The Winter Cottonwood Tree

The Winter Cottonwood Tree

I took my morning sunrise drive in eastern Butler county yesterday and decided to try experimenting in RAW HDR. RAW images are not processed by the camera software and editing is done externally. I set my camera up to bracket 3 shots. Most of my HDR work involves 5 bracketed shots but the buffer in the camera struggles with saving to the SD Card when saving in RAW and JPEG.

My shot of the day was a lone and quite large Cottonwood Tree being backlit by the rising sun. I took various shots of it along the roadside but this one below was my favorite and turned out beautifully. Appear like my switching things up worked and will be doing more of this in the near future.

Framed On The Ice

Framed On The Ice

Some shots are only possible during the winter months such as this one I took on the Shell Rock river at Heery Woods State Park south of Clarksville Iowa.  The twisted tree framed the sunrise perfectly Sunday morning as I stood a little on the ice above the dam.

This Land Magazine portfolio

This Land Magazine portfolio

Decided to create a 52 page portfolio in magazine format to help get my name out there.  I can see placing a copy in a Dr. office type environment where people can flip through it at their leisure.

Also have been kicking around ideas for a photo book titled Loose Gravel scenes from roads less traveled.

First Snowfall of the season

First Snowfall of the season

For the most part this Christmas was pretty black around here in NE Iowa.  Yesterday brought a nice blanket of 4″ of powder the bad part was it was followed by sub-zero temperatures but I still managed to get out to a favorite barn of mine that stands alone in a field.  Thought it made a nice winter scene.

Led Lightbox

Led Lightbox

I worked on this lightbox the last two days.  The picture is a 16 x 20 acrylic print I bought from canvas discount.  The frame I picked up for a dollar at a flea market.  Saved the glass as it was not needed for this project.  The box is out of pine 1 x 2″ build behind the frame and glued together.  The back is mahogany underlayment ith the inside covered in furnace aluminum tape.

The lighting is 12v LED strip light, 3 rows running 16″ vertical.  I painted the frame in flat black and am quite happy how it turned out.

Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights

Been having a great time doing some sunset photography as of late with the colder weather the local water holes have glazed over with a nice layer of ice lacking snow so far.  The reflection patterns have been spectacular off the ice.  Some of my best sunset shots I have been able to witness and capture.

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