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Sorry, been facing more pressing issues.

Hello again, sorry I’ve been away. It’s just that sometimes things come up that force you to take sometime away form the things that you love. It’s not that I haven’t been shooting, it’s just the time it takes to process the images to my satisfaction and then compose something worth your time and if I cannot give it my fullest attention, I will let it stew. With that said . . .

The one hundredth anniversary of Selfridge Air Nation Guard Base occurred this summer and I did take the day to watch the Thunderbirds perform there. In photographing subjects such as flying insects, birds and especially aircraft you are hoping for good weather conditions, a great position and finally target anticipation, or having a good idea your subject is coming from/going to. With photographing the Thunderbirds in their F-16’s you have to balance out a fast enough ISO to freeze the action (if that is what your goal is) is a high shutter speed along with a reasonable f-stop for a good depth of field. When everything comes together you get great shots with wonderful detail.

A five plane formation

The USAF Thunderbirds.

 

 

 

Thunderbird jets make a pass at an air show

The USAF Thunderbirds make a pass.

Four Thunderbirds flying in diamond formation

The US Air Force’s Thunderbirds over Selfridge.

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Happy 4th of July

The 4th of July, a time to celebrate the birth of our country and with that comes fireworks. Love them or hate them, fireworks are visually fun to take in and from a photography standpoint; they offer a great opportunity to catch explosive nighttime beauty. Unlike lightning, photographing fireworks is easier as you have a pretty good idea, once the first few have gone off, you know about where to point your camera. The tougher part comes in with getting the exposure correct for the effect you want to achieve. With digital cameras and your digital darkroom this is not a problem and your only limitations can be the size of your storage while shooting.

 

4th of july, fireworks, night sky

4th of July fireworks explode in the night sky looking more like a dandelion.

4th of july, fireworks, night sky

4th of July firework explodes with color.

Fireworks exploding in the night sky.

 

 

 

 

With plenty of your neighbors willing to blow-up their hard earned pay-checks, you should have more than enough subject matter to capture, your only issue maybe having an good unobstructed view.

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Keeping Sharp

Sometimes when you’re juggling a regular full-time job, keeping a home up and numerous other responsibilities, you may not get the time to take that early morning drive out to catch a sunrise or the fog over a meadow. And maybe the wildflowers in your yard haven’t started to bloom yet. What’s an itchy-fingered weekend photographer to do to stay sharp? Well, for me there’s always a cat, when they feel like cooperating, of course. This is great practice anytime and when you can bring out who they are, you’ve done your job.

Ebony the black cat sitting for her photo

Ebony “Boo” the queen allowing her photo to be taken.

Wookiee the cat hiding under a newspaper story about naughty and nice kids.

Wookiee attempting to hide under the Naughty List.

 

Over the past eleven years, I’ve had four rescue cats come into my life and they have left an indelible mark on life. They all have and had their very own unique personalities and when I needed a willing victim to keep my skills up, they usually were and are pretty tolerance. So with all that said, Wookiee, Chilly, Ebony and especially Buddy the big guy who had been through so much, but never let it changed his laid back attitude, Ebony and I miss you pal.

Buuddy the cat opens his eyes for a close-up photograph.

Buddy is awaken to the sound of me creeping in for a close-up.

 

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A Special Trip to Denver, Colorado

I got the chance to return to Denver after to many years away and boy the changes. After a couple of days of work related meetings, I rented a car to check out a few of my old favorite places near Denver: Mt. Evans and Red Rocks Park. The drive up to Mt. Evans was loaded with anticipation over the autumn views and the weather, but, sadly, the road to the summit had closed just the week before and as far as I could go was Echo Lake, which isn’t bad and the weather was great. After hiking around the Echo Lake area, I headed to Red Rocks Park taking in the beautiful fall vistas along the way. It was afternoon sun but, I didn’t care, it was a great opportunity and I was going to make the most of it.

Bride and her Maid of Honor hike along a trail near Mount Evans.

A bride and her Maid of Honor on the foot path near Mount Evans.

 

The golden aspen trees give way to the pine forest with snowy mountain peak touching a hazy blue sky.

An autumn view on the foot path from Echo Lake.

Reddish colored rock outcopping tilted in various angles

Red Rocks Park, a geological outcropping of reddish colored rocks near Denver.

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Cruising Tracy Arm Fjord

Well our luck of unseasonably nice weather finally ran out and of course it was while we were cruising the Tracy Fjord Inner Passage. So, if shooting from a moving ship didn’t offer enough of a challenge, throw in a steady heavy mist to bouts of light rain. My original plan was to shoot from the bow of the ship, I had scouted out a couple of places that looked promising, but in the end, I found a sheltered area at the stern. The rain covers I ordered just before leaving worked great once I got used to shooting with them covering the camera.

 

The inner passage, tracy arm fjord, alaska

What can I say, just breath taking beauty, even when the weather is bad.

Tracy Arm Fjord

A stunning view of the Inner Passage of Tracy Arm Fjord.

The Inner Passage of Alaska.

Just more breath-taking scenery from the Inner Passage.

As you can see from these shots, bad weather shouldn’t detour you, I actually welcome unpleasant weather; as all this beauty passed by, I just wanted to be on solid ground with my tripod and ISO set to 50 but, I’ll take these hand-held captures any day.

 

Tracy Arm Fjord/Fords Terror Wilderness.

The weather gives a hint as to why this is called Fords Terror Wilderness (zoom in on the iceberg and check out the Bald Eagles).

 

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Trierenburg Super Circuit

Hello, I’ve been busy preparing my submissions for the Trierenberg International photo show out of Austria. Wish me luck, I have 27 images going in to this juried art show and hopefully they enjoy them as much as I did capturing them. I’ll post a couple of my submitted images once the judging has been completed. So, please check back in soon!

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Spirit of Detroit says: Go Lions!

With the Lions in the play-offs, the Spirit of Detroit came out for the game sporting his very own Lions jersey. So, how could I not get his picture and he was a great subject too! He patiently sat very still in the cold, under the subdued lighting, with light rain falling and let me capture his team spirit.

LR-Spirit of Detroit-Go Lions (1 of 1)

And prints are available at my two sale sites:

http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/bill+spengler/all

http://www.redbubble.com/people/bill-s/

 

 

 

 

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Hello everyone

This site is for the photographers who, like me that have another job during the week and looks forward to the weekends to get out there and create and then to showcase what can be achieved on the weekend and any other spare time.

 

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