Beautiful last few days of warm weather in Iowa, the upper thirties, allowed my father and me to extend our daily walkabout to the Mines of Spain Calcite Trail that runs along the Mississippi River. Almost stumbled on about eight eagles sitting in the tree branches near Catfish Creek that were getting fish from one of the unfrozen sections of the river. In between the walkabout trails, I pulled out my backpack drone (Mavic Air Pro 2) for a few minutes of photos of Julien Dubuque Memorial Grave Site, some pretty cool tree shadows on the ice, and a shot of us. I was carrying my Canon 5D Mark III with a Tamron 150-600mm and took some fantastic shots of the eagles (a few adults, but mostly young ones) on tree limbs, diving for fish, tussling with each other, and just doing morning chores. Walking back to the 4-Runner, a Pileated Woodpecker started following us closer and closer, allowing me to get some pretty nice macro shots of it. The weather tells us the next few days could have some snow, so look for some more shots in a week or so. Thanks, have a fantastic day, and hope someone gives you a smile!
As a former helicopter pilot for 22 years in the military, I miss being in the cockpit but medical issues keep me out of manned aircraft. In 2016, when the FAA opened up the new Part 107 Unmanned Aircraft Pilot Rating I jumped on it and have been flying drones for over five years with hundreds of hours flying. Using a drone as a “camera that is positioned at different angles, but considers composition, lighting, and technique” has become one of my passions and joys as a photographer. With that in mind, a friend recently asked me about making some photographs of the Mississippi River for people to purchase for their homes. I now have an exhibition series of “Mississippi River Aerial” photographs, which will include a link location to purchase the images as panoramas (even with multiple prints combined into a grouping) and landscapes using different materials, and sizes. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them. Bob
As the sun is close to setting in 2021, I am excited to finish the year in Colorado with the grand-boys, before starting 2022 in Colorado and Washington, DC. We are planning more backroad and river road routes to and from DC in January, and then to Florida for the TPC Golf Championship in March along with spending time with the grandgirls. We are planning the big international trip to Ireland in late summer with plans to put my photojournalist skills into a documentary project. Look for big things with our photography efforts now that college is over, which will mean putting over a decade of experience and the new skills to good use telling stories about good and happy things in our world. Happy Holidays (all of them for everyone) and Happy New Year to everyone. Bob