Took a vacation day from work to shoot some RAGBRAI pics as riders leave Council Bluffs on the first day. Thought it would be fun to get up early and photograph riders silhouetted by the rising sun. The weather had other plans.
Bigger cities may have bigger, fancier floats in their parades. But I often find small town celebrations have more heart, more personality, and more tractors. Spent the afternoon in Avoca for their 4th of July parade and 150th Anniversary celebration.
View from my living room window courtesy of my neighbors.
Odyssey bridge sculpture greeting people driving into Council Bluffs.
Butterflies have been fluttering all around my workplace the last few days. I believe these are painted lady butterflies.
One thing I’ve noticed with my post-newspaper career photography, I seldom crop my photos anymore. When shooting portraits or any non-moving subjects for news, it was easy to frame in camera. But when shooting action, especially with sports, perfect framing in camera was the exception, not the rule. Of course I would try to fill my frame while shooting action, but most action photos would benefit from at least a little cropping, sometimes a lot.
That nonchalant attitude about cropping action photo would sometimes carry over to my non-action photos. If there were something distracting towards the edge of the frame, I wouldn’t worry about it knowing I could crop it out later.
Without knowing it, I think I learned more than I expected in my personal challenge of producing 35 photos in 35 days all shot with a 35mm lens. I didn’t crop any of those photos. If I would have, it would have defeated the purpose of forcing myself to shoot with that field of view. So I accidentally conditioned myself to shoot without the intent of cropping later.
It was a happy accident.
Checked on the birds nest on top of a light outside my door. I haven’t seen the mother robin for some time. I’m guessing these eggs won’t be hatching.