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Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Photo Blogging Challenge – Outdoor Activities (May 2018)

I almost forgot all about this! Here's the quick and dirty May Challenge - Outdoor Activities

We had a fun little canoe trip with the Scouts that are headed to Minnesota this summer.

The pool is open and our baby boy is now 16!
Swimming away 15.

John is now a High School graduate. Last day of high school for him.

Jumping feet first into summer.

Annual get-together with a bunch of good friends.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Photo Blogging Challenge (April 2018): One person

April's challenge is one person. I had a couple of ideas, I thought about 5 of one person, but ultimately wanted to share some others. So here we go:

My nephew is a senior this year and getting ready to graduate. I took the opportunity of an Easter visit to get some shots of him for his announcement.

It took a little work to get him to loosen up though. I think we finally got him to relax. :)

Will is just a sophomore but wanted in on the action.

John is also a senior. He had a tux rented for the weekend for an event so we decided to make the most of it.

The boy loves his Jeep!

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Photo Blogging Challenge (March 2018): Five

My only real problem with my plan for FIVE was my project started a while back so I've only included March photos, but you can check out the whole album on Flickr as it grows.

On September 13, 1979, my dad came home with a Silver Anniversary Jeep CJ5. It's been here ever since. For the last 30-35 years it has sat out in the elements at our ranch, used to get us around the pasture. I learned to drive a stick in it, as did my sister, and both my boys. For some reason, late last year, my dad decided it was time to clean it up. He talked about several plans, the worst of which was just to coat the entire thing in bedliner material. That stuff is pretty much permanent and we would never be able to restore the Jeep to anywhere near original. So John and I started a campaign on two fronts: John kept showing him pictures of restored Silver Anniversary's and I directed him to this website created as a registry of Silver Anniversary's. Jeep didn't keep a record of how many of these were made, so this gentleman created this registry of confirmed finds. Less than 125 have been found. Fast forward to March. It spent much of March in the paint shop and a detail shop getting her stripes back. I think she turned out as nice as I remember when new.


At the end of February, we bought Amy a new vehicle. When I picked up the Silver, it needed to be protected from the elements. I couldn't resist our garage full of Jeeps (even if the middle one is a Fiat :) ).
One. Two, Three Jeep Deep.

My dad got back to town so I needed one more DURING shot before we rolled it down to the shop to start reassembly. He drove it while I followed, it has no lights currently, and now we pull out wiring diagrams and old parts and see what we can do to get it put back together.

Just for grins, here is my sister and friends circa April 1996 driving it at the ranch.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Photo Blogging Challenge (February 2018): Simple

February has been anything but simple. I'll spare you the details but we've been busy. I almost skipped out again but I didn't want to miss two months in a row. So here we are.

Air travel makes managing my folks in Tulsa pretty simple. The fact that they are all good people helps the most. If it wasn't for the plane, I'd be away from home three days for one day of work.

The First Saturday of every month the little community of Pearl, Texas holds their Bluegrass Festival. While the lack of drums and electric instruments simplifies things, the harmonies and melodies are often far from simple. But it does hearken back to simpler times. I get down there as often as I can. http://www.pearlbluegrass.com/

While perusing my stream, I noticed a lot of my daily posts were sky shots. Pretty skies make photos pretty simple.

You would think it would be simple to ship a parcel without beating the box and the item all the way to hell. You would think...
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Sometimes, something as simple as moving our regular Troop meeting to the bowling alley is what it takes to re energize these younguns.

That's what I have for this month. Hopefully, March will be a little more... simple and I will be more inspired. Take a look at the other submissions if you'd like and, heck, join in, won't you. 

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Photo Blogging Challenge (December 2017): Holly Jolly

I don't think I've ever gotten one of these done this early. The link up has not even been posted but here I am. We are headed out on New Year's Eve so I figured I better get it while the getting is good.

Without further ado, here are my five that are more Jolly than Holly.

The first of the month brought the annual Waco Wonderland celebration. It was well attended this year. Plenty of vendors as well.

A new Star Wars always makes me jolly. John and I took in a late night show early on to avoid the spoilers.
👍👍 #starwarsthelastjedi

William received his Eagle rank in a Court of Honor held this month. We are now a two Eagle family and proud of both of them.

Winner of the ABC TV's Great Christmas Light Fight. This lady is over 70 and sets all this up herself. Trained as an electrician too to wire it all safely. It started many years ago because her daughter was in the hospital at Christmas and she wanted to see the tree. They live just across the street from the hospital. It grew from there. I hope the $50,000 in prize money helps pay her electric bill a little.

Christmas Day finally came once again. These four just keep growing. It's bittersweet to think that 2018 will be the year Evan and John head off to college and leave their nests behind.

Here is where I'd normally put a link back but like I said, I'm early! So go look at a lil hoohaa blog take a look at some of the other challenges he's putting up while you are there. And if you like taking photos or want to take more photos, think about joining in on this one in 2018! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Friday, December 01, 2017

Photo Blogging Challenge (November 2017): Blue

November has come and gone. One more month in 2017. This year seems to have flown by. Our challenge this month was Blue. Let's get to it.

Veterans Day falls in November. Waco has a pretty big parade. I try to get out to watch it every year.VeteransDay2017_1060725

This year, we let John take the day off school and drive his Pawpaw in the parade. John is in a Jeep club and his grandfather served aboard the USS Harder submarine. They both love a good parade.

As the days get shorter, we have a hard time finding activities to keep the scouts busy. We are fortunate to have a pretty good sized kitchen at our charter organization so we let the guys work on some cooking skills.

A friend is starting a historical walking tour in town and we had the privilege of serving as Guinea pigs for her first run. It was a really nice day for a walk. 

The walk included information about our ALICO building. It has an interesting past. But you dont have to take my word for it! ALICO history

I think those are all fairly representative of Blue. Let's see what December brings.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Photo Blogging Challenge (October 2017): Photographer’s Choice

Oh man, October was a busy month. And I had so many photos to choose from that I almost didn't want to stick with my plan. We had our county fair, we had the State Fair of Texas, we backpacked, we worked on Eagle projects, my youngest passed his Eagle Board of Review, I went to Chicago and saw things and ate things, went on a walk around here and learned stuff about my town I didn't know. And then there was Hallowe'en. So let me get this out of the way, head over to my Flickr stream for October and peruse my other photos, if you will. I was pleased with many.

On to this Photographer's choice. I decided to highlight some of my Hallowe'en creeps using long exposure and light painting of sorts. Some of these, I handheld a speedlite and manually fired the flash, multiple times on occasion, others I used my phone or another flashlight to play with the lighting. I'll try to recall which method I did on each one.

This one was my phone flashlight held underneath the chin. I had some ambient light on this one, it was only a .6 second exposure, f5.3 and ISO 400. I decided to close down the lens on subsequent ones to give me more DOF.

This guy is all iPhone flashlight. I learned that you have to make sure the screen is turned off when using your phone in this way. The ghostly streaks are the front of my phone as I am running around painting my fisherman. In the end, I liked the ghosts so I left them. He is a 10 sec. exposure at f14. I stuck with ISO 400 on all of these, I think 

As with the fisherman, my oldest, John, designed this setup. He likes Hallowe'en as much as I. I had quite a bit of ambient light coming from behind on this one from a floodlight on the house. I manually triggered my handheld speedlite, first from the right hand side of the grave marker, then two or three times from the left hand side of the ghoul. 4 sec at f14. 

This one was tricky. I had made several attempts using a handheld speedlite but was always unhappy. I couldn't keep the flash off the background. What I ended up with was a solar spotlight from the yard. I held my hand over it in such a way to make a slash. I kept the slash over her face for about 60% of the exposure then moved it across her forearm to highlight the snake. 10 sec at f14

With this little banjo player, he was picking up some of the glow of the jack o' lantern but not enough to fully light him. Jack was overpowering so I put him on a dimmer and dropped his intensity by about 50%. With my handheld speedlight, I decided to key the banjo skeleton from the left and let the punkin fill in the rest. 4 sec at f14.

There are my five. I took a few more like these for my daily shots. I like experimenting with light manipulation. Digital photography certainly makes it much easier. Take a look at PJs blog for some more submissions. Come back next month for a new set with a new theme.