Red-tailed Hawk in Flightby John Pepp on Thursday, February 20, 2020
I don't know why but this red-tailed hawks always seems to find a dead squirrel across the street from me. This is the first time that I have be able to capture the hawk in flight. I like the picture, but I wish it was a little less noisy.
Trivia Game Improvements!by John Pepp on Sunday, February 9, 2020
I have made improvements to the game as now I can add and edit Trivia questions remotely by logging into the website. I still have a ways to go, but so far there are now glitches (knocking on wood). I wish there were more hours in a day as I like to tackle more, but over the last three weeks there have been major improvements to the game and to the website as well. There are features that I want to add to the trivia game that I think will make the game really cool. I also want to make this website responsive that way it will look good on mobile devices. I want to get most of this feature in the next couple of weeks in order that I can concentrate in making some money with my business.
Detroit from Belle Isleby John Pepp on Sunday, February 2, 2020
Kern's Clock in Detroitby John Pepp on Saturday, February 1, 2020
LEGO Pepsterville Cityby John Pepp on Saturday, February 1, 2020
I am really making headway with this website and I think in a week or two that I will have it pretty much done. It doesn't take me too long once I put my mind to it. The next challenge is to make it 100 percent responsive in order to have this website look good on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. Like I said yesterday, it's the small stuff that gets under my skin as I know there should be an easier way. I want to get this website done asap as I want to start concentrating back on my trivia game as I have plenty of neat ideas that I want to implement on the game.
It's been awhile since I posted!by John Pepp on Friday, January 31, 2020
It's been awhile since I posted on this blog, but hopefully I be posting a lot more in the future. This picture was taken at Belle Isle an island located of the City of Detroit. It was a cloudy day, but it wasn't too cold outside. As a matter of fact the weather lately hasn't been all that cold and this weekend it's supposed to go up to the 40s. I think Sunday and Monday are supposed to be the warmer days.
I have been really working on this website a lot lately and the thing that drives me batty is the little things that go wrong when coding and writing HTML/CSS. I should not let it bother me, but it just does as I want everything to be perfect. I know I have seen websites where there were a few minor glitches or design flaws, but it probably doesn't bother the webmaster. Though it does me and that is probably why I haven't really finished something totally, but this is one of my New Year's Resolutions that I made to myself. Another resolution is losing weight, but that is a long draw out story itself. I think I will make this a short post and write another post tomorrow. Bye for now!
My Missing Parts Came Inby John Pepp on Wednesday, May 1, 2019
My missing parts came in from via the U.S. Mail, so I decided to finish my 21517 LEGO Mickey Mouse Steamboat Willie set. Well at least I thought as I'm still missing 4 pieces of the set, but the good news is I should be able to finish in the next 10 to 14 days as that will probably be when I get the missing pieces. I am back to updating my website today and I have worked on it a little, but I need to motivate myself better and pickup the pace a little. If I don't, I probably won't be done until Christmas Time.
It's been cloudy most of the week and that doesn't make for good picture taking especially with a 400mm 4.5-5.6 lens. I'm trying to think of places I can go when the weather isn't that great around here in order to take pictures. I'm thinking about going to Henry Ford or Greenfield Village tomorrow to take pictures, but I will see how things go tomorrow. I like to take it one day at a time as one never knows what tomorrow will bring.
Easter Diner Even for a Goose!by John Pepp on Sunday, April 21, 2019
I can't believe Easter is already almost over! It just seem like yesterday that I was looking forward to Thanksgiving. Time sure flies when you're are way past 21 and I have come to learn to enjoy each day that I'm alive as no one knows what tomorrow may bring. I think tonight I am just going to relax and watch a little TV, but I might work on my website just a tad. I was thinking of going out again and taking some more pictures, but I'll be taking more pictures in the near future.
Happy Easter Everyone!
My Pet Duckby John Pepp on Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Here's my pet duck that I decided to let free at Hines Park.....I'm kidding. Though doesn't that duck look like it could be someone's pet?
I decided to take the Sony A9 and the Sony 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 lens to Hines Park (Wayne County, Michigan) to take some birding pictures. I am starting to learn a few things with the Sony A9 and the new 5.0 Firmware (I hope). I love the camera and can't wait to take a lot more pictures and hopefully warmer weather is just around the corner! I am eventually going to take my Sony A7RIII camera with the 100-400mm lens attached to the park to see how high resolution pictures of wildlife will look like. Though the Sony A9 camera is still going to be my go-to-camera as it is easier to take pictures of moving wildlife.
Nag Nag Nagby John Pepp on Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Well I have been working on my website as I'm trying to improve upon my calendar and how it interacts with the pictures that I have uploaded and other aspects of it as well. There is so much I want to do to this website that I keep telling myself to take one portion of the updating process of the website at a time. I also want to add a lot more useful content to the website like pictures, how to's and many other interests that I have. I also want to continue with my photography and hopefully warmer weather is around the corner in order for me to do so. I sometimes wish there were more than 24 hours in a day in order to do all that I want to get accomplished.
Bates Hamburgersby John Pepp on Friday, April 12, 2019
This Bates Hamburgers is located in Livonia on the corner of Farmington Road and File Mile Road. I believe they were celebrating their 50th year of being one of the best burger joint in Southeastern Michigan,
The above picture was taken with my Sony A9 camera that I wasn't planning on buying, but over the Christmas 2018 Holiday Season the sale price of it was too much to resist. I have to say it is one of the best decision that I have made as the Sony A9 compliments the Sony A7RIII that I bought 4 month prior to the A9. I use my Sony A9 primary for birds-in-flight pictures as the Sony A9 is better for Sports and Action shots. I purchased another tripod and gimbal head in order to track the BIF (Birds-in-Flight) shots, plus I bought a small folding chair when there isn't much action.
LEGO Steamboat Willieby John Pepp on Thursday, April 11, 2019
I love building LEGO and this LEGO Set caught my attention as I took a "History of Animation" course at Schoolcraft College when I was going for my Associates Degree. I will be putting this together over the couple of days and I will be adding additional pictures.
Two Geese flying at Newburgh Lakeby John Pepp on Thursday, April 11, 2019
When I first started to look for a new camera I originally was looking at the new Nikon Z7 camera and actually pre-ordered the camera. In the meantime I still was looking at other cameras from different manufacturers and stumbled across the Sony A7RIII camera. I really liked the specifications of the A7RIII camera and the good reviews the camera was getting online. I really wanted a top-of-the-line camera that would last me a long time, so I didn't have keeping on buying a better camera. I had an old Nikon D80 DSLR camera that I used for a long time and really only had a couple of good quality lens with one being a fisheye lens. So I decided to cancel my Nikon Z7 pre-order and purchase the Sony A7R III camera with a few good quality lens.
The best decision that I have ever made as the Sony A7RIII camera is a terrific camera that takes high quality pictures. It was also my first Full Frame Mirrorless camera from a manufacturer that has perfected mirrorless in my opinion. I'm not knocking the Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera, but Sony is on its 3rd generation of mirrorless camera whereas Nikon is on its 1st generation. I told myself that I wasn't going to buy another camera body for a long time, but during the Christmas Holiday, Sony decided to knock a thousand dollars off the Sony A9 camera. The Sony A9 is Sony's flag professional camera and it's a great camera for taking sports and actions shots. I love taking birds-in-flight (BIF) pictures and the Sony A9 was $1000.00 off the original price was enough for me to change my mind. So I decided to purchase the Sony A9 and I am glad I did. The Sony A7RIII is a great high resolution camera and the Sony A9 is a great action camera. The two cameras complement each other and I will continue this story in another post tomorrow.
A Mallard Duck on Newburgh Lakeby John Pepp on Thursday, April 11, 2019
I'm trying to fix the problem of my links that my website has been having for a long, long time. It was such a simple fix that I feel really really stupid about admitting it.
LEGO Corner Garageby John Pepp on Wednesday, April 10, 2019
I have been building LEGO for almost 2 years now and it is a fun hobby. LEGO comes out with a new Creator Expert building every new year and the Corner Garage 10264 is this year's building. It is a nice building, but I like the previous year's building a little bit better which was the Downtown Diner 10260. I will be building the Steamboat Wille 21317 (Mickey Mouse) that I will be posting here and on other places. I have been working on this website for the last couple of weeks and I have been pleasantly pleased on how far it has come along. I now just have to finish it and incorporate the new features that I have in store for it.
Two Swans Flying At Wilcox Lakeby John Pepp on Wednesday, April 10, 2019
I'm finally getting my website the way that I like it, but I still have a ways to go with it. I want to incorporate the calendar that I developed with the pictures that I uploaded. I also need to get my website to be more responsive friendly for smartphones and tablets. I wish I would had done this years ago as I think I could had actually made a real good living off doing this kind of work. Though who knows I might still be able to do so. If anyone wants a website developed and design just contact me to see if we can work things out. I'll do a bunch of mockups and then have you choose which mockup you want. If you're are still undecided maybe do hand sketch of the website on a piece of paper and I'll make a mockup of that.
Livonia EMSby John Pepp on Wednesday, April 10, 2019
I was taking pictures of Bates Hamburgers that is located at Farmington Road and 5 Mile Road when a Livonia EMS Vehicle with its emergency flashers on came driving south on Farmington Road. I snapped the photo with my Sony A9 and Sony 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens with a 1.4x Teleconverter attached to it.
A Morning at Newburgh Lakeby John Pepp on Wednesday, April 10, 2019
I went to Newburgh Lake in Hines Park to take some pictures of the local wildlife. The weather is finally getting warmer, now all it has to do is get a little greener. I can't wait until some of these birds start having offspring as I think I'll even take more interesting pictures.
I don't understand why people have to throw trash in the lake and around it. It's really becoming an eyesore! Pick up your damn trash people when you leave!