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Photo of the Day

Today I made a decision that for better or worse will alter the course of my life. I thought that this was a good picture that would symbolize the change. I took this a couple of weeks ago while watching the sunrise over the fog just East of Lafayette. I liked it a little less than the picture that I posted that day because there really wasn’t much in the foreground. I thought the golden rocks might work, but they didn’t pop like I thought that they might. In any case this shows the start of a new day, and for that reason it will get posted tonight. I also like the symmetry of having sunrise and sunset pictures on the blog during the same day.

Technical Data

Not too much to report here as far as specifics. This was pretty much a play with the sliders type picture. No presets were used for once. I just kept trying to match the beauty of the morning with the sliders until I was able to get it right. Sometimes it feels good to start from scratch, and not used a preset.

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iPhone Photo

Today is another day in which I just ignore the fact that this is supposed to be an iPhone photo, and instead show a picture that was taken with my Blackberry Storm. When I was going through some other shots to post in the future I came across this one, and right away I knew that I had to post it. One of my favorite places in the world is the area surrounding Steamboat Springs, Colorado. This is beautiful country that I have never quite captured correctly with my camera. I need to head back someday with the new knowledge that I have to see if I can get the shots that I know are there. This is the kind of beautiful that you just don’t see in Indiana.

This picture means even more to me because my brother was actually married near where that fisherman is casting. This was shot on his in-laws beautiful property, and the day before this was taken he was married right there. That was a great trip, and it may explain a bit more why I love that country so much. As I said this was shot very near there house. Could you imagine having this view at sunset every night? I would need a lot more storage for all my pictures that is for sure.

Technical Data

This really was a shot that could have been better shot with a dSLR and in RAW, but it was not. There really was not much that I could do to it in Lightroom that wouldn’t ruin it. I wish that I could have the sunset a little less blown out, but I can’t. I did increase the highlights a bit as well as underexpose the image a little. I always liked how it was shot though so I did not do much to it.

Photo of the Day

While in Chicago for my photowalk in 2011 I had some time by myself in between sessions to get some shots. I had just had a very inspirational workshop that had me raring to go to get some shots. How could I be expected to wait for two hours to get some shooting in. I started walking around near where the workshop was at Navy Pier getting some shots. As I was taking this shot someone was yelling at me to stop. Of course I got the shot, and then turned to see who it was. It was a member of security that told me that I was not supposed to be back where I was. It was a beautiful location that gave an inspiring view of Lake Michigan. Of course you couldn’t be there. I guess that the doors should have been locked but weren’t. I explained my ignorance, and I was allowed to go on my way. I did get some good shots in my limited time there though. I have always felt as if the Hancock is the forgotten landmark in Chicago. That is why I like the idea of this shot.

Technical Data

This section is easy today. I applied another of Matt Kloskowski’s Lightroom presets to it, and then exported it. On a day when editing was the last thing that I wanted to do it made things much easier.

Photo of the Day

A few years ago we went to Vegas for a work convention. I really was less concerned about the convention, and more concerned with the surrounding area. Vegas was a great place to take pictures even if it was with my point and shoot. The Hoover Dam was amazing, and I still love many of my pictures from there even if they are not technically great. They were pretty good for me at the time. This shot of ‘the high scaler’ has always stood out to me. I guess why I like it so much is that I will never be able to duplicate it. The new suspension bridge over the river would be in the background. I liked the simplicity of the shot, and I am glad that I took the time to take it. I also think that by accident I stumbled onto a photography rule when I had the rock start on the right side of the picture. This was a step in the right direction for my photography.

Technical Data

As with all of these point and shoot shots I really can’t do much to them. I did try to apply one of my presets to it, and I think it kind of worked. I also then upped the contrast and shadow detail to get it to where I liked it. Not much to say here today.

Photo of the Day

This past week I was introduced to a new friend. His name is Nobow. He is the Elf on the Shelf that comes to our house every year just after Thanksgiving. Every morning we wake up and look to see where he is, and we have been very surprised to see what he was doing. This morning he was seen driving a Barbie car around. It will be interesting in the days leading up to Christmas to see what Nobow decides to do every day.

Technical Data

I really wasn’t feeling up to par so I did not do much to this photo. I just ran it through one of my custom presets in Lightroom, and called it a day. This biggest piece of technical data here is that I shot it with a high aperture to get the bokeh effect in the background.

Photo of the Day

Here is another shot from the photowalk on Navy Pier from June of 2011. Actually this was just after the walk as I took some new found information on the trail to see what would work. I saw this rainbow formed across the Chicago River, and I wanted a shot of it. As I was walking to a spot that had a good background I saw this boat approaching. I realized that I had one shot to get the picture that I wanted. I loved the way that this family walked up to the front of the boat to see the rainbow. On my end it looked great. I had my settings dialed in before they actually got there so that when they did I could just get the shot. This was the perfect end to a perfect day.

Technical Data

This was processed using a Nicole S Young preset called Moab. I bought all three of her preset packs yesterday when they were on sale for Cyber Monday. I was expecting some great deals, but for some reason I really did not see much that excited me. This was something that I nearly bought when they came out, but from seeing them on my phone through Google+ to actually buying them I forgot to get them. With a second chance I bought all three packs. I liked the potential for saving time that they gave me. I knew that like the others once I knew what they did I could just pick the right one fairly quickly. Other than the preset not much else was done to this shot.

Photo of the Day

Today I thought that I would pick this photo that I took in California. After a long day we made time to see a derby bout in Roseville. I have seen a bit of derby around here, but it was intriguing to see how it was handled out west. Everything really seemed very similar  I don’t know what I was expecting. Here is a picture of the star of the night Colt 45 as she cruised back to the bench after calling a bout off. For some reason I liked the composition here, and figured it would make it onto the site sooner or later.

Technical Data

This was an easy edit. I just applied the ‘Strong 300 Look’ preset by Matt Kloskowski. It basically drains all most of the color from the image except for the red. I have made variations of this preset for different colors, and I really like it. A small crop to place my subject where I wanted her, and I was done.

Photo of the Day

Saturday I attended the Purdue Football game against arch rival Indiana. I had a good time, and the good guys won. Just before the opening kickoff I noticed senior Antwon Higgs with his helmet in the air. It was an emotional game for many reasons. It is a heated rivalry, senior day, a bowl on the line, and rumors of coach Danny Hope losing his job. I thought that this symbolized the solidarity that the team showed. I thought that I would post this picture this morning because I liked it, and to give a link to my other pictures from gameday. If you click here you can see them on my sports blog. I have kind of let that blog go by the wayside except to post my pictures on it. Most of the other writing has ceased.

Technical Data

Once again I used one of Matt Kloskowski’s sports presets for this shot. The way that I have been using these things you would think that I would put his name somewhere in the title of the blog. I do like them as a starting point for my sports shots though.

 

Photo of the Day

Yesterday I posted a sports photo. It is amazing to me how badly those go over on this blog. Most people that are subscribed apparently just like my landscape work. I was very happy with that shot though, and I wanted to show it off a bit. Today I will go another direction, and post yet another shot from our vacation this past July. I loved how the light was bouncing all around with the bumper cars. Capturing this handheld though was another matter. I like the way that it turned out, but of course I had to introduce noise to the image to get everything how I wanted it. I do like the scene though, and it is one that has stuck with me since we came home.

Technical Data

I had to really walk a fine line in Lightroom here to show the picture how I saw it, and to keep with reality. I also had to use Lightroom to get rid of some of the noise that I brought in with my high ISO. I really had fun with this one tweaking the sliders to get the shot just where I wanted it. At the end of the day I am happy with my result, and that is all that should matter.