Tuesday, July 29, 2008

"Cadivity Scene"

"Cadivity Scene", originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

or "The Adoration of The Papparazi" from Lucias_Clay

Photographers gather at the stable

Rochelle, Illinois
June 2008

See my other pictures from the West Suburban Chicago Flicker's Trip to The Old Rusty Cadillac West of Rochelle, Illinois

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Blow off the spiderwebs

One of the things I've started noticing as I take more macro shots, is that the flowers often have one or two spiderweb strands hanging off of them, which I don't notice until I see the shots on the big screen later. So, since I carry a blower anyway to clean my optics, I've start blowing the flower before I shoot it, to see if that'll clean up the webs as well as any other pieces of debris.

You have no depth of field

I've been taking some really tight macros, and one of the things that I can't overcome is that, if you're using a macro lens, and you're focusing as close as you can, even if you set that f-stop to 50, you're still only going to have about a centimeter of depth of field.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Transcontinental Railroad Trip - June-July 2008

After finishing up a seminar swing in Salt Lake City, and going to the American Birding Association convention on Saturday, I drove home to Chicago. There were three objectives...I wanted to see and photograph parts of Wyoming and Nebraska that I had never been to, I wanted to follow some of the Lincoln Highway, and I wanted to photograph Union Pacific trains along the historic transcontinental railroad.

Some of the trip was guided by my own research into railroad destinations, but mostly by a book by Brian Butko, "Greetings from the Lincoln Highway". This is an excellent book for anyone thinking about taking any part of this trip. It really turned me on to some neat stuff.

Details of the trip

I stayed in Cheyenne the first night (Sunday - 6/29/08), Grand Island on the second night (Monday - 6/30/08), and then streaked for home on Tuesday (7/1/08) with only a few stops.

One major stop that generated some great pictures was at the Cody Cody Park Railroad Museum in North Platte, Nebraska.

See all of the pictures from this trip (as they're posted).