An Abundance of Cheer!

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My week-end wish for you. 🙂


Nikon D700| AF-S 24-70mmG @ f4| 1/320s| ISO 200| Manual Priority| Matrix Met| Hand-held

Strobist- SB910 @ 1/4 pwr camera left low-ish bounced off ceiling; triggered via Commander Mode in camera.  ( After composing and developing this image in 2014 it’s been marinating on my back up drive) and published now.  Marinating an image can be a good thing! I hated this image back then, but like it now. 🙂 Time is a wonderful thing to perception, and feelings.  There’s a great lesson here to those who are listening and seeing. 🙂

Texture “savor” by Kim Klassen

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Monochrome Madness 2 52/52 Close Up

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This is the last post for Monochrome Madness 2 as well as the completion of my one year commitment to participate in it. It’s been a lot of fun, and at times challenging. I’ve learned a lot about what images work in Black and White better than others.

This week is also our Theme Week which is Close-up.  The last 3 annual Imaging Projects I’ve done I’ve completed the project with an image made with one of my Mascots, and I didn’t want to break the streak .

Here’s Woody wishing Monochrome Madness 2, and all its participants a “Happy 2nd Anniversary!”  Congratulations everyone for completing the year!

Monochrome Madness 2 52/52 Happy 2nd Anniversary!

Thank you Leanne for hosting this fun annual imaging project this past year. I appreciate all the work you do to make it happen!

To see all the images posted for this week’s MM2 challenge click here.

Nikon Df| Nikkor 105mm micro| Delkin Digital Film| Tripod| PS CC 2015 & On 1 Photo 10

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P52 32/52: Banana Bread

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I had nearly a full bunch of bananas that are perfect for eating and baking but, too much to eat before they go bad, so what else do you do but bake with some. With a 2 1/2 yr old to chase it’s much easier to make a quick bread than a pie so, that was my morning project.

#1 Grandson loved watching the paddle beat the batter, but he wasn’t interested in tasting the batter or helping to make it. He loves spinning wheels and mechanical things; I’ve known since early on he’s got an engineering brain leading me to think he won’t be much of a helper baking in the future, but he might grow to love licking the bowl and beaters. 🙂

This recipe is super easy, and really moist. I made this loaf sans nuts or chocolate chips because I’m sharing it with the construction crew. I’m thinking simple is better in this case. I can avoid nut allergies at any rate.

P52 32 of 52 Banana Bread

Banana Bread Recipe:

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar-(you can use 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 c granulated if you like)

2 Eggs

1 1/2 cups flour. I used all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1tsp salt

3-4 very ripe bananas, mashed

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt ( can use sour cream instead)

1tsp Vanilla Extract- use a good one!

1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans * optional

1/4 cup chocolate chips * optional


Preheat oven to 350ºF (if using a dark pan preheat to 325ºF)

Butter & Flour 9x5x3 inch loaf pan (or 2-3 mini loaf pans)

With an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs one at a time, beating well.

In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda then add 1/2 to the butter/eggs mixture, mix until incorporated, then add the last half and blend well.

Add the mashed bananas, yogurt, and vanilla and beat just until incorporated.

*If adding nuts, and chocolate chips add them at this stage.

Pour batter into buttered and floured loaf pan(s) tap on counter to remove air bubbles and level the batter.

Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.

Cool on bakers rack for 10 minutes then turn out to continue cooling.

Eat it warm, or at room temperature.


Nikon Df| AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm @ 35mm| Hand-held| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film| CS6

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P52 29/52 “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” ~Dr. Seuss

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P52 29 of 52 "Why fit in when you were born to stand out?" ~Dr.

Nikon Df| AF-D Nikkor 105mm macro lens| SB600 camera left, SB910 camera right, Tripod| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film| CS6

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Mixed bag…

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Here are several macro images I made while working on my Project 52.

An alternative to the “Nut Job” image from Week 6

The Nut Job Alternative

Soft notes on the wind…

From early Feb. 2015
From early Feb. 2015

Clockworks…from late Jan. 2015

Time Piece

Spring! From mid Feb. 2015

Spring in the Garden

Nikon Df| AF-D Nikkor 105mm Macro lens| Hand-held & Clockworks and Nut Job were Tripod shots with SB910 and SB600 Speedlights

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P52 6/52: The Nut Job

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P52 6 of 52 The Nut Job

Nikon Df| AF-D Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 micro| SB910 camera front 11o’clock @ 1/2 pwr bounced off ceiling| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film| Hand-held| Strobes triggered w/SU800

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P52 5/52: Faded Glory

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P52 5 of 52 Finale

Nikon Df| AF-D Nikkor 105mm micro + 20mm & 12mm Kenko Extension Tubes| Tripod| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film| Texture-Simplicity by Kim Klassen

Strobist: SB910 camera right front @ 1/8pwr, SB600 camera left @ 1/16 pwr, both bounced off white ceiling, triggered w/ Nikon SU800

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