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Spring time in the gully on our property. Lovely day to work outside.
We took the chainsaw out and cut to size trees we’ve felled in order to use them as posts for a fence for a small section of the property. Once up, we can garden and not worry about the deer destroying everything.

Spring time in the gully on our property. Lovely day to work outside.

We took the chainsaw out and cut to size trees we’ve felled in order to use them as posts for a fence for a small section of the property. Once up, we can garden and not worry about the deer destroying everything.
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Soccer practice.

I purchased a DeJUR 135mm f2.8 manual focus lens for my Minolta XG9 specifically to shoot more sports. If you didn’t already know this, shooting sports with a manual focus lens is extremely difficult. About 2/3rds of my shots were either out of focus, or focused on the wrong subject.

The lens is great, the photographer however needs some work.

Top Photo: Shot with Minolta XG9, 135mm f2.8 with Ektar 100iso film

Bottom Photo: Shot with Minolta XG9, 135mm f5.6 with Portra 800iso film

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Well, this is it.  Today I ship off my Canon G1x to a new home. The G1x has served me well and is a tank of a camera, but I’ve been doing a lot more video filming my girls sports games. I’m finding the video features in the G1x little lacking. When I purchased it, video was low priority to me, and photo image quality was high.. and the G1x delivers there. Now my needs have changed so I have purchased a Sony NEX 6. Soon enough, I’ll be posting shots taken with that.  Stay tuned.

Well, this is it.  Today I ship off my Canon G1x to a new home. The G1x has served me well and is a tank of a camera, but I’ve been doing a lot more video filming my girls sports games. I’m finding the video features in the G1x little lacking. When I purchased it, video was low priority to me, and photo image quality was high.. and the G1x delivers there. Now my needs have changed so I have purchased a Sony NEX 6. Soon enough, I’ll be posting shots taken with that.  Stay tuned.

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Once again, continuing work at our property, I stumbled upon this guy. While not huge at only about 1.5”, its one of the largest and most colorful beetles I’ve come across In the field.
Shot with iPhone 4s

Once again, continuing work at our property, I stumbled upon this guy. While not huge at only about 1.5”, its one of the largest and most colorful beetles I’ve come across In the field.

Shot with iPhone 4s

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While working at my property, I sat down on a large bolder we use as a bench. After a while I realized there was a Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus) sitting right next to me. Unlike most lizards that flee at any slight movement, this guy was content to just hang out.
Shot with iPhone 4s

While working at my property, I sat down on a large bolder we use as a bench. After a while I realized there was a Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus) sitting right next to me. Unlike most lizards that flee at any slight movement, this guy was content to just hang out.

Shot with iPhone 4s

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"It’s the questions we can’t answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question and he’ll look for his own answers."

— Patrick Rothfuss; A Wise Man’s Fear

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Spent most of the day working and relaxing at our property. It was a cold day so we warmed ourselves up with apple cider over a camp fire.

Spent most of the day working and relaxing at our property. It was a cold day so we warmed ourselves up with apple cider over a camp fire.

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Abby lays around as we sort through the tangle of lights for the tree. No help whatsoever.

Abby lays around as we sort through the tangle of lights for the tree. No help whatsoever.

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Started a series of Christmas cards, (too late I should add.) Been extremely busy this time of year. Was able to hastily paint this over the weekend.

Started a series of Christmas cards, (too late I should add.) Been extremely busy this time of year. Was able to hastily paint this over the weekend.

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Sketchbook painting and actual painting on a sample page from Stillman & Brin “Beta” 180lb (270gsm) cold pressed paper. 

I ended up painting on the back side of the paper and was happy how it handled the wetness.  I’ll likely get the Beta as my next watercolor sketchbook with hard bound spine.

Sketchbook painting and actual painting on a sample page from Stillman & Brin “Beta” 180lb (270gsm) cold pressed paper.

I ended up painting on the back side of the paper and was happy how it handled the wetness. I’ll likely get the Beta as my next watercolor sketchbook with hard bound spine.