
  • Shutter 24 seconds

 

 

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