Photo of the Day

Tonight I went around looking for a specific set of objects to photograph. I was sure that somewhere near me had to be the two neighbors with different political views. I really wanted the view from both angles of the different signs with the emphasis different on each one. I actually had been looking for this for a while, but I could not seem to find it. The same held true tonight so I had to settle on this shot of just one of the signs by itself. Four years ago no matter the candidate elected it was going to be a historical day. This year the election does not have the same feel to it, and the lack of signs that I found may show that others feel the same way. Either way the decision today will give us the face of the country for the next four years.

Near my house I found plenty of signs for the current President Barack Obama. Most of them lacked the same quality of background that I found with the Romney sign. I did find this one though that had a nice neighborhood street in the background with a little bit of color on it. My little project was a kind of success today as I was able to get a couple of shots that I would normally not have even tried. I liked the end result. This brought me back to my photo 365 project a bit with the fact that I needed to be a bit creative to find my shot. Maybe I will start giving myself little projects like this to keep me sharp. I had some fun here coming up with this one.

Technical Data

I really did not do much here. Just a minor tweaking of the highlights, clarity, vibrance, and contrast in Lightroom. I really wanted to keep it pretty close to as shot.

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Photo of the Day

Tonight I went around looking for a specific set of objects to photograph. I was sure that somewhere near me had to be the two neighbors with different political views. I really wanted the view from both angles of the different signs with the emphasis different on each one. I actually had been looking for this for a while, but I could not seem to find it. The same held true tonight so I had to settle on this shot of just one of the signs by itself. Four years ago no matter the candidate elected it was going to be a historical day. This year the election does not have the same feel to it, and the lack of signs that I found may show that others feel the same way. Either way the decision today will give us the face of the country for the next four years.

I liked this picture of the Romney sign because of the flag on the front porch and the way that the porch looked. This just had the feel of ‘America’ to me. I wish that I could have had the flag a bit more in the bokeh, but you can’t get everything that you want.

Technical Data

I really did not do much here. Just a minor tweaking of the highlights, clarity, vibrance, and contrast in Lightroom. I really wanted to keep it pretty close to as shot.

Photo of the Day

On the eve of the Presidential Elections I thought that I would post this picture of President Clinton that I took on Dyngus Day in 2008 as he was campaigning for his wife Hillary. This is the only time that I have seen a President up close in person. In 2010 I sat across from the first President Bush as we watched Baylor and Duke play in Houston. At one point Clinton was literally feet in front of me, and his secret service man as you can see was very interested in my camera. I still think that Clinton was the best politician that I have seen or read about. He could really get his way, and you would be happy to oblige. He survived scandal after scandal with higher approval ratings coming out of them. I don’t know where he will rank in history as a commander in chief, but he was great with the public for sure.

Technical Data

Once again with a jpeg there is not much that I can do to the image. In fact I think I did more harm than good, but for some reason I feel that I have to edit everything anymore. I did play around in Lightroom a bit to get the image to a place that I liked. The big change that I liked was the cropped from a landscape image to a portrait.

Throwback Photo

I took this picture in 2005 while visiting the Kansas City region. I thought that with the elections coming up next Tuesday that I should post a picture with a President or something related to a President in it. When I think of the perfect President Truman comes to mind. He really was a great man to have been thrown into the fire he was thrown into, and to come out on the other side unscathed. I was lucky to come out unscathed while taking this photo as well. Just before I took this picture the tornado sirens went off in the small town of Independence, Missouri. A terrible storm blew through that I watched from the courtyard of the museum. I really had no basement to go to so I took the best view of it that I could. After it blew over I went back in, and this was the first thing that I saw. I loved the way that the colors all came together here. I need to go back with my dSLR to get the shot that I really wanted.

Technical Data

Since this was taken with a point and shoot I really couldn’t do much to it. I did adjust the clarity, highlights, shadows, contrast, and the noise on the photo. With a jpeg though I really could not make any big change to the shot. With these throwback pictures I might be going more for framing than anything else.

 

Bonus Photo of the Day

Last night we were eating dinner at DT Kirby’s in Lafayette getting ready to watch a band just outside of the bar. We had great seats for the show, and I sensed a picture opportunity coming up when the Lafayette Theater turned on their sign. Just before the band started they called up Rupert Boneham to speak. Rupert was one of the fan favorites on the show Survivor which I never watched. Never watching the show though I still knew who he was. Rupert is now running for Governor of the State of Indiana. I don’t know if he will win or not, but it made for a good picture. The whole scene in front of us was part of Outfest ’12. They had a few blocks of Lafayette closed off last night for the event. It certainly made for an interesting stroll down Main Street last night.

Technical Data

This shot was once again edited in Lightroom 4. For a while all I did was use Photomatix to make HDR images. Now I have kind of evened things out a bit. I really tried to use the program to bring everything out here. If not for movement this was a perfect candidate for HDR. The contrast between the lights on the marquee and the people would have been perfect. Instead I tried to do the best that I could. In the end I like what I accomplished enough to post it as the bonus picture for yesterday.

Today was primary day in Indiana. On my way to work I noticed that the building next to the one I work in was a polling place. I was very early so I decided to get my shot of the day out of the way very early. I think that I will use the early hour that the picture was taken as an excuse for its composition. This morning I thought that I had something good going, but as I looked at it tonight I noticed many things that could have been done differently. I shot the West Lafayette JV game again tonight, but I thought that I would try and post images other than baseball for a while. Good or bad this shot was intended to be the shot of the day. I guess that I will have a few chances in between now and November to get this shot right. With what should be a hotly contested Presidential election ahead of us the signs should be out in force.