Rose

Rose

On This Date: Photo taken 5/7/2008

An additional award, to accompany the Michigan Department of State certificate, at our office’s Longevity Award ceremony. Roses courtesy of my boss.


New camera note: On 5/7/2005 I bought a FujiFilm F10 to replace my broken pocket camera. The F10’s first photo, predictably, was of our cat Taffy; the second, perhaps just as predictably, was of Joan.

Number of pix taken on various May 7ths: 1575
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 3
  • 2 Stars: 87
  • 3 Stars: 1330
  • 4 Stars: 136
  • 5 Stars: 19

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Inside the Granary

Inside the Granary

On This Date: Photo taken 5/6/2006

There’s stories to go with this photo–about an old barn; about Dave’s chicken coop–but I’ve told them before.


There’s another story. On the day I took this photo the family was building a ramp to the door of the farmhouse. Joan’s dad could no longer navigate the steps, so everyone pitched in and built a sidewalk, a ramp, and (a few weeks later) a patio. It was a cheerful, and productive, day.

Number of pix taken on various May 6ths: 545
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 4
  • 2 Stars: 32
  • 3 Stars: 373
  • 4 Stars: 103
  • 5 Stars: 33

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Camouflage

Camouflage

On This Date: Photo taken 5/5/2016

A Rose-Breasted Grosbeak takes refuge in our Crabapple tree, where he becomes nearly invisible. And you thought those gaudy colors were all for show.

Couldn’t resist.


My sister’s been posting pix of Grosbeaks on Facebook for a couple days. Thought I’d join the party.

Number of pix taken on various May 5ths: 1192
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 3
  • 2 Stars: 70
  • 3 Stars: 1016
  • 4 Stars: 94
  • 5 Stars: 9

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On the Platform

On the Platform

On This Date: Photo taken 5/4/2012

I posted a similar photo five years ago. The images were captured a second apart, and the 2012 version was cropped tightly and processed as monochrome.


I was gonna discourse on digital monochrome here, but decided against it. I’d mostly be repeating myself.

Number of pix taken on various May 4ths: 741
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 1
  • 2 Stars: 70
  • 3 Stars: 558
  • 4 Stars: 97
  • 5 Stars: 15

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Goodnight to Pierre

Goodnight to Pierre

On This Date: Photo taken 5/3/2011

That would be Mike Goodnight of the Lake County Captains pitching to Lansing’s Gustavo Pierre.

The heart of the game: Pitcher vs. Batter; Batter vs. Pitcher.


While there’s an element of luck in all photography, it’s more prominent when you shoot sports. You can anticipate, you can plan, but you don’t know what you’ve got until you see the image. A microsecond later the ball’s gone elsewhere, the second baseman’s in a different place, the goalie’s lost the pose, the athlete’s expression’s changed.

So you anticipate the next play. The action occurs somewhere else on the field, and you’ve missed it completely. Perhaps luck brought you someone’s head fake.

Number of pix taken on various May 3rds: 2236
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 3
  • 2 Stars: 173
  • 3 Stars: 1854
  • 4 Stars: 184
  • 5 Stars: 22

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Diaz & Liddi

Diaz & Liddi

On This Date: Photo taken 5/1/2008

Midwest League action: SS Juan Diaz and 3B Alex Liddi of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers beginning to move as some Lansing Lugnut batter puts the ball in play at Lansing’s Oldsmobile Park.


My May Day pix mostly were taken at two baseball games, plus some photos I took at an award ceremony for work. You really don’t want to see the award ceremony. Trust me.

Number of pix taken on various May 1sts: 1405
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 11
  • 2 Stars: 91
  • 3 Stars: 1216
  • 4 Stars: 81
  • 5 Stars: 6

Besides my May 1 pix, I’ve 100 photographs taken by my brother, Richard, on 5/1/2011. Dick was active in Kalamazoo’s CROP Walk for many years; sometimes he photographed the event.

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Mark Stoffel

Mark Stoffel

On This Date: Photo taken 4/29/2016

A year ago tonight we heard and saw Chris Jones and the Night Drivers in Kalamazoo. Had a good time, talked to some friends, and heard excellent music.


Not my sharpest photo ever. But I like it.

When I photograph bluegrass musicians I generally use a better camera and get closer to my subject. But rarely do my good cameras capture such motion.

Number of pix taken on various April 29ths: 328 [includes one by my brother]
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 7
  • 2 Stars: 30
  • 3 Stars: 200
  • 4 Stars: 80
  • 5 Stars: 11

The photo by Richard is one of my favorite pix of Joan.

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Arborvitae

Arborvitae

On This Date: Photo taken 4/28/2007

A decade ago I spent the noon hour wandering around our yard, playing focus and depth of field games with various lenses. Many of the day’s 116 images are quite odd; some are rather striking.

Even the time stamps are interesting. The first photo was taken at 12:15:26; the last at 13:15:25. Exactly an hour.


I do this. I change some settings on whatever camera I’m carrying and make those settings the day’s subject.

F’rinstance: A couple days ago I took a new-to-me setup to the ballpark. While I wasn’t happy with the session’s results, I definitely learned stuff about the D500’s capabilities. Next ballpark trip I’ll put the lessons to work. Or perhaps I’ll apply those lessons to bird-at-the-feeder photographs this afternoon, while I experiment with my new tripod. Regardless, it wasn’t a wasted day.

Number of pix taken on various April 28ths: 292 [includes one by my brother]
Year of oldest photo: 1998

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 1
  • 2 Stars: 14
  • 3 Stars: 224
  • 4 Stars: 51
  • 5 Stars: 2

The photo by Richard was of me, at the ballpark in 2006. I also took one of him.

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