Visiting the VOSS Model on the Campus of Purdue University

I don’t know how this happened, but for some reason Purdue unveiled a new amazing model on campus and I missed it. It was not until seeing year end posts by Charles Jischke and Trevor Mahlmann that I saw this beautiful subject on campus. I immediately made plans to visit the model to check it out. After seeing it in person I knew that I had a picture here. I just wanted to wait for some snow to allow the ground to reflect the colors of the sculpture. I saw two fantastic photos by the photographers above, and I wanted to try something different from what they had already done. I thought the snow would add a little to the foreground for me. After a women’s basketball game I made the trip to the Voss Model to see if my plan would work. I had my basketball gear with me to shoot with, but the Canon 5D Mark III with the Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens on it worked quite nicely for this picture. I think that the color version of this photo was what I was thinking of when I made the picture, but I decided to try the photo out in black and white. I was very pleased with the conversion, and after a couple of tweaks I knew that I had a photo. This was probably the first of a couple of shots of this model that will appear on the blog. We will end up visiting it often I am sure.

Making the Most Out of a Bad Situation

When I walked up to the model I noticed that after having snow on the ground for an entire day I had many footprints to deal with. Instead of worrying about it though I made the footprints work for me. I placed them in the photo so they would lead you straight to the model. At the end of the day I think that those three sets of footprints actually help make this photo. I really could not imagine this photo any other way now. Thank you to those responsible for placing the footprints in the photo.

#SpotTheStation with Trevor

My friend Trevor Mahlmann has a great idea that I thought that I would share with you. He really has the market cornered when it comes to photographing the Space Station. He might not be the only one doing it, but he has rapidly become the most well known for doing it. You may have seen his work across the internet on sites like FroKnowsPhoto, Gizmodo, or PetaPixel. He has his own blog post up here explaining how you too can spot the space station as he does. You can then tag him with the hashtag #SpotTheStation as well as his Twitter handle which is @TrevorMahlmann. Having gone out with Trevor to see the space station I can say that it was a lot of fun. Give it a try, and see what you think.

Favorite Sports Photos of the Week

One thing that I would like to do each Monday is to post an Exposure page with some of my favorite sports photos of the week. I don’t always make an Exposure page for an event so this would be a way for me to get some of my favorite work each week out there. You can find the post for this week here on my Exposure page.

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About Pinola Photo

I am a sports and lifestyle photographer based in West Lafayette, IN home of Purdue University. I cover sports for Big Ten teams as well as other colleges. You can follow me on twitter @pinolaphoto. You can also view my website at www.davewegielphoto.net

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