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Mama and Ducklings in the Sky

Not actually in the sky, but it looks that way. We had a very heavy rain in the morning. Not a lightning and thunder, but a good hard rain.  The lake actually flooded and overflowed the banks. It was temporary and in less than an hour the lake was back to normal height. 

The day became very bright and clear and you can see the clouds that remained. I went to the edge of the lake to survey what the flooding may have done. Nothing of importance.

But mama duck brought her 5 ducklings over to introduce them to me. I assume she thought I was going […] Continue reading » Mama and Ducklings in the Sky

September 18th

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I looked out my window this morning and I noticed The turtle lineup on the far side of the lake. As you can see the water is very low and it exposed this concrete buttress where street storm […] Continue reading » September 18th

Through The Lens

I have a small digital camera, the Sony NEX-5 which was one of the first in that NEX series of mirrorless exchangeable lens cameras. It is no longer the latest or greatest camera body but great pictures are made by the photographer, not the hardware.

The only thing the tool (the camera) has to do is accurately capture the light for the image. The NEX-5 does that well.

Would I upgrade the body of the camera? Maybe someday, there are some user features I would like, but the real work in photography is managed by the lens and the skill of the photographer.

I have five lenses I use […] Continue reading » Through The Lens

Camera Pro?

I am not a “professional” photographer. Professional means earning a living through photography. The title does not automatically indicate the “quality” of the photographs produced are any better than the “amateur” photographer can create.

There is an implication that to be a “professional” one must be an excellent photographer since someone is willing to pay for your work. That is not true. Let me make this comparison:

There are many “professional” race car drivers and “professional” golfers. After the “leader board” there is still a whole bunch of “also ran” that did or perhaps did not finish the contest. They are still professionals are they not? For awhile anyway… They […] Continue reading » Camera Pro?

New Post in RD’s Photo Gallery

I posted a few new pictures in my RD photo gallery.

First in the blog section is some shots of my Sony NEX5 wearing a chunk of Minolta lens glass. There will be more to come in that story.

I also posted a ranch picture I dug up from one of my old archives. I thought it was rather attractive and worthy of a place in the gallery. You can find it here on the main page. Look for the horse and calf.

Most if not all of my future photography blog posts will be posted in the RD’s Photo Gallery, the “Pholog” […] Continue reading » New Post in RD’s Photo Gallery