Monthly Archives: June 2012

Super Moon

The Super Moon may have been a while back, but it’s never too late to share some nice full moon pictures. At least I think they are nice.

A couple in love was nice enough to add some life to a few shots.

And finally, one from Super Moon 2011 taken at the Cocoa Beach Pier.

Super Moon 2011 rises over the Cocoa Beach Pier.


Gateway Arch

Welcome back!

I’ve been out on vacation for the last couple of weeks which is why there haven’t been any posts lately. I took an absolute ton (well, ounces) of pictures so I’ll be posting a few here and there.

One destination was the Gateway Arch in St. Louis Missouri. Enjoy a few pictures from that stop.

I tried to grab a few pictures from non-standard angles and I think it worked out ok. It’s incredibly hard to get interesting shots of something when the sun is bright and high, lots of people around and it’s so large.


Something Different

Anyone recognize what this is?

Action Shots are Hard – Part 2

Now that I have a real camera, I tried my hand at the running dog again. Having control over the shutter speed and the ability to capture multiple shots per second is a big advantage.

What it doesn’t fix though, is making the dog go where you want. Or even somewhere predictable. It took a ton of shots to get a so-so one of him running. It does make for good practice in shooting running targets though.

And now for your viewing pleasure, the shots that didn’t quite make it.

With Epilepsy, It’s the Unknown That’s Scary

Any good film director or writer knows one thing. What you can’t see is much scarier than what you can. Our imaginations run wild and find the things that are scary to us that may not be scary to the next person.

Living with epilepsy could teach most directors a thing or two about that. It has plenty of unknowns to keep you kn your toes.

The most obvious are related to seizures. You never know when the next seizure is going to occur. Is it going to be when he’s safely sitting or laying down? Maybe. Or it may be when he’s crossing a busy street, what do you do then?

Even in our short time living with John Ross’ epilepsy and most of his seizures being when he’s asleep (more on that in another day) we have had scary moments too. Like the day he was swimming across the pool and just froze, mid stroke. He started to sink as my wife started to go towards him, calling his name. After a couple of seconds, which seemed an eternity, he continued as if nothing had happened. When asked afterwards he didn’t even know he had stopped. It’s called an Absence Seizure and typically is harmless, but not if you are swimming.

Another unknown is what will the next seizure be like? Will it be a relatively harmless one? Will it be like his others? Will it change into something worse? Will he start having tonic-clonic seizures (formerly known as grand-mal)? You never know with epilepsy as these things progress and change often.

Because of this there are things we can not let him do. He can’t ever swim without an adult. Can’t play football or soccer. Has to wear a helmet when biking or skateboarding (that one is always a good idea btw).

Because of the swimming thing, we can probably never let him learn how to surf. For most of the country this is probably easy and no big deal. We though, happen to live only minutes from Cocoa Beach Florida which boasts the best surfing on the east coast. You can be sure that all of his friends will be surfing as they get older and he won’t be able to join in.

Because of the unknown.

And that’s scary.

Panoramic Clouds

I took this not long after the one I posted on Friday and tried my hand at doing a panoramic stitch. There isn’t a ton of texture in the clouds but the transition to ever stormier clouds seemed interesting to me.

Unfortunately, I learned that Lightroom 4 can’t do this on its own, it wants to use Photoshop for panoramas, which I don’t have. I do have Photoshop Elements which can do panoramas, but it wasn’t working right. So I ended up using Windows Live Photo Gallery to stitch tiff versions of the images together then brought that back into Lightroom for final editing.

I’m sure it would have worked better if I had Photoshop but still, this worked out nicely. Now I just need a better subject to try this with.

It’s Not Always Sunny In Florida

I just got my new Nikon D5100 and had to take a shot of something. The skys were nearly a plain overcast but the combination of a decent camera, raw NEF image and some tweaking in Lightroom 4, the texture of the clouds comes through nicely.

Our Epilepsy Adventure Begins

On March 20th of this year my oldest son, John Ross, collapsed at school. I was out of town on business and got the call from my wife as I was heading into the office. She was heading to the school to meet the ambulance.

This is every parents nightmare.

Over the course of the days and weeks that followed we came to learn that what happened was a seizure and that he has Epilepsy. His seizures have been increasing lately, mostly at night when he’s asleep. He’s on anti-seizure medication and is starting a special diet to try get things under control.

He’s still the same awesome kid he always was, now even more special.

I’ll post about our adventures through this over time. Some things are good (he gets to eat bacon, a LOT of bacon) others well, not so good. He is a trooper through it all. I wish I had half the strength and compassion he already shows at such a young age.