Friday, October 29, 2010

Mt Pisgah Old Communication Shack

Mt Pisgah takes it name from the biblical reference as a Mt. with a view of the promised land. As you can see the quality of the light is exceptional and the photo was taken with a tripod to allow for an HDR effect.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Wild Blue Lupin

Wild Blue Lupin - Images by Chuck van Rens
The Wild Blue Lupin is a endangered species that is found in Oak Savannah regions. Oak Savannah regions are rare in themselves. These plants were found in the Oak Opening Region of Northwestern Ohio. The region, 130 square miles, is called by the Nature Conservatory, "One of American Last Great Places." Blue Lupin is a food source for the rare Blue Kramer Butterfly. The region is a photographer's delight.

Monday, June 7, 2010

OT Game Ball

OT Victory Game Ball - Images by Chuck van Rens

Great Coach in Dick Nuzum, great kids, great effort and great school. Maumee Valley Country Day School and La Lumiere School Football Game Ball given to Asst. Coach Chuck van Rens after the OT victory. The whole game dug deep after an exhausting 4 quarter effort for OT victory. That a crew, they jump in the pond, sign the game ball and took the bus ride home from La Porte, IN.

1970's Superstars-Coach Nuzum, Brent West, Page Stranahan, Stephanie Dana, Jeff Vincent, Pete Kaplin, Jewell Woodward, Felton Jackson, Terry "Stick" Armstrong, Jody Jones, Steve "Poly" Polyasko, Craig and Paul Joseph, Patti and Tracy Wittington, Hans Shoop, Eric Salverda, Louise Ninneman, "Felix the Cat", Jerry "Sugar Bear" Mitchell, Albert "Buzz" Bussey, Darrell Claypool, Felton Jackson, Mark "Dobbie" Abrams, Lynn, Willard Blakney, Bruce Sowatsky, Darrell "Stubb" Stubblefield, Jim B(?), John Eaton, Bob M(?), Justine, Andy D.(?), Tom Samonack(?) and few others.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Maumee River Egrets and Heron

Maumee Heron and Egret - Images by Chuck van Rens
The Maumee river at Side Cut Metro Park in Maunee, OH is a excellent destination for Egret and Heron birding. It is not uncommon to see eagle and other raptors as well migrating the water channels on their passage north and south. Great photography can be had early morning as the fog and mist raise form the water.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Cannon Beach - Images by Chuck van Rens

The rugged coast of Oregon is a classic photographer playground. The mix of weather, surf and landscape presents an actionable opportunity to create as astounding photos. This work is all HDR exposures. Rapidly shooting the images was the key. Each image represent 5 different exposures then compiled in Photomatic Pro with final tweaking in Nikon CaptureNX.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Lodging at Paradise

The lodge at Paradise is one of the very best in the National Parks.  We took the evening to refresh and plan the nest day's outing. The golden hour light on both ends of the days at this altitude is special. If Mt. Rainer is majestic from Seattle it is positively mystical up close.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Ridges, Slopes and Less Travelled paths

Being lost in ridges, meadows and slopes of Mt. Rainier is one of the results of wandering chasing the morning light for photogaphy's sake. Once you find a path you have to figure out which way to go. I checked my water bottle which was half full and guessed I would go to the left. I met a blond women on one of the ridges lamenting a lost love and scattering his ashes to the wind.  Would I take a picture she asked. What a place.  Never a dull moment.