Decorah

On Wednesday, I traveled to Decorah, Iowa, with my sister and the news station for a story they were doing on the community and what it has to offer Eastern Iowans. My dad used to always take us girls to Decorah for fun when we were kids, but I hadn’t been there since I was in elementary school. We used to always visit Dunning’s Spring and the Iowa State Fish Hatchery. I followed my sister around while they were filming her segment and got some great photos while we were up there. Decorah, for those of you who aren’t familiar with the area, is about 2 hours northeast of my home town. It’s probably about 20 miles from the Minnesota border. It’s a quiet little town of Norwegian ancestry with a lot of character. Anyway, here are a few photos from the day. I took a ton of pictures, so if you’d like a more in-depth look, check out my flickr by clicking: HERE

Dunning's Spring © Holly Hildreth 2011

Dunning's Spring © Holly Hildreth 2011

Dunning's Spring © Holly Hildreth 2011

Panoramic of Dunning's Spring

Dunning's Spring © Holly Hildreth 2011

Dunning's Spring © Holly Hildreth 2011

Dunning's Spring © Holly Hildreth 2011

After shooting the falls, we headed to the Iowa Fish Hatchery. This is where they raise fish to be released into the wild. While Jen did her story, I wandered around the grounds. It was tough to get good photos of the fish, as they had to put covers over all the tanks since the eagles that live on the edge of the hatchery keep stealing all the fish.

Iowa Fish Hatchery © Holly Hildreth 2011

Iowa Fish Hatchery Holding Tanks

Iowa Fish Hatchery © Holly Hildreth 2011

Trout at the Fish Hatchery

Iowa Fish Hatchery © Holly Hildreth 2011

The Natural Spring that provides the water to the Fish Hatchery

Eagle's nest across the street from the Iowa Fish Hatchery © Holly Hildreth 2011

Eagle's nest across the street from the Iowa Fish Hatchery

Eagle's nest across the street from the Iowa Fish Hatchery © Holly Hildreth 2011

Mother and Baby Eagles

Like I said, there are MANY more photos from this shoot. This is just a small sampling of the day’s activities. Head over to my flickr for the rest.

Also, my family and I are leaving in the morning for a family vacation in Atlanta. I should be posting more photos from my adventures as the week rolls on.

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The City Lights

One of the biggest problems photography students have is not shooting during their Summer breaks. I am just as guilty as the next. Last summer I took a portrait photography class. It was 3 hours a day, Monday-Friday. After doing that, I didn’t feel like doing any personal work. Once the class ended, the only reason I picked up my camera was when there was money involved. This Summer, I vowed to not be lazy and to keep myself sharp by doing random photo shoots over my break.

When there’s nothing interesting to photograph, I always use Stoli as my fallback plan. He’s always willing to be my subject, and he’s a bit of a ham.

© Holly Hildreth 2011

I promise we don't give our dog drugs! © Holly Hildreth 2011

I promise we don't give our dog drugs!

 

The Kansas City area has seen a few storms move in recently. Weather photography is something I find to be really interesting and fun. I think my sister rubbed off on me as a kid, because she was getting her meteorology degree and interning when I first started getting in to photography. Here are a few pictures from a recent storm. I wasn’t able to get any fantastic storm pictures as you need cloud-to-ground lightning, and not cloud-to-cloud lightning like you will see in these photos.

 

© Holly Hildreth 2011

© Holly Hildreth 2011

© Holly Hildreth 2011

 

On Sunday, Curry and I took a trip to the Plaza in Kansas City. Curry had been working 16 hour days for a week straight, so we hadn’t seen eachother or hung out since we took the trip to Wisconsin. We wanted to do something fun, especially considering I was leaving the next day to go to Iowa and Atlanta for 2 weeks. After I got off work, we went to the Cheesecake Factory for a nice dinner, and then we walked around the plaza and I took some pictures. Kansas City is known as the City of Fountains, as it has the most fountains and public statues of any city in the world. I have been wanting to get up there and do a fountain shoot for over a year, but the timing was never right. Anyway, it was a great way to spend our evening, and I think I got a few good shots. What I love about extended exposure photography of the city and these fountains is how soft and colorful the photos become. Also, the images posted to my blog have been downsized to prevent people from stealing my work. As a result, the pictures here may look a little grainy, or the color of the sky might seem blotchy. The original photos don’t look that way, but that’s something that happens when you drop the resolution on the image to prevent theft.

 

Curry and I on the Plaza © Holly Hildreth 2011

 

We tried so many times to take this picture, but finally gave up and settled for a blurry image. The exposure was 5 seconds, and as you can see, we both apparently can't sit totally still for that long!

We tried so many times to take this picture, but we finally gave up and settled for a blurry image. The exposure was 5 seconds, and as you can see, we both apparently can't sit totally still for that long!

 

Poseidon © Holly Hildreth 2011

 

Kansas City Lights © Holly Hildreth 2011

 

© Holly Hildreth 2011

 

© Holly Hildreth 2011

 

© Holly Hildreth 2011

 

© Holly Hildreth 2011

 

The Cheesecake Factory Tower © Holly Hildreth 2011

The Cheesecake Factory Tower

 

One of my recent posts was a photo tour of my new apartment. Since moving in, I’ve had a handful of “interesting” experiences. To summarize, sometimes I start thinking I live in a trailer park, and not the University apartment complex. Anyway, my newest neighbor is a raccoon that lives in my patio. Here’s a photo of him in the dumpster next to my car. Any name suggestions?

Raccoon

Raccoon

 

My family and I will be traveling to Atlanta at the end of the week for a family vacation. This is our first REAL family vacation, so I’m excited. I’ve never spent any time in Atlanta, so any suggestions of fun things to see and do would be appreciated! Stay tuned for more photos of my adventures.