Sunrise Over The Hill

Sunrise Over The Hill

I’m super excited for tomorrow’s pre-release of On1 Photo’s new photo processing software, On1 Photo RAW! It’s the first all-new raw image processor in years and it’s built from the ground up to utilize the power of today’s modern graphics card. You don’t need to be a pro to have a blast with this software; it’s easy to use and the creative possibilities are endless. Just about every one of my photos goes through a round of On1 Effects, which is a part of On1 Photo RAW.

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A Bee Buzzing around my Peony

Day 5 of #MyJune30

Today’s image shows a worker bee doing his thing on a Peony bush in my back yard. I shot this image handheld with Sony’s 55-210mm E-mount lens. Although not a true macro shot, I was able to achieve a nice bokeh with this lens fully extended to 210mm. Fully extended, it’s widest aperture is f/6.3, which typically doesn’t provide good bokeh, but telephoto lenses like this will compress the background, aiding in the softness of the out-of-focus area. I’ll keep saving my pennies if you keep using my Amazon affiliate links and soon I’ll be to get a real macro lens for even better close-up shots of really tiny things!

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This pollen harvester was hard at work while I was snapping photos of him.

This image was shot using the Sony α6000 mirrorless camera with the Sony 55-210mm lens.

Well’s Overlook

Well’s Overlook

Well's Overlook Tower

From atop the tower at Well’s Overlook, one an see for miles in all directions around the Lawrence, KS area.

From http://www.douglas-county.com/depts/pw/pw_countyparks.aspx – “Wells Park was donated in 1971 to Douglas County by William Well. An observation tower offering a great scenic view of the City of Lawrence is the park’s main focal point. The park also contains a short nature trail for hiking. Follow the winding entry-road to the top of the hill to enter the parking lot. The park is located ¾ mile east of US 59 on the south side of County Route 458 (N. 1000 Road).”

This is one of my favorite outdoor spots in the Lawrence area. The view from atop the tower is awesome in all directions. It’s great for sunrises, as well as sunsets. It’s also a nice spot, not too far from town, to view the stars with less light pollution. Although not ideal, you can get some decent Milky Way photos out there. It’s typically not crowded. When my family and I watched the Persied meteor shower here last year, there were less than a half dozen people. The park has a small hiking trail, as well as picnic tables. Make sure to check it out if you’re in the Lawrence area!

This image was shot using the Sony α6000 mirrorless camera with a Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 lens and stabilized using the MeFoto Roadtrip tripod. Processing was done in Lightroom, Photoshop and Topaz Lab’s Impressions plug-in.

Fall Colors

Fall Colors

As the fog begins to lift off the water, autumn colors are reflected off of Mary's Lake at Prairie Park Nature Center.

As the fog begins to lift off the water, autumn colors are reflected off of Mary’s Lake at Prairie Park Nature Center.

Mary’s Lake is a quiet little spot near my home. There are lots of trails to wonder with little foot-bridges throughout the trails near the lake. It’s a great spot for some outdoor exercising or just sitting under a tree to read a book. Also on site is a small discovery center with lots of things for the kids to experience, including a couple eagles and owls out back. The below slider contains a few other photos from this day, 2015-10-24: