Monday, September 15, 2014

Sunset on the Prairie

So this happened tonight. Simple shot. Light was awesome - so just find something to shoot.

Nikon d7000
Nikon 70-200 afs 2.8

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Just Hanging Around

This little guy was just hanging around the other night. I had to use all my proper long lens hand holding skills to get a sharp image.

I was shooting with a 300mm f4 plus a TC 1.4 - so any little movement that I did was going to be exagerated - not to mention a little big on a little piece of grass - I needed everyone to remain calm.

I like the results.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Tall Grass Prairie Flowers

The Spiked Gayfeathers are just starting to bloom on the prairie. These flowers are spectacular and attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Nikon d7000
Nikon 70-200 2.8

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Big Bluestem 2

I took advantage of an amazing NE sunset tonight. After looking through many images of the Big Blue Stem grasses I saw this image that appears to have a dragon fly in the background.

Sometimes cool things happen - but they don't if you don't get out there and shoot. I try to shoot everyday. It is good discipline and good for my soul.

Nikon d7000
Nikon 70-200 2.8

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hot Air Ballooning

If you have followed this blog at all you know that I love hot air balloons. I love to chase them. I even get to crew for a balloon company now.

You might say I stalk hot air balloons. If I see them I chase them.

One of the key elements in a ballooning photograph is obvious the balloon. This balloon is one of my favorites in the Omaha area because of the bright colors. They just pop.

Another key element are clouds. A balloon with a clear blue sky - it is OK. A balloon with a grey sky - not so much. But a balloon with some cool clouds that add depth and drama - very cool.

I took this shot last night. I was out walking my dog when a balloon rose up in the Elkhorn River valley east of Valley, NE. The chase was on.

Nikon d7000
Nikon 70-200

Monday, August 18, 2014

Big Bluestem

Big Bluestem is an amazing grass. It is capable of growing to up to 8 feet tall. It is also called Turkey foot.

It is a fun grass to photograph is the sunset is good and the winds are calm.

Nikon d7000
Nikon 50 1.4 afs

Monday, August 11, 2014

Nebraska Balloon and Wine Festival

The Nebraska Balloon and Wine Festival is an awesome event. Thousands of people. Lots of Wine Tasting. Great bands. But the reason I go - Hot Air Balloons.

I went this year with Linda and some friends. They had never been before. So it was very fun to share it with them.

As the balloons are inflating I like to get the 70-200 out and compress the scene. It is fast and furious shooting because there is movement and lift off happening pretty fast. You just grab what you can.

This is a pretty small ballooning event. 6-8 balloons. Some day I am going to go to a big festival.