This is neither A confluence (the junction of two rivers) nor THE confluence for which the Green River (pictured here) is famous for.  THAT confluence is the joining of the Green and Colorado rivers and occurs about a ten miles downstream in the opposite direction of this photo.  I just like the word confluence.

Looking west from the Green River Overlook in Canyonlands National Park in May of this year.
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Perhaps the most stylish soybean farmer I know personally, we caught this candid shot of Tommy and is truck doing some late-night weed control. Unusually disheveled for him, a long day in the fields can ruffle a guy’s pocket square (seriously, iron that thing). He still musters a smile for the camera. That’s true grit.

Time to get home, get out of those filthy clothes, wash that truck and get ready for another day, Tommy.  Those beans aren’t going to grow themselves.

PS  Tommy is not a soybean farmer.  He is senior at Rochester Adams High School and an awesome dude. Fewer than 500 people play hockey in the NHL and he’s a serious contender to be one of them…or maybe a soybean farmer.
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Brendan and gravity just don’t get along. Physics notwithstanding, they want nothing to do with one another. We tried to intervene by adding pounds of glitter to Brendan’s head but to no avail. They’re irreconcilably opposed.

Like many codependent relationships they’re on-again, off-again. Brendan keeps leaving…but something keeps drawing him back. There must be some mass appeal there. Big Blue does weigh in around 5.972 × 10^24 kg.  Brendan; maaaaybe 120lbs covered in glitter.

Keep trying Brendan!

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So this isn’t Wichita, Kansas nor is it Wichita Falls, Texas.  As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls is a great album by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays (read about it here: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/pat_metheny_lyle_mays/as_falls_wichita__so_falls_wichita_falls/).  One of Methany’s greatest works, in my opinion.  None of this has anything to do with this photo of Jackie and I in Munising, MI.  We were here two weeks ago scouting locations for a photography-travel series pilot we are shooting this Fall and liked this spot for an impromptu selfie.

The morning sun was lighting the dense forest in front of us (behind the camera) and the trees lining the edge of the waterfall behind us and about 70′ overhead.  Made for a subtle hair light.  This is 100% natural light with no reflectors/flash.  Camera is tripod-mounted on a 10 second timer.  I focused on Jackie and made sure the camera’s auto focus was turned off so it didn’t back-focus on the falls when I pressed the shutter release.

Canon 1DX, L24/70 2.8 lens at 28mm, 1/25 @ f/4, ISO 800

Except for post-production sharpening this is SOOC (straight out of camera)
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That’s how long the sun shone on this mesa the morning of May 20th.  A progressing overcast layer and mountain range in the East kept the sun out of this valley the entire 2 hours I waited to get a good shot of Islands In The Sky (Canyonlands National Park)…save for this 10 seconds.  A glint of sun managed its way between the clouds and the mountain tops just enough to light the top of this rock and the distant valley in the left of the frame.  Dark and cold before and after this shot.  Don’t cry for me.

Canon 1DS MKIII, L16-35/2.8 lens at 35mm, 1/15 second @ f/8, 100 ISO.  Three-burst HDR @ 1-stop intervals.  Photomatix Pro 5 and Photoshop CS6 processing.

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