Tuesday, July 25, 2017


In my travels the most bike friendly I've yet to visit has to be Copenhagen, Denmark. They have have bike paths and lanes everywhere. The image below is in the central part of the city near the indoor/outdoor market. I sometimes forget where I've parked my car at the mall. How hard would it be for me to find my bicycle? I love the chaos of this image. I used a high f stop to get the depth of field I needed to get as many of the bikes in focus as possible. It was created with a Canon 7D MkII and a Tamron 18-200mm lens at 63 mm. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 200, F 18.0 at 1/40th of a sec. God's blessings upon your week, chris

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Quick Visit to the Kastellet

Landing early in the afternoon in Copenhagen Lenore and I went for a quick walk to the Kastellet a couple of blocks from our hotel. The Kastellet is a star shaped earthen walled fortress surrounded by a moat. The walls were constructed in the form of a star shaped pentagram. There are walking trails all around the top of the fortress walls. The military still uses it as base which strangely enough is open to the public with the limitation that most of the interior of the buildings are off limits. We were surprised to see that there was a concert being performed on the parade ground by a drum and fife corp. We sat and watched them for close to an hour. Their finale was amazing and totally unexpected as it was a techno fusion number that was distinctly non military. We had a great time and it was a nice way to decompress from being stuck in a plane for ten hours. God's love and blessings to all, chris All images were created with a Canon 7D mkII. #TeamCanon

Friday, July 14, 2017

Just a Little Lack of Sleep or Downtown Gdansk, Poland

We got back from a trip to Europe the day before yesterday. We had little to no sleep for over 30 hours on the return trip home. Traveling home was pretty tiring. On the train and the plane I caught snatches of sleep here and there but I was always awoken by someone bumping me or the airline crew announcing something on the intercom. Overall we had a really nice trip with only a few small accidents. Lenore crashed her bike in Poland with minor scratches. She is quite athletic and knows how to fall gracefully! On the last day in the airport a lady tripped me with her bag and I slammed down pretty hard on the thin carpet with concrete underneath. My right knee caught the brunt of it and it is pretty swollen and sore. Trip wise we visited, Copenhagen Denmark, Växjö Sweden, Gdansk Poland and Torrevieja Spain. We spent close to a week in each spot. My favorite place had to be Gdansk, Poland on the Baltic Sea. I really loved the mix of forests, beaches and the old historic city. This morning I spent some time uploading images to my computer. This image from downtown Gdansk really caught my eye. I really like the leading lines and the composition. There will be more to follow in the coming weeks.
This image was created with a handheld and braced Canon 7D mkII camera and a Tamron 18-200mm lens.The settings used were AV mode, ISO 800, F11.0 @ .6sec. #TeamCanon, #takenwithmytamron

Friday, June 9, 2017

Yearning to be a Cowboy

This has to be my favorite image from the James Ranch Round Up in mid May. One of the cowboys sons was looking longingly across the meadow at his Dad as they were heading out to round up cattle. You could feel the pull that he had to be out there with his Dad. Through out the day this little eight year old kid proved his worth helping out wherever he could. I get the feeling that he is going to grow up to be a great cowboy like his Dad. God's love and blessings to all, chris This image was created with a handheld Canon 7D MkII and a Canon 100-400 IS V.1 lens. #TeamCanon

Thursday, June 8, 2017

It Must be Raining

Last night we went to sleep with the sound of the pitter pat of raindrops on the roof outside our bedroom window. It's really nice to leave the window cracked just a little bit so that we can hear it. For many it is a joyful sound. For many ranchers it's a bad sound. We are in the middle of haying season and it means a loss of a lot of dollars in the form of moldy hay bales if they couldn't get then out of the fields and undercover before the rains hit. All this morning and today it has been a steadily coming down. I took a break from paperwork and bills to photograph the rain drops on the Lupine and Strawberry plants in the front yard. I hope that you are enjoying your day. God bless, chis All of these images werecreated with a canon 7D MkII and a canon 100-400 IS v. 1 lens on a Manfrotto 055 XPROB tripod. Exposure varied.#TeamCanon

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Eye on the Prize

Here is another one from the round up on the James Ranch. Time for a lunch break from editing. I've only got a couple more dozen images left to process. Whoo Hoo! God's blessings upon your day, chris This image was created with a handheld Canon 7D MkII and a Canon EF-S17-85mm lens at 17mm. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 400 F 5.6 at 1/1600 th of a sec.#TeamCanon

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

One From the Round Up

Editing images from a big photo shoot can be a big chore. About three weeks ago I photographed a cattle round up on the James Ranch near where I live. It was a long, fun, all day affair and I took a lot of images. This is one of my favorite images so far. I've got about a quarter of them left to process. God's love and blessings upon your day, chris This image was created with a handheld Canon 7D MkIIand a Canon EF-S17-85mm lens at 30mm. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 800, F 16.0 at 1/640th of a sec.