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.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Air Show 2

I totally love these planes - colorful - loud - prop planes. So I tried to slow the shutter speed down - so that the prop would be blurred. This is shot at 1/640 which is still too fast.

But there is a little blur. I need to work on my panning technique. I still really like the picture.

Can't wait tell the next time.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Offut Air Show

The Defenders of Freedom Air Show was back this year after being cancelled last year. This year the Blue Angels were at the show!

Thoughts of Maverick and Goose.