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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.

Lawrence Busker Festival!

Lawrence Busker Festival!

The Lawrence Busker Festival is upon us! There’s no better time of the year in Lawrence than this weekend to get out and practice your street photography. Mass St. will be lined with jugglers, fire-breathers, clowns, musicians, dancers and other various street performers.

Fire-eater

This street performer put on an impressive show of magic and fire-eating. Perhaps the most impressive thing about him is his ablity to put fire on his face without scorching his facial hair.

There will be music, laughs, dancing and all sorts of oddities that will make this event one of the best in down-town Lawrence. There is no way you can walk down Mass St. this weekend and not smile.

Smiling musician!

Steve Mason, of the Alfred Packer Memorial String Band, smiles after performing at the 2015 Lawrence Busker Festival.

The photographic opportunities will be endless. You’ll be able to photograph the performers in their natural habitat. The festival is great for people watching, or people photographing!

Street musicians

Two members of the Tejon Sreet Corner Theives perform at the 2015 Busker Festival in Lawrence, KS.

Perhaps one of the most difficult things for families to do is to stay late to catch the night acts. Obviously, all of the walking and excitement can tire out the little ones (and the parents, of course). But since the festival is for three days, make sure to catch one of the headlining acts. Not all are ‘night’ acts, such as last year’s USA Breakdancers, but, damn, was that an awesome display. The below photo doesn’t do it justice, because this guy was flipping a lit cigarette in and out of his mouth; in the photo, it is in his mouth!

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USA Breakdancers perform at the Lawrence, KS Busker Festival for a large, Friday night crowd.

I planned to share many more photos from last year’s festival, many of which were recently processed. Unfortunately, I experienced a major hard-drive failure this week and have been unable to recover the data from said hard-drive. This was extremely traumatic for me, as I’ve lost every image I’ve taken in the last two plus years (including my wedding photos). Fortunately, I do still have some processed .jpgs that I can still share, as well as what I have on Flickr. I would be grateful if you would consider making your next Amazon purchase through my affiliate link, which is on the right hand side of every page on my site. A small portion of your purchase will be sent back to me. I plan to use any of these proceeds to fund the purchase of a new, more secure hard drive, as well as to support this site. Even though the link will send you to the camera section of Amazon, you can browse and purchase as usual from there. Many thanks for your consideration! Make sure to check out my post on Bandalonie before you head off to the festival. I hope to see you there!

Cajun street art done right!

Bandalonie performs at the 2015 Busker Festival in Lawrence, KS.

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BuskerFest 2015: Bandalonie

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Bandalonie – Busker Fest 2015

Spring has finally arrived, the flowers are starting to come alive,
With the end of the school semester drawing near, that could only mean one thing…Busker Fest is almost here!

One of my favorite events of the year in Lawrence is the annual Busker Festival. In less than two months, the ninth annual fest will have devoured Mass St. with street performers, musicians and all sorts of weird and wild things.

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Lawrence Busker Festival – 2015

I plan to do more features about the festival in anticipation of the 2016 fest, but the photos featured in this story are all about one performer: Bandalonie. And they are all basically the same shot but use varying processing techniques and show different expressions in his face. This guy was a great act, he played entertaining music, he made faces and you could tell he was into it. I started out photographing him from a distance, but later moved in closer for some head shots. The contraption he had strapped to his back and heels was a site to see!

Full shot of Bandalonie performing at the 2015 Busker Fest.

Bandalonie performing at the 2105 Busker Festival in Lawrence, KS.

What really drew me into this character was his face. The lines and deep groves showed years of wear and his tanned, leathery skin showed that he’s spent some time in the sun. He had a thick Cajun accent, which totally matched his character.

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Lawrence Busker Festival – 2015

If you’re in the Kansas City area on the weekend of May 27-29, wrangle your family together and make the short drive to Lawrence. The weather is usually great and the performers will impress you! And make sure to stop by a local restaurant to recharge and fuel up for a fun-filled day; you just might see Bandalonie!

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Bandalonie performs at the 2015 Busker Festival in Lawrence, KS.

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: