2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 86,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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“Tornadoes Devastate Southern Indiana”

Usually when I post to this blog it’s about natures beauty, but today we will talk about the ugly and powerful side of Nature. Late this afternoon a probable F4 Tornado cut a path of destruction across southern Indiana, beginning near Palmyra Indiana then slashing thru the Indiana countryside before it crossed the Ohio River near Madison and took it’s destruction into Trimble County Kentucky before it dissipated.

So far the storm has left 4 dead in our county, three to county to our west and two more from a storm to our north with the death toll expected to rise. This was horrible day for the surrounding area and my heart and prayers go out for the ones who suffered the most thru this disaster.

What was the strangest part of the day for me was the all of the eerie parallels with the April 3 1974 outbreak that devastated this area as well. For starters I remember my father picking me up from school just as the storm was bearing down on the area as I did my son today and we were about the same age as well. The storm began it’s path of destruction in Palmyra as this one did as well, the storm also moved thru Chelsea doing damage  just like today.

The big difference was that today’s storm kept traveling east into Kentucky but in 74 it turned farther Northeast making its way to Hanover and Madison doing horrific damage.

After picking my son up from school we weren’t sure where to go for cover or to escape, we traveled around the Madison hilltop looking for a vantage point to view the storm, I found a place to pull off and observe the rotating supercell that was moving towards our area. i saw that storm was traveling east into Kentucky and then began our trek home, at this point the most surreal thing I ever witnessed took place as were driving thru North Madison I saw what looked like pink balloons floating down our of the sky, quickly I knew what we were seeing  was insulation debris being thrown out of the top of the storm and onto the round.

But we saw next was even more astounding  what looked big sheets of paper floating from the sky, but as they grew close and began falling faster we realized that this paper was sheet metal and plywood and big chunks of at that. We actually came across one so big that it blocked the road and people got out of the car in front of us to move out of the way !!

Finally making our way home and making sure my wife who works at the local Hospital was alright we then learn the grim news that Henryville Indiana had been nearly destroyed by the same Tornado, Henryville happens to be the home of my sister and her kids and for over an hour the news wasn’t good and we began to fear the worse. But after countless communication problems we were able to find out that all family members were accounted for and healthy. But my nieces newly bought home had significant damage but they were not there at the time so they were okay.

So after 40 years a very strong Tornado misses me to north by a couple of miles and now to south by a few, and God willing there won’t be a third. the other thing about today was during this whole ordeal all my camera equipment was back at my studio and not once did I even think about going back and getting it…I guess there were a few things more important on my mind.

If I can get this posted I do have few videos I found of the storms that other people have posted if I can get them to work !!







“More Indiana Weddings”

Here is another shot from a wedding from a couple of weekends ago, this was a fun wedding to be involved with because of the laid back nature of the the couple and the attendees. The wedding was a blast as was the reception, they had a  cowboy type  theme and also the coolest prison wagon you ever saw !!

I never thought I would have had such a good time shooting weddings but once again the art of photography has surprised me, there is a fast pace that you have to keep up with and being able to get the shots you are after is just as much as a rush as nailing that sunset or waterfall shot.

So far the people have been great and treated us very professionally and with the utmost respect …haven’t met Bridezilla yet,  I know I am still new at this but I learn with every wedding and I seem to take something away from each passing ceremony.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look and as always click on the image for best viewing !!

“Madison Indiana Wedding Photography”

Since I posted one of the Bride I better go ahead and show one of the Groom as well, I never realized until I started shooting weddings how stressful of a situation it has become, everything has to be almost perfect on the couples big day or you could you could ruin it for it for them very easily.  So far so good but I am sure sooner or later something bad is going to happen  and I just hope it is something minimal and that it works out.

At out last wedding we shot nearly 1600 images,  after a while I am sure even the most photographic Bride and Groom gets tired of the lens being in their face,  but I think it takes that many shots to get all the right moments and I think we actually missed a couple as well.

It really helps when the people you work with are as patient and as understanding as the last two weddings we shot, I couldn’t have asked for a more supportive or understanding group of people, I know after a while they really got tired of the whole thing and we didn’t help the stress level as well but in the end everyone stood up to the plate and got the job done.

My wife has helped me  tremendously and has now developed a little bit of the photography eye as well, it will be great to work with and spend more time with her from now on !!

Once again thanks for stopping by and tasking a look, if you need to contact me it’s 701-3415 and we can see what we can do for you.

“Wild Columbines”

Just returned from a recent vacation to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, it was more of a family gathering so I wasn’t able to get out and work the park much but did make time to get a few decent shots. I will post some soon but for now here is a Wild Columbine I shot earlier this spring, these little gems are really hard to shoot and if you get any wind you can forget about getting any images at all.

Patience is the key to this wildflower, try shooting in low light with calm winds and low iso settings to get the beautiful colors to pop in your images. Tripods are a must with a cable release if at all possible. I shot this one at Clifty Falls State Park near Madison Indiana when they were are their peak seasonal bloom, these are just a few tips to help you out when shooting wildflowers, just take the time to get out there and shoot and with a little practice and patience you can get some great results !!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look, and don’t forget to view this large for the best viewing !!