Courthouses and Musings

Benton County courthouse and bell, Vinton, Benton County, Iowa

Sunday evening seems to be my most productive time for updating blog posts and processing photos.  Which kind of makes sense, if you think about it.  The weekend is over, I’m relaxing and winding down getting ready to tackle a new work week and everything that entails.  I’ve never been one to complain about Mondays, or to get all giggly over Fridays.  They’re just days to me… though I do admit I would like to transition to a three-day work week.

You’re probably wondering what a courthouse has to do with this.  Well, in the interest of full honesty, the courthouse has absolutely nothing to do with the days of the week.  I was just randomly musing.  Some friends have described me as a “folksy” person, and I would tend to agree with that.  This is a good example.

This particular photo, however, has always been a favorite of mine.  I like the exposure, the colors, the composition, the perspective.  It all comes together for me.  This photo was shot during a photo club photo shoot.  I just happened to catch this one just right… the week before and the ween after there was scaffolding around the clock tower as it was undergoing a lengthy renovation.

Vinton is a neat little town.  The downtown area has a lot of good photo opportunities.  I need to get back there sometime soon.

Fall Colors: Anticipation, Pt 2

Council Lake, Hiawatha National Forest, Michigan
Council Lake, Hiawatha National Forest, Michigan

Our trip is getting closer.  Next month, now.  Here is another shot from 2008 that I took on Council Lake in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (UP).  A good reflection is always a nice sight.  Almost as awe-inspiring as a good silhouette, but not quite.

We will be doing the UP again, and we are definitely excited about that, but we will also be doing the northwest coast of the southern peninsula, focusing (no pun intended) on the Michigan state highways M-22 and M-119.  The photos I have seen of these areas are truly awe-inspiring, to use that phrase again.

We’re still discussing the particulars, but it’s looking like we’ll be focusing… there’s that pun again… on a couple areas in particular and not just zooming through in an effort to rack up empty miles.

I probably won’t be posting during the trip, but I will probably be posting more than usual for the few weeks afterward.  I’ll have a lot to talk about, I’m sure.

The Value of a Good Photo Club

IMG_4001-600I have been a bad photographer.  I blew off my photo club meeting today.  (I had too much ‘at home’ stuff that needed to get done.)  But, that doesn’t mean a good photo club isn’t worth one’s time or effort.  Far from it.

I belong to the Linn Area Photo Club (LAPC) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  We strive to be an educational and teaching club, and we do a pretty good job of that, in my opinion.  Almost every meeting has an educational aspect of some kind.  We have contests, too, of course, but unlike many clubs contests are not our primary focus (no pun intended).

We also have “photo shoots”, or outings where we get together as a group and go shoot a specific place or event.  In January we visited the Hawkeye Model Railroad Club in Coralville, Iowa.  It was super cold out, so the indoor shoot was most welcome.  The people were very friendly and accommodating, and it was a great deal of fun.

This photo is one of mine from that shoot.  I spent a lot of time doing “low depth-of-field” shots like this, and I wished I still had my tilt-shift lens, but I still got some very nice shots.  I hope you enjoy it.