DLK Photography: Blog http://dlkphotography.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) DLK Photography dkatzung@q.com (DLK Photography) Sat, 20 Jun 2015 12:48:00 GMT Sat, 20 Jun 2015 12:48:00 GMT http://dlkphotography.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v58/u28445565-o796327230-50.jpg DLK Photography: Blog http://dlkphotography.zenfolio.com/blog 120 80 Creating A Photography Environment http://dlkphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/6/creating-a-photography-environment SO, an idea that has been on my mind for the better part of 2 years is finally beginning to come alive. That is to recreate my backyard lawn into a native prairie landscape. In the beginning it seemed a good idea for cutting down the time spent mowing and watering grass. We will see how that plays out in reality. I figure this conversion will take about 3 years to complete. The length of time to complete is two fold. first the shrubs need time to grow into their space and secondly, the plants are expensive.

The first phase of this project is to create screens along the property lines. This will define the space and block unwanted visual objects from my upcoming oasis. Shrubs are what I planted to create this screen. Along the back property line I used  Vibernun (Nannyberry). These shrubs will grow 15' to 20' tall and most importantly, they will flower in the summer and produce berries in the fall. These berries will be important for attracting and feeding birds. Along the other property line I planted Weigela. This shrub grows 6' tall and produces deep red trumpet shaped flowers. This is to attract humming birds. As these shrubs grow into their spaces I will fill the remainder of lawn space with flower beds that will include asters, blazing star, cone flowers and black eyed susan. I selected these flowers for drought tolerance as well as for their ability to attract birds, bees and butterflies.

 To add a bit of hominess, to this project, we have placed bird feeders and baths. It took almost 2 weeks for the birds to show interest in the feeders. Now that they know free meals are being served, they are happy to oblige our hospitality. To keep the mosquito population in check, I built and erected a bat house (chateau Belfry). the wife is responsible for the naming of the bat house. This home will accommodate about 150 bats. consider that each bat will consume 6,000 to 10,000 mosquitoes a day! That alone is a great reason to have little bat buddies around. I am also hoping that they will use the bat house and leave our patio umbrellas alone.

What this project has become is an opportunity for me to observe and photograph wildlife in my back yard. No need to travel to a location to do so. I am looking forward to what may show up in my oasis. Bring a pitcher of arnie palmer or snacks and join us as we relax and shoot critters.

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dkatzung@q.com (DLK Photography) http://dlkphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/6/creating-a-photography-environment Sat, 20 Jun 2015 12:48:05 GMT
Apple Blossoms at the Arboretum http://dlkphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/apple-blossoms-at-the-arboretum Today We headed to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The blooming of the apple trees and shrubs called for macro lenses for the single blossoms and wide angle lenses for photographing the orchards. Make an opportunity to go there soon and enjoy a spring day amongst the blooms. Within the next week, tulips will be in bloom along with multitudes of other varieties of flowers.

Stay thirsty and shoot often.

 

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dkatzung@q.com (DLK Photography) http://dlkphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/apple-blossoms-at-the-arboretum Sun, 03 May 2015 04:41:30 GMT
Minneapolis Photo Walk http://dlkphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/minneapolis-photo-walk Last Sunday our Photography group decided to have a photo- walk in Minneapolis. We had a great turn out, about 20 of us walking the downtown streets looking for interesting people and architecture. I found interesting people on the Nicollet Mall People dressed in formal wear heading to and from plays, numerous sports teams loaded with luggage headed to their hotels. The ones I found most interesting are the regulars. Those that hang out on the mall. One such person played the bongos for money. Another group was holding court on a bench. As they called to those that passed by, they also passed a bottle of "Midnight Train" between themselves. These folks were very willing to pose for pictures, their character readily shined. 

The part of day that I liked the most was after sunset during the blue hour. We set up around St. Anthony and Main. I was setup on the 3rd Avenue bridge. The photo on the cover of this blog is my favorite from the days shoot. While street and architecture are not my favorite forms of photography, I do find it good to get out and try new or different things. If you are not a member of a photography group, I recommend finding one to join. This is a way to keep your photography fresh and to improve your skills.

  

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Chasing the Ice http://dlkphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/chasing-the-ice _DWK9095_DWK9095 Hello World,

I am finally getting around to starting up my blog post. I thought I would use this blogging as means to follow what and where my camera takes me. Today's post is about chasing ice on Lake Superior's north shore. Recently, I had the pleasure of traveling and shooting with two very good friends, Rick House and Bob Bruce. Both are exceptional photographers. I will have to find a means to link to their websites on SmugMug. We spent a couple days north of Duluth photographing the ice piles near the shoreline. As this feature photograph shows, our timing was perfect for capturing shots of the moon rise over Lake Superior. To further enhance the images, we chose to shoot this moon rise with the iconic Split Rock Lighthouse featured prominently in the scene. The image above, shows the deep blue sky being reflected in the ice slabs that are piled up along the shore near McQuade Harbor.  I hope you enjoy the images from this trip. To see all of the images from our trip, click on the events gallery and click again on the North Shore0315 gallery. You can also access it by clicking on recent photographs. 

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dkatzung@q.com (DLK Photography) http://dlkphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/chasing-the-ice Sat, 21 Mar 2015 12:45:22 GMT