I had lunch with award winning photographer Lori Biehl not long ago. We were discussing a future project scheduled for late spring. I asked her what she had been shooting lately and she showed me a few images on her phone about ice racing. I was blown a way and I think you will be also.  Consider the photographic puzzle presented here. Relatively low light, lots of white and very very slow shutter speeds– add the fact that the subjects are moving pretty fast relative to shutter speeds and it calls for great skill in panning. Lori has it in spades.

Lori truly has a passion for motor racing and has worked hard to achieve the recognition of being a very fine racing photographer.

You can see more at her website Lori Biehl Photography or her Facebook page Lori Biehl Photography-Facebook


Lunch interrupted

We were having lunch when Molly said that she thought there was a bald eagle over the woods behind the house. We had a flock of turkey vultures flying near the house in the morning so we wanted to be sure on the ID.

Sure enough, there was a mature and an immature flying around the woods. I went and got the big lens (600 + 1.4 extender) and ripped off several images to make sure. Yep, eagles. Molly went and got the tripod/gimbal so I would not have to hand-hold while trying to locate the eagles in the viewfinder. They were small in the frame with a bright blue sky and sunshine which made finding them again difficult. I looked up and away and saw three birds circling. Before they got into the sun, I watched the two mature eagles and the immature doing a high altitude patrol.

Molly’s eyesight is phenomenal, not only can she ID ducks on the wing while riding in a pickup truck at 40 miles an hour but she can spot distant eagles and know they are not turkey vultures while making lunch.

These snapshots are by no means what I would call great photography but not everyone has their Sunday lunch interrupted by eagles LOL.

One Down,One To Go and By The Way

As many of you know, we have been working on a couple of home improvement projects. One of them was finally completed. Thanks to SK Contractors, we now have new ceramic tile in the Kitchen and Upstairs Bath. While we having that done, they also installed some very nice thick and soothing to the feet carpet.

Next project is a gas fireplace/mantle dealio. Commencement date is still unknown even though we have the order and paid the deposit.

By the way, Molly and I each had one image accepted in the Annual Framations Photography contest. The contest is Beyond the Lens XII: A Photography Exhibit.

Link to exhibit: Beyond the Lens XII: A Photography Exhibition

There is an opening reception this Friday night and the exhibition runs January 26 through March 1, 2018. Unfortunately, we will not be in attendance. Molly is under the weather and we are playing it safe and staying in the warm confines of home base.

Here are the images that were accepted: (Click for larger image)

“Shoe Horn Trip” and New Year’s Resolutions

Last Wednesday, we had ‘bidness’ ( as my Texan friends would say) in St. Louis. We also had a time limit due to an appointment with the flooring contractor in Washington at 1 pm.

First stop was to DiSalvo’s office to drop off a special edition duck calendar and a hand blown glass bowl custom-made by Astral Glass in New Haven. Enjoyed our post-Christmas visit with Mr Tony.

Then off to the best feed store in Missouri– El Mel in North St. Louis County. Missed seeing Mr. John but we picked up the 50 lb bag of peanuts in the shell, a blue bird house and pole guard for a house gift for one of our New Haven neighbors. We hope to drop in soon and catch John at work and have some confab time.

We had a short window for a visit to Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Molly wanted to see if we could find the Snowy Owl that everyone has sent us pictures of and was featured in the Post-Dispatch recently. Alas, not a feather of the Snowy Owl was found, much less the actual bird. We knew from our many years of photographing the Trumpeter swans that they would most likely fly late in the morning and so we were able to set up for an abbreviated shoot. Molly had limited success that she attributed to being ‘rusty’ but we found out later that her camera was set on One Shot instead of AI Servo.

That leads us to the resolution #1—

check the dang camera before you leave the house

After a client asked for some Northern Shoveler images, I went through various external hard drives and saw that we need to do some ‘cut throat editing’– way too many images that need to hit the Recycle Bin. Memory may be cheap but you never know when you might need it.

Resolution #2


Resolution #3

Photograph more– get off the couch and get with the program LOL

3 Swan images from our ‘Shoe horn trip’

Dough Rising

I have been told on numerous occasions that still photography is dead and that if I was smart, I’d learn to do video. They may have a point. However sitting here with fresh bread baking, if I was smart, I’d invent something so you could smell what I’m smelling while you read this.

It is times like this, that make all the trials and delays putting natural gas into this formerly all-electric house worth it. Molly is loving the new Kitchen-Aid oven’s convection feature.

Some quick snaps:

Fringe benefit


One of the ‘fringe benefits’ on living on the ‘fringe’ of New Haven is having a red-shouldered hawk decide your neighbor’s or your walnut trees are the place to be on a late November morning to catch a bit of early morning sun. Our little birds are not concerned with the hawk overlooking our feeder and blue jays are almost as brave as chickadees. Add that we have sweetened the deal with peanuts in the shell and that goes a long way to encourage the little guys to show up every morning.

This summer, the hawks hung out across the cemetery and were very hard to approach but with cooler weather, they seem to tolerate being near the house. I think I shot an entire 8 gig card in a very short period of time. This was the last image on the card ( I don’t have time to really go through all the images right now). Post processing was just open in ACR, bringing up the shadows a bit,add a little of the Clarity slider and bring into Photoshop to crop and add a bit of sharpening. Upload to the server, write some quick copy and done. Probably a bit over 5 minutes but certainly less than 10 minutes– wish they all went this quick 🙂

Duck Season open

Not a lot of time to post much right now. You see, duck season is open. Photographing ducks is what got me into all this photography craziness in the first place. One of the things you have to decide when duck season is here is do you hunt or do you photograph. It is almost impossible to do both, especially with other hunters in the blind  or hiding in the brush.

Too much movement, scares ducks and photographing ducks on the wing means movement. I do not want to mess up another hunter so I usually leave the camera gear back at the house. Since I am not that ‘mad’ at the ducks, I could care less about shooting more than dinner that night and am content to watch them fly. Not everyone at the farm looks at it that way and we all try to accommodate the other guy– that is what hunters are supposed to do….. or that is what I think anyway.

I have some articles and links and other things y’all might be interested in and will be posting them soon– until then, I’ll be out in the duck woods.




















Coming Up For Air


Remodeling projects,shutting down the garden, family stuff and getting ready for waterfowl season has left us with little time to photograph. However, I was able to do some post processing on the re-enactment and I picked 10 random shots that Molly took.

As always–click thumbnail for larger image