Nov 11, 2011

Want one of my prints for free?

Leave a comment and share on Facebook or Google+
I just reached my 100th post on my blog and to say thanks to everyone for reading and viewing I’m going to give away a matted print to someone here on my Web site. The rules are simple, just leave a comment on this post and then share this post on Facebook or Google+ using the buttons at the bottom of the post. I’ll assign a random number to each person who comments and then use Random to select a winner. All you’ll have to do is buy a frame and hang it on your wall. I’ll even cover the shipping charges if it goes to someone out of town.

The offer will end Sunday night and Monday I’ll contact the winner via email and he or she will get to choose from one of my matted prints I currently have available.

If you’d like see some of my prints, I’ll be displaying some of them in Byron tomorrow (Saturday night) at Hailey’s Winnery on Rt. 2. The show goes from 6 to 9 p.m. and my dad will be joining me to show off some of his new prints. I had a sneak peak at them today and they are amazing.

Nov 10, 2011

I’ve made it 100 days!

Win one of my matted prints
Today marks my 100th post on my blog. I’d like to thank everyone who’s been reading and stopping by to see my photos and stories. I really do appreciate it. To show it I’m going to give away one of my new matted prints (your choice). I’ll even cover the shipping if you’re not local. The fun will start with tomorrow’s post. I’ll show a picture of all the prints I recently made and all you’ll have to do to win one is post a comment on my blog and then share my blog on Facebook or Google+. Tune in tomorrow for more details.

Today’s shot: Hey dad … catch anything?
My dad picked up fly fishing this summer while he was out in Montana and he and my uncle Ron took me to a sweet stream in the mountains one afternoon to catch some fish. I tried fly fishing, but just stuck with the regular rod and reel style. I caught my limit in brook trout and had a ton of fun. I might even pick up some equipment in the spring and start fishing around here.

Nov 9, 2011

What I use Wednesday: Bay Photo

Let’s make some prints
Where do most of you make prints? Walgreens? Woodmans? Walmart? In a quick pinch they all do fine. And they’re cheap. I’ve tried them all in my day and I’ve even used Mpix and Adoramapix for prints. But my favorite print shop is Bay Photo in California. They do amazing work, offer a lot of print sizes and products and customer service is fantastic. A few months ago I printed a 3-foot print and when I got it in the mail and opened it up for inspection I found a flaw in the print. I got online and chatted with their CS department and I had a replacement the next day. There prices are a bit more than the local alternatives and you have to pay shipping (usually $8 for overnight) but they use the best papers and supplies. The next time you’re ready to make some prints check them out. You won’t be disappointed.


Today’s shot: Making a poster
Here’s an image I just got in the mail from Bay Photo. I plan on framing it in a nice, black metal frame for Saturday’s show in Byron. Basically, I made the poster in PhotoShop and then sized it to the proper size so I could import it into Bay Photo’s online upload program. They trimmed it to the proper size so all I need to do is matte it, frame it and sign it.

Nov 8, 2011

That’s my daughter

Here’s an updated Stella pic, isn’t she cute?
Stella is getting so big. She’s almost 3 years old. Can you believe it?!? She talks like a champ and she knows the words to more songs than I do. And not just kid songs. Ask her to sing  Foster the People … out comes “Pumped Up Kicks.” Want to hears some Bob Marley? Stella can recite “Legend” almost word-for-word. And when it’s warm Stella loves to go on walks. And by walks, I mean me pushing her around in her little pink car for a mile or two. This night I took my camera with and snapped a few shots while she was goofing around. 

Nov 7, 2011

Father-Son Art show this weekend

Saturday from 6-9 at Hailey’s Winery in Byron
Just a friendly reminder that my dad and I will be holding a small art show at Hailey’s Winery in Byron on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. We’ll both have a few new prints to view. The winery will have a fine spread of food and drinks available. The winery is located just off Route 2 in Byron, across the street from the grocery story and it’s behind a small cafe. The address is 114 S. Franklin St. and the phone number is 815-234-2220. Here’s a sneak peak at the second poster I made for this show. It’s from the 2011 Rockford Airfest. Click on the pic to see more photos from the airfest.

Nov 6, 2011

Rockin’ and Rollin’

What’s your favorite album of the year?
As I was working on some stuff on my computer tonight I listened to all of my favorite music of 2011 so I can start putting together my annual best of CD. Overall, I feel this year was a bit down even though a lot of my favorite bands put out some new stuff. It’s a tough call to put 15-20 of my favorite songs of the year onto one disc, but I started the process tonight. I picked a few songs from each of my favorite albums and made a playlist in iTunes. Then I listen to the crap out of them and get rid of all but one song from each artist. I’ll post up the final list here in about a month. Stay tuned … no pun intended.

Today’s shot: I hate printers
Most of you know that I work in the tech industry as the service manager at Entre Computer Solutions. We work on everything from computers to servers. One thing I really loathe is printers, of all shapes and sizes. Including this one pictured here, it’s an Epson receipt printer and they are made of a million tiny parts. Boring, I know, but can you tell I was busy tonight getting ready for my art show next weekend? Yep.

Nov 5, 2011

Supplying up

Getting ready for next weekend
The event is creeping up on my and I had to get out and pick up some cool frames and some supplies to use for the art show next weekend. I really hope some of you have the chance to make it out to Byron and see me and my dad. I’ve seen some of his latest prints and they are awesome. Also, the video I posted a few weeks ago was corrupt. It cut off halfway through the video. Sorry about that. I’ve uploaded it to YouTube and you can see it here. Also, let me know if you like it and would like me to post more.

Today’s shot: Rising up from the arches
I’ll have to give credit to my buddy Ed for this shot. He spotted the area soon after we left the church we were just shooting in. I like the contrast of old architecture vs. the new. Also, the clouds curving around the top of the Hancock Building.

Nov 4, 2011

Anyone want to help plan another photowalk?

I’m thinking we might have time for one in this year if the weather holds
Our planned photo walk in Milwaukee was a bust. We had about 6-7 people going, but one-by-one everyone had something come up. No biggie. I’d like to know if there’s any interest in planning one for November or December? Maybe Chicago again? I’m not sure. Leave me a note if you’re interested or if you have an idea. I’d also like to plan one for the spring for St. Louis. A morning visit to the arch would be pretty cool.

Today’s shot: Inside the Gesu
Yesterday I posted a shot of the outside of the Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee. Here’s view of the inside. The entire wedding party was walking through my shot as I was making the exposures. The exposure was over 30 seconds, so you don’t see any of the groomsmen walking through the frame.

Nov 3, 2011

Got any extra change lying around?

I hope it’s a lot of change
Canon held a press conference today to announce their new digital camera, the C300, a close competitor to the Sony and Red digital video cameras. It will cost $16K, yep $16,000 clams. Which I know is a lot, but is pretty amazing considering it is probably better than movie quality you get in the theaters and those movies are being shot on $100,000+ camers. The C300 shoots in 4K, which no regular guy can afford to produce anyway as a 4K projector costs more than twice the camera. But it’s still cool. Maybe the iPhone 10 will shoot 4K in 2020. To see a sample video shot in 4K, click here.

Today’s shot: Exterior illumination
Here’s a shot of the Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee on the Marquette campus. My friend Tarah hooked me up with this spot after I told her I love taking pics of church exteriors and interiors. This was a funny visit. There was a wedding going on and I walked into the church behind a group of groomsmen, you can see them in the lower right corner of the pic. I think they thought I was the photographer or something because the were showing me where to go. I just set up shop in the center of the isle and started taking some interior photos. I went up to the top level to get some shots from the balcony, but it was locked. I should have just said “hey, groom, I need up here, make it happen.”

Nov 2, 2011

What I use Wednesday: Adobe Lightroom 3

The new industry standard
Listen to any podcast, read any pros blog and they all recommend Adobe’s Lightroom. What is it? Lightroom is my main post processing program. It’s a brilliant photo management program developed by Adobe which uses a databaselike system to help view and edit my digital collection. Plus, it handles my RAW files beautifully.

My workflow begins in Lightroom. I import all my photos into the program. Flag each photo with  a score so I know which ones I need to do final edits on, then I edit all the photos I’ve picked. Lightroom’s “develop” tab allows me to change my exposure, contrast, color and even lens corrections.

I won’t go into much more here, as it’s a very intensive program, but if you’d like to find out more about Lightroom, let me know. I’m working on the possibility of offering a workshop where I’d cover the basics and move into some of the more advanced features of the program.

Today’s shot: Milwaukee sunrise
Here’s a shot of the sun rising behind the Milwaukee Art Museum I made a few weeks ago. I edited this photo in Lightroom and made the digital frame in photoshop. The RAW file holds so much detail and information that I was able to pull the deepest yellows and oranges out of the photo.

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