Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Clay Cauldron


The Clay Cauldron, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

Bristol Renaissance Fair, Kenosha Wisconsin August 2008

www.renfair.com/bristol/

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"Ta Da"


"Ta Da", originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

Dirk of The Swordsmen
Bristol Renaissance Fair, Kenosha Wisconsin August 2008
www.theswordsmen.com/index.shtml

www.renfair.com/bristol/

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Leafy Fantastical


Leafy Fantastical, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

Bristol Renaissance Fair, Kenosha Wisconsin August 2008

www.renfair.com/bristol/

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

It's Green


It's Green, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

At the model airplane field east of Rock Springs, Wyoming
June 2008
Transcontinental Railroad Trip from Salt Lake City to Chicago, June-July 2008

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Train Coming


Train Coming, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

Salt Wells, Wyoming
June 2008
Transcontinental Railroad Trip from Salt Lake City to Chicago, June-July 2008

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Sandy Hook Lighthouse


Sandy Hook Lighthouse, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

The Sandy Hook Lighthouse, located about one and a half statute miles (2.4 km) inland from the tip of Sandy Hook, New Jersey, is the oldest working lighthouse in the United States. It was designed and built in 1764 by Isaac Conro.

The light was built to aid mariners entering the southern end of the New York harbor. It was originally called New York Lighthouse because it was funded through a New York Assembly lottery and a tax on all ships entering the Port of New York. Sandy Hook Light has endured an attempt to destroy it (as an aid to British navigation) by artillery Captain Alexander Hamilton, and a subsequent occupancy of British soldiers during the Revolutionary War. Perhaps most impressively, it has endured exposure to the elements on the end of Sandy Hook. The view of the New York skyline from the bridge crossing into "the Hook" illustrates the importance this light played in the history of New York harbor. During the summer weekends, the New Jersey Lighthouse Society offers free tours every half hour from 12:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

When the lighthouse was built in 1764, it stood only 500 feet (150 m) from the tip of Sandy Hook; however, today, due to growth caused by littoral drift, it is almost one and half miles (2.4 km) inland from the tip. Sandy Hook Lighthouse is part of the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. The Sandy Hook Lighthouse was restored in spring 2000.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_Hook_Lighthouse
April 2008
Sandy Hook, New Jersey

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"The Spirit of Commitment" by Jeff Adams

At Cantigny in Wheaton, Illinois
July 2008

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Union Pacific 3201


Union Pacific 3201, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

Cheyenne, Wyoming
June 2008

Transcontinental Railroad Trip from Salt Lake City to Chicago, June-July 2008

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Ginkgo


Ginkgo, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

Cantigny
August 2008

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginkgo

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Westbound Union Pacific paralleling the Lincoln Highway

Along the Transcontinental Railroad near Bushnell, Nebraska
June 2008

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Transcontinental Railroad Trip from Salt Lake City to Chicago, June-July 2008

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Poudre Canyon


Poudre Canyon, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

The Poudre Canyon is a narrow verdant canyon, approximately 40 mi (64 km) long, on the upper Cache la Poudre River (called the "Poudre" for short, which locals pronounce as "Pooder") in Larimer County, Colorado in the United States. The canyon is a glacier-formed valley through the foothills of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains northwest of Fort Collins. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poudre_Canyon

When I was a kid, my Dad took a summer course at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. One of the places I remembered visiting was Poudre Canyon. So when I was doing a seminar here in June 2008, I visited the canyon ater the meeting. It was beautiful and like I remembered. Not bad for nostalgia.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Moonie


Moonie, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

stchuck and Jim went to the Bristol Renaissance Fair in Kenosha, Wisconsin, August 9, 2007
www.renfair.com/bristol/
All of my pictures from the Bristol Renaissance Fair


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Monday, August 18, 2008

Single Dahlia Bud


Single Dahlia Bud, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

In the formal gardens at Cantigny
Wheaton, Illinois
August 2008

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Atlantic City


Atlantic City, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

from the Sheraton Inn
Atlantic City, New Jersey
April 2008
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American Airlines


American Airlines, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

Shreveport, Louisiana
July 2008
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Unfinished


Unfinished, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

Wilson Street Bridge Construction
Batavia, Illinois
July 2008
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Friday, August 15, 2008

The Flower Fairy


The Flower Fairy, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

Part of the Fantastikals group
stchuck and Jim went to the Bristol Renaissance Fair in Kenosha, Wisconsin, August 9, 2007

www.renfair.com/bristol/

All of my pictures from the Bristol Renaissance Fair

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The Flower Fairy


The Flower Fairy, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

Part of the Fantastikals group
stchuck and Jim went to the Bristol Renaissance Fair in Kenosha, Wisconsin, August 9, 2007

www.renfair.com/bristol/

All of my pictures from the Bristol Renaissance Fair

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Autumn Fairy


Autumn Fairy, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

stchuck and Jim went to the Bristol Renaissance Fair in Kenosha, Wisconsin, August 9, 2007

www.renfair.com/bristol/

All of my pictures from the Bristol Renaissance Fair

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Autumn Fairy Makes Memories


Autumn Fairy Makes Memories, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

stchuck and Jim went to the Bristol Renaissance Fair in Kenosha, Wisconsin, August 9, 2007

www.renfair.com/bristol/

stchuck and Jim went to the Bristol Renaissance Fair in Kenosha, Wisconsin, August 9, 2007

www.renfair.com/bristol/

All of my pictures from the Bristol Renaissance Fair

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Belly Dancing in Bristol


Belly Dancing in Bristol, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

stchuck and Jim went to the Bristol Renaissance Fair in Kenosha, Wisconsin, August 9, 2007

www.renfair.com/bristol/

All of my pictures from the Bristol Renaissance Fair

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Harpist


Harpist, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

stchuck and Jim went to the Bristol Renaissance Fair in Kensosha, Wisconsin, August 9, 2007
www.renfair.com/bristol/
All of my pictures from the Bristol Renaissance Fair


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Monday, August 11, 2008

Cruise Night


Cruise Night, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

WSCF Meetup at the Cruise Night in Downers Grove, Illinois August 2008

www.downtowndg.org/

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1954 Red Chevy


1954 Red Chevy, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

WSCF Meetup at the Cruise Night in Downers Grove, Illinois August 2008

www.downtowndg.org/

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Fantastikals


Fantastikals, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

stchuck and Jim went to the Bristol Renaissance Fair in Kensosha, Wisconsin, August 9, 2007

www.renfair.com/bristol/

All of my pictures from the Bristol Renaissance Fair

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Moonie


Moonie, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

stchuck and Jim went to the Bristol Renaissance Fair in Kensosha, Wisconsin, August 9, 2007

www.renfair.com/bristol/

All of my pictures from the Bristol Renaissance Fair

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Fantastikals


Fantastikals, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

stchuck and Jim went to the Bristol Renaissance Fair in Kensosha, Wisconsin, August 9, 2007

www.renfair.com/bristol/

All of my pictures from the Bristol Renaissance Fair

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Kane County Cougars vs. Beloit Snappers

in Geneva, Illinois August 2008
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www.kccougars.com

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Pink and Green


Pink and Green, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

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Stchuck and Jim Visit Cantigny in Wheaton, Illinois August 2008

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Monday, August 4, 2008

Using Telephotos

I'm beginning to notice a couple of problems with using telephotos. I'll pass them on to you. I've got two that I use...I have a 28 to 300mm Tamron, and a 150 to 500 Sigma.

1. Heat and humidity - both of these are problems when shooting at long distances. If I'm trying to photograph a scene and it's more than 10 to 20 yards from me, I've noticed that there is a problem with a lack of definition. It's not the optics. It's not vibration. It's something that can't be overcome...the earth's atmosphere.

Solutions? Shoot on a cold, cloudy day to eliminate the humidity and heat rays. At least that's what I'll try to do. And shoot closer subjects. But recognize that if you're shooting a subject that is 100 yards away on a blazingly hot, sunny day in Chicago, it'll probably not be what you were hoping for.

2. Camera shake is the more obvious problem...I try to use a support whenever possible. And I use a shutter speed of at least twice, if not three times the focal length setting on the lens if I'm shooting handheld.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

UP 4148 Westbound at Creston, Illinois

Kate and I took a trip to Lena, Illinois by way of Rochelle and Oregon, Illinois, July 2008
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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Ring-billed Gull


Ring-billed Gull, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

Pottawatomie Park
St. Charles, Illinois
April 2008
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Farmall


Farmall, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

From the DuPage County Fair, Wheaton, Illinois July 2008
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It's better bigger

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Rudbeckia


Rudbeckia, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

From a visit to the Prairie Restoration and Bed 24 of the Idea Garden at Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois July 2008
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Cadillac Hood Ornament


Cadillac Hood Ornament, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

I tried to get pretty much the entire length of this thing in focus. In order to get the tail sharp, I did have to sacrifice a little on the face...but otherwise, it worked out.
From a trip to the Old Rusty Cadillac West of Rochelle, Illinois July 2008

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The Barn Door IS Closed


The Barn Door IS Closed, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

From a trip to the Old Rusty Cadillac West of Rochelle, Illinois July 2008

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Corn


Corn, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

From a trip to the Old Rusty Cadillac West of Rochelle, Illinois July 2008

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Friday, August 1, 2008

Clive Nichols’ “The Art of Flower & Garden Photography”

I just finished reading Clive Nichols’ “The Art of Flower & Garden Photography” 2007 and thought I would pass on a couple of things from the book, particularly ideas that kind of “hit” me when I read them.
First of all, the book is beautiful. This guy really is a terrific garden photographer. So just looking at the pictures is worthwhile. But in addition, the text synchronizes well with the pictures, and you don’t have to do a lot of page flipping back and forth to find the picture that matches the text and vice-versa.
Also, since it was written last year, the recommendations are current with the digital technology.
I got it from the Batavia Library and will be returning it in the next couple of days. So anyone in Batavia, or who’s part of that system can easily get the book.
So here are my take-aways:
1. Shoot at dawn. I always thought there wasn’t much difference, logically, between dawn and dusk - just that the light comes from a different direction. But what he clearly shows, and I never thought of, is that at dawn, there usually is a lot of moisture in the air that gives a much different quality to the light. At dusk, the moisture’s all gone and therefore you’ve got different light. Of course, the problem is getting up to shoot at dawn. And, from a practical standpoint, getting access to the garden could be a challenge as well.
2. Backlight by shooting towards the sun. This, of course, means the potential for flare. But he solves the problem by either putting the subject in the way of the sun, or by using another object, like a statue, overhang, wall, etc. to shield the lens from the light. I never really gave this much thought other than using my hand to block the light.
3. Use a polarizer to shoot once the sun is higher in the sky. If nothing else, it’ll probably make the sky a little bluer. What I’ve found is that scenics are dicey at this time of day, but I’ve still been able to get interesting macros, particularly with all that light helping to keep the lens stopped down for more depth of field.
4. I already knew that most garden photographers recommend shooting on cloudy days to get the richer, less contrasty colors. I kind of like the contrast though. But seeing his pictures, I can see why that’s a common recommendation. Certainly, a cloudy day isn’t going to keep me away anymore. Just watch the sky so you don’t get “blown out” and overexposed skies.
5. When it’s gray and dull, like winter, go for texture shots.
6. Look for strong contrasts between colors in the background and the subject. Watch for interesting combinations of complementary colors. And if the colors don’t contrast too much, look for differences in texture. He also makes great use of completely blurring the background (don’t even think of using the “B” word) to make the subject stand out.
7. Make abstracts using extreme close-ups (macro).
8. Frost!
9. Try to shoot on days with little wind…watch the weather. Shooting early in the morning and late in the afternoon can help since that’s often when the wind is lighter.
10. Use garden paths as a way of composing landscapes to draw the viewer into the photograph and to provide a unifying subject.
11. Fog!
12. Snow!
13. If it’s windy, try taking advantage of it by using a long shutter speed to make an abstract of a colorful scene.
14. People - if you’re photographing gardeners, photograph them in their gardens. Duh. I’ll have to try that with Kate.
Finally, consider SEVERE blurring. If you’ve got a colorful, but boring shot, blur the heck out of it using software to created an abstract.