A Resting Fawn

December 2, 2012 in Blog

This fawn was actually just a few feet off the road. There’s no telling how many people drove right past and had no idea.

Remember when it was warm enough to see these?

December 2, 2012 in Blog

It seems like it wasn’t very long ago that dragon flies and damsel flies were everywhere you looked.

Bells Will Be Ringing

October 9, 2012 in 18-105mm, 2012, Blog, Blue, Color, D7000, Flowers, Go Picturin, Green, HDR, Kyle Dyson, Nikon, Purple, Rose, Technique, Yellow

It’s definitely fall in central Illinois and with the drought of this summer, no one is sure exactly how long the trees will hang on to their colorful leaves.

Pictures of trees can be beautiful, but what makes a picture work is something to anchor it. Sometimes it’s a lake with a reflection, sometimes it’s a blue sky or a green grassy meadow, but what often works best is a combination that includes a landmark – something that makes the viewer relate to the picture.

In this picture, I was lucky enough to anchor it with two landmarks. The foreground is the beautiful rose garden of Washington Park, and the background is the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon.

The rose garden has been the subject of many of the rose pictures and is always extremely well taken care of. It’s a definite favorite destination of mine when I’m itching for a quick photo op. The carillon is a beautiful place, and is definitely worth a stop if you’re visiting town. They host many events throughout the year and the bells are always neat to hear.



I’ve Been Benched!

October 3, 2012 in 18-105mm, 2012, Blog, D7000, Go Picturin, HDR, Kyle Dyson, Nikon, Technique

It’s been quite a while since I posted, but I’m kidding – I haven’t really been benched. I’ve been very happily occupied working on my honey-do list in preparation of our second son due in the next few weeks.

It’s fall and photographers everywhere are scrambling to get pictures of the changing colors of the trees. Admittedly, I’m one of them. It seems like the trees are literally changing overnight here in the Midwest and a tree that’s green today might be yellow or red tomorrow.

I was actually looking for fall colors today when I noticed the scene in this picture. It’s not full of yellows or oranges or reds, but when I drove past it, I had to circle around so I could get the shot.

This shot is an HDR image made of three exposures taken with a Nikon D7000 and an 18-105 lens with a circular polarizer.

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