Great Lakes Kite Festival

Great Lakes Kite Festival

On This Date: Photo taken 5/16/2009

We thought we’d go to Grand Haven and walk the beach. We found kites.

‘Twas glorious.


I didn’t take many photographs in 2009. Partly it was my new, much-more-complicated camera. Partly it was my job. But mostly it was burnout.

Number of pix taken on various May 16ths: 1011
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 6
  • 2 Stars: 96
  • 3 Stars: 700
  • 4 Stars: 180
  • 5 Stars: 29

Revision History:

VariZoom

VanZoom

On This Date: Photo taken 5/15/2012

The center field camera and photographer at Parkview Field, home of the Fort Wayne Tincaps.


This was the first game I photographed using my Nikon 1 V1. One thing I learned from the outing is that the V1 overheats–and shuts down–in direct sunlight.

The Fort Wayne ballpark, by the way, is absolutely delightful.

Number of pix taken on various May 15ths: 808 [includes one by my brother]
Year of oldest photo: 2004

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 36
  • 2 Stars: 91
  • 3 Stars: 631
  • 4 Stars: 45
  • 5 Stars: 5

Debbie’s Graduation

Debbie's Graduation

On This Date: Photo taken 5/14/2006

Also on this date, in 2006: My sister, Debra Jean, graduated from Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque.


Why not two On This Date pix? In general it would increase my daily workload, probably by about 45 minutes. Some days it’s probably worth the extra effort. But I shan’t make this common practice.

Number of pix taken on various May 14ths: 652 [includes two by my brother]
Year of oldest photo: 2000

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 5
  • 2 Stars: 69
  • 3 Stars: 413
  • 4 Stars: 138
  • 5 Stars: 27

Mom

Mom

On This Date: Photo taken 5/14/2000

On this date in 2000 Joan and I met up with my family at Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, where we checked out the butterflies and orchids in the conservatory and viewed Nina Akam’s recently-completed interpretation of da Vinci’s Horse.

‘Twas a fine Mother’s Day outing.


This may be my best photo of my mother, and I’ve posted it to Flickr before. This treatment’s a bit, though not a lot, different. I like this color palette better.

Shot with my Nikon N90s, and scanned from a negative. One of my first photographic scans, as it happens….

Number of pix taken on various May 14ths: 652 [includes two by my brother]
Year of oldest photo: 2000

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 5
  • 2 Stars: 69
  • 3 Stars: 413
  • 4 Stars: 138
  • 5 Stars: 27

The Vine on the Granary

The Vine on the Granary

On This Date: Photo taken 5/13/2012

We spent Mother’s Day, 2012, at the farm with Joan’s family. This was also the weekend David moved back to Michigan–and the farm–from Louisiana, so ’twas also a bit of a homecoming.


We’d go to the farm and I’d take pix of the granary. It was pretty much an irresistible photo subject. I miss it.

Dave reused most of the lumber when he built the chicken coop, which I now routinely photograph because it, too, is a fine subject. But it’s a different subject, and I photograph it differently.

Notice the pliers, still hanging there, though their orientation’s changed since 2005….

Number of pix taken on various May 13ths: 1632
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 5
  • 2 Stars: 208
  • 3 Stars: 1265
  • 4 Stars: 141
  • 5 Stars: 13

Revision History:

Female Grosbeak

Female Grosbeak

On This Date: Photo taken 5/12/2014

Grosbeaks also come in this less colorful, but still attractive, variety….


Yesterday, a wealth of photographs to choose from. Today, from twice as many originals, mostly I’ve got baseball and lilacs and apple blossoms. And few pix I’d call special.

So it goes….

Number of pix taken on various May 12ths: 1510
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 11
  • 2 Stars: 179
  • 3 Stars: 1166
  • 4 Stars: 129
  • 5 Stars: 25

Revision History:

Even the Starlings are Pretty This Week

Even the Starlings are Pretty This Week

On This Date: Photo taken 5/11/2014

Actually they’re always attractive, but they’re so obnoxious I tend to forget. The noon-time light on this bird was excellent and showed off his colorful coat.


A wealth of choices today….

I sort through each day’s photos the evening before, and typically pull out two or three; I choose between those just before I do my morning writeup. Today I found eight:

  • A selection of four birds.
  • The inevitable baseball pic.
  • A tulip.
  • Some delightful greenery.
  • A tree in bloom at the Bennett farm.

Number of pix taken on various May 11ths: 706
Year of oldest photo: 2007

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 0
  • 2 Stars: 46
  • 3 Stars: 520
  • 4 Stars: 121
  • 5 Stars: 19

Revision History:

Massey Ferguson

Massey Ferguson

On This Date: Photo taken 5/9/2015

Two years ago we dropped in at the farm to help celebrate David’s birthday, a couple days late. Dave had gotten his father’s old tractor to run a few days before, so that was the main topic of discussion.

That and Dave’s garden, chickens, ducks, and turkeys. And the old plows. And restoring the barn. Lots of things to check out, and talk about. A fun day.


On May 9 I often go to the ballpark. The 2005 game deserves a bit of attention, because it was the first game I photographed in what I’d call my usual style.

While I’d been experimenting with game photography for about a month, this is the outing where I put the pieces together. Not all the pictures worked, of course, but enough did that I’ve stayed with that general approach ever since.

I’d refine things a bit over the next few games. But this game has the basics down.

I also took my FujiFilm along, and shot my first, and probably best, baseball video: Reid Brignac’s 9th inning home run swing.

Number of pix taken on various May 9ths: 1780 [includes 1 by my brother]
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 13
  • 2 Stars: 183
  • 3 Stars: 1403
  • 4 Stars: 161
  • 5 Stars: 20

Revision History:

Blondie

Blondie

On This Date: Photo taken 5/8/2012

She’s a member of the Lansing Lugnuts gameday staff, helping put on between-inning events–dizzy bat races, sing-a-longs, mascot races, balloon tosses, whatever. They keep busy.

Somewhere along the line the Lugnuts began putting nicknames on the backs of the gameday folks. Most are descriptive….


I went to two baseball games on 5/8/12. This one, in Lansing, began about 10:30 am; the second, in Kalamazoo, began about 3:00 pm. I’d not tried that before; I would do it again. But the parks since have been closer–Battle Creek & Kalamazoo, and East Lansing & Lansing.

My computer has a folder with several hundred photographs, some now quite old, just to make sure I’ve something to post every day. This one’s been sitting in that file for five years. Gone, now.

Number of pix taken on various May 8ths: 1335
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 2
  • 2 Stars: 102
  • 3 Stars: 1053
  • 4 Stars: 159
  • 5 Stars: 19