A Ten Year Anniversary

Ten years ago today I was at Wrigley Field for my brother’s 21st birthday. As we were leaving the game to get back home I stopped and paused on this spot. It was here in September of 2003 that Sammy hit a home run. It had to be the longest that I have seen in person. A spot of the road clued us in to where the ball landed. This is just a simple snap shot made with a point and shoot camera. It is one of my favorites though for a few reasons. One of them is that it is a memory of a great day. It is hard to believe that it was ten years ago. I had taken the week off of work, and drove back home from Iowa to be there. Another reason is the small scene that was captured. While ballhawking a father and two sons have a small baseball game outside of the Major League game. With what I know now I wish that I had found a way to capture that small scene a little better.

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The Jackson County Courthouse

One of my favorite Presidents is Harry Truman. In 2005 I followed some of his footsteps around Missouri. The main goal of the trip was to follow Truman, but I did pick a weekend that the White Sox were in town. While he was part of the town Truman put a statue of Andrew Jackson on one side of the courthouse. It is only fitting that the town would erect a statue of Harry on the other side of the courthouse. The courthouse is now just a relic of an older time. No offices are in here anymore. The courthouse has now become another piece of Harry Truman history that you can walk through.

Using the Kodak CX6330

This is one of my older photos. This Kodak camera is the one that I started using when I had to give the Sony Mavica back to my parents. I actually received this camera as a gift so that I would give the other camera back. The first thing that I noticed about this camera was the way that it rendered colors. The Mavica was a bit desaturated, but this Kodak was great. I used this camera for about a year before it broke on me in Illinois. I was driving through a bad storm with my air conditioning on. As I opened the window to make a picture of the storm something popped in the camera, and it never came back on. The humidity must have busted something in it. That paved the way for my next point and shoot which then showed me the way to a dSLR. I would love to visit Independence and Kansas City Missouri again with my current gear. Many shots I was just not able to make with the gear that I had in the low light. Now I know that I would be able to make them.

harry caray

Photo of the Day

Today I will be attending the Cubs game against the Dodgers. For once I think the talk is not of any of the Cubs players but rather Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers. He looks like he could be a great ballplayer if he can keep out of his own way. I thought that I would post this picture of another Cubs icon today. This is a picture of the Harry Caray sculpture outside of Wrigley Field. I took this in 2004 before it was moved near the bleachers. I have always thought that the heads coming out of the bottom were a bit creepy. I took this on my brother’s 21st birthday as we were walking over to the stadium from The Cubby Bear. It was a great day, and thanks to my point and shoot I have some great memories from that day.

Technical Data

This picture was taken in 2004 with a Kodak point and shoot. ¬†I didn’t want to tax the pixels too much so I didn’t do much to the photo in Lightroom. I cropped the photo from a boring horizontal shot to a portrait. I think that my eye was not trained very well at the time. I then applied the light sports preset from Matt Kloskowski to the image. It really works well for shots like this. I got rid of some of the vignetting, but then applied some back into the bottom corners with a brush to hide the people that were in the shot. An easy picture to edit, but I think the editing made it a bit more interesting.

Road To Omaha

Throwback Photo

This photo was taken in 2004 while I was living in Iowa. I had a rare weekend off, and I chose to spend it traveling. Going somewhere new might be stressful for some people, but it is how I relax. I have always followed the College World Series, and that year I was able to see it in person. I took the road to Omaha (Interstate 80) to historic Rosenblatt Stadium. I had seen the stadium many times on TV, but never in person. I was very excited to see the ballgame, but I had one quick stop before entering the stadium. I wanted to see this statue that I had seen on TV many times. I saw a great game, and also Kurt Suzuki and his Cal State Fullerton team win the title. That was the team I was rooting for going in, but a Texas fan gave me a Texas hat once I was in my seat so my feelings were a bit mixed. The College World Series is a great event that you have to see at least once.

Technical Data

This was taken with a point and shoot so I could not do much to the photo. I didn’t like my composition so I decided to change the orientation of the photo. I thought that too many people in the shot were distracting. I liked the new orientation very much, and it cleaned up the picture for me. The next step was to apply the light sports filter in Lightroom to add a bit to the picture. I think that it did, and I am happy with the final result.

friendly confines

Throwback Photo

Today since the weather has turned into something resembling baseball weather I thought that I would post this picture taken in 2004 from Wrigley Field. We had bleacher seats for my brother’s 21st birthday. Of course we sat near right field because when Sammy Sosa was playing that is where you had to sit. Of course we did not know that it would all change shortly after that. We had a good day in the bleachers, and Sammy even hit one out. You can’t beat that.

Technical Data

This is an old jpeg from a point and shoot so I could not do much to it. I took the picture because of the ominous clouds rolling in so I used Lightroom to bring those highlights out. A little clarity and shadow recovery along with an exposure adjustment finished the processing here. These old jpeg’s are quick edits because you can’t do much to them.

Rapid Robert

Throwback Photo

Part of my time in Iowa was spent at the Bob Feller Museum in Van Meter, Iowa. This is a small museum that is funded entirely on donations. The town is very proud of their former Major League start though. I had some great times there meeting some of my childhood heroes. This picture was taken of a mural on the side of the building. For some reason I never thought that my pictures of it looked right. I do like how this turned out though. The entire museum is a great tribute to Bob Feller though. If you are ever near Des Moines then you are close enough to the museum to give it a shot. It is worth your time.

Technical Data

I did not do too much to this photo in Lightroom, but I did use some of the sliders to bring it a little more to life. I also cropped it a bit so that you could just see the mural. I think that the rest of the building was a bit distracting. I would love to go back to the museum now with my dSLR to see what kind of pictures that I could make. After I thought about it a little I changed the course of this photo completely. I used a Matt Kloskowski preset for Lightroom to make this a black and white. His HDR black and white (light) preset really was a great fit for the photo, and was the thing that had been missing all of these years.

odonnell throwback

Throwback Photo

Since baseball has been on my mind all week I thought that I would share this photo today for Throwback Thursday. In 2005 I was living in Iowa as a manager in a factory. We made the pull top lids that you find on your Campbell’s Soup cans. If you look at your lid closely you will see a letter on the tab itself. If is has the letters A-F on it then it was made at the plant that I worked at. I know what you are saying, “That sounds like the most exciting job ever! How could you leave it?” I realized that moments like this were the highlights of my stay in Iowa.

This picture was taken at O’Donnell Stadium in Davenport, Iowa. I really liked how the Centennial Bridge is a feature of the ballpark. This summer I will get to see AT&T Park for the first time with McCovey Cove in right field. This picture is a preview of what I will see there. The only difference is that instead of a cove you have the Mississippi in the background. The beautiful stadium view is not without a price though. This stadium has been closed in the past because of flooding from the great river.

Technical Data

This picture was taken with my Kodak 6330 point and shoot. This was a great camera that I had received the Christmas before. It was impressive to me because of the great colors that I was getting out of it. What I didn’t know was the fact that in some shots the color was a bit much. I actually had to tone this down a bit because the colors were too hot. I applied the HDR Look preset from Matt Kloskowski to give this photo a little punch. That is the extent of the processing done to this photo.

Damaso Marte pitches to Mike Sweeney at Kaufman Stadium in Kansas City Missouri

Throwback Photo

Today I thought that since the Major League Baseball season will be starting next week that I would post a picture for this feature from a great MLB game that I was able to see. In 2005 I was displaced in Iowa. I was not happy with the area that I was in for sure. I was able though to drive down to Kansas City one weekend to watch my White Sox play the Royals. It was a great game, and thanks to the apathy of the Royals fans this was my seat near the end. Pictured above is Damaso Marte pitching to Mike Sweeney. This season was the start of great things for the White Sox as they went on to have a great season, and win the World Series. By the time that they hoisted the trophy in October I was back home in Indiana. Even though this was taken with a point and shoot it has always been one of my favorite photos.

Technical Data

This was taken with a point and shoot as I said earlier. That means that you have to be careful when trying to use today’s powerful tools to edit the photo. I walked a fine line here tweaking the sliders back and forth to add just a bit more punch to the photo. In the end I think that it turned out pretty good. I would love to have this seat now with the tools that I currently own.

ohio state pitcher

Throwback Photo

Tomorrow I will be at Alexander Field for Opening Day…maybe. This stadium just does not want to open, but I think that finally I will be there tomorrow. I don’t have any throwback pictures featuring Purdue Baseball, but I do have this one of their opponent tomorrow Ohio State. I have seen Ohio State play many times in baseball, but the first time was in 2004. I have already posted a couple of pictures from the two days that I spent in Minneapolis. I attended five sporting events in two days in three venues. This is the only venue that has not made the blog so far. This picture was taken at Siebert Field during one of two games that was played that morning. I loved the form of this pitcher, and I tried to capture that with my point and shoot. Looking back now it is funny how ever since this day I have done the same no matter what camera and lens is in my hands. Some pitching forms just cry out to be photographed. I have always liked this picture so it is fitting that it finally makes the blog.

Technical Data

As with most of these throwback pictures I do not have a lot of pixels to play with. With that in mind I simply imported the photo to Lightroom and processed it with Matt Kloskowski’s light sports preset. A couple of tweaks with the sliders later, and the photo was ready to export. With these older photos the process is very quick.