Photo Gallery – October 2015

I’m working on improving my photography. One of the things I heard that made sense is one should pick his/her 20 best pictures. This will help me identify the whys and wherefores of what makes a good photo – for me. If I add a photo, I have to remove one.

[Update: October 11, 2015] I haven’t updated the page for about a year so it’s about time I reviewed my work. I’ve replaced three old photos with three new ones.

Another lesson I learned from Matt Kloskowski of KelbyOne is if you want to take beautiful pictures you need to stand in front of beautiful things. We were lucky enough to go to South Africa in the summer of 2012 for our son and daughter-in-laws wedding; our daughter-in-law was born and raised there. While there we went on a photo safari – 3 words: fan tas tic

I also love trains and have worked hard to get some nice pictures. I also enjoy cooking but only one of my food pictures made the group. I have been working hard to improve my food shots and hope to have one crack the top 20 some day.

[Update October 11, 2015] A new food picture replaced an old one.

Out

  • Lentils spread on kitchen counter
  • Hippo in a pond. I like the subject but it’s too monochromatic
  • Juvenile elephant trumpeting at us in our safari jeep.

In

  • BNSF train at Cajon Pass
  • Ingredients set up for pork kabobs. This was taken with my new old Minolta 50mm lens. I love the colors and clarity it provides.
  • Large butte at Monument Valley

Added October 11, 2015

Route 66 - BNSF at Cajon Pass

Route 66 – BNSF at Cajon Pass

Pork kabob marinade ingredients

Pork kabob marinade ingredients

20150915 Late Summer 2015 - Monument Valley SONY ILCA-77M2 28-105mm F3.5-4.5 DSC05106-Edit

Butte at Monument Valley

Original 20 17

Train coming through the trees at Ridgefield Bird Sanctuary north of Vancouver, Washington

Train coming through the trees at Ridgefield Bird Sanctuary north of Vancouver, Washington

Pier reflections on Puget Sound

Pier reflections on Puget Sound

Bridge over the Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon

Bridge over the Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon

BNSF at Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge Washington

BNSF at Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge Washington

Hubbel trading post on the Navajo reservation in northern Arizona

Hubbel trading post on the Navajo reservation in northern Arizona

Red rocks of Sedona, Arizona

Red rocks of Sedona, Arizona

Diner at the Cathlamet, Washington Oyster and Crab feed

Diner at the Cathlamet, Washington Oyster and Crab feed

Stormy skies, Fern Hill Wildlife Refuge, Forest Grove, OR

Stormy skies, Fern Hill Wildlife Refuge, Forest Grove, OR

Arathusa Safari Lodge, South Africa

Arathusa Safari Lodge, South Africa

Rhinocerouses - Arathusa Safari Lodge, South Africa

Rhinocerouses – Arathusa Safari Lodge, South Africa

Our Scout at Arathusa Safari Lodge, South Africa

Our Scout at Arathusa Safari Lodge, South Africa

Annoyed leopard - Arathusa Safari Lodge, South Africa

Annoyed leopard – Arathusa Safari Lodge, South Africa

Blue bird - Arathusa Safari Lodge, South Africa

Blue bird – Arathusa Safari Lodge, South Africa

Leopard on the hunt - Arathusa Safari Lodge, South Africa

Leopard on the hunt – Arathusa Safari Lodge, South Africa

Day break - Arathusa Safari Lodge, South Africa

Day break – Arathusa Safari Lodge, South Africa

Day break - Arathusa Safari Lodge, South Africa

Day break – Arathusa Safari Lodge, South Africa

BNSF headed westward down the Columbia Gorge to Vancouver, Washington

BNSF headed westward down the Columbia Gorge to Vancouver, Washington