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John Gremmer
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Life is good!
Life is good!

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I have been working on a nine month photo essay of a produce farm down the road that employs many Hmongs and Hispanic workers.  I am trying to get a good headshot of each worker on the farm.  
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I have been fly fishing intensively for the last 15 years.  I haven't touched a natural bait or a metal/plastic bait in that same time.  The rods that I once used with those baits/lures are now gathering dust on the wall of the garage, but............

Yesterday I saw this couple sitting along the Fox River in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  The were back to basics.  He was slinging worms and she was reading.  They looked very content, relaxed, and happy.  

I have forgotten how much fun it is to sit by the side of the river, fish, and watch the world go by.  How about you?
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I made this image yesterday in DePere near the new lock development.  This is a great place to get great images of pelicans, egrets, ducks, etc.

I saw this couple enjoying an afternoon on the water.  She was reading and he was fishing.  They looked so relaxed.  Sometimes the simple things are the most rewarding.

I made the image with my Pentax K5 and Pentax 18-135 lens.  Processing was with Aperture 3 and NIK software.
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Peony blossoms have always caught my eye.  I hand held my Pentax K5 and Pentax 18-135mm lens to make this shot of a tree peony that lives along our driveway.  Processing was done in NIK Silver Efex Pro 2 and Aperture 3.
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My outside gallery!  I have been working on a photo essay of this large truck farm down the road since January  I go over and shoot about three times a week and I have the complete cooperation of the owner, and after time, the staff.  They like seeing their pictures on the greenhouse doors.  

The images are 13 by 19 inches and are protected by plastic covers.  They have withstood some pretty good winds and rains.  The crops are all in, the strawberry fields are about to be invaded by pickers, the corn is growing, and I am looking forward to the harvest.  I am learning things about documentaries and farming.  What fun this is.
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One of the nice things about being a non-professional photographer is that you don't have to spend 80% of your time trying to market yourself and your images.  I can spend 100% of my time doing photography.  I can experiment and do all kinds of photography---macro, portrait, story telling, landscapes, wildlife, etc.

HDR has always interested me.  I like the over the top stuff, and the realistic stuff, and I try to do both.  For me photography is all about the fun of getting better and growing creatively.  HDR is a great tool for your photography toolbox.  

I used NIK HDR Efex Pro 2 to make this image.   I pushed towards the surreal side---which I think works here.  What do you think?
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Trapped! Look at this in a bigger size.  I found this poor dead starling inside an abandoned garage. He was inside and I was outside.  When I got home at the computer I saw the reflections, natural grunge, and the light.  Is it art?
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Trapped! Look at this in a bigger size.  I found this poor dead starling inside an abandoned garage. He was inside and I was outside.  When I got home at the computer I saw the reflections, natural grunge, and the light.  Is it art?
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My fishing partner does not mooch flies, run ahead of me and fish the good holes, doesn't eat my food, or drink my beer, but she does inspect every fish.

A nice UP of Michigan small caught on a floating sheep minnow.

How about yours?
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Thanks to the Wehr Nature Center Camera Club, Milwaukee, WI, for an outstanding day of great speakers and fun yesterday.  Rick Sammons was informative as well as entertaining.  The cookies, brownies, and drinks were great.  The morning speakers were wonderful.  Great job.

Thanks for doing this.  And free too!  Wow! 
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