Photo of the Day

Earlier in the week I went out to the windmills where I have taken so many pictures. I have not been visiting the site much lately, but I think that part of that is the fact that I thought I had taken every picture I could out there. I decided to go out again, but with something different in mind. I wanted to include the windmills in my pictures, but as background pieces. Here I found an interesting old fence post that I thought might look good with what I had in mind. A little adjustment moved the windmills into place for me, and I was ready to go.

Technical Data

Here I had a clear plan from the start. Earlier this week I saw Man of Steel in the theater. There was something about the de-saturated look that the film was shot in that really spoke to me. I wanted to try and re-create that here. I used Matt Kloskowski’s light sports desaturated preset ¬†for Lightroom as a start here. A few tweaks then brought me the picture that I had in mind when I started. I really would like to try a few more barn scenes with this desaturated plan in mind. The visuals from the movie were really very striking, and I think that something similar would make for a few nice pictures.

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Photo of the Day

Earlier in the week I went out to the windmills where I have taken so many pictures. I have not been visiting the site much lately, but I think that part of that is the fact that I thought I had taken every picture I could out there. I decided to go out again, but with something different in mind. I wanted to include the windmills in my pictures, but as background pieces. Here I found an old no tresspassing sign on the side of the road. I stayed on the road, but still managed to make this picture. I had the 24-70mm lens out for the first time on site, but I really liked what it did for me.

Technical Data

Here I knew that this shot would not need much. I used one of Trey Ratcliff’s new presets called HDR in Lightroom – Balancing the Daylight to get me where I needed to be. After a couple of small adjustments I was ready to post it here.

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Last night we went to see Jimmy Buffett in Indianapolis. It was my first time to see the famous singer in person. When we found our seats in the lawn I knew that the sunset would be amazing. The only problem was that they did not allow cameras in. A pat down at the entrance even prevented my point and shoot from going in. I was just left with my iPhone. At the end of the day there are worse problems to have than shooting with an iPhone. During the show I took a few pictures with the phone, but it was this panorama that I really liked. I don’t use this function on my phone as much as I should, but here it worked really well for me so that I could get everything in the frame. It really was a magical sunset that then turned into a lightning show off to our right as what a small cell formed after it passed us. What a great backdrop to a great concert.

 

Photo of the Day

Two years ago today my life really changed for the better. I was in Chicago for a photo seminar. I had never attended one of these before, but I really was inspired by it. After a couple of years of just hoping something good came out of my camera I now had the power to make the exposure that I wanted. My eyes were really opened, and my journey really began on that day. On the same day I was offered a short term position in West Lafayette that ended up being much longer. It was a great opportunity that helped everything else that has happened since then.

I have since soured on the idea of these workshops. The one I attended was really affordable, but some really do charge way too much for what is taught. Some photographers make their living by telling others that they can make money as a photographer. It happens all over in various fields, but it is very apparent here. That being said this was the jolt that I needed to start to pursue this career.

Technical Data

Because this was from a jpeg I didn’t want to stress it out too much by working it too hard in Lightroom. I used a Trey Ratcliff preset called Dramatically Shaven Chippy. It is one of the new sets of Lightroom presets that he has released. It really took a boring sky and made it interesting to me. I don’t like to do things like this for every photo, but for some of them it works.

Photo of the Day

Yesterday I bought a new camera. I have been meaning to find a point and shoot that I can take places that I cannot take my dSLR. After doing some research I found the Nikon Coolpix S9500. It really seemed to be the best of the low end cameras which is what I needed. Of course after buying the camera I had to test it out. I went just down the road to this abandoned diner to try a shot. This was the first shot that I took with the new camera. The old Flo’s Diner seemed like a good test subject with the storm clouds moving overhead. This is my first Nikon product. I do kind of feel like I am cheating on my Canon gear, but I guess I will just not have the two meet. I am going to a concert tonight in Indy so I will get to try out the new camera right away.

Technical Data

Since this was just a jpeg that was being edited I wanted to make a quick edit. I used another of Trey Ratcliff’s presets called HDR in Lightroom – On Recreational Drugs. That brought me right where I needed to be. I got a little greedy and tried to get rid of the electric wires and pole with the new clone tool in Lightroom 5. It does a decent job, but I could see where everything was. I decided that it could stay.

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Throwback Photo

Today I thought that I would look back at one of my first racing images. In 2000 I had the Sony Mavica in Indy having some fun watching the Busch Series day at what was then called IRP. This was one of my favorite images from that day. I never really knew why I liked it so much, but I think the layering really makes this image. It also allows you to cycle through the photo with your eyes. I had a well composed picture well before i even knew what that was.

Cool News

I am posting this picture today because I have a great opportunity this weekend. I have a photo pass for the ARCA race at Winchester Speedway for both the Saturday and Sunday events. I have some ideas for some images, but I also am very excited to see what flows when I am on the scene. In the past all of my images have had to be through a heavy duty catch fence. This weekend I will be on the other side of that fence. This is a great opportunity that I hope to use to make some great pictures.

Technical Data

Since this is a 13 year old jpeg I really didn’t want to stress it too much with processing. I used a Trey Ratcliff preset for Lightroom called Sunday Alone Time for this image. It really gives an older feel to the picture that I think worked very well here. I tweaked the preset a little, but for the most part this was an easy edit.

I loved the pictures that the Mavica took back then. To me the camera was ahead of its time. It was a few years of supposedly better cameras before I found something that was better. That of course was my first Rebel. This weekend I will have much better equipment, and I think the results will show that. I always like to go back to the begining though, and this was a picture that I have always enjoyed.

Photo of the Day

A couple of weeks ago I took my father in law to the airport. It was an early morning trip, but I thought that I could get a sunrise picture out of the deal. The sun came up very quickly though, and it was all I could do to get off one of the airport roads to capture it. There was a crescent moon as well, but zooming out to include that made everything too small. Yet again I was in such a hurry that I did not bother with the tripod. Since my trip to Colorado mine has been broken, and it takes too long to use. I might have to fix that problem before I head to Ocean City, Maryland in July. There will be many instances where my tripod will be very useful there. This is more of a snapshot, but I really liked something about it.

Technical Data

As I usually do I made this picture with an HDR image in mind. The only problem was that I was too shaky on the overexposed portion of the image. I really would have liked a much longer shutter speed to make the passing cars just streaks of light. When shooting handheld though you done always have a lot of options. Since this was more of a snapshot I did not take too much time editing it. I used a Trey Ratcliff preset called Amazing Raisins in Lightroom. It really got me close to where I needed to be. From there it was just a couple of minor tweaks before sending it to SmugMug.

Photo of the Day

At the end of May I was lucky enough to see a ballgame at AT&T Field in San Francisco. I had great seats behind the Giants on deck circle, but I knew that I wanted to go up top to get a couple of pictures. I was going to do it during the sunset, but the lack of clouds killed that idea. Yesterday I was cursing the clouds for ruining the supermoon picture, and of course here there were none. A photographer is never happy. The lack of clouds did allow me to make this picture though. I decided to go upstairs when the sky was a bit blue without knowing what I would see. When I walked out behind home plate I saw the full moon rising, and I was thrilled. I tried a couple of lenses, but I liked this shot with the fisheye the best. Even though it makes the moon smaller I like how you get the whole view in at once. I even cropped in a bit to get to just the essentials. I have a shot taken later on from downstairs that has the moon in it shot with my 70-200mm lens. I am sure that will make the blog in the future.

I think that I named the post the way that I did because of everything involved. You have Tim Lincecum pitching to Troy Tulowitzki. You have the bay as a backdrop for this magnificent stadium with a full moon rising. This has to be what heaven is like.

Technical Data

This was a photo that I tweaked in Lightroom for a while. It was meant to be part of a three shot HDR fusion, but I thought that I could get a more realistic result by just tweaking one of the RAW files. In the end I liked the result, but it took a while to get there. The dynamic range of the scene really made it interesting. This was one of the pictures that I wanted when I went to San Francisco. I thought that a sunset would have made the picture, but as it turns out the full moon coming up during the blue hour was just what I wanted.

Blackhawks Win the Stanley Cup!

The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup last night with a furious barrage of goals at the end of the game. If all goes well I will end up in Chicago to make some pictures of the victory parade. The important thing is that the cup is back where it belongs.

Photo of the Day

Last night after a long day I set out to photograph the super moon. I had an idea for a photo, and set off to make that idea. I was going to try and have the super moon and the clock tower of Purdue in the same photo. I got to my location to shoot only to find out that the iPhone program that tells me the moons location was not working. I downloaded a new one, but it was not working too great. I thought that the cloud cover would prevent the photo anyway so I just left to go home. On my way I stopped near Ross Ade Stadium at Purdue thinking I might have a view from up there. The moon was just coming out of the clouds. I didn’t have time for a tripod so I just started firing away handheld. I only had a few seconds before the moon went back into another cloud, but I managed to get something that I liked. I really need to start finding the right body of water a few days ahead of time so that I can make a picture no matter what. Having to jump between buildings is not all that much fun.

Technical Data

This was supposed to be the darker exposure in a three shot HDR. The other two were blurry, so I had to make this one work. I lightened it up a bit in Lightroom so that it looked like it did last night. After adding some highlights back to the picture I was done. Not much to talk about here. I did use my 70-200mm lens with the 1.4x extender on it to get a bit closer though.