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.

Nov 22, 2011
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Nuts … I’ve got em

Found the mother load today
Do you remember a few weeks back when I asked for some acorn tops? No? Well I did, and I couldn’t find any. I was working on a picture frame for my friends Dave and Angela. You can see the final product here. I spent two or three days looking around the neighborhood for some and had no luck. Who know, I should have just gone in my back yard. To see what I found today while raking up some leaves, check out this video I just posted to YouTube.

Today’s shot: Lighting the lighthouse
Here’s another one from the lighthouse on Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Yes, I tried to open that door to see if I could get to the top … but no go. 

Nov 20, 2011
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Officially on vacation

A week to do whatever the hell I want
I’m off all week and it’s going to be so nice. I plan on hanging out with Stella, clearing a ton of leaves out of my backyard, maybe getting Steph a new truck, and maybe take some photos if I can find the time. Then, there’s a holiday and Friday shopping thrown in there. I’m going to need a ton of energy for this week’s activities. Hence the shot of the Byron power plant I’m showing today.

Nov 18, 2011
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The potty train

Stella’s going to hate me for this one in about 10 years
We’ve been hitting the potty training pretty hard lately. Stella’s gone a few times, but she still doesn’t quite get the concept. She says “I’m going,” but I think she just associates sitting on the toilet as “going.” And look, she likes to read on the potty … just like daddy!

Nov 17, 2011
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A missed opportunity

But we’ll still have fun
So I was going to take my daughter, Stella, to the Shedd Aquarium on Monday because I’m off all week but my boss needs me to go to the Discovery Center to fix a PC. So I guess I’ll do that, but, I’m taking my daughter with me. I was hoping to take some more pictures in Chicago that day. Looks like that ain’t going to happen. But, I’m working on something with my friend Steph Osberg where I might go and take portrait pictures of animals at the shelter during my week off. I saw this video a while back on “Sunday Morning” and it inspired me.

Today’s shot: Me in The Bean
Here’s a picture I made while at The Bean in Chicago a few months ago. You can see me reflection about 20 times if you look close. I was standing underneath the sculpture trying to get a weird angle.

Nov 16, 2011
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Stuck in a rut, try “Stuck On Earth”

This FREE iPad app is where it’s at
One of the coolest, neatest apps came out for the iPad today. It’s called “Stuck On Earth” and it was designed by Trey Ratcliff from Stuck In Customs. I caught wind of it a few weeks ago when I tried to get into the beta. I’m not that cool or lucky so I didn’t get in, but the app was released this week and it’s awesome. If you’re a photographer or into photography and are looking to take pictures somewhere, like on a vacation or a small trip, the this app is revolutionary.

I’ve been playing with it all night. Basically, you can zoom in on a map and check out tons of pics from a certain place if it’s been tagged. I used Rockford as an example and it pulls all the cool pictures from Flickr in and shows you the best places to take photos in Rockford. I even found some of my photos in there, which was very cool. There’s also a section for the “best in the world.” Like the 50 best waterfalls or 50 best caves. Click here to check out Trey’s demo video.

Nov 15, 2011
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So, I’m off next week …

What should I shoot
I’m off all next week and would like to get some ideas for some photo shoots. I have some stuff planned, but wondered if anyone had some cool ideas that are fairly local. Drop me a line and let me know.

Today’s shot: I’ll eat your head
This guy was yawning as I passed by his cage at the Milwaukee County Zoo. I’ll admit, I got luck and walked by right as he did it so there wasn’t much planning.

Nov 14, 2011
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Making my mark

Taking on product shots this weekend
I’ve been hired to do some product shots for a Web site this weekend and I wanted to get some test shots so I don’t look like a fool. I built a quick back drop for about $15 with some PVC pipe, some A clamps and a roll of black construction paper (which has a white side too, awesome!). I set up a bottle of one of my favorite spirits as a subject and I think the results are pretty good. I might make few adjustments. Now, where’s that can of Coke?

Nov 13, 2011
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Print giveaway goes to Brian Cascio

Congrats, Brian and thanks to everyone for stopping by Saturday night
My dad and I had a great time on Saturday night in Byron. We had a large crowd show up for our art show at Hailey’s Winery. I didn’t sell much, in fact I think I spent more money on wine. I also mentioned I’d be giving away a print here on my site tonight. Only 10 people left a comment in the original post and I used Random to help me pick a winner and it chose the number 2. Brian Cascio left the second comment so he wins the print of his choice.

Today’s shot: Brown Sugar Cookies
I saw this cookie recipe on Pinterest a few days ago and wanted to try them. Pinterest is a great site. I suggest you all join. In a nut shell, it gathers all the best stuff from the internet and puts them into an easy-to-read Web page. So, I had saved the ingredients to my iPhone and Stella and I picked up the goods while at the grocery store today. She even helped me make them. I can honestly say they are the best cookies I’ve ever made. My mom would be proud. For the recipe, click here.

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