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Saturday Shoot

The weather was lovely today, wan blue sky and 26°F, brilliant white snow and I've been champing at the bit to go out and do some shooting with the D100 I got for Christmas and the longer 80-200mm f4.5-5.6D AF-NIKKOR. I think I have the camera dialed in better: using the more saturated RGB III color setting, dropping from Higher contrast to Normal, and keeping the Hue adjusment at +3°.

All these shots were taken from the front seat of the Bravada -- I never had to get out. (grin)


Not all the pods on our crop of milkweed fully deployed in the fall, so we're still seeing the winter weather opening up and spreading out the seeds. (Click on photo for larger.)
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I've been eyeing these bright semi-translucent red berries for a couple of weeks and today I had the brightness and the backlight I needed. (Click on photo for larger.)
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More... (Click on photo for larger.)
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... and more berries. (Click on photo for larger.)
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I pulled over off the road on Warner to shoot at this shack I've shot before. Naturally the vehicle that came by next was an Ottawa County deputy who saw me pull over and wanted to see if I was okay. Soon as he saw the camera and I pointed across the road he waved and wished me luck. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Had a coupe of errands in town. On the way in to the Family Fare's drive-thru pharmacy, the huge snow piles had granularized into grains of shiny diamonds. I had two shots of really shiny diamonds, but all they did was impress me that the D100 could record them. This shot of the snow mounds above my head was much more interesting. (Click on photo for larger.)
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My plan was to find the west side of the old M-45 Grand River crossing. But on the winding 40th Avenue connector, I saw the sign for GVSU's Crew team and the access road down the hill was perfectly plowed and graded -- so I went that way. This is the Grand River, almost no open water. With the brush, you can barely make out the eastern shore of the old bridge, where I've shot before. (Click on photo for larger.)
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The road to the boathouse goes under the double span of the new bridge. Nice of them to angle the drain pipes away from the road. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Interesting view of the double M-45 span from below. You can make out the next hill that frames the Grand Valley, for which GVSU is named, in this shot and the next. (Click on photo for larger.)
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And the more pedestrian view from above, with all that access road and such hidden from view -- though we've seen the shells rowing in practice on the Grand from the bridge before. Not today. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Lots of the trees around here still have big cake frosting blobs of snow on them, including this stump. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Not sure what happened here -- maybe the trees were too dense to let this tree fall after cutting. Twice. (Click on photo for larger.)
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I noticed in Allendale on M-45 that not only do we have decent snow banks this February, there are a lot of these young trees lining the road which never lost their leaves in the fall. (Click on photo for larger.)
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I looped around to the other side of the river, but no good sight lines even compared to the other week. So I went through Lamont on the Grand. Without any traffic on 68th Avenue, I stopped on the southern bridge over the sloughs running parallel to the Grand River and shot the ice fishermen. Note the lack of shacks. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Just south of Warner on 68th I had seen this nice soft outline of a creek through a farmer's field on my drive into town, so I hit it on the way home. (Click on photo for larger.)
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And that's my shoot. Not bad for a DSLR about a dozen years old and a clean real Nikon autofocus telephoto zoom lens that only cost me $17.50 on eBay. (grin)

Dr. Phil
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