Riffert Riverview Studio: Blog https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog en-us (C) Riffert Riverview Studio 2021 driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:36:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:36:00 GMT https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/img/s/v-12/u936636247-o170449303-50.jpg Riffert Riverview Studio: Blog https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog 94 120 St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church - Vincennes, IN https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2014/2/st-francis-xavier-catholic-church---vincennes-in Over Memorial Day weekend last year, I took a day trip to Vincennes, IN. While there, I photographed St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, the oldest catholic church in Indiana.

St. Francis Xavier parish, the oldest church congregation in Indiana, was founded in 1732. The first resident pastor, Rev. Sebastian Louis Meurin, S.J. arrived at St. Francis Xavier in May of 1748. The present church building, the oldest in Indiana, dates to 1826. From 1834 until 1877, it served as the Cathedral church for the first four bishops of Vincennes, who are buried in its crypt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basement in St. Francis Xavier Catholic ChurchBasement in St. Francis Xavier Catholic ChurchVincennes, IN  

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Vincennes, IN https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2014/2/st-francis-xavier-catholic-church---vincennes-in Sat, 08 Feb 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Mississippi Queen (1976 - 2009) https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2014/2/mississippi-queen-1976---2009 I was never able to photograph the Mississippi Queen with my Nikon D80 since it had finished its river excursions prior to my obtaining the camera. However I did manage to capture a few with my Nikkormat FT2 film camera back in the late 1980's. Here are some of the better ones from which I scanned the negatives.

The Mississippi Queen was the second largest paddle wheel driven river steamboat ever built. The ship was the largest such steamboat when she was built in 1976 by the Delta Queen Steamboat Company at Jeffboat in Indiana and was a seven-deck recreation of a classic Mississippi riverboat. She was later owned by the Majestic America Line. The Mississippi Queen had 206 state rooms for a capacity of 412 guests and a crew of 157. It was 382 ft long, 68 ft wide, and displaced 3,364 tons. The Mississippi Queen was laid up in New Orleans at Perry Street Wharf after being gutted, initially for renovation. Instead, however, the steamboat was sold for scrap in May 2009. She was towed for the last time to Morgan City, Louisiana on March 24, 2011 to be cut down. Dismantling had begun by April 7 of that year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mississippi QueenMississippi QueenOhio River  

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) mississippi queen ohio river https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2014/2/mississippi-queen-1976---2009 Wed, 05 Feb 2014 07:00:00 GMT
My New Nikon D800 https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2013/12/my-new-nikon-d800 I recently bought a new camera, Nikon D800, after using my trusty Nikon D80 for the past 7 years and nearly 30,000 photos. It was quite a leap from the Nikon D80, considered a consumer DSLR at 10 megapixels, to the pro D800 at an astounding 36 megapixels. Technology has advanced so much since the D80 was released in 2006 and I wanted to take advantage of those enhancements. In addition to the fantastic resolution, I noticed that D800 images required very little post processing to look great while I had to work harder in post to get good results with the D80.

Since the D800 is a full frame DSLR while the D80 was DX, I had to also purchase a full frame lens to use as my main walk around lens. I decided on the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Zoom. It has turned out to be a great combination for me.

A little more about the D800:   A FX-format model that offers a noteworthy effective pixel count of 36.3-million pixels. At its core is superior image quality equal to that achieved with medium-format digital cameras. The D800 is also equipped with a number of new functions for a high level of added value, all in a compact and lightweight body. In addition to a new Nikon FX-format CMOS image sensor and the new EXPEED 3 image-processing engine, specifically optimized for Nikon digital SLR cameras, the D800 is equipped with a new 91K-pixel (approximately 91,000 pixels) RGB sensor that supports the Advanced Scene Recognition System with its noteworthy advances in scene recognition performance. The camera is also equipped with a number of new functions, including Multi-area mode Full HD D-Movie that enables movie recording using either the FX-based movie format or the DX-based movie format.

My New Nikon D800

My New Nikon D800

My Old Nikon D80

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) nikon d80 nikon d800 https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2013/12/my-new-nikon-d800 Sat, 28 Dec 2013 07:00:00 GMT
Archabbey Church of Our Lady of Einsiedeln https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2013/12/st-meinrad-archabbey Back in July I took a day trip to capture images at the Archabbey Church of Our Lady of Einsiedeln in St Meinrad, IN. Saint Meinrad Archabbey was founded in 1854 by monks from Einsiedeln Abbey in Switzerland. They came to southern Indiana at the request of a local priest who was seeking help to serve the pastoral needs of the growing German-speaking Catholic population and to prepare local men to be priests.

The Archabbey Church of Our Lady of Einsiedeln is the heart of the Benedictine community of Saint Meinrad Archabbey. It was completed in 1907 and underwent a major renovation in 1996-97. The first stone for the building was laid in 1899 and construction continued for nearly eight years. Workers from the monastery and the local town hauled large sandstone blocks, using horses and mules, from the abbey's own quarry a mile away.

 

"Archabbey Church of Our Lady of Einsiedeln"  Focal point of St Meinrad Archabbey.

"Archabbey Church of Our Lady of Einsiedeln" 

"Archabbey Church of Our Lady of Einsiedeln"  

Southernmost Pointe

 

"Inside the Archabbey Church of Our Lady of Einsiedeln"  

 

 

"Inside the Archabbey Church of Our Lady of Einsiedeln" 

 

 

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) archabbey church of our lady of einsiedeln st meinrad https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2013/12/st-meinrad-archabbey Wed, 25 Dec 2013 07:00:00 GMT
Key West https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2013/12/key-west While visiting my parents last March in Naples, FL, I took a high speed ferry from Marco Island to Key West for the day. The trip by boat is about 100 miles and takes 3.5 hours. Here are some of the shots that I captured.

 

"Sloppy Joe's Bar"  Ernest Hemingway's hangout.

"AtlantiCat"  High speed ferry from Marco Island to Key West.

"Southernmost Pointe"  90 miles from Havana, Cuba.

Southernmost Pointe

 

"Duval Street"  Where the action is!.

 

 

"Gulf of Mexico Sunset"  On the way back to Marco Island.

 

 

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) AtlantiCat Duval Street Key West Key West Express Sloppy Joe's Bar Southernmost Pointe high speed ferry https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2013/12/key-west Sun, 22 Dec 2013 20:07:35 GMT
Southern Courthouses https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/12/southern-courthouses Had the opportunity last summer and fall to travel down south on business. I was able to capture images of some of the old southern courthouses.

 

"Lee County Georgia"  Located in Leesburg, Georgia, and was built in 1917.

Lee County Courthouse

"Schley County Georgia"  Located in Ellaville, Georgia, and was built in 1899.

Schley County Courthouse

"Marion County Georgia"  Located in Buena Vista, Georgia, and was built in 1850.

Marion County Courthouse

 

"Meriwether County Georgia"  Located in Greenville, Georgia, and was built in 1904.

 

Meriwether County Courthouse

 

"Clarke County Mississippi"  Located in Quitman, Mississippi, and was built in 1912.

 

Clarke County Courthouse

 

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) clarke county mississippi courthouses lee county georgia marion county georgia meriwether county georgia schley county georgia https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/12/southern-courthouses Mon, 24 Dec 2012 03:47:20 GMT
A Trip to Jasper, IN https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/12/a-trip-to-jasper-in Passed through Jasper, IN on November 25th and got these two photos at dusk. First one is St Joseph Catholic Church which was built in 1880 and renovated in 1954. Second photo is Dubois county courthouse which was built in 1911.

 

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) dubois county courthouse jasper, in st joseph catholic church https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/12/a-trip-to-jasper-in Sat, 22 Dec 2012 07:00:00 GMT
December Sunrise on the Ohio River https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/12/december-sunrise-on-the-ohio-river I took these photos yesterday morning from my back yard. It's been quite a while since there has been a good sunrise.

Ohio River Sunrise

 

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) Newburgh IN Ohio river sunrise https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/12/december-sunrise-on-the-ohio-river Fri, 21 Dec 2012 03:15:06 GMT
American Queen passing Newburgh IN https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/7/american-queen-in-newburgh-in I took these photos of the American Queen as it passed by my back yard on the Ohio River in Newburgh, IN, on July 8th.

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) American queen Newburgh IN Ohio river https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/7/american-queen-in-newburgh-in Sun, 29 Jul 2012 06:00:00 GMT
American Queen Docked in Henderson, KY https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/7/american-queen-docked-in-henderson-ky While the American Queen was docked in Henderson, KY, on July 8th, I was able to capture these Images.

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) American queen Henderson KY https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/7/american-queen-docked-in-henderson-ky Sat, 28 Jul 2012 06:00:00 GMT
Las Vegas at Night https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/7/las-vegas-at-night I took these photos of Las Vegas at night from atop the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas while attending a convention for business back in May.

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) Eiffel tower Paris las Vegas las Vegas https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/7/las-vegas-at-night Sat, 28 Jul 2012 02:24:20 GMT
American Queen at Dusk https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/5/american-queen-at-dusk I took these photos of the newly renovated American Queen last Friday evening as it passed behind my house on its way from Cincinnati to Memphis.

 

American Queen at Dusk American Queen at Dusk

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) american queen ohio river https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/5/american-queen-at-dusk Tue, 15 May 2012 03:32:13 GMT
Boner Bridge 1869 https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/3/boner-bridge-1866 I took these photos of Boner Bridge last Sunday. Boner Bridge, built in 1869, crosses the Little Pigeon Creek on the Warrick/Spencer county line in Southern Indiana.

Boner Bridge is thought to be one of only five of its kind in the United States. The 260 foot, one-lane, iron bow, string-trussed bridge has sandstone abutments, iron bents and a wood plank floor. It is unique because it is known as a three-span bridge as it contains three arches. The two arches on both ends of the bridge measure 50 feet in length. The middle arch is the bridge's longest, measuring 160 feet.

Boner Bridge Boner Bridge

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) boner bridge https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/3/boner-bridge-1866 Wed, 28 Mar 2012 01:37:39 GMT
Henderson Riverfront Sunset https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/3/henderson-sunset I took this photo of the old Henderson, KY railroad bridge in October 2009 at sunset. The through truss bridge over the Ohio River was built in 1932 replacing an earlier 1885 bridge. The five-span polygonal Warren through truss bridge is 12,123 ft long and is used by the CSX railroad.

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) henderson railroad bridge https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/3/henderson-sunset Wed, 14 Mar 2012 06:00:00 GMT
Ford Center https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/3/ford-center I took this photo of Ford Center in November 2011 just weeks before its grand opening. The Ford Center is a multi-use indoor arena in downtown Evansville, Indiana. It opened in November 2011 and has a maximum seating capacity of 11,000. It was built to replace Roberts Municipal Stadium, and is mainly used for basketball, ice hockey, and music concerts. It serves as the home arena for the University of Evansville Purple Aces basketball teams and the Evansville IceMen of the Central Hockey League.

The Ford Center is bounded by Main Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Sixth Street, and Walnut Street. As planned, it will eventually connect to a new convention hotel and the existing convention center. The $127.5 million arena was approved by the Evansville City Council on December 22, 2008.

Ford Center

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) ford center https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/3/ford-center Tue, 13 Mar 2012 06:00:00 GMT
White Swan https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/3/test I took this photo of a white swan swimming in Lake Victoria at Mesker Park Zoo in March 2007. Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden is a zoo that opened in 1928 in Evansville, Indiana. It is one of the oldest and largest zoos in the state. Set in a 50-acre park, the zoo features 200 species and more than 700 animals roaming freely in natural habitats surrounded by exotic plants, wildflowers, and trees.

In 2008 the zoo finished a major expansion including the $15 million tropical rainforest exhibit and a new entry complex. The new exhibit was credited with drawing more than 38,000 visitors in its first month. One of two existing lakes in the zoo was filled in to make the exhibit, which added more than 150 animals to the zoo.

Swan at Mesker Park Zoo in Evansville, IN

 

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) mesker park zoo swan https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/3/test Mon, 12 Mar 2012 06:00:00 GMT
Beanblossom Covered Bridge https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/3/bean-blossom-covered-bridge I took this photo of the Beanblossom Covered Bridge in July 2008. The sun was getting low on the horizon which resulted in the colors being washed out on the photo so I decided to convert it to sepia.

The Beanblossom Covered Bridge crosses Beanblossom Creek on Covered Bridge Road, Brown County. This single span modified Howe Truss structure has a length of 60 feet, or 69 feet including the 4-foot 6 inch overhang at each end, with a portal clearance 12 feet wide by 13 feet high. Built in 1880 by Joseph Basley at a cost of $1,175, at the north end of the structure is a 36-foot ramp. In days past, this bridge was on the main road to Nashville, Indiana, until bypassed by in 1936 by State Road 135. Because of its location in Brown County, and thus a proximity to the famous local art colony, this structure probably  has the distinction of being the subject of more covered bridge paintings than any other in Indiana.

Bean Blossom Covered Bridge 1880

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) Nashville, in beanblossom covered bridge brown county https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/3/bean-blossom-covered-bridge Sun, 11 Mar 2012 07:00:00 GMT
Blue Bridge https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/3/blue-bridge I took this photo of the Blue Bridge(Glover Cary Bridge) over the Ohio River in November 2008. The Glover H. Cary Bridge is a continuous truss bridge that spans the Ohio River between Owensboro, Kentucky and Spencer County, Indiana. It was named for the late U.S. Congressman Glover H. Cary (1885–1936), and opened to traffic in September 1940. It was originally a toll bridge, but tolls were discontinued in 1954. Local residents call the Cary Bridge the "Blue Bridge" because of its color.

Blue Bridge over Ohio River

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) Owensboro,KY blue bridge ohio river https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/3/blue-bridge Sat, 10 Mar 2012 07:00:00 GMT
Delta Queen https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/3/delta-queen I took these photos of the Delta Queen in July 2008 from my backyard deck overlooking the Ohio River in Newburgh, IN. 2008 was the final year that the the Delta Queen cruised the Ohio River. Built in 1926, the steamboat for many years cruised the Mississippi River and its tributaries on a regular schedule, with cruises ranging from New Orleans to Memphis to St. Louis to St. Paul to Cincinnati to Pittsburgh, and many more. The Delta Queen was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and further was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1989.

 

However, at the end of the 2008 season, the Delta Queen ceased all service due to the loss of an exemption to the law prohibiting the operation of overnight passenger vessels with wooden superstructures. On February 11, 2009, the Delta Queen arrived in Chattanooga, Tennessee to become a floating boutique hotel.

 

The Delta Queen is 285 feet long, 58 feet wide, and draws 11.5 feet. She weighs 1,650 tons, with a capacity of 176 passengers. Her cross-compounded steam engines generate 2,000 indicated horsepower, powering a stern-mounted paddlewheel.  

Delta Queen Delta Queen

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) delta queen ohio river https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/3/delta-queen Fri, 09 Mar 2012 07:00:00 GMT
Black-headed Gulls https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/3/black-headed-gulls I took this photo of these black-headed gulls while vacationing on Edisto Island, SC in May 2009. They were flocking around someone that was feeding them along the beach so I captured these four with a fast shutter speed which is why they appear to be frozen in mid air.

Black-headed gulls

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) black-headed gulls edisto island https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/3/black-headed-gulls Thu, 08 Mar 2012 07:00:00 GMT
American Patriot White House https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/3/american-patriot-white-house I took this photo of the American Patriot White House at dusk which is next to where I work. It's located on Cross Pointe Blvd. in Evansville, IN.

American Patriot "White House"

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) american patriot white house https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/3/american-patriot-white-house Wed, 07 Mar 2012 07:00:00 GMT
Ohio River Sunset https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/3/ohio-river-sunset I took this photo of a barge working its way upriver at sunset in December 2006. Since this was one of my favorite photos that I had taken of sunsets, I chose it as the logo for Riffert Riverview Studio.

Ohio River Sunset

 

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) barge ohio river sunset https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/3/ohio-river-sunset Tue, 06 Mar 2012 07:00:00 GMT
St. Boniface https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/3/st--boniface I took this photo of St Boniface Catholic Church in Evansville, IN in September 2009. St. Boniface's parish was organized in 1880 to serve the residents on the west side of Evansville, primarily of German descent. The original church was built in 1881 but was destroyed by fire which started by lightning on Easter Sunday, March 30th, in 1902. The present church as seen below, was built in 1903. Although the plan varied somewhat from the orignal structure(the towers supporting the spires were a bit taller and side walls had gabled dormers), the overall appearance of the new edifice corresponded to that of the original one.

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) Evansville St. Boniface https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/3/st--boniface Mon, 05 Mar 2012 07:00:00 GMT
Newburgh Fireworks https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/3/newburgh-fireworks These are several of the photos that I took from my back yard of the 2011 Fourth of July Fireworks presented by the town of Newburgh, IN over the Ohio River. More of the 2011 fireworks can be view at http://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/p746004846 as well as earlier years at http://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/p635993926

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) Newburgh, IN fireworks ohio river fireworks https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/3/newburgh-fireworks Sun, 04 Mar 2012 07:00:00 GMT
Vigo County Courthouse https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/3/vigo-county-courthouse I took this photo of the Vigo County Courthouse in December 2011 while visiting Terre Haute, IN to watch my niece compete in a high school swim meet. The 74,515 square-foot courthouse was built in 1884 at a cost of $443,000. It is made from Indiana limestone and is 226 feet wide from north to south, 277 feet long from east to west. The total height measured from the ground to the top of the cupola is 284 feet.

Vigo County Courthouse

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) Terre Haute Vigo County Courthouse https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/3/vigo-county-courthouse Sat, 03 Mar 2012 07:00:00 GMT
Honeybee https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/3/honeybee This photo was taken in May 2008 with my Tamron 90mm macro lens. I took numerous photos before eventually capturing this honeybee hard at work.

Honeybee on Dianthus

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) Honeybee https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/3/honeybee Fri, 02 Mar 2012 07:00:00 GMT
Moon Shots https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/3/waxing-gibbous-moon This first photo of a waxing gibbous moon was taken in October 2008 with my Sigma 150-500mm telephoto lens at 500mm. I took a series of photos of the moon at different stages which I pieced together using Photoshop. The second image is a result of that effort.

Waxing Gibbous Moon

Panoramic of 7 Moon Phases

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) waxing gibbous moon https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/3/waxing-gibbous-moon Thu, 01 Mar 2012 07:00:00 GMT
Nikkormat FT2 https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/2/nikkormat-ft2 This is the first "good" camera that I used. I purchased it several years out of college in 1976 and it cost me a month's salary. I used this camera for over 25 years until the film advance became unreliable.

Nikon Nikkormat FT2

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) Nikkormat FT2 https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/2/nikkormat-ft2 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 07:00:00 GMT
Downtown Evansville Panoramic https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/2/downtown-evansville-panoramic I took this panoramic photo of Downtown Evansville, IN in October 2010 from the Kentucky side of the Ohio River. I had to drive on a washed out gravel road for about eight miles and then had to walk for another 3/4 mile before climbing down a 25 foot embankment to the rivers edge. I then set up my tripod and took several sets of 3 - 4 photos each which I later stitched together using Panorama Maker 4 Pro.

Evansville, IN on the Ohio River

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) Evansville https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/2/downtown-evansville-panoramic Tue, 28 Feb 2012 07:00:00 GMT
American Queen https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/2/american-queen I took this photo of the American Queen in June 2007 from my backyard deck overlooking the Ohio River in Newburgh, IN. The American Queen, the largest steamboat ever built, was built in 1995 and is a six-deck recreation of a classic Mississippi riverboat, built by the Delta Queen Steamboat Company. Although the American Queen's stern paddlewheel is indeed powered by a genuine steam plant, her secondary propulsion and much maneuverability comes from a set of diesel-electric propellers, known as Z-drives, on either side of the sternwheel. She has 222 state rooms for a capacity of 436 guests and a crew of 160. She is 418 feet long and 89 feet wide.  

 

The American Queen was retired in November 2008 due to the failure of Majestic America Line (her owner). As of April 2011, the American Queen is under contract to HMS Global Maritime, based in New Albany, IN. The new operator, The Great American Steamboat Company announced plans to return her to Mississippi River service from a port in Memphis, TN. In April 2012, the American Queen will begin a season of three- to 10-night voyages out of a variety of southern and Midwest homeports, including New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Cincinnati, St. Louis and Memphis.

 

American Queen

 

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) american queen steamboat https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/2/american-queen Mon, 27 Feb 2012 07:00:00 GMT
Newburgh, IN https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/2/newburgh This aerial photo of Newburgh,IN was taken in July 2010 while I was flying with a neighbor's father in his 1966 Cessna 150. Newburgh was founded in 1803 on the banks of the Ohio River. It's located 10 miles east of Evansville, IN and is where I have lived for the past 25 years.

Newburgh, IN

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) newburgh indiana https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/2/newburgh Sun, 26 Feb 2012 07:00:00 GMT
Old Vanderburgh County Courthouse https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/2/old-vanderburgh-county-couthouse This photo was taken in September 2009 of the old Vanderburgh County Courthouse in downtown Evansville, IN. The Old Courthouse occupies an entire city block, bounded by Court, Fourth, Vine and Fifth Streets, with each side being encrusted with magnificent sculpture and stone carvings in Indiana limestone. Construction on the courthouse started in the spring of 1888 and was completed in November 1890. The bell tower, as unique as the statues and carvings on the exterior of the building, rises above the Old Courthouse to a height of 216 feet. The Old Courthouse is still being used today but not as a courthouse.

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) old vanderburgh county courthouse https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/2/old-vanderburgh-county-couthouse Sat, 25 Feb 2012 13:00:00 GMT
Hungry Hummingbirds https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/2/hungry-hummingbird These photos were taken Labor Day weekend in 2010 at my backyard feeder. I used my 150-500mm Sigma lens at 500mm with flash on a tripod . I manually focused on the feeder and used my remote trigger. It took several hours just to capture a few good shots such as these.

Hummingbird Eating from his Feeder

Hummingbird Eating from his Feeder

Hummingbird Eating from his Feeder

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) hummingbirds https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/2/hungry-hummingbird Fri, 24 Feb 2012 07:00:00 GMT
Naples Sunset https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/2/naples-sunset This series of photos were all taken in March 2011 while I was visiting my parents in Naples, FL. Every evening just before sunset, hundreds of people flock to the Naples Pier to enjoy the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. The third photo in the below series came in 2nd place in the "2011 Vacation Photo Contest" sponsored by the Evansville Courier & Press (http://www.courierpress.com/photos/galleries/2011/sep/23/vaction-picture-contest-2011/23733/). More photos of my Florida trip can be viewed at http://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/p374517974

Sunset on Naples Pier Sunset on Naples Pier Sunset on Naples Pier

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) Florida naples pier sunset https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/2/naples-sunset Thu, 23 Feb 2012 07:00:00 GMT
Win Place Show https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/2/win-place-show This photo was taken in July 2011 at Ellis Park Raceway in Henderson, KY on a very hot Summer day. Ellis Park is a thoroughbred horse racing track just outside Evansville, IN. They have live racing each year from the 4th of July until Labor Day.

Ellis Park - July 2011

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) Ellis Park Horse Racing https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/2/win-place-show Wed, 22 Feb 2012 07:00:00 GMT
Red Sunrise https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/2/red-sunrise Took this photo back in November 2006, of the lights of the Newburgh, IN lock and dam and Alcoa's Warrick operations just before the sun lifted above the horizon. .  I have not seen a sunrise since that was as intensely red.

 

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) ohio river sunrise https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/2/red-sunrise Tue, 21 Feb 2012 07:00:00 GMT
Lonely Tree https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/2/lonely-tree Took this photo in May 2009 while on vacation in Edisto Island, SC along the secluded beach at state-owned Botany Bay Plantation, a 4,630-acre tract. You can walk along the beach for several miles and not see another person. There are several trees very close to the surf but none as striking as this.

The Lone Tree

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) Botany Bay Beach Edisto Island https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/2/lonely-tree Mon, 20 Feb 2012 13:44:03 GMT
On the Banks of the Wabash https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/2/on-the-banks-of-the-wabash Took a Sunday drive last October to Harmonie State Park in New Harmony, IN to hopefully capture some colorful Fall foliage. Unfortunantly most of the trees in the park were already past their peak color but I was able to capture this good shot at the boat launch on the banks of the Wabash River.

On the Banks of the Wabash River

 

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) fall foliage wabash river https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/2/on-the-banks-of-the-wabash Sun, 19 Feb 2012 14:17:56 GMT
February Sunrise on the Ohio River https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/2/february-sunrise-on-the-ohio-river Just took this photo a few mornings ago at sunrise. One barge was making its way down river while another was waiting it's turn to lock through the Newburgh, IN lock and dam and head up river.  This was the first morning in over a month that had a really colorful sunrise.

Barges in February Sunrise

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) barge ohio river sunrise https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/2/february-sunrise-on-the-ohio-river Sat, 18 Feb 2012 19:22:15 GMT
Cheddar's Collection https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/2/cheddars-collection Cheddar's Casual Cafe purchased 12 of my prints that are being displayed at their restaurant in Evansville, IN and the soon to open Cheddar's in Avon, IN near Indianapolis, IN.  Here are a few of the photos that are on display.  All can be viewed at http://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/thecheddarscollection

 

"Autumn Reflections"  taken in October 2009, at the lake located in Audubon State Park in Henderson, KY

"Autumn Reflections"

"2nd & Main Streets"  taken in August 2009, at twilight in Downtown Evansville, IN as part of a contest in the local camera club.  Object was to capture motion in low light.

"Second & Main Streets"

"Barge Waits at Sunrise"  taken in October 2008, of a barge waiting its turn to lock through the dam on a foggy Ohio River in  Newburgh, IN with the sun just lifting above the horizon.

"Barge Waits at Sunrise"

 

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driffert@riffert-riverview-studio.com (Riffert Riverview Studio) cheddar's https://www.riffert-riverview-studio.com/blog/2012/2/cheddars-collection Sat, 18 Feb 2012 05:14:56 GMT