tag:kengantz.com,2013:/posts Now What? 2017-07-22T13:02:46Z Ken Gantz tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1176004 2017-07-22T12:58:22Z 2017-07-22T12:58:22Z I Need A Bigger Tree!

I'm sure you can't see me hiding behind this tree!

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1171931 2017-07-09T20:32:28Z 2017-07-22T13:02:46Z My New Favorite Camera...

On Wednesday, July 5, I wandered into Murphy's Camera on Bardstown road with the idea of looking at a new Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II . They had a demo version available, so I went ahead and bought it. There was an Olympus special offer going on at the time and they also knocked some money off because the camera was a demo unit. At the same time I bought the 12-40mm f/2.8 lens which was also a demo unit and was also on sale.

Later, after I had arrived home, I discovered that the special Olympus USB cable, used to connect the camera to a computer for various tasks, including firmware updates, was missing from my package. I called Murphy's to see if it might still be in the store. It was not, but it was then that I found out the rebates from Olympus were even better than the discounts I had already received and Murphy's was trying to contact me to tell me they wanted to give me another $200 back! I headed back to the store and got the additional rebate applied to my credit card and, since they didn't find the USB cable, they removed one from another camera's package and ordered a replacement for that camera.

I received outstanding customer service! In this time of Amazon.com dominance, I still return to Murphy's whenever I plan on purchasing a new camera. I have been buying digital cameras from them since the early 1990's when I bought my first digital camera, a Kodak DC50. I still have that camera to this day but it just sits around as a conversation piece.

I was so impressed with the new Olympus that I returned to Murphy's the following day to pick up the 40-150mm f/2.8 lens. That too was a demo lens and was also on sale. It turned out the sale price was better when buying an Olympus camera at the same time. Because I had bought my Olympus the day before, they figured out a way to add this new lens to my existing purchase and to save me even more money. In my opinion, they went above and beyond to make me a satisfied customer. If you live in the Louisville area, you should pay them a visit and buy there, rather than shipping your money to Amazon.com.

Here are some of the first photos from my new Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II.

A deer in the shade at Tom Sawyer Park

A Tiger Lily (I think) at Bernheim Forest

A milkweed bug that was ready for his close-up.

A Purple Parasol at Bernheim Forest

A bee making a quick departure from a flower at Bernheim Forest

Three's a crowd on this flower at Bernheim Forest

I don't know what kind of bug this is, but it looks pretty prehistoric. He was on a cement wall at Bernheim Forest

A Monarch butterfly getting refreshed by a flower at Bernheim Forest

A dragon fly resting on a reed at Bernheim Forest

A squirrel at Bernheim Forest, trying to look inconspicuous, in the shade of a large tree 

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1152146 2017-05-06T21:58:21Z 2017-05-06T21:58:21Z Just Hangin' Around

Some birds I was observing from quite a distance.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1123494 2017-01-16T11:24:44Z 2017-01-16T11:24:44Z Anubis & Ra At the Outer Loop Peddlers Mall

Yeah, so there they were...

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1119746 2017-01-01T21:39:37Z 2017-01-01T21:39:37Z 2017 Is Off To A Soaring Start!

It's always a sign of good luck when the birds show up...


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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1095298 2016-10-02T13:11:50Z 2016-10-02T13:14:55Z Radian XL Flight at the sailplane field in Charlie Vettiner Park Slipping the surly bonds... 

 
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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1088234 2016-09-09T10:05:13Z 2016-09-09T10:05:14Z Lil' Baby Deer

A young deer at Tom Sawyer Park.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1076038 2016-07-26T00:28:42Z 2016-07-26T00:28:42Z My New Best Friend, Bucky McDeerface

A young buck spent some time posing for me at Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, KY.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1075642 2016-07-24T22:10:41Z 2016-07-24T22:10:41Z Hummingbird Moth Fueling Up

A hummingbird moth drinks up at Tom Sawyer Park.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1057605 2016-05-30T19:00:56Z 2016-05-30T19:00:56Z Memorial Day - 2016

This day serves as our reminder that not everyone comes home…

I often wonder how those of “The Greatest Generation,” especially those who left this world prematurely because they sacrificed their lives so we could have the lives and lifestyles we have today, might view what we have done with their gift. I wonder what kinds of opinions they would hold about who we have become as a nation.

The most horrible thing I can imagine is that they might think their sacrifice was not worth it and that we have squandered the gift that they won for us. 

All it took was about 10 minutes of watching the cable news channels for me to pick out five  things that I think we need to change if we are to preserve the gift we received from them.

My five tenets to build a stronger nation:

  1. Less “me,” more “we”.
  2. Less interest in how rich our neighbors are and more gratitude for how rich our lives are.
  3. Less focus on the lives of celebrities and more on the celebration of life.
  4. Less focus on our individual differences and more on the different ways we are united.
  5. Less concern with what we can get for free and more concern with ensuring we remain free.

In order that we may never forget the price that was paid on our behalf by those who gave all they had, and all they would ever have, so we could remain free. Today I dedicate this photo to those who remain, forever young…

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1045128 2016-05-01T21:55:25Z 2016-05-01T21:55:26Z The Little Ones Are Often The Loud Ones

When this guy sang, his entire body shook. I could hear him on the other side of the park!


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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1035550 2016-04-18T00:17:25Z 2016-04-18T00:18:21Z Deer With A Tongue

Seems to have a bit of a tongue retention problem...

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/1033214 2016-04-14T11:52:30Z 2016-04-14T11:52:30Z Three's A Crowd

Three curious deer at Tom Sawyer Park crane their necks to figure out who this person with the camera is.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/968205 2016-01-10T20:54:58Z 2016-01-10T20:54:58Z The Dance of Life

Sometimes "shooting" a photograph has its similarities with shooting a gun in that you have to be aware of what's downrange past your target. I had hoped that the big gnarly tree behind this actual piece of art, called "The Dance Of Life", would make for a suitable background. Turns out it does! I also think the patina on the inside of the woman's dress, if you squint a little, looks a lot like a shot of the night sky of the variety that you might see in the NASA photo of the day..


This is on the plaque below the the sculpture.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/968201 2016-01-10T20:51:50Z 2016-01-10T20:51:50Z Louisville's Outdoor Art Gallery

Another beauty from the outdoor art museum, that is Cave Hill Cemetery.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/968200 2016-01-10T20:48:15Z 2016-01-10T20:49:18Z The Camera You Have With You

People often ask me, "What's the best camera?" Of course the correct answer is, "The one you have with you..."

Shot with an iPhone, through my car window, while stopped at a traffic light. I didn't even have time to roll the dirty window down!

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/940042 2015-11-26T17:00:00Z 2015-11-27T16:57:23Z Thanksgiving Birds

From my Thanksgiving-day walk. I think the male Cardinal looks a little crazy... The Downy Woodpecker wouldn't give me a good shot and the Turkey Vulture was circling over my car!

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/929538 2015-11-07T20:37:01Z 2015-11-07T20:37:01Z I Come From The Future...

Never can get a satisfactory shot of one of these guys. Probably my favorite bird, the Cedar Waxwing. I still think they look like they come from the future! I just wish they would come around more and maybe land a little lower on the tree for once..


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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/929537 2015-11-07T20:34:39Z 2015-11-07T20:34:39Z Ghost Deer!

It was a dark & dreary day at Tom Sawyer Park. At times it was so dark I didn't think I had enough light for photos. I had not really seen anything all day that was particularly interesting, so I decided to walk out through a thick area of woods. Along the way I got bored, stopped walking, and started looking at my phone (which I NEVER do in the woods!). I don't think I was looking at it for more than 5 minutes when I heard that tell-tale blowing sound that deer make when they sense danger. I turned around and there she was, but only for a second. I wasn't in a hurry, so I just kneeled on the ground and waited. Eventually she walked back with another deer, but never as close as the first time when she snuck up on me. I had to stay low so I "walked" about 50 feet on my knees while peering above the random foliage. Each time I could see her cautiously looking my way, I would bring the camera up and then not find her in the viewfinder. Put the camera down and there she'd be. Camera up, she's gone, down, she reappears. "How can this be?" I wondered. Eventually her timing was off enough that I did get two shots. I was beginning to think that this was some sort of disappearing, Ghost Deer.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/921644 2015-10-24T11:41:04Z 2015-10-28T14:44:15Z GOing Around The Sun

Like Icarus, sometimes I fly too close to the sun...

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/901937 2015-09-06T22:06:03Z 2015-10-24T11:49:29Z Another Flight With Two Hawks

I got another chance to fly with some hawks today. I initially saw one and wanted to get up in the air to greet it but, just at the top of my launch, I almost ran into a second one that I didn't know was there. I rolled to one side to avoid startling hawk number two and flew over to the original hawk and hawk number two followed along.

My camera is just a tiny mobius bolted to my hat but it captured some dramatic lens flare in this short clip.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/886627 2015-07-26T21:39:33Z 2015-10-24T11:49:57Z Flying With The Hawks

I recently got to fly a few seconds with some hawks that drifted by on a thermal. I say they were hawks but I really don't know if they were or not because they were too far away. I was so excited when they showed up that I descended to meet them and I think I probably descended too quickly and scared them away. If I ever get the chance again, next time I will move in more slowly. They will probably still fly off but maybe not as quickly.

Because they were so far away, you probably won't be able to see much on a phone-sized screen. I recommend at least a laptop but, if you have sharp eyes, maybe you can get a glimpse of the flight even on a phone-sized screen. I recommend you crank the resolution up to 1080p on the youtube widget and view full screen.

The birds enter from screen-right at about the 2:00 minute mark.


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Ken Gantz
tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/813165 2015-02-19T03:02:29Z 2015-02-19T03:02:29Z Hello, Deer

Why, hello there...

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/813164 2015-02-19T03:00:58Z 2015-02-19T03:00:59Z Where's Batman?

Here's Robin...

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/813067 2015-02-18T19:11:34Z 2015-02-18T19:12:16Z Lil' Pecker

A tiny, female Downy Woodpecker.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/812224 2015-02-16T03:28:00Z 2015-02-16T03:28:00Z Strike The Pose

I got to watch a parade of deer walk past my hiding spot today.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/812218 2015-02-16T02:29:30Z 2015-02-16T02:29:30Z Chubby Little Cardinal Girl

The temperature was 15 degrees when I saw this chubby little female cardinal. She was in full warm-up mode.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/811897 2015-02-15T02:12:20Z 2015-02-15T02:12:20Z Chubby Mockingbird

This little guy was so cold that he was all puffed up.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/806136 2015-02-03T02:17:19Z 2015-02-03T02:17:20Z Deer Doing Yoga

This past Saturday, I stumbled upon a deer doing Yoga in a cemetery.

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tag:kengantz.com,2013:Post/772396 2014-11-20T01:14:33Z 2014-11-20T01:14:33Z The Third Eye

This gal was hanging out with the buck, elsewhere on this page. I'm not sure what she has going on between her eyes, but she looks like she has a sort of third eye growing there.

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