Moine Creek at Brush Creek Canyon - Image 592869 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-18-19

  More From Brush Creek Canyon Today I spent several hours photographing scenery at Brush Creek Canyon State Preserve near Arlington. Much of my efforts were dedicated to photographing water since the conditions were ideal. While there, I also worked more on shooting video. Now I need to improve my processing skills for video. I …

Red-tailed Hawk on Pole - Image 592616 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-17-19

  A Full Day What should have been a day with a couple of early morning meetings then hours outdoors to enjoy a beautiful fall day became a day filled with necessary work activities from sunrise to well into moon rise. My photo shooting was limited to two quick grab shot sessions. Fortunately both shots …

Photographing Moving Water - Image 582492 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-16-19

  Sharing as I Learn Every now and then I am asked questions about photography equipment or techniques. Since I learned much of my photography the old fashoned way – using slide film – I help other photographers whenever I can. I do draw the line on revealing unusual flora or fauna locations, but as …

Northern Redbelly Snake on Sweet Water Trail - Image 592370 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-15-19

  Like Picking Up Worms While walking on the Sweet Water Trail today I crossed paths with a couple of snakes. The first snake was a northern water snake that was not too big, but a water snake that was clearly enjoying the warmth of the black-topped trail even though air temperatures were a little …

Berry Stems in Timber - Image 592249 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-14-19

  No Consistent Theme Today’s photography efforts were brief and resulted in images with no consistent theme.    Before the sun was up I noticed the beautiful Harvest Moon for 2019. With very short exposures on the sensor I was able to record very clear, very sharp images of the full moon.    Full Moon/Harvest …

Bedded Whitetail Deer in Timber - Image 592156 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-13-19

  Final Days With autumn in full swing to the point of almost feeling like winter during some of the overnight hours, the timbers are reflecting the final days for plants, fungi, and depending on the upcoming hunting seasons, for some of the wildlife species. Fall is a bittersweet season for me (and I suppose …

Moine Creek at Brush Creek Canon - Image 591641 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-12-19

  Brush Creek Canyon and Moine Creek Too many years have passed since Kristy and I spent a week in Tennessee photographing bears and waterfalls. I cannot do much about bear photography in my area of Iowa, but I was able to hike to a small stream that reminds me very much of some of …

Macro - Image 591544 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-11-19

  Progressive Macro Challenges Yesterday’s playing with macro photography equipment prompted me to work with different subjects tonight. Here you go… two more challenges to determine what they are before you scroll to the answer photos.            Macro Challenge 1 – This was a subject I really enjoy in more of …

Macro - Turkey Feather - Image 591518 cropped vertical (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-10-19

  Macro Challenges I’ve been waiting for a rainy day to test some ideas I have had for improving my macro photography. While I didn’t really want a rainy day on a vacation day, that was what I had today so I did some playing with gear.        I set up a very …

Leaf on Old Log at Brush Creek Canyon - Image 591450 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-9-19

  Thinking of Ray My step-dad Ray died canoeing with me on September 24, 1991. Many, many days have passed since then, but I still think of him often. He and I were close, growing closer as the years went on. Of the activities we enjoyed together, one was nature photography. Having both been serious …