Guest Post and $100 Fracture Gift Card Code Giveaway!

Uncategorized | September 10, 2016 | By

I’m grateful for the opportunity to guest post on the Fracture blog.  Head over for a few tips on getting started with post-processing.  The fine folks at Fracture have also provided the code for a $100 gift card that you can win in the giveaway below!

If you haven’t tried Fracture, here is your chance to take a free test drive.  Fracture prints your photos directly to glass – it is a picture frame and mount all in one.  I’ve had some of my images printed on Fracture and have been very pleased with the results.  The prints are sharp with vibrant colors and look great on glass. 

Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win the gift card.  Don’t have a favorite image to print?  I’ll throw in one of mine – you can select any image from my 500px portfolio and I’ll send you a link to download that image for your personal use.

1 winner will be randomly selected from a maximum of 50 entrants.  Good luck!!

 

 

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Day Trip – Horicon National Wildlife Refuge

Uncategorized | May 13, 2014 | By

The Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in Mayville, WI provides a sanctuary for a number of migratory birds and waterfowl as well as a variety of other wildlife.  A leisurely stroll around the Horicon Marsh is sure to provide some great opportunities for the photographer.  Given our crazy Wisconsin winter, we were a bit early to catch any blooms but there were plenty of birds to occupy my lens.

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Tree Swallow

 

While in Mayville, don’t miss the chance to experience the flavors of New Orleans (and check out some of my New Orleans images) at the NOLA North Grille.

 

 

2013 – My Favorite Images

Uncategorized | January 4, 2014 | By

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Lighting study

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Classic Mustang Interior

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Friday Night Lights

Bourbon Street

Bourbon Street

Pink bike against yellow building with blue doors

Pink bicycle

St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans

Jackson Square

Waiting

Misty morning at Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans

Lafayette Cemetery No. 1

Great Blue Heron with fish

The catch

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Reflection

Storm clouds over the lake

Sunset

Fireworks on the 4th

Oriole in the rain

Scenes from the State Fair

Post-processing, Uncategorized | August 12, 2013 | By

Ah…the State Fair…the animals, the exhibits, the FOOD.  Deep fried butter anyone?

In between bites during a brief excursion to this year’s fair, I was able to collect a few images along the midway. Unfortunately, the skies were essentially a seamless gray leading to rather boring backdrops.  In order to add a little interest, each of the images below was post-processed with the Perfect Effects Suite from OnOne Software to create a vintage look.  I also layered in some bokeh to add to the overall effect.  Stay tuned for a screencast tutorial on creating this look.

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Side show sign at the Wisconsin State Fair

 

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Tilt-A-Whirl sign at Wisconsin State Fair

http://jarrod-erbe.artistwebsites.com/featured/state-fair-tilt-a-whirl-jarrod-erbe.html

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Super Dog sign at the Wisconsin State Fair

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Riding the Flyer at the State Fair

http://www.etsy.com/listing/159259165/state-fair-flyers-12-x-18-fine-art-print

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Ferris wheel at the Wisconsin State Fair



Tales From the Back Yard – Insect Macro Photography

Uncategorized | July 15, 2013 | By

Summer is here and the insect world is humming which means that your own backyard will provide almost limitless subjects for macro photography.  At a minimum, you’ll need a camera, preferably as DSLR with a macro lens (e.g., Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Autofocus Lens), and a bit of patience.  If you have the opportunity to get out early in the morning, particularly if it was a cool evening, you may find that your targets are more tolerant of you approaching with your camera.

I’ve been shooting a few macro images around the backyard (when the mosquitos are on break).  Here are few examples of what I’ve caught so far.

 

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A harvestman scavenging on a leaf

Harvestman (Leiobunum) scavenging on a cup plant.

Red Milkweed Beetle

Red milkweed beetle (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus) enjoying a snack.

 

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Green Darner (Anax junius)

 

Blue-tailed damselfly

Blue-tailed damselfly (Ischnura elegans)

Eastern Forktail

Eastern Forktail Damselfly (Ischnura verticalis)

 

Plume moth

Plume moth (Pterophoridae)