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Oct 24, 2011

Save the date …

Another art show appearance on Saturday, November 12
If you’re not doing anything on Saturday, November 12 stop by Hailey’s Winery in Byron from 6 to 9 p.m. for a casual art show featuring my dad and I. It’s a nice contrast in styles. My dad is more of an old school kinda guy, making lots of images shot on film and I’m into more of the digital imagery and post processing. It’s at a winery, so I’m sure there will be drinks and snacks. I should know more soon and I’ll keep you posted.

Today’s shot: Alone, under the Hoan
Here’s another shot from my trip to Milwaukee on Saturday. The subject is the Hoan Bridge. I was tipped off to it by my friend Tarah. There were fisherman everywhere and I had to wait a few minutes for some to walk by and also for cars to drive by. I was praying they wouldn’t drive through the puddle … or run over me as I was laying down in the middle of the street to get this shot.


Oct 23, 2011

Angela & Dave

He sure does clean up nice
Want to say thanks to Angela, Dave and their dog, Sadie for spending the morning with me. Had lots of fun taking photos of them for their engagement. I’ve known Dave and Angela for a long time. I first met Dave when he was a young pup, just getting into Volkswagens. Now look at him, he’s all grown up and domesticated. Here are a few samples from this morning’s session. Congrats, guys.

Oct 22, 2011

Solo trip to the Beer City

Me, a donut, my camera and sunrise
I got up but ass early this morning and made my way into Milwaukee for some sunrise shots on the lake. I played around with some video too. My new iPhone shoots in 1080 so I turned it on myself to give you a look at what goes on during some of my shoots. I can’t take full credit, Trey Ratcliff does these on his blog and I’ve been wanting to try one for a while. Just click the link below to see my behind the lens video and leave a comment to let me know what you think.

Behind the lens: Sunrise in Milwaukee

Today’s shot: Art Museum at Sunrise
This is the Milwaukee Art Museum. I’ve been here before, but long before I took an interest in photography. The building is totally awesome. When the museum opens the wings of the triangle shaped building open up, but this was taken at 7 a.m. If you watched the video, here’s the final product. It was a seven shot HDR image that I took in the video. I deleted two of the duplicate images. I made the frame and matte in PhotoShop and to give it a new look over just a plain picture posted.


Oct 21, 2011

A sweet tip for my my iPhone friends

Here’s a cool bit of info that was introduced in iOS5
I’ve had the iPhone 4S and iOS5 for a week now and I have a very cool tip. If you don’t have either, well, I’m sorry. Get on the bus, man! So, this is one of my favorite additions and it works on iOS5 phones, not just the iPhone 4S. As you may or may not know, you can take a picture now with the volume up button (+). I love this, it’s like holding a regular point-and-push digital camera. But that’s not my tip. Did you know, if you plug in your headphones and you can use your (+) button on the mic as a remote shutter release? It’s freaking awesome. Try it right now!! It has many functions. You can put the camera down and take a pic of you and a friend with the remote. Or, take an unblurry pic at night.

Today’s shot: Towels at Target
Here’s a shot I made at Target the day the iPhone 4S came out. I was testing out the new camera, taking pictures of anything interesting I could find in the store. This was my favorite.

Oct 19, 2011

What I use Wednesday: Tripods

Don’t go cheep on this important piece of equipment

I’m going to try something new here today. Every Wednesday I’ll try and spotlight one piece of gear I use. I’ll keep it photography related for the most part. I think it will be a good way to keep the content flowing and also inform you all on what I use to make the pictures I post here. This was an idea my friend Matt gave me when he asked me about the tripod I use and which one would be good for him.

I’ve owned a few tripods in my life, but my current 3-legged friend is my favorite. It’s nothing fancy or expensive, but it’s very light and has a few key features I like. I use the T325 by ProMaster. It’s pricey for most at $299 but it’s made of carbon fiber, has the twist release legs and the center shaft comes off so you can basically have the camera a few inches from the ground. One thing to keep in mind on a decent tripod setup is that you’ll have to buy the head too (I’ll cover what head I use in an upcoming post).

Can you get something cheaper to get you by? Sure, you can go to best buy and get a head/tripod combo for under $50, but I can almost guarantee that you’ll be buying a new one soon after because you won’t be happy. Especially if you’ve got a lot of money into your camera equipment, why would you support it with a flimsy, cheap tripod.

Now, if money were no object? I’d head over to Really Right Stuff and get one of their insanely priced tripod kits. Check them out, really impressive.

Today’s shot: Leading lines
Speaking of tripods, most of my stuff would be impossible to get without a tripod. This shot was made in Chicago at Millennium Park and contains 5 shots merged together, one of which is over 20 seconds. You have to use a decent tripod that isn’t going to move around on you in the wind or with the shutter and camera movement.

Oct 15, 2011

One of Rockford’s hidden gems

Today’s shot: Take a seat, any seat
My dad was in another art show this weekend, this time at Memorial Hall in Rockford. I’d been in here before, but only on the ground level. This is what you see if you clime the four flights of stairs to the top floor and look down toward the stage area. Memorial Hall was built between 1901 and 1903 and was dedicated on June 3, 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt.

Oct 14, 2011

iPhone burning a hole on my desk

I’ve had it since 2 p.m. and haven’t even opened it
I’ve been reading reviews and Facebook posts all afternoon and night about the new iPhone 4GS. I got mine in the mail at 2 p.m. After work, I took my daughter to the store to get a protective plastic cover for the front and back glass but when I got home and opened the box there was a side missing. So, I’ll wait until I return it tomorrow and get a new cover. Kinda bummed, but I’m tired anyway and I’d rather just go to bed and play with it all day tomorrow.

Today’s shot: A lesson in culture
Here’s another shot from my photo walk in Chicago. We had to sit in the lobby and wait for the Chicago Cultural Center to open and I got bored. I thought the stairwell was very inviting. In fact, I tried to go up them but a little old lady politely yelled at me and told me to wait until the center opened. Little did we know what awaited us when we got to the top of the stairs. Click here to see what I saw when I got to the top.

Oct 13, 2011

Floating through life

Another try at levitation
I posted some levitation photos last night and I just wasn’t happy with them. But I posted them so I can look back later when I get better and have a good laugh and see how I’ve improved. When I got done with my nightly run tonight I slipped into the back yard and gave it another try.

Today’s shot: Float on
So, as I said, I wasn’t happy with my shots I made yesterday. I think it was the flash. I should have just used the available light and I’ve proved that with this one. My image just blends into the scene instead of standing out and looking photoshopped. My only beef is that I’m going to try to up the shutter speed next time. It was way too slow and I’d like to freeze the action more. But, what do you think? Does it look realistic?

Oct 12, 2011

You’d think they’d have prepared for this?

Come on Apple, get some more servers
I’ve been trying to update my iPhone to iOS5 for hours now. The update keeps failing. I also got the confirmation email that my 4S was shipped. So, what will come first? The update to my current phone or my new phone with the update pre installed? 

Today’s shot: That’s levitation, holmes
A few weeks back I found an Asian girl’s blog and I was fascinated by her levitation photos. They are amazing. So amazing that for two weeks I’ve been trying to find a way to mimic her style. You can tell she takes many photos to get it right but because I’m a lazy American I was looking for an easier way to do it. So today at lunch I set out to Rock Cut State Park and found a quiet trail I could set up my gear on. After a few practice shots, here’s what I came up with. If you want to know how I did it, shoot me an email. Anyone who knows photography and some PhotoShop will know how I did it, but I included the before and after shots under the original shot. If you’d like to see the the girl’s blog who sparked my interest in levitation photography, click here.

Oct 11, 2011

Hey kids, stay off my lawn

Today’s shot: Mr. Ed creeping on the neighborhood
I shot this photo last year in Galena, Illinois. My wife Stephanie and I had just finished an awesome dinner at Fried Green Tomatoes, we stepped outside to get some air and start walking off the sluggishness of a good meal when I looked up and saw this guy starring at us through a 3rd story window. Very creepy, but my kind of creepy. If I owned a live sized statue of a white horse I’d for sure put it in my front window. 

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