Drums and Dance

Today at Stanly Community College we had some folks from The Sacred Grove Retreat visit us and offer drum instruction to interested students. They were accompanied by Katie Hopkins, a Hoop Dance instructor. So for a while the student center was filled with rhythms and beats, and some beautiful hoop dance movement, which still photography can hardly do justice to. Unfortunately no one else could be convinced to try the hoop dancing, but many participated in the drumming. Faculty and staff members were few in number, but students were abundant. Tech notes: The wide angle shot was with the Fujifilm X100s. The rest were taken with the Nikon Df and the DC-Nikkor 105mm f2. There is one more hoop dance shot on the Df page.
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Katie Hopkins, Hoop Dancer and instructor.
Katie Hopkins, Hoop Dancer and instructor.
Katie Hopkins, Hoop Dancer and instructor.
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Winter Storm Pax and the Birds

While we were warmly tucked in by the fireside during Winter Storm Pax here in North Carolina, the backyard birds were frantically trying to find food. They are not accustomed in these parts to finding the woods and fields buried in a thick snow cover. So our bird feeder was overrun with activity that made for a nice photo opportunity, especially for a home-bound photographer. These were all taken with the Nikon Df through a window, mostly with the Nikon 180mm f2.8 lens, and lightly processed in Lightroom 5.
Birds at feeder in winter.
Birds at feeder in winter.
Birds at feeder in winter.
Birds at feeder in winter.
Cardinal at bird feeder.
Cardinal at bird feeder.
Cardinal female at bird feeder.

Winter Storm Pax

Snow is beautiful when you don’t get too much of it. This unusual winter storm is a nice change of pace here in the Piedmont of North Carolina. A drive around country roads and a walk around the farm produced some good photo opportunities. They say the worst is yet to come tomorrow, so stay tuned. All of these were taken with the Nikon Df and either the DC-Nikkor 105mm or the Nikon 24-85 zoom lens. All are straight from the camera with no post processing.
Winter Storm Pax in Montgomery County, North Carolina.

Winter Storm Pax in Montgomery County, North Carolina.

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Leaves in snow and ice, Winter Storm Pax, Piedmont of North Carolina.

Winter Storm Pax in Montgomery County, North Carolina.

FAMILY DAY

Today was a family day, but of course the Nikon Df had to be part of it. My 14 year old daughter and I took a short hike in the Uwharrie National Forest to a place called “Nifty Rocks” (believe it or not that is what it says on the trail map). Later both daughters had friends over for dinner and a social evening. They are now accustomed to the camera, and mostly ignore my photographic intrusions. Lucky for me. These were all taken with either the Nikon 28mm f2.8 or the DC-Nikkor 105mm f2. The camera was set to monochrome.
A day hike in the Uwharrier Mountain National Forest.

"Nifty Rocks" Uwharrier National Forest, North Carolina.

"Nifty Rocks" Uwharrier National Forest, North Carolina.

An evening at home with daughters and their friends.

An evening at home with daughters and their friends.

An evening at home with daughters and their friends.

Black History Month

We had as our guests at Stanly Community College in North Carolina today the Johnathan Blanchard Band. They presented a wonderful musical program of civil rights music along with informative stories and lessons from Black history in America. It was both entertaining and educational. There was a good turn out from the surrounding community as well as students, staff and faculty from the college. I enjoyed myself very much and learned a few things. Tech stuff: all of these photos were taken with the Nikon Df and either the DC-Nikkor 105mm f2 lens, or the Voigtlander 40mm f2 lens. These monochromes are straight from the camera with no adjustments. The ISO ranged from 1800 to 4000.

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