Photo of the Day

While making some pictures during the two days of ARCA racing in Winchester a couple of weeks ago I came across a very familiar name. I watched part of the ARCA trucks drivers meeting prior to the first practice of the day. While I was walking away from the meeting I saw a familiar last name on the back of a shirt. The full name was Bobby Dale Earnhardt. When the driver turned around he looked very much like Dale Earnhardt Jr. with his reddish beard. I did a quick Google search on the driver to find out that he is the son of former NASCAR driver Kerry Earnhardt. That also means that he is Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s grandson, and Ralph Earnhardt’s great grandson. I had a prior engagement so I could not stay to watch the race that night, but it was nice to see another Earnhardt on the track. He already seems to have a nice following, and a few race wins should make that number grow exponentially.

Technical Data

I used the light sports preset on this image to get it close to where I needed to be. I tweaked the sliders a bit in order to get the look that I was going for. This is a shot that I enjoyed making. I was working on panning at lower and lower shutter speeds. This one was taken at 1/50th of a second. The general rule of thumb is that you shouldn’t handhold a picture under 1/60th. Panning does make that number a bit more arbitrary. I kept working my way down trying to see what I could capture. It was a fun exercise that the practice session allowed me to be able to do.

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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.

dustin demuth

Photo of the Day

Every year I watch the College World Series with millions of other people. I love the way that the game is played in Omaha, Nebraska. This is how baseball should always be played. This year I have a little added interest in the series. The third baseman for the Indiana Hoosiers is Dustin DeMuth. He is from my hometown of LaPorte. Before leaving LaPorte for good I watched Dustin at quarterback for the Slicer Football team many times. I never did see him play for the Slicer baseball team though. A couple of years ago I saw Dustin playing third base as a freshman for the Indiana Hoosiers when they came to town to play Purdue. Since that time though IU has not come back to West Lafayette. That is why it has been pretty cool to see Dustin on ESPN playing in what I think is one of the coolest tournaments around. Of course his team lost the one game I was able to watch for very long. They now have a much harder road to the Championship Series, but it can still be done. You always root for the hometown kid, and now I have a special rooting interest in this series.

Technical Data

I took this picture in 2011 long before I had my better gear. Looking through my sports pictures at the time I was just happy to have something in the frame. I did change the orientation of this photo in Lightroom. I liked the portrait orientation much better. I also used Matt Kloskowski’s light sports preset to give the shot a little punch. It was missing something in my mind when I saw it, and the preset got me close to where I wanted to be. I adjusted the temperature and the highlights after applying the preset, and that was the end of the work on this photo.

buster

Photo of the Day

I have not posted a sports image in a while. During our California trip I was able to catch a Giants game at their beautiful ballpark. I was able to get a great seat right behind the Giants on deck circle. If you read this blog then you know that the catcher is my favorite position on the field. I like the way that they are kind of on their own for the most part. They really kind of have their own set of rules. They are the only players that start the play in foul ground. They have by far the most equipment on the field. They just stand alone. One of the best in the game right now is Buster Posey of the Giants. He was definitely a target when I was taking pictures that night. I have some pictures of him looking at the camera, but I like this one more. He stands in the on deck circle, but he is staring intently on the pitcher in order to time him. Something about this shot just speaks to me.

Technical Data

This was a very easy edit. I applied the light sports preset by Matt Kloskowski to start things off. I then adjusted the highlights, and performed a small crop. That was the extent of my adjustments here. I like the ease of processing sports photos.

Photo of the Day

I know that in April and May I really bombed this site with sports images. Part of the fun of getting to go behind the scenes around some Purdue sports was the chance to make pictures that I couldn’t make before. I took a lot of what I learned to AT&T Park on my first night in San Francisco. I won’t bore you with the action images from that night. I will end up showing a few shots from around the stadium though before it is all said and done. This stadium was really done right, and it was everything that I had hoped it would be. Some other shots from my day at the stadium can be found on my Google+ page here.

I knew that I wanted to photograph three of the statues that the Giants have placed around the stadium. Both the Willie Mays and the Juan Marichal statues are right next to the stadium. The statue of Willie McCovey though is across the cove from the stadium. That cove has been named McCovey Cove, and is one of the awesome features of this park. I made a few pictures of this statue from a couple of different angles, but I had an idea. I walked up the small hill in front of the statue to gain some height. I wanted Willie to be above the marina and the Bay Bridge. I think that small move made Willie the dominant subject of the picture, and gave me a picture that I wanted. I think that I should have come back to the same spot as I left the park to take this same picture after dark. This also would have put the sunset above the bridge which would have been awesome as well. I was busy then though making pictures of the game in progress. I would love to be at the park on a gameday when I am not into the game to explore a bit more than I did.

Technical Data

With the sky bright blue I knew on the scene that I would be making a black and white image from this picture here. At first I tried a couple of my presets in Lightroom to see what they could do. Something was still missing from the photo though. I opened the photo up in Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro. I basically have just few presets in the program that I use. Most of those that are included seem to give a look that I do not like. When I am making a black and white picture I want something clean. This is the high structure preset that I really seem to gravitate towards. I brought the photo back into Lightroom, and I adjusted a couple of sliders, but the photo was a very easy edit.

This was also taken with my new 24-70mm lens that I have really come to love. I bought the lens used about a week before leaving for San Francisco, and it was worth every penny. I really love the look of the bokeh that it gives.

peoples shoot

Bonus Photo of the Day

Last week when I got back into Lafayette it was right back at it. I had a photo shoot at the People’s Brewing Company for the Lafayette Brawlin’ Dolls. As someone who used to make his own beer I really loved seeing it happen on a much larger scale. I already know how great the Brawlin’ Dolls are, but I was able to see first hand just how great the staff at People’s was. If you are near the Lafayette give them a few minutes of your time. More info on the brewery can be found here

Technical Data

Besides a small crop I did not do too much to this photo. Most of my work was done trying to get the white balance just right. I did not use any strobes on the shoot so I was using the overhead lights which can sometimes lead to problems. In the end though I like the result. 

mccovey cove

Photo of the Day

Today I thought that I would share a little different photo. I normally worry about all of the details inside of a baseball stadium. This past spring taking pictures of Purdue baseball I was consumed with getting the peak action. While visiting AT&T Park in San Francisco I knew that I had to turn that off. I wanted to try some new things to see what I could do. When I saw this boat coming into McCovey Cove I knew what I wanted to do. I actually ran ahead a bit so that I could frame this shot up. I wanted the boat in the foreground with the scoreboard and some of the details of the stadium in the background. At the end of the day this is more of a snapshot from my trip, but it was something that I don’t see everyday at the ballpark. I will have some more photos from the ballpark in the future I am sure. It was a beautiful sight, and it made for some great images.

Technical Data

I tried a few things here to get what I wanted. I kept going to black and white using Silver Efex Pro because of the lack of clouds in the sky. I finally decided to try something in Color Efex Pro 4 to see what it could do. I stacked two filters together to bring the scene together. I used one called detail extractor that does exactly what it sounds like it does. I also used one called brilliance/warmth that brought out some of the colors of that fading sun. In the end I liked the way that I was able to keep the scene in color. Normally I will make a picture black and white with this sort of sky, but for once I was glad to keep the color. When I brought the picture back into Lightroom I upped the highlights a bit more to bring out the detail even more.

grand valley celebration-8

Sports Photo of the Day

While I was in California I was reading up on the disappearance of former Grand Valley State Lakers quarterback Cullen Finnerty. I had a chance to watch him play his senior season in 2006, and he was a great college quarterback. That season culminated in a National Championship in Florence, Alabama. The picture above shows Cullen (#16) in the middle of the celebration holding the trophy. We were able to meet up with Cullen on the field, and despite being the quarterback on the winning team he was very down to earth, and posed for some pictures with us. This was the end of a great college career that saw him win three National Championships during his four years on the team. Not many quarterbacks can claim that.

I had often wondered what happened to this great quarterback. Watching him on the field I thought that he had that something special that just wins games. I knew it was a longshot, but I thought that he might have stuck with some team in the NFL. I had not heard his name for quite some time until the news of his disappearance broke over the holiday. Of course when you hear the news you hope for the best. Late last night the news of the worst case scenario was released. The young man was taken too young. The details of what happened may never be known, but a great story ends way too early no matter what.

Technical Data

I made this quick and easy by using the light sports preset by Matt Kloskowski. This got me pretty close to where I wanted to be. I got rid of the vignette that the preset has, and moved up the highlights slider. I also cropped in a bit to showcase the players a little better. That was the end of the adjustments here.

sacred city roller derby

Photo of the Day

Last year while in California I was able to see a bout while there. I went to see the Sacred City Derby Girls in Roseville, CA. I was still very green when it came to derby, but I did manage to get a couple of shots that I liked. This is one of the shots that I liked. I think the ease in the face of the jammer compared to the pain in the other faces really shows how the bout went. I may get a chance to see some derby this weekend again, and I have a lot more knowledge behind me if I do.

Follow My Journey

This is my first trip actively using Instagram. If you want to follow along with my trip follow me on Instagram at pinolaphoto. During the trip I hope to show the journey as well as a couple of sneak peaks at what is to come on the blog later.

Technical Data

This was one of the first images that I used the ‘300 look’ preset by Matt Kloskowski on. I wanted some pictures with some red in them to try it out on, and I thought it might work good here. I love how this looks, and I still like the look. I have not messed around with this as much as I could have since that time, but maybe a few instances this weekend will help me find another use for the preset.