Mud Lake

Mud Lake

On This Date: Photo taken 1/17/2007.

We’d had an ice storm the night before, ten years back, so I turned a trip to my brother’s into an opportunity to capture some of the storm’s beauty.

I ran a few errands and stopped briefly at the office to catch a photograph of the Board of Water and Light’s cloud machine. Then I took highways to Kalamazoo.

Didn’t stay long at Richard’s. I took backroads home to Mulliken.

This is Mud Lake, near Delton. I’d snapped a few pix of the buildings at Hickory Corners but this was my photographic target–I knew the view, and expected to find good pix. I wasn’t disappointed.


How do you reconstruct these stories, Joel?

The photos help, always. So does other knowledge. For instance:

I always took a week off in January to do some mid-winter chores. This was that week in 2007–note that on the sixteenth Joan went to work whilst I stayed home.

The day’s photographs show that I was on Lansing’s west side around 1:00 pm, and at the Secondary Complex swamp around 1:30. So while I don’t recall what the day’s chores were, I do know I was doing something in town.

The rest is easy. I took some pix at the rest area near Turkeyville, which means I took the freeway somewhere. Since the next photo’s in Hickory, I likely stopped in Kalamazoo. The Kalamazoo stop took about an hour, as the photo’s timestamps have me at Hickory Corners around 4:00 pm.

I probably turned off M-43 at Hickory Road, though a couple other routes are possible. The route from the village to the lake is simple and obvious. Likely I returned to 43 in Delton, though there are a half-dozen or so other routes to my home from Mud Lake. 43’s most likely because I’d want to reach home before Joan.

Number of pix taken on various January 17ths: 109
Year of oldest photo: 2007

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 2
  • 2 Stars: 7
  • 3 Stars: 69
  • 4 Stars: 29
  • 5 Stars: 2

Revision History:

Cardinal

Cardinal

On This Date: Photo taken 1/15/2013.

Four years ago I slapped an adapter and a great old Minolta lens on my Nikon 1 V1 and spent a couple hours photographing birds in our front yard. The experience was more interesting than instructive.

I did get some fine pix.


I’m not really an old gear guy. But I have these old lenses from my Minolta days laying around, and the adapter was cheap. So I thought I’d try it out.

The trade was better lens reach–the Minolta lens about doubled the V1’s focal length–for a crippled camera. I could make it work, but really it wasn’t a practical setup.

Number of pix taken on various January 15ths: 355
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 19 [two years ago I set out with my camera set up wrong]
  • 2 Stars: 46 [mostly the lens adapter]
  • 3 Stars: 239
  • 4 Stars: 49
  • 5 Stars: 2

Revision History:

The Front Yard

The Front Yard

On This Date: Photo taken 1/14/2012.

Picking up yesterday’s story….

The next morning it was still snowing. While I wandered a bit farther with my camera on the fourteenth, I got some fine pix before I left the yard.


There are photographs I take regularly. This is one of ’em–the view from in front of our garage, looking across our yard and the neighbors’ towards Herb Peter’s place. If I wanted I could document my spruce growing from about 8 feet tall, my pines from about 3, and Mike Hansen’s trees growing in his yard. Herb’s tall pines anchor the view, and inspired mine.

Number of pix taken on various January 14ths: 330
Year of oldest photo: 2008

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 1
  • 2 Stars: 22
  • 3 Stars: 262
  • 4 Stars: 42
  • 5 Stars: 3

Revision History:

January

January

On This Date: Photo taken 1/13/2012.

Five years ago I wandered around the yard taking pictures of the white stuff. ‘Twas the year’s first significant snowfall.

That willow’s gone, now. I often photographed it, and miss it.


This, like most photographs I took in 2012, was conceived as a black and white photo. The framing reflects that; I wanted some contrast in the textures from the nearby arborvitae.

Nonetheless, it was taken in color because my Cybershot doesn’t do monochrome. I’ve discussed this before, and at greater length here. I see no need to repeat myself today, but want to note that I’d have converted the photo had I posted it on that date.

Regardless of the monochrome intention, I think the image works quite well in color.

Number of pix taken on various January 13ths: 87
Year of oldest photo: 2008

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 0
  • 2 Stars: 13
  • 3 Stars: 55
  • 4 Stars: 19
  • 5 Stars: 0

Revision History:

Minor Walton Bean Company

Minor Walton Bean Company

On This Date: Photo taken 1/12/2008.

Mulliken was still a grain elevator town when I moved here in 1991. Then ADM closed down the elevator, so the farmers now go elsewhere. And this odd building lives on to remind us.


Number of pix taken on various January 12ths: 83
Year of oldest photo: 2008

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 0
  • 2 Stars: 34 [blame eBay for all but two]
  • 3 Stars: 34
  • 4 Stars: 14
  • 5 Stars: 1

Revision History:

Looking South on Dow

Looking South on Dow

On This Date: Photo taken 1/11/2012.

Here we have a perfectly typical Joel Dinda landscape shot. There’s an isolated tree; a field of stubble, a distant settlement (it’s Little Venice) along Highway 50, and even more distant trees. And a wee bit of fog, obscuring the houses. The road, too, running on south apparently forever.

I took this photo early in my 2012 photo-a-day project. My photographic objective for the day wasn’t this scene; I planned an image of the abandoned house that’s just north of this location. But if you’re stopped by the road and see another shot–well, why not?

This image blows up quite well, by the way. Not bad for a hand-held shot with my pocket cam. Not sure I can still do that; five years have aged me.


I have photographs that I take regularly–Traverse City’s East Bay comes to mind; so does a view looking north across our front yard.

But there are also certain archetypes I capture over and over again. This is one of those.

Number of pix taken on various January 11ths: 127
Year of oldest photo: 2008

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 1
  • 2 Stars: 7
  • 3 Stars: 92
  • 4 Stars: 25
  • 5 Stars: 2

Revision History:

Out on a Limb

Out on a Limb

On This Date: Photo taken 1/10/2015.

Set up my tripod a couple years ago today and took lots of pics of a cardinal. And occasional other birds.

I also got some photographs of drifted snow. The light was good; the weather, not so much.


Number of pix taken on various January 10ths: 144
Year of oldest photo: 2012

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 0
  • 2 Stars: 7
  • 3 Stars: 115
  • 4 Stars: 19
  • 5 Stars: 3

Revision History:

Southbound Train

Southbound Train

On This Date: Photo taken 1/9/2008.

Took a late lunch on January 9, 2008, and evidently drove to Potterville, looking for photographs. This one found me at the Windsor Highway railroad crossing.


I’m a horrible photographer on January 9. I say things like “Fifteen daily pix is both enough and necessary for a photo-a-day of project” because it’s generally true. But it’s not always true. Some days are just wasted.

To be sure, the January weather in mid-Michigan certainly doesn’t help. On January 9 I mostly photograph snow, in my yard.

Number of pix taken on various January 9ths: 177
Year of oldest photo: 2008

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 5
  • 2 Stars: 75
  • 3 Stars: 89
  • 4 Stars: 8
  • 5 Stars: 0

Revision History:

Coneflowers

Coneflowers

On This Date: Photo taken 1/8/2015.

Gone to seed in our yard. The little birdies appreciate ’em.


This is one of a series of about a dozen similar photographs I took that afternoon. One of my common photography sequences is something like this: I rearrange the framing, then move to a different angle, perhaps try a different depth of field, or modify the ISO setting, adjust the focal point, maybe find a way to change the background–I alter stuff. I’m seeing how the picture changes in response to camera and framing changes.

Usually I just end up with a set of indistinguishable photographs. Occasionally something remarkable happens, and one of the pics is far better than the rest. That didn’t happen with this set.

My photo scanning project shows that I’ve always worked like this. It’s more common these days, because pixels are cheaper than film, but I have examples dating back to the early 1970s, when I got my first SLR. When I locate my earliest slides I’ll likely have examples from the 60s–taken with a box camera.

Number of pix taken on various January 8ths: 170
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 1
  • 2 Stars: 43 [about half are eBay pix]
  • 3 Stars: 106
  • 4 Stars: 19
  • 5 Stars: 1