A Selfie in Red and Black

A Selfie in Red and Black

On This Date: Photo taken 10/31/2011

Imported from Detroit.

Our house, reflected in my car’s window. And me, reflected on the side. Twice, it would seem.

Bought this car six years ago today. ‘Twas a good car, but I apparently needed another Mustang.


Number of pix taken on various October 31sts: 192
Year of oldest photo: 2011

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 4
  • 2 Stars: 23
  • 3 Stars: 133
  • 4 Stars: 29
  • 5 Stars: 3

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Sandhills

Sandhills

On This Date: Photo taken 10/30/2010

On the day after I retired we watched the cranes gather at the Big Marsh, near Bellevue. The light was perfect and the birds were fairly cooperative.


My 300 mm lens was still too short for the project. Got some good pix, regardless, as the D300’s a sharper camera than the D70.

Number of pix taken on various October 30ths: 573
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 2
  • 2 Stars: 30
  • 3 Stars: 377
  • 4 Stars: 127
  • 5 Stars: 37

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Farmyard on Strange Highway

Farmyard on Strange Highway

On This Date: Photo taken 10/29/2005

Eventually they put walls on that barn. Took ’em longer than I expected.

Shot this one from my bicycle….


Seven years ago today I retired after 33 years and five days as a State of Michigan employee. And I see that two years ago I attended a retirement party for John Osborn, with whom I often worked very closely. (Here’s the obligatory reminder that I had a project-oriented job. So did he. John’s projects and mine frequently coincided.) Both retirements are commemorated in my 10/29 pix, though I’m not sharing those.

Employee? Employe? I see my spell checker accepts both. I was taught to use the shorter spelling, but the longer one seems to be the common usage these days.

Number of pix taken on various October 29ths: 227
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 18
  • 2 Stars: 39
  • 3 Stars: 114
  • 4 Stars: 55
  • 5 Stars: 1

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Oak Leaf on the Porch

Oak Leaf on the Porch

On This Date: Photo taken 10/28/2009

There are no Oaks particularly near our porch, so I’m not real certain how this leaf got there. But here it is.

I mostly photograph leaves and branches on October 28..


Got a theory those October 28 leaves.

By the end of October I’ve taken many photographs of (perhaps) colorful woodlots across fields, and have photographed a smaller number of individual trees reflected in the Grand River. I’m looking for a different perspective on autumn by this point. So I move in for closeups.

Just a theory. But it’s definitely in play this morning..

Number of pix taken on various October 28ths: 116
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 3
  • 2 Stars: 12
  • 3 Stars: 50
  • 4 Stars: 47
  • 5 Stars: 4

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Reflection

Reflection

On This Date: Photo taken 10/27/2004

This is the pond on the Meadow and Marshland Trail at Michigan Audubon’s Bernard W. Baker Sanctuary. It’s a pretty place, as I’ve mentioned before.

After the walk we headed over to Big Marsh Lake and watched the Sandhill Cranes arrive. (Bet you’re not surprised.) Since I’d not brought my long lens I only took a couple pictures–of the scenery, not the birds.


I took this photo with my Nikon N90s and scanned the image from the negative. It was a good autumn, and the roll’s scans are quite colorful. But most of the pics have a glossy look that I find annoying. Perhaps some day I’ll scan the roll again.

To be fair, this may have been the first roll of film I ever scanned from negatives. It was certainly among the first; I’d just bought a film-capable scanner.

Number of pix taken on various October 27ths: 371
Year of oldest photo: 2004

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 13
  • 2 Stars: 77
  • 3 Stars: 210
  • 4 Stars: 62
  • 5 Stars: 9

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Three Years Ago We Went to the Beach

Three Years Ago We Went to the Beach

On This Date: Photo taken 10/26/2014

Hoffmaster State Park, at Norton Shores on Lake Michigan.


We also got lost in the woods, which was a surprise. But ’twas more amusing than annoying; the park’s not all that big, and we soon found our way to the Visitor Center and the parking lot.

Number of pix taken on various October 26ths: 404
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 0
  • 2 Stars: 18
  • 3 Stars: 331
  • 4 Stars: 47
  • 5 Stars: 8

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The Street Where I Live

The Street Where I Live

On This Date: Photo taken 10/25/2004

Pretty much peak color, here, straight out of the camera.


On 10/25/2014 I shot nearly a thousand photographs. Nearly all were of Milkweed and Butterfly Weed plants launching seeds into the wind.

This took less than half an hour. Sometimes it’s not clear whether the camera’s burst mode is my enemy or my friend.

Number of pix taken on various October 25ths: 1023 [includes 1 by my brother]
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 4
  • 2 Stars: 76
  • 3 Stars: 808
  • 4 Stars: 116
  • 5 Stars: 19

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Autumn on Strange Highway

Autumn on Strange Highway

On This Date: Photo taken 10/24/2005

Let’s begin by mentioning that John Strange was an early white settler in Michigan’s Eaton County. The road was named for his family.

Oversaturated and overexposed. My FujiFilm F10 had a mind of its own, sometimes; the day’s entire set was like this. This particular photo washed out a fairly dramatic sky.

Nonetheless, I like this.


I took one of my most popular photographs less than a minute after taking this image. It, too, was oversaturated. Do notice the sky….

Number of pix taken on various October 24ths: 840
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 25
  • 2 Stars: 26
  • 3 Stars: 658
  • 4 Stars: 117
  • 5 Stars: 14

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Otto Road

Otto Road

On This Date: Photo taken 10/22/2014

How ’bout a second photo today?

I took this photo to illustrate a story, which I’ll tell you about below, but I’m posting it today because I like it.


I’ve mentioned that this project occasionally finds unexpected repetitions. Here’s one: Twice on October 22 I’ve told stories about collapsed barns.

There’s one in this photo, though it’s not really obvious; it’s beside the silo just before the hill. I noticed the missing barn three years ago today. (On the same day I noticed another local barn–my photographic favorite–had gone missing, but I don’t think it collapsed.)

A year earlier I’d posted a not-very-good photograph I’d taken sometime earlier of a barn that had subsequently collapsed; this one was outside Cloverdale.

I sometimes think my life runs on coincidences.

Number of pix taken on various October 22nds: 493
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 1
  • 2 Stars: 48
  • 3 Stars: 294
  • 4 Stars: 128
  • 5 Stars: 22

Revision History: