Category Archives: Project 366

Biggest Head on the Prairie

Finally got close enough to the buffalo herd at RMA to get some decent shots. My, but they have tremendous squashes.

PotD 2013 036/365 – Biggest Head on the Prairie

The Suspense Is Killing Me!

Must have been a horror movie. Maybe he was watching an eagle have a little snack.

PotD 2013 035/365 – The Suspense Is Killing Me!

Bump On a Log

As in sitting there just like a bump on a log…

PotD 2013 033/365 – Bump On a Log

Another Year Ends…

When I rebooted this blog a year and a half ago, I had no idea that it would become what it has. One thing I said then was that I would post about things that I was passionate about, and that’s certainly been the case. I just didn’t understand that the passion would be almost entirely photography, and I really didn’t understand what a huge percentage of the happiness I’ve had would come from taking pictures. Honestly, this would have been a pretty bleak year if I hadn’t had my camera to help haul me up out of the depths. To give you some idea of what a major player my camera is in my life now, consider this: In 2010, I took 1600 pictures, nearly half of which were taken during the legendary Spring Break Road Trip with the kids. In 2011, I took about 7700 pictures, after having got my DSLR in May. In 2012, I have taken over 28,000 pictures. Can you see a trend here?

Another piece of my world that has given me a great amount of pleasure is Google Plus. My participation has grown all throughout the year, and it has been such a wonderful experience to be a part of the community there. In October of last year I wrote about my experience on G+ up to that point, and I mentioned how gratifying it was that about 80 of the people that I was following had in turn followed me. It makes me shake my head in disbelief when I look at those numbers now, and see that over 12,000 people now have me in their circles. Very flattering, and very humbling. It’s been a fun G-ride in 2012, and I’m looking forward to 2013.

One can never tell what the new year holds in store, but I have a few goals in mind. One is to start taking better care of myself. I have recently been reminded of my own mortality, as well as my keen desire to be healthy enough to do all the things I enjoy doing for many years to come. My goal for that is to exit 2013 skinnier, healthier, and happier than I enter it. I also want to take pictures. A lot of them. And get better at doing it. I figure the healthier I am, the more pictures I’ll take :-).

On a less selfish level, my hope for the world is that it’s a better place next year than it has been this year. May your 2013 be filled with peace, happiness and music. And on that note (pun intended), I will leave you with the final entry in my 366-day non-project. See you next year!!!

This Ain’t a 366 Project 366/366 – Music in My Heart


It’s hard to believe there’s only one day left in my not-a-project-project. Where did this year go? The year’s penultimate shot falls under the category of “caption this”…

“What? My trainer says I should stretch before I go for a swim.”

This Ain’t a 366 Project 365/366 – Stretching

Fire-Star Orchid

I had to go do a little shooting with my new macro lens, and decided some place warm would be a nice place to go. A place where orchids grow…especially ones that look like they are in flames. Very cool…

This Ain’t a 366 project 364/366 – Fire-Star Orchid


So, I asked Santa for a 1DX for Christmas…didn’t happen. BUT…I did get the world’s smallest digital camera!

This Ain’t a 366 Project 363/366 – Tiny DSLR

Product Photography

Back in the days when I ran the Systemcooling web site, I did a lot of product photography. To be more accurate, I did a lot of BAD product photography. This was long before I developed a serious in photography, and my product shooting setup consisted of whatever point and shoot I had at the time, along with the built-in flash, and the background was whatever space I could clear on my workbench. Obviously I didn’t come out of it with much worth using, and I spent hours and hours in Photoshop trying to make the shots look less horrible than they came out of the camera.

I haven’t done any product stuff since then, but when the Fedex guy showed up with my shiny new 100mm f/2.8 L Macro lens, I thought I’d try my luck again. The setup isn’t much more sophisticated than back then, but at least the execution is a little better. I used the 5D2 with the 50mm f/1.4, equipped with a cheap and cheerful 150-LED video light on-camera. The background is 2 sheets of 13×19 glossy photo paper. It’s not perfect, but it’s miles ahead of what I did back then, AND I only spent about 2 minutes in Photoshop!

This Ain’t a 366 Project 362/366 – Product Photography


When the Lord of the Rings trilogy came out on bluray, I picked up the boxed set, which came with a set of pewter figurines. I decided to have a go at Gandalf with my macro lens just for fun. The portion of the figure you see here is about an inch tall.

This Ain’t a 366 Project 361/366 – Gandalf

All I want for Christmas

Is for the Broncos to win the Superbowl. Hope that’s not asking too much…

This Ain’t a 366 Project 360/366 – All I Want for Christmas