Flipping of the page from Dec 31 to Jan 1 this time has special significance for us. The last day of 2018 was officially our last day of work and the first day of 2019 is our first day of retirement! For three plus decades, Brad & I worked side by side in our business. He eloquently shared on the company blog highlights from the past and hopes for the future.
The future is bright as is the sky in the image chosen to start this ‘new chapter,’ the New Year. May you face the year ahead with optimism and gratitude. Oh, and by the way, the dark spot just to the right of the calendar is actually an eagle! Soar, my friends.
To save the calendar image for your device screen resolution including mobile phone go here. Anyone looking for a tablet size?
We have been enjoying some of the most colourful scenery this fall. The maples, the definite minority tree here, are bursting with more shades of green, yellow, orange and red than ever. These in particular caught my eye.
Alternate desktop resolutions are available in the Free Calendar drop down menu.
Just because I love this so much, I made a version for my smart phone lock screen.
On an iPhone, to make this your lock screen image, save the image to your photos. Go to Settings, Wallpaper, then Choose a New Wallpaper. The image should be the most recent in All Photos. Select it, then Set. You can choose to have it as your lock screen or be the background behind all the app icons (home screen) or both. Sorry android users, you’ll have to figure yours out on your own.
My 4″ x 6″ calendars for 2019 are now available for purchase from me directly, The Gallery in Ignace Plaza as well as in the North Woods Motor Inn lobby. They are $12 each with magnetic clip or $10 without.
Feel free to capture the appropriate image each month next year and save to your mobile phone lock screen for a handy reference.
Photographing waterfalls with the silky effect is fairly simple. You need a camera in which you can adjust the shutter speed and a tripod or some way to immobilize the camera. A remote shutter or time delay helps ensure the camera doesn’t move during the shot. Preferred conditions are actually gloomy: cloudy, calm and wet! Colours in our environment are most vibrant just after a rain; saturated physically and visually.
Although in the image it doesn’t appear sunny, the effect of the rising sun is just evident in the upper right background. The trees, though lush and green appear to be yellow. For a September calendar, that worked out perfectly. For screen resolution options, go here.
Raleigh Falls, pictured here, runs north so looking up the falls, we look into a bright white sky. At this angle it almost appears that the water is an extension of that whiteness. Unless I was able to be there when dark storm clouds are passing by, I have to take it as it is or angle the shot differently. A graduated neutral density filter may help but I don’t yet have that in my collection of accessories.
Here’s a helpful ‘when and how’ article about filters in landscape photography. Of the many types on the market, I currently only have a circular polarizing filter. This has a rotating ring that increases or decreases the amount of reflection or glare. The two straight-out-of-the-camera shots below were taken with identical settings; the only difference is rotation of the polarizing filter! Reflection is enhanced at one end and practically eliminated on the other.
I’m looking forward to visiting Raleigh often in the next few weeks. I love fall at the falls!
Having recently discovered a beaver dam in the creek near my home, I took a chance early one morning to photograph it in the morning air, hopefully misty morning air. Although the night had not been cold enough to create the mood, I hiked there anyway.
I was surprised and delighted to find who beat me there.
This mallard was not alone. How many do you see?
They nibbled a while then drifted downstream past me. A couple hung around and ‘quacked’ me up with their antics.