In addition to the reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg there is also the simple beauty of the countryside.
Over Memorial Day weekend we had the pleasure of being on Tybee Island and the nearby water. At low tide sandbars appear as islands and people bring up their boats, offload chairs, coolers, and their dogs (dogs aren’t allowed on most beaches). Meanwhile the birds take advantage of the low tide as well. Here are a few shots out of many that I took. Capturing the osprey was particularly challenging. Most of these shots were with the Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF Zoom, on the Nikon D7000, of course.
I have also created an account on 500px. This allows me to also sell my pictures, so if you would like to download a HQ version of a photo or have a canvas print then head over to http://500px/Targuman.
I have often been told by professional friends that giving yourself an assignment is the best way to keep yourself engaged and learning in your photography. I have done this in various ways, but especially in just taking pictures of what I see everyday. A recent post on Digital Photography School makes the same point. I even have an entire flickr set just for backyard photos. These few show some extremes in lens length.
This past week I had the pleasure of taking my family and 50-some students to the Grand Canyon. I took 1401 shots (far fewer than most students had predicted) and I will slowly add them here in thematic groups. On the second day fellow photog fan and student CH joined me for a beautiful sunrise. Here are a few of the pics.
This past spring a business trip took me to Las Vegas. I persuaded my colleague to get up before dawn with me to drive out to Red Rock Canyon. I learned that it is very hard to capture the grandeur the eye sees in such a wide-open space. A beautiful experience of which the images are but very poor reflections.
Mr. William Schreyer endowed the honors college at Penn State in 1997, creating the Schreyer Honors College. When he passed away in nearly two years ago and friends and family wanted to honor him with a fitting gift to the SHC. The William A. Schreyer Courtyard will be dedicated tomorrow evening. I think it is beautiful.
When the weather gets wet around here mushrooms come out. My son pointed out this clutch of mushrooms just this morning.
When I started shooting and developing my own film and images (following in my older brother’s footsteps) we only used B&W. It was much cheaper and a lot easier to do in a basement darkroom whose walls consisted of heavy black plastic duct-taped to the ceiling. I have always loved landscapes and barns and farms in particular. This fall I hope to shoot a dozen or so specific farms I have gotten to know in our drives around central PA over the last 6 years. Today was fortuitous. It had begun to rain and we pulled over to put the top up. I drive past this farm at least twice a week, but usually as I am late for some meeting. This time I had the time.
We took a 15 minute train ride to Koog Zaandijk, famous, apparently, for its windmills. Cute place, a bit like a Dutch Williamsburg and not a bit like Dutch Wonderland.