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Dec 11, 2011
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Mixed materials

Today’s shot: Pathway to the Nicholas Conservatory
My friend Ray posted a pic of the Nicholas Conservatory in downtown Rockford to Facebook a few days ago and it got me thinking about the shots I made there this summer. The place is awesome. It’s a perfect mix of hard stone, warm wood and lots of glass. I snuck up to the path one night a few weeks before the place opened. Everything was roped off and fenced in, but I didn’t see any harm in me making a few photos.

Dec 7, 2011
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More bean action

Today’s shot: Just a side shot
Here’s another shot of “The Bean” in downtown Chicago. This is another from my trip there this summer when I spent the day walking around the city with my good friend Ed. I love how the buildings reflect off the metal and how the sun lights them perfectly.

Dec 5, 2011
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In need of some tasty beverages?

Today’s shot: Wine and dine with Cheryl and Ginger
Here’s a portrait of the owners of Hailey’s Winery, Cheryl (left) and Ginger. They were kind enough to hire me to shoot photos of their business last week while I was off. And, not to be bias or anything, but their wine is ridiculous. Some of you who came out to my art show there a few weeks back can confirm, right? It’s very good. If you are in Byron anytime soon, stop by and pick up a bottle or two.

 

Dec 4, 2011
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New equipment rules

Taking the new 85mm glass for a test run
I picked up my new lens on Saturday morning and I was able to get a few quick shots of Steph before she took off to see some friends in Chicago. I’ve read so many reviews and I rented the lens before I bought it so I feel like I knew it already, but it was still nice to say it was mine. Here’s one of my wife with some awesome bokeh coming from the Christmas tree lights in the background.

Dec 2, 2011
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Made my birthday cake …

… and ate it too!
As I’ve said before, Pinterest is an awesome thing. I’ve been using it for lots of ideas lately and one of them has been food. We went to my mom and dad’s house for dinner tonight and since I was off I made this cake from scratch. No box mix, no canned frosting. Everything was made from fat and lard. America! It’s been named by other people as a Snickerdoodle Cake but I’ve named it the “Holy $&#@!% Cake,” because when I tasted it for the first time I literally said “holy $&#@!%!” For the recipe, click here. Be warned, it’s kinda like wedding cake, it’s very rich and small piece goes a long way.

Dec 1, 2011
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Another year gone … for me that is

Bought some new glass to celebrate
So, I turned 34 today. To celebrate, I picked up a new lens, Canon’s 85mm f1.8. I had to order it so can’t pick it up until this weekend, but I’m super excited. It’s the perfect lens for portraits. I rented the f1.2 version for a weekend but can’t see spending used car prices on a lens. Hopefully I can test it out a bit this weekend and I’ll post the results. In the meantime, here’s a pic of me 25 years or so ago while I was on my first plane ride. One thing’s for sure, they won’t let you do this anymore.

Nov 29, 2011
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What I use Wednesday: Bags, bags and more bags

When it comes to gadget bags, I’m worse than a woman
I love gadgets. And there’s one thing I like as much as gadgets and it’s bags to put them in. And camera bags are no different. I’ve tried bags from all different brands but I’ve pretty much exclusively switch to using LowePro bags. They just fit my style and are designed very well. I do have a waterproof roller bag, but I only use it for storage and travel. My main bag right now is the LowePro Pro Trekker 400. It’s a pretty big bag. There’s room for everything I own and I pretty much lived out of it while in Montana over the summer. A few of my favorite features are space to store a Camelback pouch, the removable belt system, and its pure size. I would like to pick up a smaller bag that I can take to work and that will fit my iPad. I’ve been looking at the new LowePro Messanger bags and their Stealth Reporter series.

Today’s shot: Inside Mike and Frank’s
You know the show “Antique Archaeology?” I love the show and when my wife and I went on a short trip to Iowa for our anniversary this year we had to make a stop at their shop in LeClaire. Not sure what to expect, we strolled into the small town and quickly found the shop. Mike and Frank (the main characters of the show) weren’t there, but the place was packed and there was lots of cool stuff on display. We bought some shirts and stuff and then I snagged a bunch of pictures. Here’s a view from the outside of the shop looking in. Click on the pic to see more shots from Mike and Frank’s place.

Nov 27, 2011
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Back to work

After nine days off, I must go back
I’m bummed that my vacation is over. But it will be nice to get back into the swing of things. I do have a 4-day work week because I took Friday off. So I’ve got that going for me. It was a busy nine days.

Today’s shot: Decorating the tree
Here’s a shot of Stella decorating our Christmas Tree. My mom and dad always put up their tree the weekend after Thanksgiving and we’ve kinda adopted that in our house. I actually bought some presents already too. Usually I wait until the last possible minute but there were some great deals out there this weekend. 

Nov 26, 2011
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Up your nose with a rubber hose

We learned a few parenting lessons today
We took our 2 year-old daughter Stella to see the new Muppets movie (which was pretty good by the way). I bought here some popcorn for $9,000 and all was good until we got home and she said “I put a piece of popcorn up my nose! Up your nose with a rubber hose.” We didn’t believe her. But I got out a flash light and sure as shit, there was a piece of popcorn stuck up her nose. I tried getting it out for a few minutes with no luck at all. I decided to call our doctor and before I did I put some Vicks under her nose to help her breath. While on the phone with the nurse, the popcorn worked its way out thanks to the Vicks. A few lessons learned today.

Today’s shot: Daydreamin’
Here’s the little stinker in question. I wonder what she was thinking in this shot, which I made this summer while we were deciding on what she should wear for that day. In reality, she was probably wondering what she could stick up her nose.

Nov 23, 2011
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Need a quick, easy desert?

Try these Acorn Cookies
I did some more baking today. Well, not sure you could call it baking, but I made them if that counts for anything. The recipe is easy. Just take a bag of Nutter Butter cookies, a bag of Hersey Kisses and a bag of chocolate chips (in this case I used dark chocolate) and put them together. I tried putting it together with some heat, but it was pretty difficult. So I made some frosting (from scratch) and used the it as glue. I made them to take to my mother-in-law’s house for Thanksgiving tomorrow … if there are any left before then.

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