Bokehlicious! It’s a term blatantly stolen from DigitalRev TV presenter Kai. Bokeh, that lovely Japanese word for “the stuff not in focus in the image” is awesome. Normally we think of big apertures like f/1.4 or f/2 to get amazing bokeh in an image, but you can squish a background with a long telephoto lens and get a similar result. I shot this self portrait (mainly because it’s infested with wood ticks back there and nobody else would go as my subject) 😉 tonight as the sun was beginning to get low and directional. It was super cloudy so it was diffused nicely. I put a speed light on a stand camera left and shot it through a Lumiquest Softbox III light mod. It’s a sweet little modifier. I mainly wanted that new growth poplar behind me to go into bokehlicious heaven. And I think it did nicely for being shot at f/5.6 @ 270mm (which on my DX Nikon actually is like 405mm)! 😎 All you get is a background that goes smooshy and gooshy, like a painter’s canvas. Certainly, this would have been even more pleasing had I shot the photo at f/2.8 or f/4. But even at 5.6 I like it! I just love that green bokehlicious background!
In the pub “Bobby’s Place” in Moose Jaw, there are his and hers bathrooms like in any other public house. However, in Bobby’s the doors are labeled “Laddies” and “Ladies”. I watched for over an hour as woman after woman went through the “Laddies” door! bwahahaah… 😀 They all came out with the same shock & awe embarrassment face! . . . That little anecdote has nothing to do with this blog post other than it’s about Macro Photography of Lady Bugs. 😉 Sorry for the red herring. Anyways, nabbed these shots of this lady bug today. Everything is super saturated in colour from the rain and dark cloud lighting conditions. I love the textures and the colours in these shots. The lady bug stands out like Shaquille O’Neil in Alameda. 😎
Driving to Moose Jaw Tuesday night I stopped at Macoun to make this image. The flooding from last year hasn’t gone away. It may be out of the media but it is still affecting the lives of many people in rural Saskatchewan.
Printing photos is awesome. Bigger the better. We just rattled off two 19×13 prints this morning at Pa’s print shop. The end game for these will be stand outs but I couldn’t resist a sneak peak. 😉 These are from Pria’s yet-to-published newborn set. Photos taken with the iPhone. (Not the prints, the photos of me holding the prints.) hehehee… 😉 As you can tell by the background, Pa is into big prints. They are how photos are meant to be displayed. Get your print on!
Yesterday was the big day! We baptized Pria out at the historic Trinity Lutheran Church by Willmar. It was truly a blessing to have all the family down for the event. Dad took some photos from before and during and after the service and I got Jimmy to use my camera to also nab a few shots hither and thither. All of our kids have been baptized in a gown that was made from Regan’s wedding dress. She had a wrap that draped over her arms (or whatever they do, I’m a boy). 😉 Point being, it’s a really cool thing for us to illustrate how our marriage has brought forth our family and how that union continues to be part of our families’ spiritual lives as well. The only other baptism I’ve done out at Trinity was for another little baby who was baptized in a 100 year old gown that had been handed down through the family through the ages! It’s a very historic place taking part in a very historic ritual of the Christian faith dating back 2000 years. Being that I’m the pastor as well as the papa, it has an extra special aspect to it. I personally get to be the one God uses to bring the gifts of forgiveness, life and salvation to my own children. It’s a very cool moment! 😎
Ma & Pa Kettle are down from Moose Jaw and with the wild turkeys in full strut, it was high time to try and get some photos. Dad had his 500mm f/4 and I brought a . . . 16-35 f/4 wide angle. What other lens would do for wildlife?!? hehhehhe… 😉 Anyways, we drove down the road and spotted some turkeys right beside the road. Dad was switching up lenses and some other guy in a truck drove by and spooked them. Great. They were now on the move. So I ran on ahead of them trying to cut them off and steer them back to where Dad was waiting. Well the turkeys must have been chased by coyotes this year because they are far more flighty then they were last year. I was able to walk up with 15-20 feet but this year not so. Long story short on the turkey stalk was me nearly having a heart attack running up and down ginormous hills trying to cut ’em off at the pass. To which the responded by flying away. I have a whole new appreciation for Border Collies. 😎
Can you imagine if this thing was people life-sized?? 😯 It would eat you and your family. I often think that, whilst doing macro photography. Blech!
Oxbow’s Wood Tick Prevention Program is a huge success again this 2012! I for one am super encouraged to see those little vampires go up in smoke! Nobody likes wood ticks. 😉 Just kidding! (But it’s true). The fire department were having fun doing a controlled burn just south of town tonight. They’ve got it down to a science and it made for some really exciting photos, especially as the light started to fade. I followed the burn from the first plumes of smoke till all the light was gone. Our firemen are awesome! They do a great job honing their fire fighting skills. Oxbow Enniskillen Fire Dept. No. 5, I salute you! Keep up the great work! 😎
This is a just a quick post. I went back through my photos from our babies and dug up a profile tummy shots and newborn shots. I put these triptychs together. What do you think? 😎 You can click the photos to embiggen.
What can I say? I am one proud Papa of 3. Baby Pria was airlifted into the world via c-section on April 3rd at 1:31PM. In the mad furor of an OR Theatre, the gift of life was placed in my arms . . . again. Birth is always tougher on men than it is on women. I’ll maintain this to my dying day. Probably etch it on my tombstone even. 😉 Watching the one you love suffer while you can do nothing is very draining/frustrating/scary. C-section, in this regard, is more intense but for a shorter period of time. You can’t have it all. 🙂
It’s a wild ride no matter what. You see this little pink bologna loaf and you instantly fall in love. It’s incredible. Truly the greatest and fullest of the human experience to look into the eyes of another person and seeing your own image (in this case, Regan’s image, thank the Lord!). We are truly thankful to God for a safe delivery and also to the AWESOME doctors, nurses and staff at the Moose Jaw Union Hospital. We have received incredible care and attention all the way through. My heartfelt thanks goes out to all of you, you do an outstanding job! And of course a big thank you to my beautiful wife Regan who is super strong and a real trooper through it all. And to Phoebe & Ethan for being outstanding older siblings. And to our families and friends who have supported us, visited us and prayed for us too. We luv ya mucho! 😀
Pastor Kreutzweiser stopped by today for some prayers and a blessing. He quoted these words from Psalm 127:
Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
(Psalm 127:3-5 ESV)
Here’s some photos. They’re straight out of camera other than the resize & watermark. No time to edit. I’ve got three kids to chase after now! And I couldn’t be happier! 😀
We are down to the wire! Flowerpot will arrive, Good Lord willing, tomorrow afternoon. It’s our last night as a family of 4. Though technically speaking, we’ve been a family of five for nine months already. 😀 Birth is always crazy to me. With the other two, we didn’t know anything, what gender they were or when they would arrive. This time round with flowerpot, we know pretty much everything. It’s weird to know when a baby will be born. It’s also always odd to learn the new baby too. I remember when Phoebe was born, it was so exciting because we didn’t have any other experience to relate too. When Ethan was born, we approached it like it was old hat – but it wasn’t. It was a completely different experience and a completely different baby. Reg and I remember staring at him on our bed at home wondering “Who are you?!” It was so weird! And now, on the eve of my third child’s birth, I find myself wondering again. What will she be like? How will flowerpot mess with our family dynamic? She already has! I had too much time to think today while we sat around the hospital room, waiting for the anesthetist to show up and run us through the procedure. 3 hours and 45 minutes later, he never showed up. I guess he will be there tomorrow… ? Hope so! Otherwise flowerpot will be getting a good dose of bourbon! bwahahaahah…. (just kidding). 😎
We wanted to get some maternity photos with me in them (Reg did really, I’m more comfortable behind the camera). So we got dad to nab a few the other morning down at Wakamow park. As usual, family photos for us are a gong show and we’re lucky to get one photo where everyone is looking up at the same time. hehehe… c’est la vie. It’s us. I nabbed one of Mom & Dad on the rock which turned out nice too. It was super fun to frame some memories before we (externally) grow from 4 to 5! 🙂