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Unfortunately, my good lens had a slight malfunction so it’s in the repair shop so I had to use another lens – one without a polarizing filter! My sunglasses working surprisingly well but I put them one after most all of the lightning had passed. I’ve learned you really need a filter to cut down on the sky brightness when photographing lightning (especially when it is afternoon), or the bolts hardly show up.
by emily on August 20, 2010
Tags: lightning, Shanghai
by emily on August 19, 2010
I am obsessed with catching lightning. I got about 20 bolts today in about 1,000 frames.
by emily on August 18, 2010
I’m quite happy with how these turned out. They are shot through glass, but quite clear and I love using a narrow depth of field.
by emily on August 10, 2010
Johnna, Jade, Finn and I were going to go to the Railway Museum, but when we got there we discovered it was closed from 11:30 to 2:00 every day! (It definitely did not say that in any of the listings!) So we went to the Insect Museum instead. There was a lot more than insects – a seal, bunnies, goats, crickets, snakes, fish, monkey, reptiles… but I think I did manage to get some good shots. Note to self: Bring glass cleaner to wipe off all of the grubby hand prints before shooting.
Shanghai Natural Wild-Insect Kingdom
1 Fenghe Lu, near Binjiang Da Dao
Tags: Alborns, insects, museum
by emily on August 9, 2010
These little guys were at the bird and flower market in Kunming. I hope the dye was at least non-toxic!
Tags: chicks, Kunming
by emily on May 31, 2010
The address of this little market is 261 Changhua Lu, near Kangding Lu. Look for a small entrance to the alleyway (above). I was the only foreigner there and everyone stared a lot (not surprising, but always a bit uncomfortable!) You can read another article about it here.
Tags: birds, market, Shanghai
by emily on April 22, 2010
It’s the last frost post, I promise!
Tags: cows, frost
by emily on March 11, 2010
Tags: frost, South Dakota, Weather
by emily on March 10, 2010
I finally got out of bed early enough to catch the frost hanging onto the branches before the sun melted it away.
Tags: frost, trees
by emily on February 24, 2010
We were driving down this road near the house when Jon spotted a bald eagle. We went back to the house and grabbed my camera and 300-mm lens. He flew off, and we followed.
Tags: bald eagle, Photography, South Dakota
by emily on February 23, 2010
Emus, Tasmainian Devils, Lorikeets, etc.
by emily on February 12, 2010
Tags: Australia, dan & wendy & alex, kangaroos
by emily on February 4, 2010
Cuddling a Koala was the only thing that I REALLY wanted to do in Brisbane (other than seeing the Smiths.) I was super hot and sweaty, but Dan did a decent job of getting a photo anyway! He was really cuddly, just like a teddy bear.
Tags: Australia, Brisbane, dan & wendy & alex, koala, travel
by emily on February 3, 2010
I bought a new toy for Boots in the US. It’s just a ball that can be filled with food. As she plays with it, the kibble falls out one piece at a time.
by emily on January 25, 2010
Our little tree – Boots and I shopped a lot while Jon was away so we’d have lots of things to put under the tree!
Boots is a really good shopper, but I had to wrap them for her. You know… the whole “I don’t have opposable thumbs” deal.
by emily on December 29, 2009
When the leaves begin to change colors in the fall, Spearfish Canyon is beautiful! The leaves were just starting to turn. On October 1st, it SNOWED!! That’s too early, even for South Dakota! (The sky really is this blue in South Dakota, almost every day. That may be the thing I miss most about home.)
Tags: South Dakota, spearfish canyon
by emily on November 6, 2009
After the Buffalo Round-Up, we drove through the Black Hills a bit. Some people ask me what South Dakota is most well-known for – it’s Mount Rushmore!
Mount Rushmore seen through the trees.
There are seven tunnels in the Black Hills, around Keystone and Sylvan Lake. They are only wide enough for one car, and motorhomes or buses fill the entire tunnel.
There are actually two tunnels that you can view Mount Rushmore from while going through. Another blogger recently posted a photo from one. After we drove through one tunnel, I thought I missed my chance at getting a photo. After we drove through the second one, I made my father-in-law stop the car so I could get out and take photos!
It was quite hard to get the correct exposure, as the darkness of the tunnel surrounding the pinpoint of light coming through the end made difficult lighting conditions. I spent quite a while in the middle of the road trying to get it right. (photo by Jon)
We also visited the Mount Rushmore memorial. Even though Jon’s family lives about 1.5 hours away, it’s not something we visit a lot.
Tags: black hills, mount rushmore, South Dakota
by emily on November 5, 2009
Every year, Custer State Park rounds up the herd of buffalo to vaccinate and cull the herd. The public is invited to watch.
We spent a couple hours waiting for the buffalo to appear.
Cowboys riding up the ridge.
Close to 12,000 people gathered to watch it. About twice as many pickups as cowboys followed the herd down the ridge.
That was it! They came in very easily – too easily, according to the newspaper. It was the first year that no small groups of buffalo tried to break away from the herd. The cowboys were a bit dissapointed that they didn’t get to work very hard!
Tags: buffalo round-up, custer state park, South Dakota
by emily on November 4, 2009
I thought it was special to get lightning shots before, but it’s actually not that hard. Basically, you keep the shutter open and hope a bolt appears in at least a few photos.
This one hit really close. This photo is not Photoshopped (well, basic levels and cloning out some dust.)
Close up, lightning looks just awesome! You can see little white particles of energy all around in the air.
Tags: cool photos, lightning, Weather
by emily on August 27, 2009
Here we have a classic summer look. It’s hot, so wear shorts and roll up your t-shirt for maximum air flow. You need to look stylish though, so wear your black dress shoes with white socks.
This white poodle had a fluorescent orange tail and ears. Poor little guy doesn’t even know he looks like a traffic cone.
During the summer, many dogs are shaved like lions (to keep cool, I suppose.) They leave the head furry so that it looks like a lion’s mane!
by emily on August 7, 2009
by emily on August 1, 2009
In Örebro, we also visited the castle. Instead of a traditional tour, they made the tour into a play of sorts. It was much more interesting than hearing a guide rattle off dates!
A person walking over the bridge is reflected in the moat.
I think this little ducky was laying eggs in this flower pot.
by emily on July 31, 2009
This is probably my last post from South Dakota photos for a while! (Until October, anyway.)
When I was home, Jason and dad spent a couple days ultrasounding cattle. Not to check if they were pregnant, but to determine their back fat and marbling and the date they would be ready to sell.
by emily on June 13, 2009
|Jon snapped this photo as Boots was lying in her box on the balcony. We can’t believe how far her jaws are open in this yawn!
by emily on June 1, 2009
I felt a bit bad participating in photographing these monkeys – these little guys are kind of exploited. They get thrown some fruit (and the big rotting piles of peels attract lots of nasty bugs), and then people leave their trash on their little tiny beach. I just can’t believe how people will throw beer and soda cans on a little tiny beach on an uninhabited island. Who do they think will pick it up??
by emily on February 3, 2009
Jon and Megan invited us to Bridgewater to sit by the fire and drink beer.
I definitely was missing America….
And what will they think of next? Budweiser came out with lime-flavored beer. Maybe they are trying to compete with Corona (which is the beer that should always have a lime in it.)
This is Blaze – she’s a really sweet Rottweiler.
Jon got a new camera, the SD1100IS. It has a pretty good macro mode and also takes time lapse videos. (I will post some eventually.)
John and Megs
by emily on December 16, 2008
Deadwood was holding their annual Oktoberfest celebration that weekend. It included Wiener Dog races!
by emily on December 5, 2008
by emily on October 1, 2008