Photo of the Day

Last night I shot the Big Ten matchup between Purdue and Penn State. The winner of this game would be in a pretty good position about halfway through the Big Ten season. This was a very emotional game as the teams knew what was at stake. In the end Purdue lost 75-72, but they did have some big moments. One of them was right here where Purdue guard KK Houser had a chance at an and one. I try and capture emotion the entire game, but I love it when it happens right in front of me. I have a few events to cover in the next couple of days so I think that this blog may turn into a sports blog until at least Tuesday.

Technical Data

This photo required very little editing. I just had to take the flat RAW file, and make it look good again with a couple of slider tweaks in Lightroom.

Bonus Photos

Here are a few other photos that I liked from the game last night.








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Photo of the Day

Sometimes when I get new equipment or I am renting something the first subject that it gets tested on is my dog Bingo. That was the case with the 17-40mm lens that I just finished renting from LensRentals.com. I did not get to use the lens the first day that I had it, but I did get to try it out on day two of my rental. Right out of the box Bingo was tabbed as my first subject. He was not the intended use for the lens, but he gives me a pretty good gauge of what I am working with.

Technical Data

This photo did not require much work in post. Most of what I did in Lightroom was normal to fix the flat RAW file that comes out of the camera. I did perform a minor crop to get rid of the extra room in the photo.

Photo of the Day

While at State Farm Arena Monday night I went up a ways to try a wide view of the stadium. I really did not need to go all the way up. In fact this was shot from the top concourse. The former Assembly Hall is a big arena that really didn’t get much use on that cold night. I liked the idea of trying out this 17-40mm lens that I am renting for a stadium view. I also made some pictures with the fisheye that look alright.

Technical Data

This is where my landscape work comes into play. I took three photos bracketed two stops apart in order to get all of the light that I could see in the arena. I ran the three photos through Photomatix to create a 32 bit HDR file. I then sent that file back into Lightroom to adjust it. I love the sliders in Lightroom, and anytime that I can use them I will. Here it was a matter of tweaking the sliders to get the look that I wanted.

Canon 17-40mm f/4 Review

This photo was made with the 17-40mmf/4 lens that I have been renting. I wanted to see how it would react in different situations. I had a couple of tests that I didn’t get to use it for, but for what I do it really performed well. This lens is the cheaper of the two L series lenses in this category. There is a 16-35 f/2.8 that is considered the better lens. From what I can tell though the extra money to get it might not be worth it for me. I don’t shoot weddings so the extra stop really wouldn’t come into play. When I put this lens on my 60D it acts as if I had my 24-70mm on my 5D Mark III. The lens on my 5D gives me a lens much like the Tamron 10-20mm lens that I have made many pictures with. I think that I will wait until Canon shows their hand on what wide angle lens they will release this year. This 17-40mm lens is getting fairly old. Rumors are swirling about a 11-24mm lens to rival the 14-24mm lens that Nikon users have had for years. If that is true I think that it would be worth a shot to at least try out. More on that to come later.

Photo of the Day

Last night I rode along with the BoilermakerNetwork to Champaign, Illinois to see the Purdue Women’s Basketball team take on Illinois. This was my first time on the sidelines on the road. I had actually been to this arena to see the women’s team before, but things are a little different on the baseline. Purdue won the game, and I had a blast having the free reign that being the only photographer in the arena carries with it. From what I could tell Illinois did not even have a photographer covering the game.

Bonus Pictures

As has become custom here are a few other shots from last night that I liked. I finally was able to shoot from the far baseline to see what that angle would do for me. I got quite a few nice pictures there. Mackey Arena does not have this position available. It was nice to try it out, and the photo of the day came from that location. 





Photo of the Day

Just outside of LaPorte, Indiana is this round barn. It has become famous because there are not many like it, but it also is a landmark of our town. It stands guard just outside of the town limits. I love this barn, and I always like to make a photo or two of it whenever I get back. Something about the snow makes me enjoy making photos of it even more.

Technical Data

For this photo I used a tonal contrast preset by Matt Kloskowski. It gave me a little different look than I usually get from his presets. It still has some punch to it which I liked. After applying the preset I adjusted the vibrance a bit to add some color to the photo. I also tweaked a few sliders to get the photo just right.

Photo of the Day

Last night I was at the Purdue basketball game against #8 Wisconsin. A big opponent for a Big Ten game brings out all of the photographers, and it was a packed house. The real highlight for me on the day though was seeing the big setup that Andrew Hancock and Paul Sadler had going on. They had many remote cameras around the arena to bring every angle imaginable home. You can see a large portion of the images here. The final image in the gallery is a wide angle shot from a basket support of this same moment. The game did not turn out the way that Purdue would have liked, but it was a great day to make some photographs.

Technical Data

This photo just needed a crop, and a couple of small adjustments in Lightroom. My jpeg looked good, but the RAW file needed a couple of tweaks to give it some dimension.

Photo of the Day

While in LaPorte last week for a few days I had some time to explore my hometown. One lake overlooks the town in a way, and I have always wanted to try this angle of the town. These three trees have always stuck out to me. They used to separate the lake and the goldfish pond, but now they sit in the lake itself. Everything changes I guess. On this snowy day I wanted to make a picture that showed how cold I was taking it. I think that the black and white treatment helps that along.

Technical Data

For this photo I knew that I wanted a stripped down black and white photo. I exposed in camera with this in mind. I wanted the whites to show just enough so that you could see depth in the photo. I used the HDR in black and white preset by Matt Kloskowski, and then I cranked up the blacks, clarity, and contrast a bit. I think that it made for something that could be a picture or a chalk drawing.

Photo of the Day

Last night I shot my first basketball game of 2014. A series of events made it impossible to shoot a game before today. Needless to say I was raring to go when the game started. I normally do not fill up a memory card during a basketball game, but last night I filled it up pretty early. I was overshooting for sure, but it was good to get back out and shoot. I have a couple of more basketball games this weekend so I should feel back to normal when that is all said and done. Part of overshooting the game was making some images that I don’t normally make. I was having some fun with dead space during moments when I already had my shot. The image above came from one of those moments. I already had my shot of KK Houser at the free throw line so I decided to add some dead space on the right hand side of the photo. In the end I love how everything lined up here. The Nike and Purdue logos are very visible, and KK has a great expression on her face.

Technical Data

This was an easy edit. I converted the photo to black and white in Lightroom. From there I adjusted the highlights and the contrast a bit to get the look that I wanted. It is a simple edit, but one that I think added to the photo.

Bonus Photos

Here are some bonus shots from the game last night.









Photo of the Day

Here is another shot from LaPorte. For some reason I do not have a bird feeder set up at my house. The possibilities are endless, and with a remote set up they really could be interesting. I did not shoot this feeder at my parents house very long, but I did manage to get some decent shots from it. This is one that I thought was interesting.

Technical Data

For this shot I just cropped in a bit. I did not have my tele on me up there so I didn’t have the reach that I wanted. There was also a slight highlight and shadow adjustment here. In all a very easy photo to edit.