Sep 10 2017

Morningside defeats Truman State 35-30

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Bubba Jenkins

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Aug 24 2017

Soaking it in 2.0

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Bass Field, August 21, 2017

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Aug 24 2017

Soaking it in 1.0

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Prof. Shelly Molland, Morningside College

Prof. Shelly Molland, Morningside College

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Jan 15 2017

Macro focus

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My mom bought me my first camera in @1975. An Olympus OM-1 with a 50 mm f1.4 lens.

That camera, three other Olympus cameras, and a handful of lenses got me through my career as a reporter/photographer/editor.

Last year I bought an Olympus OM-D E-M10 digital. The main selling point for me was that I could use all those old [legacy] lenses on a modern digital camera.

I have been experimenting with the camera and with the lenses and posting images on Instagram. Today I dug out a macro focus ring and added it to a 50 mm f1.8 lens. The photo above is of Rylie. She wasn’t the best model, so here are some other examples.


This is what the camera looks like with the adapter, macro ring, and lens. (Taken with my iPhone, w/some color correction.) It’s long, and front heavy, but much easier to use than my 200 mm plus the adapter.

Back in the day, Olympus cameras were smaller than every other 35 mm. The OM-D re-creates the original look as much as possible.

One small issue I have with the camera/lens setup I bought was that the Olympus 14-42 f3.5 lens is a bit cheesy. It makes good images, but it seems so insubstantial. Lots of plastic. These older lenses give the camera a heft and solidity I remember.

I am Groot

I am Groot

The focusing distance runs roughly eight inches to 16 inches. (Which made Rylie uncomfortable.) The focus can be a little difficult, but the peaking feature helps a bit. I also need to get a table-top tripod if I’m going to do more with this.

Misty Knight

Misty Knight

The photos have been through PhotoShop, but only to adjust size. No sharpening or color adjustment.

One of the art filters available with the camera is called Diorama, which is similar to the shallow focus effect here. I’ll have to put the two together — filter and ring — to see what I get.

Depth of field

This suggests the depth of field. The diameter of the bottle is about 1.5 inches, so the depth of field is less than an inch, even at f11. ISO was 1600.



One last shot. I don’t remember why I bought the macro ring. I don’t remember having any particular need for close-up photography. The lighting wasn’t ideal for these photos, just my desk lamp, but this image nicely shows the ability to reveal texture detail.

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Dec 08 2016

Awaiting a winner

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AAFS Chili Cook-off

AAFS Chili Cook-off

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Nov 14 2016

Look up in the sky, it’s … Super Moon!

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Super Moon

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Nov 09 2016

The Day After

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Everything has changed
For in truth, it’s the beginning of an end
And nothing has changed
Everything has changed

HeathenI haven’t watched the news today. I couldn’t bring myself to turn on the TV. When I started the car and heard the “Morning Edition” theme, I snapped off the radio.

To open this WordPress page I had to hide my Safari home page off screen.

I’m not ready to face reality.

While walking the dog, I thought about the assignment I gave students: “Thoughts about the election.” What would I write? How would I express my own emotions? My anger? My fear.

For what ever reason, I thought about David Bowie. I was never a huge Bowie fan, but like everyone else, I was saddened by his death earlier this year. One song, one lyric, swam up from the depths of memory.

Please don’t tear this world asunder
Please take back this fear we’re under
I demand a better future

Back in 2002 I drove my beat-up Isuzu pickup to Milwaukee and back. I must have listened to Heathen–all 12 songs–a dozen times over the weekend. Something in the album clicked with me.

I have no idea what Bowie intended with the album, but I heard wistfulness. Bowie then would have been my age now. The songs seemed to be Bowie looking at his life and thinking, “There has to be more.”

There had to be a little bit of 9-11 in Bowie’s thoughts as he worked on the album. He was a New Yorker, after all. But at the same time his career had stalled a bit. Maybe he was thinking about his legacy. Maybe he was thinking about what was ahead and how he would face a future where he would have nothing to say.

What made my life so wonderful?
What made me feel so bad?
I used to wake up the ocean
I used to walk on clouds

I sympathized, even though I was only forty. And with W newly installed in the White House, I know I was worried about what the future would bring.

(A more appropriate Bowie song for today would be “I’m afraid of Americans,” but I’m again listening to Heathen.)

The title song is the last song on the album. Generally that would be the time for the artist to extend some hope. After a reflective and generally dark album (the song “Cactus” is written from the perspective of a stalker), Bowie can’t seem to muster the energy to be optimistic. The last verse of the song and the album is a farewell:

And when the sun is low
And the rays high
I can see it now
I can feel it die

Mortality is a bitch. Every parent’s hope is to leave the better world a better place for his/her children. The reality for my generation is that we will leave our children a cesspool. Hillary maybe, with some help, could have diminished the worst effects of climate change, fear, hate, and xenophobia.

Trump is going to turn that cesspool into a shithole nightmare. God, if you exist, help us.

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Oct 28 2016


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cootsEavesdropping on
Two old coots.
One Oklahoma twang,
a bit higher than necessary.
The other tired experience.

Where did the 60s go?
Where are the hippies?
The pony tails and everything that went with them.
Just part of the past.

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Oct 20 2016

Fun with filters

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJust getting myself caught up on what modern cameras can do.

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Sep 21 2016

The lean

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SnowDog1Someone reminded me of cats today. The phrase “toe beans” is perfect, though it seems initially to be a typo.

Despite living with two stupid cats for 15 years, I am now, and probably always have been, a dog person. Unlike humans, animals are innocent and perfect. I am reminded of that every time I look into a dog’s eyes.

Sometimes they seem sad. Sometimes a little guilty. Always curious. I see in those eyes the essence of, “What are we going to do, boss?”

Some time ago I read an article about the world’s biggest dog. George, I think. There were some photos, and George’s owner wrote a short piece about how big dogs are different. How they present unique problems. How they have to express themselves differently.

Because big dogs can’t comfortably jump in a person’s lap, they have to show affection differently. George’s owner described what she called the lean. She experienced that human-animal bond with George when he would lean against her and just breathe.

I get this from Riley occasionally. She doesn’t have a problem jumping on the couch and crawling in my lap. She’s not that big. But there are times when I am sitting on her level, on a step or on the floor, or on the edge of the deck, and she will sit next to me and lean.

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