Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Dawn and a cup of coffee along the river...

Dawn and a cup of coffee along the river...

...can't beat it.

Clark Island Recreation Area
Batavia, Illinois
June 28, 2010

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Two Levels

Two Levels

Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles, Illinois
June 2010

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Pissed Goose

Pissed Goose

The trick is to get close enough to them that they start hissing, but not so close that they attack. But then, who cares if a goose attacks? I mean, it's a goose.

Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles, Illinois
June 2010

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Pewee Was Here

Pewee Was Here

Frazier Studio
Batavia, Illinois

June 2010

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Shorelines

Shoreline 1

Shoreline 2

Gold Pond
Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois
June 2010

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Cantigny Fountain in Black and White

Fountain

I was asked to take some pictures of the fountain at Cantigny and went over there last night. My guess was that late afternoon would be a pretty good time and I was right. The only problem is that, for some reason, the fountain presents a photographic challenge to me. I have a tough time finding the right perspective. How to get the entire fountain in the shot is tough. And individual jets are also tough to compose. It's going to be an interesting project.

In this shot, I went for the entire fountain. But when I looked at the image, I felt that it was too green. There was some color from the containers, but not enough. Whenever I have a picture that is monochromatic, I check to see how it looks in black and white, and this one (at least to me) looked better, particularly with a little application of a "red" filter.

I also played with neutral density filters from Cokin. Those jets look nice and smooth (look at a larger version of the picture here) because the exposure was nice and long (f/22 at 1 second). But I noticed the catch in long-exposure water shots...the leaves move around. The day was kind of windy and all of those trees kept moving. I didn't notice it until later. Luckily I took a lot of shots and found this one where the wind must have let up for a few moments.

So now I have to factor in not only the light, but also need to do this on a calm day. Because yes, I found a shot that I was excited about. But right as I was getting ready to shoot, the fountain turned off. I looked at my watch - it was 7 pm. Time to go home.

OK, Cantigny fountain. You won this time. But I'll be back.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Coal for the Train

Coal for the Train

"Anzio Express"
Illinois Railway Museum
Union, Illinois
May 29, 2010

Illinois Railway Museum

All of my pictures from this event

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Flower Celebration

Flower Celebration

The Flower Celebration is one of my favorite services at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva. It celebrates community and fellowship. An alternate name, and one I like, is the Flower Communion.

The service was started by Rev. Norbert Capek in Prague in 1923 and has since been adopted by many UU churches.

Consecration of the flowers:

Infinite Spirit of Life, we ask thy blessing on these, they messengers of fellowship and love.

May they remind us, amid all diversities of knowledge and of gifts, to be one in desire and affection and devotion to they holy will.

May they also remind us of the value of community and companionship, of doing and sharing alike.

May we cherish friendship as one of life's most precious gifts.

May we not let awareness of another's talents discourage us, but may we instead realize that whatever we can do, be it great or small, the efforts of all of us are needed to do thy work in this world. Amen.



Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Recent Pictures

Peonies I

Zee Resistance

"Vee vill crush zee Americans.  Now scoot, you silly billies.  The 'View' is on."

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