Three Point Try

Three Point Try

An image from what has been a rarity lately – a victory for my Alma Mater’s basketball team.  Yesterday, I went down to Champaign-Urbana on an errand and also to partake of an offer from my friend to use a spare ticket to the Illinois-Iowa game.  The U of I doesn’t allow ‘professional’ cameras (defined as having detachable lenses) at their events, so I brought along my ‘antique’ (in terms of digital equipment) point and shoot camera.  The telephoto properties of this camera are limited, but at least it’s easier for me to keep track of the action without having to constantly move my focus around from player to player.  Photographing a sports event with tight cropping gives you some great images, but you tend to not know what is really going on in the game and my primary purpose was to enjoy the game and not try for an SI cover shot.

For the sports fans – this was one of two three point shots that DJ Richardson made that put the Illini up by seven midway through the second half.  Illinois was up by eleven at the half and Iowa had closed to four points.  Illinois eventually won 65 – 54.

February 27, 2012 | Leave a Comment 

Plush

Plush

I stopped in at the M K Brody company in Chicago to purchase some balloons to decorate a function that my church is putting on.  Brody is a wholesale supplier of balloons and all sorts of other items including the little plush animals on display here.  I just like the great colors.

February 17, 2012 | Leave a Comment 

Background Material

Background Material

 

I make backgrounds from images to use as elements in photo composites.  Usually they don’t take center stage for themselves, but every so often I get one that amuses me more than the others.

February 10, 2012 | Leave a Comment 

Medieval Times

Medieval Times

I went to Medieval Times northwest of Chicago on a family outing a few years ago.  As a former member of SCA (the Society for Creative Anachronism, which is involved with recreating events and such of days of yore),  I knew that much of what we would see would not be authentic to the period, but I admit that as an entertainment they do put on a good show.  I don’t remember the name of our hero, but I did have a good time wearing my paper ‘crown’ and shouting encouragement for the ‘green’ (his colors, not his environmental stance) knight, even though he wasn’t the eventual victor.

February 7, 2012 | Leave a Comment 

Kind of a Drag

Kind of a Drag

This image is from an outdoor concert about five and a half years ago featuring the Buckinghams.  Took me back to my college days when aspiring rock groups would come down and play at the campus bars before they hit the big time.  We were never sure if we were going to see a group ready to make it or just another garage band getting ready to fold.

February 4, 2012 | Leave a Comment 

Treats

Treats

An image from the Will County Fair.  The colors and such at the different stands and games are surrealsistic and I did a little post processing to enhance the effect.

February 3, 2012 | Leave a Comment 

Knobs

Knobs

During the summer, I play in the Kankakee Municipal Band.  We give concerts in the park, just like days gone by, and we usually have a pretty good and appreciative crowd.  In addition to playing, I run the sound system and I have a constant view of the equipment just below my music stand.  This is an image of some knobs on one of our mixer boards (the volume knobs are turned all the way down because the board has room for eight inputs and we only use the first four).

January 30, 2012 | Leave a Comment 

Under the Sea, part deux

Under the Sea, part deux

Some more creatures from the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.  Again, I don’t know their names, but I like the design.

January 27, 2012 | Leave a Comment 

Under the Sea

Under the Sea

Or more specifically, behind the glass at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.  I didn’t take detailed notes as I was wandering around, so I don’t really know what the name of it is, but it’s one of those great designs you see in nature.

January 26, 2012 | Leave a Comment 

Victory Barbershop

Victory Barbershop

Well, the time for my semi-annual haircut passed by a few months ago, so I figured I better go get sheared before I turned it into an annual affair.  I go to the Victory Barbershop in beautiful downtown Peotone, a few doors away from where I used to have my portrait studio. The proprietress, Chrissy Gedmin, has it decorated in an old-fashioned theme with interesting photos and newspapers on the walls.  I usually don’t sit around and wait, so I’m not sure if there are any copies of the Police Gazette lying around.  Anyway, I decided to process for an old-time look with a little bit of HDR and some toning.

January 25, 2012 | Leave a Comment 

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