Fun Slide

Another image from the 2013 Will County Fair.  This was taken after the Fair had closed and the rides were about to be taken down.  The total lack of a crowd adds a little loneliness and maybe mystery to the scene.

 

Fun Slide

September 2, 2013 | Leave a Comment 

Our tax Dollars at Wirk

A sign that I saw a few months ago for the repairs being done on Route 50 near the I-57 intersection.   I guess that the sign shop doesn’t have spellcheck.

 

work zone

August 31, 2013 | Leave a Comment 

Apple Dumplings

Another 2013 Will County Fair photo.  I’m trying to decide whether or not I’m going to remove the power lines (and possibly the pole too) from the upper right hand corner.  I’m pretty sure that I’m going to lighten up the entire stand.  The girl was standing under yellow lights and I might try to change the color temperature a bit to make her skin tones closer to reality without losing the overall effect of the yellow lights.  It’s things like this that can make finishing and image take forever.

Apple Dumpling Stand

August 30, 2013 | Leave a Comment 

Buy a Fish – $3.00

I’ve started processing some images from this year’s Will County Fair. Here’s one of the games on the Midway. I didn’t feel like spending three bucks to see it in action. If anybody needs the info, I know where to buy most of the prizes wholesale.

 

Fishin' at the Fair

 

August 30, 2013 | Leave a Comment 

Blimp

Blimp

 

I was driving home from town today and saw this blimp over the horizon.  The bad thing was that my camera and long lens were at home.  The good thing is that blimps aren’t too fast.  Anyway, I took a few shots for no particular reason.  Blimp photos from the ground tend to be unspectacular unless you’re close with just the right background which I wasn’t and it wasn’t.  The best photos I ever made were of the Goodyear blimp back in the early 70’s when I was able to photograph it up close while it was coming in for a landing.  I wonder what ever became of those negatives.  Anyway, I’ll have to check out local sports events in the next few days to see who is using the Direct TV blimp for aerial shots.

September 20, 2012 | Leave a Comment 

New HDR Processing

Will County Fair

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range which is a technique used to capture information in an image ranging from very dark to very bright and present it in a normal way.  Usually, if you expose to get detail in the dark shadow areas, the bright highlights will be overexposed and will be white areas without details.  In the same way, if you expose so that there is detail in the highlights, the shadow areas will be pure black.  Someday, technology may provide us with sensors that capture the entire range, but for now we have to ‘cheat’ by making several exposures ranging from dark to light and then use software to combine the exposures to get the whole range.

Early versions of HDR software tended to produce a ‘look’ that can be quite impressive and interesting, but I always wanted to produce images that were a bit more natural.  This image is from the 2011 Will County Fair in Peotone and I published another version from the series on August 27th of 2011 using more of the HDR ‘look’.  (Check it out here)  Each version has its own merits but I tend to prefer this technique.

(Side Note – I moved to Peotone when I was in the fourth grade and have attended the fair for decades [and decades] but never entered anything.  So this year, I broke down and entered a few photos.  This one ended up winning best of show in its division.  I guess I can stop entering now, ’cause I can only go downhill from here.)

September 17, 2012 | Leave a Comment 

Self-Portrait with Orchestra and Chorus

Self-Portrait with Orchestra and Chorus

The Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorus combined with Olivet Nazarene University instrumentalists and singers to perform Beethoven’s Symphony #9 at Olivet’s Centennial Chapel.  There were about two hundred performers on stage and I’m in there somewhere sitting in the back row of the orchestra a bit to stage right.  In addition to playing horn, I made some images using my radio remote control shutter release with my camera on a tripod in the media control area.

March 17, 2012 | Leave a Comment 

Fleeting Moment

Fleeting Moment

People all around us and we don’t really notice them – it’s like they’re just ghosts or images that barely make an impression on our minds.

March 12, 2012 | Leave a Comment 

<-Mars Venus->

Mars Venus

Or else – you go your way and I’ll go mine.. Maybe it’s a commentary on public enforcement of ‘separate but equal’.  Anyway, I was standing around killing time and it struck my fancy.

March 3, 2012 | Leave a Comment 

Badge of Honor

Badge of Honor

This is from the front hood of the Lamborghini that I posted a few days ago.

February 28, 2012 | Leave a Comment 

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