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Photo of the Day

I took this photo a few weekends ago while driving to Tipton, Indiana. The sun was setting behind me when I went by this little roadside diner. You really don’t see too many more of these any more. The greasy spoon is not what it once was. When I saw the name of the restaurant though I made the quick left into the parking lot. This is just a piece of America that is getting lost. Many heart doctors would say that is a good thing, but I like the imagination here.

Technical Data

This was all about getting the scene to come out like I saw it in person. I was shooting for HDR, but for some reason I did not like how that turned out. I took one of the overexposed images, and I brought it back to where I remember the scene being. I also cropped in a bit to get rid of the annoying sign that creeps in to the left.

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Photo of the Day

Last night I was not feeling particularly well. A bug that was going around caught up with me leaving me pretty much a couch potato for the night. The way it worked out it was a good thing though. I was able to sit and watch the 12-12-12 Concert for Hurricane Sandy relief in its entirety. It was a great show with many great performances, but for some reason this song by Billy Joel stuck in my head all day long. I realized that tonights post had to show part of that just because it was in my head all day long. The soundtrack for this event will be amazing with all of the acts that are on it, and seems like a steal for $13. Add to that the fact that the proceeds go to charity, and it seems like a win for all involved.

I took this photo in New York during our visit in 2008. We played the part of the tourists, and took a bus ride at night to see the sites. It was a great ride, but shooting from the top of a bus is never a good proposition at night. I was very happy with how this picture turned out though. Sometimes you just get lucky I guess.

Technical Data

This was one of those pictures where you just have to keep trying sliders in Lightroom to get it right. Because I was not shooting in RAW at the time I really had to be careful to not over process the image. For some reason though this thing took everything that I threw at it. I was very happy with what I had when I was done. As with most of my pictures from that New York trip I really had to work with this to get it where I wanted it. Those battles are worth it though when everything is said and done.

Miami 2017

Seen the lights go out Broadway
I saw the Empire State laid low
And life went on beyond the Palisades
They all bought Cadillacs
And left there long ago

They held a concert out in Brooklyn
To watch the island bridges blow
They turned our power down
And drove us underground
But we went right on with the show

I’ve seen the lights go out on Broadway
I saw the ruins at my feet
You know we almost didn’t notice it
We’d seen it all the time on Forty second street

They burned the churches down in Harlem
Like in that Spanish civil war
The flames were everywhere
But no one really cared
It always burned up there before

I’ve seen the lights go out on Broadway
I saw the mighty skyline fall
The boats were waiting at The Battery
The union went on strike
They never sailed at all

They sent a carrier out from Norfolk
And picked the Yankees up for free
They said that Queens could stay
And blew the Bronx away
And sank Manhattan out at sea

You know those lights were bright on Broadway
That was so many years ago
Before we all lived here in Florida
Before the Mafia took over Mexico
There are not many who remember
They say a handful still survive
To tell the world about
The way the lights went out
And keep the memory alive

Photo of the Day

Normally when you see day 365 you think the end of the year. Well in this case it is not. This is a leap year that I picked to take on this project so I have to go 366 days. Add to that the fact that I skipped a number in the 200’s, and you have a project that on paper will look to go 367 days. I was going to go back and re-number the 100 or so posts, but then I realized that the blurbs often refer to the number. It would have just been awkward so I elected to just go with the error. So after today I have two days left to get pictures.

You would think with just a few days left that I would have done a little more to end with a bang. I had intentions of going out seeking a good shot today, but things just get in the way. We ended up going by this theater tonight after dinner so I tried my hand at getting a handheld shot. That is not easy at night, but I managed to get something decent. The last two days may end up being sports related. I started with two days of football so I may end just that way.

Technical Data

As I said above this was handheld so I had to pump up the ISO to get somewhere that I could hold steady. I then brought the photo into Lightroom to work on it a little. I adjusted most of it to where I liked it, but the interior and the movie posters still looked a little off. I used the adjustment brush to add a little highlights and clarity to those areas, and I think the end product looked a little better for my efforts.

Kelby Worldwide Photowalk

Here is that part of the post where I talk about the photowalk that I am leading on campus after the Wisconsin game in October. The date is October 13th to be exact, and the walk will start at 4 o’clock est at the Neil Armstrong Statue in front of the Armstrong Hall of Engineering. Over ¬†1,100 photowalks are planned around the world. If you are not near West Lafayette then you kind find a walk near you on the Kelby site. Sign up now to be part of this event. Over 22,000 walkers have already signed up so far. You don’t have to be a pro (I am far from it) to attend. Any kind of camera is welcome as well. Here are a few links to the various sites which promote the event. If you want to sign up you should do so on the Kelby site in order to be eligible for the prizes though.

Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk ( Official Purdue Site)

Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk (Purdue Facebook Page)

Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk (Purdue Google+ Page)

Photo of the Day

Today as we were leaving LaPorte to come back to West Lafayette I wanted to get a picture of something that I have not shot yet in my hometown. This four seat theater has been the only one that I have known in my town. We have state of the art theaters in Michigan City, but LaPorte has always just had this one. The theater that I know the best was more well known for its sticky floors than the quality of the movies inside. A few years ago it closed down, and I thought that movies in LaPorte were done for good. Since then two different groups have purchased the theater. From the way that it looks this second attempt has now failed. What does it take to get people to see a movie in their town? I like the fact that one of the last movies showing at this theater was the Expendables 2.

This is not my best work. In fact at the theater I knew that it wouldn’t be the picture of the day. Something was just not right. I had an idea when I saw this shot for one straight on that might allow me to see more of what was inside the theater. At the time in front of it I thought that it would look too boring. Now thinking about it I wonder how much of the detail inside could have been brought out in HDR. I guess another lesson was learned, and that is to overshoot your subject. I ran out of time today so I had to use my picture that I wasn’t sure of.

Technical Data

I shot this with HDR in mind, but I only used the metered exposure here. I just brought that shot into Lightroom, and performed what has become the standard practice to it. I increased the highlights, increased the shadows, and increased the clarity. For some reason on outdoor shots I have a set of sliders that looks very good. I have been very happy with this process as the pictures do not look as fake as my old style of HDR made them look.

Other News

I am thinking about changing the design of this page. I am currently using a free template. There is a lot that I like about the design, but a couple of things that I don’t like. I guess the main thing is that only one picture shows up at a time. I have thought about switching before, but I have been so used to the EXIF data being posted automatically on the left hand side that I haven’t been posting that. I can’t find any free or pay templates that will do this for me so I think that I need to study up a bit so that I can alter a template that I like to display the information that I want it to. I would guess that I will roll out the new design as this project nears completion.

Purdue vs. Eastern Michigan Photo Gallery

Yesterday I took a few pictures that I liked at the game. I posted on picture from then as my photo of the day yesterday. I posted the rest of them over at my other site here. I think that some of them turned out rather good. From 35 rows up I don’t have the angle that I need, but it is still fun to try and capture moments.

Kelby Worldwide Photowalk

Here is that part of the post where I talk about the photowalk that I am leading on campus after the Wisconsin game in October. The date is October 13th to be exact, and the walk will start at 4 o’clock est at the Neil Armstrong Statue in front of the Armstrong Hall of Engineering. Over ¬†1,000 photowalks are planned around the world. If you are not near West Lafayette then you kind find a walk near you on the Kelby site. Sign up now to be part of this event. Nearly 17,000 walkers have already signed up so far. Activity has picked up a bit on the Purdue sites even with the short time being posted. You don’t have to be a pro (I am far from it) to attend. Any kind of camera is welcome as well. Here are a few links to the various sites which promote the event. If you want to sign up you should do so on the Kelby site in order to be eligible for the prizes though.

Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk ( Official Purdue Site)

Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk (Purdue Facebook Page)

Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk (Purdue Google+ Page)

Photo of the Day

I edited this picture earlier today thinking that I would have to wait to post it since I already had two pictures posted for yesterday. Then I remembered one key factor. I took this shot at a little after two in the morning when the show was over. To me that means it was taken today, and I can post this picture right away. This has been a busy weekend that went late into the night. It was my first time seeing the Rocky Horror Picture Show live. I can tell you that it was quite an experience to be sure.

I have wanted to get this marquee of the Lafayette Theater on this blog for a while now. It works out great that I have it up twice today in two different posts. I love the way these things look lit up at night. The more I look at this picture the more that I like it. I think I had a backhanded compliment to myself when I first edited the picture. The more I see it the more I really like it.

Technical Data

This is a three shot HDR shot handheld at night. I had to bump up the ISO to get that done. I normally don’t like doing that, but to get this shot I had to. I ran it through Photomatix the way that I have been lately. The shot was processed, and I saved the 32 bit file to process in Lightroom. I like the way that the photo looks when I do this. Just for fun I tried to process the photo my old way just in Photomatix, and I was not happy with the result. The noise from the higher ISO really showed up in the upper right hand corner. I really worked a bit to get this one right because it was the shot that I wanted.

Today I went out to see some of the surrounding area that I had not seen before. Just up the road on 52 is the town of Fowler. I heard that they had a cool little on screen theater that might look good. I drove up there, and sure enough the theater was pretty cool. I took a couple of pictures that I would form into an HDR image because that is all I seem to do lately. The picture I took looked great after I changed it, but I am glad that I came back through as the sun was still going down to get this picture. I like the way that the lights bounce off the building. I made this one just a little different than I have any other so far. I took two separate burst of three pictures, and adjusted my camera speed in between. This is a six image HDR shot. I guess that you can tell that since as I write this I realized that I did not crop the image. Besides that though I liked how it turned out. I had not had much luck with HDR shots of lights so far, but the main sign turned out great.

I took a few more barn shots today as well. I decided to start a Flickr account to put some of the other shots that I take during the day on to keep the posts here to around one a day. I really liked the multi-colored barn, and thought that it would make a good bonus shot for this site. Instead I have it on Flickr. It may still end up on here as the night goes on. You can find a link to that Flickr account below in the links section or you can simply click here. I also created a Facebook page for this site and my photography. If you feel so inclined you can become a fan to get updates whenever I make a new post. You might also get some insight into what I will be featuring that day. A link to that page can be found below as well, or once again you can just click here.

It also just dawned on me that this is the first Christmas shot to appear on this site. I don’t want to alarm you, but it is only 22 days away! I thought while I was shooting this how cool it was that the movie on the marquee is a Christmas movie. I am sure in the next three weeks that a few Christmas themed pictures will end up on here.