Halloween Rubber Duckey

Halloween Ducky

Day 22 of #MyJune30

I found this little ducky all dressed up for Halloween..too bad it was the middle of May! Just a little dirty; it’s still good, it’s still good. Apparently, he was waiting at the park for Halloween to come, or maybe he just got lost and wanted to go where the kids would be? Either way, he sat perfectly still while I took his portrait.

Halloween Rubber Duckey

A found item at a local park, posing on the table.

This image was shot using the Sony α6000 mirrorless camera with an adapted Minolta Rokkor 50mm f/1.7 lens. Processing was done in Lightroom.

Sunrise at the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center.

Wetland Sunrise

Day 21 of #MyJune30

This image was taken a few weeks back and I’ve just not gotten to process it. All processing was done in Lightroom for this one. I was out chasing the sunrise and after a few locations, I didn’t feel that I had captured the beauty I was going for. I quickly made my way to the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center and parked outside, near the highway. I marched down the hill, tripod and camera bad in tow, and set up for this shot. The colors were changing so fast, I got a new shots that really look different, even though they were taken at the same spot, all within a fifteen minute span. Sunrises will always keep a photographer on his/her toes!

Sunrise at the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center.

Many colors show in the sky, and reflected in the water, during this sunrise at the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center in Lawrence, KS.

This image was shot using the Sony α6000 mirrorless camera with an Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 lens.

Downtown Lawrence Farmer’s Market

Downtown Lawrence Farmer’s Market

Day 20 of #MyJune30

Three backs and one face. I really like the feel of a black and white photo that’s contrast heavy. Especially one that’s ‘street’ oriented and any farmer’s market is a great place to practice people, or street photography. One of the things I’ll do is spend the first ten or fifteen minutes scouting out the best, or most interesting light. Then you can set up somewhere in the area, and wait for your subject to enter the light. And if you are shooting a manual focus lens, as I was during this shot, you can even pre-focus when you are waiting for your subject to enter the great light you’ve scouted out.

Lawrence Downtown Farmer's Market

Just a normal morning at the Downtown Lawrence Farmer’s Market.

This image was shot using the Sony α6000 mirrorless camera with an adapted Minolta Rokkor 50mm f/1.7 lens.

On the streets of Boston.

Three Cyclists

Day 19 of #MyJune30

Three of a kind! Oftentimes, a three of a kind draws interest, even in photography. These three cyclists in downtown Boston seemed to be an interesting contrast the the many cars behind them. Bonus points for the leading cyclist looking at the camera. Boston was a great place to practice street photography; there were so many different things going on all the time. There was never a loss for something interesting to photograph; the hard part was deciding where to walk because something new was in every direction for me. Processing was done in black and white, using the Google Nik Collection’s Silver Efex Pro.

On the streets of Boston.

Three cyclists prepare wait at a traffic signal in downtown Boston.

This image was shot using the Sony α6000 mirrorless camera with an adapted Minolta Rokkor 50mm f/1.7 lens.

Fenway Park

Fenway Park

Day 18 of #MyJune30

Today’s image was taken on my first night in Boston. After I had checked-in to my hotel and grabbed something to eat, I wondered out, not sure where I’d end up. There was a lot of people and a flurry of activity just up the street from my hotel. I shortly realized the Red Sox were playing soon. I knew the park wasn’t too far from my room, so I decided to follow the crowd a little. Since I was carrying a camera bag and tripod, I didn’t want to get mixed into too large of a crowd, so I waited until after the game started to get down by the gate.

It was really fun to see the oldest ballpark in the country that is currently in use by an MLB team. The stadium is so small and I’m sure it’s packed every night. I really wanted to go in to see the Green Monster, and I almost did, but the call of my camera was too great and there were so many things to photograph on my short trip, so I kept on moving.

Fenway Park in downtown Boston, MA

Fenway Park in downtown Boston is America’s oldest ballpark currently in use.

This image was shot using the Sony α6000 mirrorless camera with a Sony power-zoom kit 16-50mm lens.

<3 372

<3 372

Day 17 of #MyJune30

Locks of Love, Boston. I found this chainlink fence full of padlocks while making my way back from Fenway Park; It’s located along the Massachusetts Ave overpass (map below). The idea behind these fences is that you’d write the name of your loved one on a lock, lock it up, and toss the key into the (what is typically) water below. In this case, Interstate 90 is below, so hopefully people aren’t throwing their keys down onto traffic.

Padlocks on a chainlink fence.

Among all the locks on this fence in Boston, this one caught my eye because of the neon green heart locked in.

This image was shot using the Sony α6000 mirrorless camera with an adapted Minolta Rokkor 50mm f/1.7 lens.

Rickshaw ride downtown

After the Game

Day 16 of #MyJune30

I went for a late night stroll last night and wow, Boston is buzzing at night after a baseball game. Rickshaws are all over the place and these three guys must not have wanted to trek up and the down the hilly streets after the game.

Rickshaw ride downtown

Downtown Boston is full of rickshaws, especially after a Red Sox game.

This image was shot using the Sony α6000 mirrorless camera with an adapted Minolta Rokkor 50mm f/1.7 lens.

I Miss You

I Miss You

Day 15 of #MyJune30

I’m on a business trip in Boston and found a firebox on the side of a downtown street feeling the same as I do without my wife and daughter with me. I think this is the first time I’ve been away from both of them at the same time. Thanks goodness for video calling 🙂

Downtown Boston

Found in downtown Boston, MA.

This image was shot using the Sony α6000 mirrorless camera with an adapted Minolta Rokkor 50mm f/1.7 lens.

Haybales line the country-side.

Hay, you!

Driving along rural Kansas roads this time of year typically means you’ll start seeing these…everywhere. Especially if you have a commute you do everyday, you’ll be used to seeing large fields of tall grass and then all the sudden….gone. And replaced by large, round, plastic-covered haybales.

This photo was taken just south of Lecompton, KS, on a bright afternoon. After some basic color correction in Lightroom, I drove it through Topaz Labs’ Clarity plug-in and removed some detail. I did this in anticipation of the next step, running it through Topaz Labs’ Impression plug-in to give it an artsy feel. This time, I used a modified version of the Da Vinci pencil preset. I finished it off with a little cross processing. It’s fun to take photos, but it’s a blast to make photos!

Haybales line the country-side.

Haybales are starting to congregate on rural lands. What are they up to now?

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