Frozen in Time

Photo of the Day

Last night I photographed the Purdue baseball game against Butler. There comes a point in every baseball game when you feel as if you have it all covered. You have some fielding shots. You have good coverage of the pitcher. At this time I usually try and guess where the ball is going to end up. Every now and then though I try something a little different. With the batter in the shadows I wanted to try and stop the ball halfway to home. As fast as it moves it is not an easy chore, and getting the writing to show the way that it did here was just a stroke of luck. I think that as the season progresses I may have a chance to stop the ball in a spot of light coming through the stadium with both the pitcher and batter in shadows. I am shooting two games this weekend so I will see what I can do. My best bet will be Friday night as the Boilers take on Michigan.

Bonus Photos

My gallery from the game can be seen on PurdueSports.com here. I thought that I would include a couple of bonus shots here that I liked from the celebration as well. When you win in the 10th on a walk off you know that some good pictures will be somewhere on the field. These two shots were probably just two of many that I could have made.

#lafayettebrawlindolls

Photo of the Day

This past weekend was very full. I had planned to post a picture from the roller derby game earlier, but I wanted to finish putting all of my derby related things together. For some reason I have decided that for derby I would try a bunch of things at once which sounds great, but just adds to the workload after the bout. I have gotten it down to a science though. This photo was one that I stumbled upon, but was glad to make. The Brawlin’ Dolls set up a new photo booth at the game so that fans could make and share images from their night. I saw what was happening, and hurried up to get into position. Thankfully people are nice, and don’t mind me breathing down their neck to get the shot. The action shots from the bout are great, but I love these little moments much more.

Bonus Photos

Ok so here is where it gets fun. I have posted a little over 250 photos on my Facebook page here. They are not the nice high res images that I like to show everyone, but they are what Facebook allows me to publish. For this game I also put together another Exposure page. I love recapping the bout in long form this way. It lets me use my photos in a way that has a little punch to it. The same photos on this site would not look as nice. You can view the site here. I have branched out to trying a little basketball and baseball, but I think it has more potential for those two sports than I have used. I have an idea for a long form baseball post on there, but I need to set a couple of things up first. I would like to find a team that would give me the access to shoot some things that you normally do not see during a game.

Time-lapse Video

Once again I have made a time-lapse video from the bout. I wanted to show the set up and takedown of the venue, but for some reason it just seemed long. I might just go back to just showing the four hour block that I am at the venue on the day of the bout. The video is below, let me know what you think.

Pumped Up

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Yesterday I shot the Purdue Men’s Tennis team as they tried to take down #1 Ohio State. They fell just short losing 4-3, but they did make things interesting. Here Diego Acosto celebrates his singles win that kept the hope alive for Purdue. It was a very hard fought match, but in the end Diego was able to celebrate.

Bonus Photos

I have a gallery from the day up at PurdueSports.com right now. You can see it here. In the meantime here are a couple of other photos that I liked from the day.



Time to Stretch

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Yesterday afternoon I covered the Purdue Alumni Soccer game at the Purdue Soccer Complex. This is a fun event to cover because it is unlike any other soccer that I have covered. The game is still played the same way (with a few extra attackers for the alumni added in), but the aspects around the game are much different. The photo above is a perfect example. As a mother comes off the field her son stretches her out. Moments like these are great, and they make for fantastic images.

Bonus Photos

I have a gallery up from the game on my Facebook page here. I also thought that I would post a couple more photos that I liked below. I also shot derby last night, but I have yet to really go through those images. Tomorrow I will have a derby post up.


Face to Face

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While in Chicago I found this great little park that had some great sculptures in it. I tried to find a view that showed the great dynamic of the park as well as the city. Sometimes it is the shots like this one that I never expected to find that make for the most memorable photos of the trip.

Technical Data

For this photo I used a Lightroom preset called Satsop. It really gives a feel that I think fits the photo well. It gives the photo a kind of post nuclear feel that I like. I very rarely use this one, but sometimes it is just what the photo needs.

It’s A Jelly

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It took a couple of years, but I finally worked a Strange Brew quote into a blog title. When I was in Chicago a couple of weeks ago I made sure that I spent part of the first day at the Art Institute. The inspiration that you can get there is priceless. The second morning was a little rainy so after making some pictures using the rain to my advantage I made my way to the Shedd Aquarium to make some pictures there. If you had told me that the highlight of my photographic day would be photographing jellyfish I would have thought you were crazy. That is before I saw them in person. They really are great fun to photograph because they are so beautiful. I am sure that a few more jellys will show up on this site before the end of the year.

Technical Data

For this photo I just performed a small crop to it. The lighting and the background were so well done on site that I really did not have to do anything but capture it.

Exposure Update

Last night I updated my Exposure page. I created a new page showing some of my images from the three game home series that Purdue Baseball had against Penn State. You can find a link to that new page here.

Live It Up

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Here is another photo from my excursion into the Purdue power plant earlier in the week. I really had a great time walking around a building that once was responsible for powering the university. Now it is abandoned, and destined for the wrecking ball. I only had a short time to go through the building, but I wanted to make sure that I did not miss anything. I loved this scene here. The various textures and light made it interesting for me. The thing that clinched it for me was the ‘LIVE’ written on the pipe. At one point this was labeled to protect everyone so that they knew that it was live. Of course you could take the writing with the up arrow and interpret that a different way.

Technical Data

For this photo I made three exposures on the scene at -2, 0, and +2. I then processed them in Photomatix 5 to fuse them together. I then took the 32 bit file back into Lightroom to use the sliders there. I used the HDR Look preset by Matt Kloskowski there to begin with. I then tweaked the sliders to get the look that I wanted.

Another Thank You

A couple of nights ago I received a notification that over 1,000 people have clicked the little follow button at the top of this page. It really means a lot to me that so many people have followed my work. I know it must be interesting given the various styles and topics that I cover on here, but it is a blog about what I am photographing.

More of My Favorite Things

Photo of the Day

Once again some of my favorite elements came together last night. As the baseball game that I was covering was winding down in the 10th inning I moved over to capture the sunset that was happening behind the stadium. If I could have made my way onto the field I would have been treated with the sun itself popping out of the clouds. As it was I just set about to capture it with the stadium in the foreground. An extra inning game combined with cold temperatures made for a thinning crowd by the time I made this photo. Hopefully a warm night later in the year can make this photo even more interesting with some fans to fill the seats.

Technical Data

This photo was done with a little planning. I waited until everyone seemed still on the field. That moment just before the pitch was the perfect time to make the image that I wanted to make. Because of the wide range of light in the photo I decided to use HDR to make the image. I bracketed three shots at -2, 0, and +2 using the high speed continuous mode on my camera. That way I could make the images as fast as possible to limit movement. Back home I took the series of images from Lightroom and sent them into Photomatix Pro 5. I let the program fuse the images together, but then sent the 32 bit image back into Lightroom to process it. Inside of Lightroom I used the HDR Look preset to begin with. I then toned the preset down a bit to get the look that I wanted. From there the image was ready to send to SmugMug so that I could publish it here.

Bonus Photos

My photo gallery from the game can be found here on PurdueSports.com.

Documenting the Power

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Yesterday was a little bit of a change up for me. After a weekend of high shutter speeds and big glass I slowed it down a bit. I shot some interiors of the old Purdue power plant. The building is getting ready to be torn down so they wanted some photos of it to document it. Some of the photos I made were for the project, but some were made for fun for me. I really have not had much time to mess around with HDR lately. These interiors of the building were perfect for long exposures and HDR work. I could have really went over board here with the HDR, but I did not. I had a blast shooting the building, and I am sure that I will post a couple of more photos from the day when I have more time. Tonight it will be back to shooting sports at high speed, but it was nice to slow it down a bit for a day.

Technical Data

For this photo I knew that I had a very wide range of light. This photo was part of a three shot bracketed exposure. I shot it at -2, 0, and +2. With the tight quarters I did not want to have too much extra equipment so I did not bring my cable release. I just used the self timer function on my camera. When I came home I started by importing all of my images from the shoot into Lightroom 5. From there I sent the three bracketed images into Photomatix Pro 5. The new version of this program really has some nice features, but once it was done merging my images I sent the 32 bit file back into Lightroom to work with it there. With a large file with plenty of data I used the HDR Look preset by Matt Kloskowski to get the look that I wanted. This is not over the top, but it is a great way to deal with a wide range of light.

Bend But Don’t Break

Photo of the Day

The last event of my weekend to cover was the final game of the Big Ten series between Purdue and Penn State. It has been great getting back to the diamond again, and this was a beautiful day to play baseball. One bonus when I went into the stadium was to see the Purdue baseball cards that they were handing out. I am pretty sure that I had a photo on a couple of those cards. As a former collector as a kid it was great to see my photo on one. The team also had some very sweet camouflage uniforms on. Over the course of a season it will be harder and harder to make a new picture each game. New uniforms make that easier. The photo that I chose to headline this post was one that was different for sure. This is the first time this season that I have seen a bat bow like this. I will have to keep an eye on my photos to see just how common this is. It was a little variation late in the game that made me glad that I kept on shooting.

Bonus Photos

My gallery is up on PurdueSports.com here, but I also thought that I would include a few photos that did not make it into the gallery.