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Nikon Equipment Sale

February 01, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

My brother-in-law, who was a very avid Nikon photographer, recently passed away and left behind a lot of very high quality Nikon equipment.   Contact me for more details.  I do not use PayPal, so all purchases will need to be in cash or a check.  Transfer of property will not take place until checks have been cashed and deposited.  I will state that all equipment is in very good to excellent condition.  I will provide a photo on any piece of equipment upon request.



Cameras – body only

  • All digital cameras have been sold.


Lens –

  • Nikon 24-120mm AF F3.5-5.6D – discontinued in 2003, introduced 1996.  $100
  • Nikkor Micro 105mm 1:2.8G  AF-S ED SWM VR Micro 1F 1:1  Nano Crystal Coat AF-S ED – $750
  • Nikkor 60mm AF F2.8 D- $430 new. $280.  
  • Nikkor 24mm AF F2.8D – $360 new, $180
  • Tokina for Nikon. 12-24 F4 (IF) AT-X Pro SD DX – Excellent shape.  $355 .  Includes Hoya 77mm UV(0) filter and BH-779 lens Hood.  B


Miscellaneous – Flashes, bags, tripods, chargers

Teleconverters –

  • Nikon TC-14EII AF-S teleconverter - $399 new.  $250 possibly sold

Filters –

  • Tiffen 72mm Circular Polarizer - $29.99 new, will be asking $15 B
  • Tiffen 72mm 812 Warming Filter - $31 new, will be asking $15 B
  • Hoya 72mm  HMC Super UV (0) - will be asking $20 B
  • Tiffen 72mm Enhancing Filter - $72 new, will be asking $50 B
  • Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizer - $15
  • Tiffen 62mm Circular Polarizer - $15
  • Tiffen 72mm Circular Polarizer - $15



2014 Carving Class in Mogadore Ohio

November 04, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Classes Announced for Mogadore in 2014!

June 6, 7, 8 – White-footed Mouse

June 9, 10, 11 – Puffin


Rosalyn Daisey – Instructor


If you received a flier from Rosalyn, the class dates on that flier are not correct.  The ones listed in this blog are the correct dates.  2014 has arrived and many are now planning their summer carving classes.  We have already been receiving signups for the classes and look forward to spending time with old friends and making new contacts.  This year we came up with two very interesting projects.  A really interesting bird for this year’s project is the Atlantic Puffin.  With its distinctive beak coloration during breeding season, this should prove to be an excellent project for all.  Along with that, Roz will be helping us carve a unique pose for a White-footed Mouse on a stump.  This will make an excellent gift for someone special.  Our goal each year is to provide projects that build upon old skills and create new ones - 2014 is no exception!  You will discuss and learn about anatomy and feather/fur carving, with the objective being to make them as realistic and natural looking as possible.  This is possible through the professional guidance by Roz in both the carving of the subject and the painting to help obtain a soft, realistic look.  These are definitely going to be educational and rewarding classes.  The first class will be the  White-footed Mouse on a stump.  This is an inspiring project for all and will teach us some needed skills on texturing, painting, body layout and habitat construction.    

This past year we  did a Giraffe and it truly turned out to be one of those carvings that is excellent for giving as a gift or selling to collectors.  In 2014, we will have another great project for those that enjoy carving birds.  The Atlantic Puffin is our second class and another great choice for growing your knowledge.  You will receive a very good background on the proper anatomy of a Puffin and proper carving techniques to ensure that your’s is realistic.  If you have observed the Puffin in real life or in photos, you understand that the colorful beak, feet and body are very important for a realistic look.  This is where Roz’s guidance can help and will provide you with the skills that you will use on future carvings of this type.  Mark your calendar for June 6, 7 and 8 if you wish to carve a White-footed Mouse and June 9, 10 and 11 if you want to carve an Atlantic Puffin.  That’s when the  instructor/author Rosalyn Daisey comes to town to provide instruction and pass on her knowledge.


The class will be held in Mogadore, Oh at the Senior Citizen building.  Those that attended last year’s class here all agree that this is a very good environment to carve in.  There is plenty of light, air conditioning, easy access, handicap parking and motels and restaurants near by.  Mogadore is close to Akron and Tallmadge Ohio.  Being close to State Route 224 and Interstate 76 makes this an easy location to find.    


 Instructor: Rosalyn Daisey – World Class carver, publisher and Ward Competition winner and instructor.  Note: Roz has released her sixth book on several animal carving projects and is finishing up book number 7! I am certain that she will have some on hand at the class for anyone that wishes to purchase.  It’s a great time to get your book signed by the author. 


Preliminary notification – directions and supply lists will be given registered attendees as the class gets closer (most likely in late April).


Each class will be limited to 13 students to allow for individual attention from Roz.  Based on last year’s interest in the suggested projects, I look for both these classes to have a good turnout.  Once filled, any new enrollees will be placed on a waiting list and their deposit will be refunded if room does not become available.  The sign-up procedure will be the same as all of Roz's classes and will require a $50 non-refundable deposit per class and will be filled on a first-come basis.  Refunds will be given should someone not be able to attend and others are on a waiting list or if the class is cancelled.  The balance of $250 will be due upon arrival.  As a special price incentive, those signing up for both classes can purchase these for a total of $500, a $100 savings!  Once you are registered, you will be sent a list of materials needed for the class about 6-7 weeks prior to the class date.  The blank and eyes will be provided by Roz.  You need to bring a base to mount your subject on.  If you have any questions, please write or call.  This will be a power-carving class and all students should leave with a carved, painted and mounted project at the close of class.  All levels of carvers are welcome and will find the class educational, gratifying and rewarding.  If you have any questions on this class, please email, call or write.  Make all checks out to Bob Rutan and mail to the following address.


Future mailers will be sent every month or so.  If you wish to receive these mailers, please notify me and I will add you to my list.


Thanks and hope to see you in class in June!

Bob Rutan

3875 Argonne St.

Mogadore, OH  44260

330-703-3759 (cell)

Water Birds

July 05, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Water bird, waterbird, aquatic birds, freshwater birds and saltwater birds.  People refer to all these birds as different classifications and even narrow it down at times to the term waterfowl.  Regardless, my purpose here is to group any birds that I have found to hang around water most of their life, whether it be salt water or freshwater.  I have also limited it to North America.  Hope you enjoy the few selected here and if you wish to see more, click on my photo page for birds and go to the water birds folder.


A pair of Coots seen in the Winter time in Ohio.

Great Blue Heron captured in Spring in Ohio.

Canada Goose caught during a landing - Ohio

A Mallard Drake captured early morning with the sun reflecting on the water - Ohio

Brown Pelican - Winter in Florida

Common Moorhead - Winter in Florida

Great Egret - Winter in Florida

Royal Tern - Florida


Plenty more to see - visit the Water bird folder.


Bob Rutan

Digial Art

June 09, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

One of the things I enjoy about carving and photography is that you are not limited to the realistic world.  You can take a photo or a piece of wood and manipulate it to express yourself.  The following are some photos that I have taken and manipulated a little to highlight the details I liked.  In all cases, I think the final result expresses more then the original photo.  Hope you enjoy!


Added a background and texture to the tulip.

This image just had to have some motion to it! A Red-hot Poker flower.

One of my favorite flowers is the Gerber.  This texture helps bring out the detail in the flower better.

A place Ann and I went to in late Fall.  This helps show the isolation and cold that we felt that day.

What could be cuter then a sleeping Fawn? Effect added to the softness of the Fawn.

Nothing real pretty about tree fungus!  This help bring out the color and added some mystery to the photo.

Great colors and detail.  The background and texture just added to it.  (Kalanchoe)

Lily pads and flowers are always great to photograph.  Sometimes the weather tears them apart and discolors them.  This effect helps bring back the color and softness.

Lucifer is a terrific flower.  Add a black background and some softness to the flower and you got a very moody photo.

This was a very quiet morning on the lake.  The effect seems to add to the mystery and solitude.


Don't forget to leave some comments or click on "like" or "G+".  thanks for looking!!!!

A Few Winners

June 05, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

A few of the winning shots from past contests.  I'm not real big on competition, as I am probably my worst critic anyway.  Since I most likely will not enter anymore photo contests, I thought I would post a couple of the past winners.  Hope you enjoy!

Downtown   (Gettysburg)

Route 66

Dawn - The Awakening

Morning Glow

Purple Enchantment

Rolling Thunder

The King

Tranquil Sunrise

The Homestead

Days Gone By