Sunday, October 24, 2010

Wildwood Park

Wildwood Park is located on the edge of Harrisburg. A lake, nature trails, boardwalks, & bird blinds are available to all who wish to indulge. The Benjamin Olewine III Nature Center offers educational opportunities. Garden areas provide food & shelter for birds & other wildlife. I took this shot of a great blue heron near the entrance of the park. Interestingly enough route 81 passes very near this spot. Several Canada Geese were floating on a nearby area of the lake. There are 2 other parking areas along the lake, taking one away from the busy, noisy highway. I noticed many joggers, dog walkers, & plenty of people enjoying a brief outing after a busy work day. It is a good spot for photographers since the scenery is lovely & appropriate for wildlife shooting. This was my second trip to Wildwood Park, one in the spring & this one in the fall. Truly a jewel among the busy world of city dwellers.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Across the Susquehanna

Edited in Topaz Adjust...

HDR effect, not sure I like it.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Some shots of my 4 year old nephew, Brady. Above is the (edited) original, below are edits from yesterday's experiments.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I have taken this week off from work to do some cleaning. Having a nasty cough & flare up of arthritis in my knee was not planned! So much for the cleaning, as you can tell I am heart broken. Today was spent in PSE with a couple new plug ins. This group of images were edited with a free download from PhotoFrames 4.5. Not alot of selection, just enough not to confuse me. Chose blue for the first one because the wedding color was blue. Second frame is without color. The final two I need to give Andy credit for the photo, but all editing was mine.

I tried to download a few more from http://http// She offers some free actions I would like to try & has a wonderful blog. After trying several times I can get the action downloaded to my computer, but not into PSE folder. Suggestions anyone?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Canon 100-400 IS

Mid-September, after a day of shooting, I noticed black spots thru my viewfinder. Changing lens did not help! This led to a quick trip to the Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer, Willard, who demonstrated how to gently remove the spots. Crisis deverted we settled in to take some shots in his area. Andy placed Willard's Canon 100-400 IS on my camera. Pretty amazing. Quite heavy, but sure made a difference. The next couple images will show how nothing was safe from the Rebel with the BIG lens.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Please Don't!

I took this shot as we were leaving Benzette on Sunday. There seem to always be a few people who can't or won't abide by the law, or in this case, use good sense! Signs ask you to share your lunch with people not animals. A fun way of doing saying do not feed the elk! This a large & powerful WILD animal who is quietly munching on an apple in someones hand. Unfortunately he could change his attitude in seconds without notice. Should he injury a human who would be at fault? Would YOU want to be the reason an animal we enjoy viewing is terminated? In a few short weeks this same elk may walk up to another person, expecting to receive a treat, instead gets wounded or killed because a hunter is carrying a rifle not apples. Please, think about your actions.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Trip to the PA Elk Range

Andy & I made an all to infrequent trip to Benzette, Winslow Hill, & the PA Elk Range on Sunday. Like most elk enthusiasts, I like to get nice bull shots.......

But I don't mind a cow shot mixed in.........

or even a family portrait.

Friday, October 1, 2010


Sitting at my desk, hard at work stretching the checkbook to make ends meet, I looked up & was immediately cheered by a flock of turkeys wandering in the yard. They patiently waited while I did everything necessary to get the Rebel set up. No small task for me cause I get excited when there is wildlife around! I watched & captured for quite some time. As you see in the last shot they headed back into the small patch of woods. The large hen that seemed to be the boldest stopped to look into the woods, they all turned, came out into the yard & followed her to the neighboring field. While walking across a mowed area I was able to count 20 in this flock.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

More Wedding Edits

The kiss......Desaturated. SpotlightThe grooms face is shadowded by his hat. May try adding a bit of fill light.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

And More Wedding

Black & white conversions of the bride & groom.

With this ring...........

Bride's necklace.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Flower Girl

The bride's granddaughter & flower girl. Soooooo cute!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

More Wedding

I am slowly working through the wedding images. I really enjoy doing the postprocessing & like to add extra's like in the first shot.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Stonecipher Wedding

Andy & I had the honor of photographing a wedding Saturday. It was outdoors & informal which was very nice. The kids were allowed to be kids. Very cute. Of couse I love capturing the little ones. It will take several days to publish shots as I postprocess. Comments are welcome.

Guest book attendant.
Groom & his mother.
Groom, stealing a quiet minute.