Exercise in Futility

Exercise in futility

The Park District set up this fence to discourage cyclists from riding down this hill. I think it turned out to be just another challenge for them.

July 31, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Texture and Shadow

Texture and Shadow

I was photographing the tree bark to add to my collection of textures when the sun broke through the clouds and cast the shadow of the leaves onto the tree trunk. The combination is interesting.

July 30, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Kaz is back!

Kaz is back

I’ve mentioned before in earlier posts that I like some of the work of the early twentieth century Soviet Suprematist artists headed by Kazimer Malevich (if not the politics behind the work). Anyway, this image isn’t so much influenced as it is a blatant rip-off. Hey, the guy had some good ideas.

July 29, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Tassel Time

Tassel Time

Once again, I’ve broken the rule that a photo must have a central point of interest. So it goes. Looking out my window, I can observe a sea of corn tassels out in the fields. It’s the sameness of them with just subtle variations that I find interesting.

July 28, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Take a Sea Cruise

Take a Sea Cruise

People cruising along Lake Michigan at last year’s festival of Tall Ships.

July 27, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Samuel Goldenberg und Schmuyle

Samuel Goldenberg und Schmuyle

Modeste Moussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ was based on drawings and paintings of his friend Viktor Hartmann. One section of the piece was titled ‘Two Jews: rich and poor’. Over the years of publications of the original piano piece and subsequent orchestrations by various composers, the names mentioned in Moussorgsky’s manuscript – ‘Samuel Goldenberg und Schmuyle’ – have been used as the title.

The musical themes of the piece show one ponderous and self-important man and a smaller, less assured man running around like a little terrier yipping at at someone’s heels.

I didn’t start out with the music in mind, but as I worked with the image, the relationship grew on me (although I don’t want to push too hard on the terrier-fireplug metaphor).

July 26, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Neon

Neon

When I made this image, I liked the bright neon lights, but the rest of the image was dark and drab. Playing around with HDR tone mapping brightened the other colors and evened out some of the tonal values to match the lights.

July 25, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Grand Canyon (yet again)

Grand Canyon (yet again)

It’s like an old comedian and his jokes – ‘I got a million of them.’ Maybe not a million, but it’s hard to visit the Grand Canyon and not take too many photos.

July 24, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Grain Elevator

Grain Elevator

Out in farmland, grain bins and elevators are everywhere. It’s easy to make a complete portfolio of them on their own. I particularly liked the bit of orange cutting through in this image.

July 23, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Thanks For the Memories

Thanks For the Memories

The Kankakee Municipal Band was rehearsing the other night and one of the pieces we played was a medley of songs associated with Bob Hope. When I was living in Champaign-Urbana in the late sixties and early seventies, Bob would play the Assembly Hall every few years, usually on a football weekend. I saw him several times and I brought my camera on this occasion. I’m not sure of the date (the slides were processed in January of 1972, but they could have been in the camera for a few weeks or months before I sent them out to the lab.) Bob used to use the names of local towns as part of his act and I think he particularly enjoyed referring to Tuscola and Pesotum.

July 22, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

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