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Teton Photography Club
Posted: February 20
I recently joined the Teton Photography Club which is based in Jackson WY. The February monthly meeting will feature photos from a number of members, The photo above is my submission for this event. Those photographers who were not able to attend in person were asked to present a short video describing the photo. What follows is the transcript of my video.

My name is Rick Budde and I am an amateur photographer from St. Louis Missouri who is fortunate to live in Driggs during the summer months. I have pretty much always been a photographer who takes a bunch of pictures and gets a few good photographs.

Regarding the photo that I have submitted:

It was taken on June 09, 2017 in Teton Valley Idaho just off Highway 33 right before you cross the Canyon Creek Bridge.

The clouds were very interesting that day and I drove up that way with the main intent to capture photos of fields of canola in bloom. After doing that, I headed back towards Driggs and as I crossed the bridge I decided to take a quick drive along the dirt road to the south that parallels the creek. After a short distance on that road, I spied this composition. The hay bale and the wonderful skies called out to me.

My first shots were of just the hale bay and the skies. As I studied the location a bit more, I decided that I could improve my composition with the inclusion of the railed fence as a foreground element. Thus the final photo has foreground, mid-ground and background elements.

The photo was taken using a 24-70 lens on my Canon 5D Mk IV. The camera was supported by a ball head on a tripod. The exposure settings and focus were established using Live View. The settings were: 34 mm, f/11, ISO 100 at 1/125 second. The RAW photo was post processed in Lightroom.


Heaston Visit - Little Rock AR
Posted: February 5
This past weekend I visited my good friends Bill and Jane Heaston in Little Rock AR.
It was a fantastic weekend filled with basketball, Super Bowl, old friends, new friends, many laughs and copious quantities of food.

This was also the first time I met Brecon, their one year old Corgi. Quite the people dog.
The photo above is of Little Rock's Central High School... a national landmark. This is the first school integrated in 1957. These students became known as the Little Rock Nine.

Blood Moon
Posted: January 25
We had a wonderful "Blood Moon" on January 20.
I had planned to go to Forest Park in order to get some foreground interest in the shot. As I came out of my front door and looked up in the sky, I realized that the moon was too high in the sky to get a shot with any foreground interest so I set up my tripod in my driveway. It was quite cold out but I was dressed for that. I was out there for about 45 minutes taking photos.
As you can see from the photo above, I am not very skilled at obtaining a sharp focus on celestial objects. If you follow this blog, last summer's Milky Way photos also highlighted this weakness as well.

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