Archive for April, 2014

Ed at Sunday Stills has come up with a great idea — take a photo that he has published and modify it as you want to.

I have never seen a challenge like this and it was too much fun to pass up. This is going to get a little wild. I hope you enjoy the ride.

The first photo is very similar to the original. It has one obvious modification. FYI, in addition there are slow changes in the color palette throughout the six photos. Photo’s #2 and #3 show changes in the sky (i.e., including clouds; changing lighting) to add some drama. Photo #4 changes the sky from clouds into something else, something with unusual striping – striping that might be suggestive of a cage. It is in Photo #4 where it appears as though the Ferris Wheel might be having structural problems. Photo #5 shows that a transparent structure surrounds parts of the Ferris Wheel. Why? Perhaps it is there to hold the wheel together. Photo #6 is the Ferris wheel as most everything lets loose and it seems to be flying apart as a result of some type of major gravitational (?)distortion. Notice that seats from the wheel are suddenly flying and the sizes have changed.


#1 Ferris Wheel Fantasies - April 19, 2014 - 1    #2 Ferris Wheel Fantasies - April 19, 2014 - 2   #3 Ferris Wheel Fantasies - April 19, 2014 - 3


#4   Ferris Wheel Fantasies - April 19, 2014 - 5  #5  Ferris Wheel Fantasies - April 19, 2014 - 4 #6 Ferris Wheel Fantasies - April 19, 2014 - 6



Odd ball indeed

This (Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge) is a great idea. In fact, Cee you are kind of a great idea “generator” and I appreciate the creativity that you have demonstrated in what you are doing through your website (and, of course, in your photos too).

Here is an “Odd Ball” for the Week 9 challenge, both literally and metaphorically. I took this photo a few years ago, shortly after I had purchased a new macro lens. In this particular case, I was photographing a rock in our backyard. The rock had lots of crocks and crannies with plenty of moss growing on it. At the macro scale, the rock, which is about 2 x 2 x 2 appeared to have caves with dead trees (actually little twigs) scattered about. Other than the moss, the largest living thing was a pretty new four-leaf clover  that stood roughly an inch tall. For perspective, one of the leaves of that clover is in the upper right hand corner of this photo. The odd ball here is what sits below the clover leaf. This part of the photo, even with the macro lens was so small that I did not even notice it when I took the original group of pictures and first looked at the results. I still can’t say for sure what the critter is or what it is sitting on – one person suggested a drop of water. The only thing I can say with a little confidence is that this is an odd ball photo and I hope you enjoy it.

I find it absolutely fascinating that in a number of places around the world a common way of celebrating something is to fire one’s gun off into the air and yet here in U.S. where we are more or less awash in guns this form celebration is quite uncommon. Instead of that joyous sense of personal violence, we celebrate with the joy of sharing spectacular explosions. Both approaches to celebration have a subtext of danger – people are injured and killed by both forms of celebration, though much less so as a result of the reasonably well-regulated local fireworks display than through those pesky raining bullets that are a consequence of the individual with great celebratory enthusiasm, an automatic weapon and money for ammunition.

Now that I have finished with my pompous pontificating, it is time to turn to a different kind of celebration, one of a gentler sort and for that, a riff from Jimi Hendrix would never work, but this quote from him seems to me to be perfect support for my contribution to Ese’ s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Celebrate. The photo is of our local (Maple Bluff) fireworks display which, for extra safety, is launched from a barge in Lake Mendota. For perspective. the Wisconsin State Capitol Building is in the background on the right.


Excuse me while I kiss the sky. ~ Jimi Hendrix

Celebrate - August 29, 2013

A Shiny DC-3

This nice and shiny plane is the “Esther Mae.” It is a Douglas DC3 that was built in December, 1945 and is the only DC3-3D that is still in flying condition. This photo is from its appearance at the 2010 Experimental Aircraft Association Annual Fly-in.  It is my contribution to this week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Shiny.

The biggest round thing I could think of was the sun and the best time to catch it in all of its glorious roundness is at or near sunset. So the sun around is my contribution to this week’s A Word A Week Photograph Challenge – Round.

Maple Bluff Sunset - March 31, 2014 - 112-Edit (Round)  Sunset in Minnesota-7-27-13 - 105 (Round) Mendota Sunset   Sunset Series - 5 (Round) Sunset at Crystal Lake - (Round)

Monument - March 09, 2011

In the early months of 2011 the Wisconsin State Capitol became the site of what eventually became massive protests about certain policies promulgated by its newly elected governor and state legislature. Regardless of one’s politics, the impact of those policies and the resulting protests was and continues to be monumental. This photo is a reminder of the early days of what has become a sea change in politics not only in Wisconsin but throughout in the U.S.

Patterns 826 - July 11, 2012

As my second post to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Patterns, I wanted to offer a more graceful pattern. Here is a photo from a performance of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Snowbirds Air Demonstration Squadron, which is akin to the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron.