Monday, October 28, 2013

Plainview, Texas

Plainview, Texas

Taken along Interstate 27 on the way from Amarillo to Lubbock, Texas.
October 2005
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Monday, October 21, 2013

Half Dome from Glacier Point at Yosemite

Half Dome from Glacier Point at Yosemite

July 2005

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Three Fantastikals from the Bristol Renaissance Faire in 2011


Bubbles



The Phoenix



Peaseblossom (or Flower)

Bristol Renaissance Faire
Kenosha, Wisconsin
August 21,2011

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Giant Onion - Allium giganteum

Giant Onion - Allium giganteum

Chicago Botanic Garden
Glencoe, Illinois

June 1, 2013

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Monday, October 14, 2013

On the Lone Prairie...

On the Lone Prairie...
Between Creston and Rochelle, Illinois along the Lincoln Highway

June 8, 2013

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Monday, October 7, 2013

BNSF 2014 in Batavia, Illinois

BNSF 2014 in Batavia, Illinois
Batavia, Illinois
April 17, 2013

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Convair B36J Peacemaker Strategic Bomber 1947-1959

Convair B36J Peacemaker Strategic Bomber 1947-1959"Strategic Air Command" is not my favorite Jimmy Stewart movie, but one that I'll watch when it's on.  I remember the grand flying scenes in this beautiful bomber. Imagine my pleasure in seeing one at the museum configured as a bomber with the appropriate SAC insignia.  So cool.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategic_Air_Command_%28film%29

www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGjyH2ulsCk - Very cool take-off and flying sequence from movie

Pima Air and Space Museum
Tucson, Arizona
January 3, 2013

www.pimaair.org/

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Louise

Louise
Geneva Lake in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
July 5, 2013

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

From the Side

From the Side

Upper Bur Oak Garden
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois

September 27, 2013

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Interesting Cell Phone Distortion

Interesting Cell Phone Distortion

I visited the rainy car show at Cantigny today, partially to take some cell phone shots for my upcoming class. But I was also using my Canon S95. This is one of several comparison shots. On the left is the S95 shot with the lens zoomed out. On the right is the cell phone shot (no zoom). While the quality of the images is similar (I was surprised by this), because I had to get closer to the car with the cell phone, there was some distortion that's noticeable on the front end of the car (the center protrudes).

Cantigny Park Wheaton, Illinois

September 15, 2013

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Fantastikal I

Fantastikal I
Bristol Renaissance Faire
near Kenosha, Wisconsin
July 20, 2013

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Girl with the Red and Yellow Plume

Girl with the Red and Yellow Plume Bristol Renaissance Faire
near Kenosha, Wisconsin
August 31, 2013

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Keeping an Eye on Things

Keeping an Eye on Things Bristol Renaissance Faire
near Kenosha, Wisconsin
August 31, 2013

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Untitled, Bristol Renaissance Faire
near Kenosha, Wisconsin
August 31, 2013

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

How can you fail to appreciate the beauty and grandeur of a train rolling through a gravel pit in northeastern Indiana on a gray summer day?

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Kate was attending a genealogy convention in Fort Wayne, Indiana and I was left to entertain myself.

August 22, 2013

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Hood Ornament from a 1929 Stearns-Knight N6-80

Hood Ornament from a 1929 Stearns-Knight N6-80
Auburn Cord Dusenberg Museum Auburn, Indiana

www.automobilemuseum.org/Pages/default.aspx

August 23, 2013

Kate was attending a genealogy convention in Fort Wayne, Indiana and I was left to entertain myself.

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"Welcome to the Auburn Cord Dusenberg factory. Can we interest you in an automobile today?"

"Welcome to the Auburn Cord Dusenberg factory.  Can we interest you in an automobile today?"
Auburn Cord Dusenberg Museum Auburn, Indiana

www.automobilemuseum.org/Pages/default.aspx

August 23, 2013

Kate was attending a genealogy convention in Fort Wayne, Indiana and I was left to entertain myself.

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Baker Street Station

Baker Street Station

Pennsylvania Railroad Station, also referred to as Baker Street Station, is a former passenger rail station in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. The American Craftsman-style station opened to the public March 23, 1914 at a cost of $550,000
en.wikipedia.org/wik/

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We actually passed through this station years ago when we took Amtrak to Fort Wayne, and then rode a steam train excursion back to Chicago. Alas, I was not taking pictures at the time, so there's no photographs.

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Kate was attending a genealogy convention in Fort Wayne, Indiana and I was left to entertain myself.

August 22, 2013

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Friday, August 23, 2013

"I'm not insane. Why do you ask?"

"I'm not insane. Why do you ask?"

Bristol Renaissance Faire
near Kenosha, Wisconsin
August 3, 2013

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

"We're gonna need a bigger jar of cold cream."

"We're gonna need a bigger jar of cold cream." I

"We're gonna need a bigger jar of cold cream." II

"We're gonna need a bigger jar of cold cream." III

Bristol Renaissance Faire
near Kenosha, Wisconsin
August 3, 2013

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Tartanic

Tartanic by Jim Frazier
Tartanic, a photo by Jim Frazier on Flickr.
Bristol Renaissance Faire
near Kenosha, Wisconsin
July 20, 2013

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One Third of Barely Balanced

Bristol Renaissance Faire
near Kenosha, Wisconsin
August 3, 2013

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Moonie

Moonie by Jim Frazier
Moonie, a photo by Jim Frazier on Flickr.
Bristol Renaissance Faire
near Kenosha, Wisconsin
August 3, 2013

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Adrian Walter - Tartanic

Adrian Walter - Tartanic II

Adrian Walter - Tartanic I

Bristol Renaissance Faire near Kenosha, Wisconsin
July 6, 2013

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Louise

Geneva Lake in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
July 5, 2013

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Firewhip Guy and Tattoo
www.winrichwhips.com/

Bristol Renaissance Faire
near Kenosha, Wisconsin
July 6, 2013

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Friday, July 5, 2013

I'M KING OF THE WORLD!!!

I'M KING OF THE WORLD!!!One lucky guy on Geneva Lake in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
July 5, 2013

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Fourth of July!!!

Happy Fourth of July!!! by Jim Frazier
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Via Flickr:
Glen Ellyn Fire Department
Glen Ellyn Fourth of July Parade
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
July 4, 2013

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Color Guard from the VFW I

Color Guard from the VFW I by Jim Frazier
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Glen Ellyn Fourth of July Parade
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
July 4, 2013

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Color Guard from the VFW II

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Glen Ellyn Fourth of July Parade
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
July 4, 2013

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Lights and Sirens - the fire department is the best part of the parade

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Glen Ellyn Fire Department and a couple of other districts
Glen Ellyn Fourth of July Parade
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
July 4, 2013

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What with budget cuts, the Blue Angels couldn't make it, so they sent asubstitute...

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Glen Ellyn, Illinois
July 4, 2013

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If I were in his district, I'd vote for Roskam just because he had agirl on a unicycle!

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Glen Ellyn, Illinois
July 4, 2013

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Some guy

Some guy by Jim Frazier
Some guy, a photo by Jim Frazier on Flickr.
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Glen Ellyn, Illinois
July 4, 2013

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Amtrak Train 29 - The Capitol Limited

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I was doing a two-week swing in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylania, and drove there from Chicago. On the way, I stopped in Harpers Ferry to do a little train photography (who cares about that history stuff?!?). Back in August, a guy at the Folkston Funnel turned me on to this spot.

On Sunday, my first attempt, it didn't turn out well. I hung around for a couple of hours, and only one train appeared and it showed up when I wasn't anywhere near a shooting spot. Later I realized, after my seminar in Frederick, Maryland on Wednesday, I'd be only 30 minutes from Harpers Ferry.

Since the weather was cooperative, I made a second attempt that evening to meet the westbound Amtrak train at 5:06pm. I got there with about 20 minutes to spare. I also had a chance to talk with some folks who were waiting for the train. They were going to the Great Lakes Naval Training Center north of Chicago for their son's (and grandson's) graduation. So I congratulated them and asked them to pass on my thanks to their son. They were real nice, salt-of-the-earth type folks. And clearly very proud.

Finally, the train showed up and was I able to get a couple of decent pictures of the train coming out of the tunnel on the Maryland side of the Potomac River with some nice, late afternoon sun. Which was my objective.

I love it when a plan comes together.

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
October 2006
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Ginger Zee

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Ginger Zee was emceeing a “green” fashion show at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois. I was volunteering that day and took a few pictures of her waiting.  One of my only photographic brushes with celebrity. 

September 25, 2010

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The World's Best Chocolate Cake

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Portillo's, a terrific hot dog/Italian beef/hamburger restaurant chain in the Chicago area also serves up the best chocolate cake ever.  I know this because I'm constantly on the hunt for a better cake, but I've never found it (and I have the stomach to prove it).  I've heard the secret ingredient is mayonaise.

For complete decadence, try the shake.  They take a piece of cake, drop into the mixer and turn it into a shake.  ohhh  gawd!

Batavia, Illinois
March 2006
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.50 Cal Machine Gun - Jeep-mounted



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The orange ones are tracers
Armed Forces Day
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois
May 2006
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Robert Wadlow

Robert Wadlow

Robert Wadlow was Alton, Illinois' major claim to fame - he was (and still holds the record for being) the tallest man who ever lived.  He was 8ft, 11.1 inches tall.  This statue is LIFE SIZE and is located in Alton.  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Wadlow

For purposes of scale, I'm (on a good day, with low barometric pressure and humidity and with a song in my heart) about 6'2"

IF YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT STEALING THIS PICTURE, STOP THINKING.  THIS PICTURE IS COPYRIGHTED.  NO PERMISSION IS GRANTED FOR ITS USE.  THERE ARE PLENTY OF PICTURES OUT THERE YOU CAN USE.  SEARCH FOR THEM.  OR GO TO ALTON AND TAKE YOUR OWN PICTURE.  BUT YOU MAY NOT USE THIS ONE.

February 2006
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M-1911A1

M-1911A1



The M1911 is a single-action, semiautomatic handgun chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge. It was designed by John M. Browning, and was the standard-issue side arm for the United States armed forces from 1911 to 1985, and is still carried by some U.S. forces. It was widely used in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Its formal designation as of 1940 was Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, M1911 for the original Model of 1911 or Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, M1911A1 for the M1911A1, adopted in 1924. The designation changed to Pistol, Caliber .45, Automatic, M1911A1 in the Vietnam era. In total, the United States procured around 2.7 million M1911 and M1911A1 pistols during its service life.
Wikipedia
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1911_pistol

This weapon was on display at the Armed Forces Day event at Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois
May 2008
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Monday, July 1, 2013

Cantigny Rose



Cantigny Rose Wheaton, Illinois
June 15, 2013

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Stretched

Stretched

Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois

June 15, 2013

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Off camera lighting with a tiny little point and shoot (Canon S95)

Off camera lighting with a tiny little point and shoot (Canon S95) January 20, 2013

Larger version here

Thanks to stchuck for being the model.

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