Favorite Photo, July 12

Bay Area Bridge looking toward San Francisco California. July 12, 2006.

I was heading toward San Francisco and I liked the way the tunnel framed the bridge. I was deliberately in the center lane so the towers would line up. This is my favorite image for this date.

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Favorite Photo, July 10

Samantha, Worthington Ohio. July 10, 2011

Samantha is an Ohio model and we were in a local park creating images for our respective portfolios. It was a beautiful, soft light kind of day that is perfect for portraits. This is my favorite image from our photo shoot, and one of my two most favorite images for July 10.

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Favorite Photo, July 7

Kirtland Temple at Dusk, Kirtland Ohio. July 7, 2003.

The Kirtland Temple is a fascinating 1830s era building on the National Register of Historic Places. The walls of the Temple are white, but you wouldn’t know from this photo. The late evening light, combined with a nearby street light created this unusual color mix. This is my favorite photo for July 7.

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Colorado Fall Color Travel and Photography Guide

Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake. Mid-morning. September 24, 2015.

Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake. Mid-morning. September 24, 2015.

Welcome to my Colorado fall color travel and photography guide with over 100 pages of information (if you print it all out), 120 photos, and 17 maps. I cover some of the best known fall color locations in Colorado, and one real gem of a road that is mostly unknown to photographers and leaf peepers. Spend anywhere from a few days to three weeks exploring the beautiful Colorado Rockies at a gorgeous time of year.

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Favorite Photo, July 6

Jupiter in Scorpio, Park of the Pines, Michigan. July 6, 1995.

Park of the Pines is a campground on beautiful Lake Charlevoix near Boyne City Michigan. One night at summer camp I went to get a camera and tripod to photograph Jupiter in the stars of Scorpio over the tents, one of which had Christmas lights. I love the mix of warm and cool tones. This is my favorite image for this date.

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Favorite Photo, July 1

Showy Ladyslipper in sunlight
Sunlit Showy Ladyslipper, Northern Michigan. July 1, 2004.

I have quite a few favorite images for July 1 in my “favorite photos” folder. When I spotted this orchid at Thorne Swift Nature Preserve, the sunlight coming through the white petals was perfect. This is one of my two most favorite images for this date. Thorne Swift near Harbor Springs is a great place to do nature photography.

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Favorite Photo, June 30

Eastern Ribbon Snake, Portage Michigan. June 30, 1995.

This is another hard date to pick a favorite photo. If you have been following this series you know there are about 3400 images in my “favorite photos” folder, which would average out to about 9 photos for each date of the year. But some dates have a lot less, or none at all. The folder for June 30 has 38 favorite images to pick from.

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Favorite Photo, June 29

Sunny in the moonlight, Columbus Ohio. June 29, 2012.

There was a power outage in our part of town, so it was a perfect night to do moonlit photos without the intrusion of city lights. The three lights in the yard run on batteries that are charged by small solar panels during the day. The remarkable thing about this photo is how little our dog Sunny moved during the 30 second exposure. He was patiently waiting for me to finish what I was doing so we could get on with our night walk. This is my favorite photo for this date.

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Favorite Photo, June 24

Melissa, Columbus Ohio. June 24, 2017.

My lovely wife Melissa wanted a portrait, so we picked a nice location and went there on a day with nice, soft light – ideal for doing portraits. This is one of her favorite images, and a favorite of mine too. This is my favorite photo for June 24.

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Favorite Photo, June 23

Rebecca in Silver Metallic Bodypaint, Columbus Ohio. June 23, 2008

Rebecca is a professional model currently living in New York City. One of our goals was to do a photo shoot with Rebecca covered (except for her hair) in silver metallic body paint. This is my favorite photo for June 23.

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Favorite Photo, June 22

Metaphid Jumping Spider
Metaphid Jumping Spider, Columbus Ohio. June 22, 2014.

My wife spotted this metaphid jumping spider at a garden center. It kept jumping on to her whenever she got close to look at it. I tried to photograph it but it kept jumping onto my iPhone, or my hand. Besides, my phone minus a closeup adapter could not handle the task at hand.

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Favorite Photo, June 21

Old Gas Pump, Pulaska Iowa. June 21, 2017.

I was driving through the tiny town of Pulaski Iowa (population 260) on Iowa Highway 2 when I spotted this old gas pump, so I stopped to take a picture. I wanted exaggerated colors so I tone mapped the image using Photomatix software. This is my favorite image for June 21.

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Favorite Photo, June 19

Nina, Columbus Ohio. June 19, 2013.

Our grandson was playing with the neighbors in their back yard. The light was especially nice so I got down on the ground to do some portraits. This is my favorite of the afternoon, for June 19, and one of my all time favorite portraits.

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Favorite Photo, June 18

Tree Frog, Lamoni, Iowa. June 18, 2017.

Our grandson was quite excited when he found this frog in a tree in his yard. He wanted me to take pictures. The frog was climbing rapidly up the tree so there was not time to go inside and get my serious camera. I did my best with my iPhone. This is my favorite image for this date.

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Favorite Photo, June 17

Marmalade Fly
Marmalade Fly, Columbus Ohio. June 17, 2003.

I was trying out closeup equipment when I spotted this small, interesting insect in our yard. The Canon macro lens worked well and I got my image, but I had no idea what exactly what it was until I looked it up. I had never heard of a “Marmalade Fly” before. This is my favorite image for June 17.

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Favorite Photo, June 16

War of 1812 Ceremony
War of 1812 Bicentennial Ceremony. Queenston Heights, Ontario, Canada. June 16, 2012.

I happened to be in Canada for the War of 1812 Ceremony. It is a big deal up north of the border and I had a great time wandering around and taking pictures. When I photographed this man in period uniform I knew I had a keeper. This is my favorite photo for this date and one of my all time favorite portraits. In case you are wondering, the Battle of Queenston Heights was a major victory for the British.

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Favorite Photo, June 15

Baby Sparrows in a Birdhouse, Lamoni Iowa. June 15, 2019.

I sat down on the front porch to enjoy the morning breeze when the birdhouse in one of our trees exploded with noise. Baby sparrows were being fed and raising quite a ruckus. I grabbed a camera, flash, and lens and went to work. This is my favorite photo for this date.

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Favorite Photo, June 13

Three generations, Worthington Ohio. June 13, 2004.

One Sunday after church I was asked to do a three generation portrait. Instead of the usual approach to photographing three people, I decided to line them up in a row showing profile views. They love this image and I do to. It is one of my favorite portraits and my favorite photo for this date.

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