Photo of the Month – February 2017

Congratulations to Danny Graber for winning the February Photo of the Month Contest

Photo by Danny Graber

February 2017 – Danny Graber

On a dark, heavily overcast, and dreary day, I stumbled through Iowa fields of decaying cornstalks. I had a crazed determination, which had enveloped my mind at the time of breakfast, of maybe capturing an Eagle.  So I had to do it. The temperatures were unpleasantly low and I was leaning into even colder, howling and gusty winds. My camera, slung around my neck, was bobbing violently and gleefully in the gusts, taking full flight and then slamming back into my body. I have black and blue bruises that are still healing and will confirm the veracity of all this. My hands were cold and I knew camera shake could be an issue.

All of the Eagles I spotted at a distance always took flight whenever I was within a half-of-a-cornfield of their perch – except this one. It had sympathy, I guess, and remained in place until I was close enough to capture a shot. By the time I got to this one I knew it was my last chance of the day. It was evening, getting even darker and I was weary. So, I bless this Eagle with kindness.

Camera info: Shutter 1/1000, F/5.6, ISO 1600 (it was dark outside), Nikon D800 with a 300mm prime lens and a 1.4 teleconverter for a 420mm equivalent.


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“Snow Shoot Workshop”

Photo by Danny Graber

Instructor: Danny Graber

What: Join us for a three-hour, outdoor workshop on how to correctly and creatively photograph a snow landscape. We  will work with getting a correct exposure for optimum effect.

Bring a camera and tripod. Dress warmly. Once everyone has gathered we will carpool to our destination somewhere nearby. At some point, either on late Monday, or on an agreed upon date, we will gather again to review our photos.

When: Monday, January 30th, 1:00pm.

Where: Meet at the Guild parking lot. (For those who cannot attend because of work, I will try to do another on a weekend when we have snow.)

Instructor: Danny Graber

Cost: Guild Members free; non-members $15 and must enroll by filling out form, emailing me at or calling me at (574) 370-6192.
– Danny Graber

Questions: Call or text 574-370-6192 if you have questions. – Danny

Posted in Classes & Events

Photo of the Month – January 2017

Congratulations to Steve Oyer for winning the January Photo of the Month Contest

Moonlight Migration at Greencroft

The photo was taken about 7:50AM, on November 15, the morning after the Super Moon. I was driving on Dierdorff Road east of Goshen and I noticed the moon going down in the west. I had been trying to get a good photo of Juniper Place on the Greencroft campus for a few weeks and decided the setting moon might make a nice backdrop. I stopped along the road and started shooting photos when the geese began to take off from the pond behind Juniper Place, so I waited for a nice cluster of geese over the moon and got a couple shots that I really liked.

My camera was a Canon EOS 6D with a 24-105 F/4 lens. The photo was taken at F/8, 1/100 sec., 100 ISO and a focal length of 92mm.


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2017 Snow Shoot Workshop

2017 Snow Shoot Workshop –

Photo by Danny Graber

As soon as we have any significant snowfall, I will offer a three-hour, outdoor workshop on how to correctly and creatively photograph a snow landscape. I will monitor potential snowfalls and then announce a date, time, and location. If you got this newsletter, you will get the announcement. With a small degree of luck we can make it on a Saturday. I expect people to dress warmly, bring a tripod, and I will work with getting a correct exposure for optimum effect.

Guild Members free; non-members $15 and must enroll by filling out form, emailing me at or calling me at (574) 370-6192.  – Danny Graber

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