Thursday, December 18, 2014

"Actually, you ARE the droid we're looking for"

"Actually, you ARE the droid we're looking for"

The 501st Legion was at the Cantigny Park Lego show on December 13, 2014

Wheaton, Illinois

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New Green Leaves in December

New Green Leaves in December

Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois

December 13, 2014

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Red-hot Poker

Red-hot Poker

Kniphofia
'Flamingo'
Asphodelaceae

Missouri Botanic Garden
St. Louis, Missouri

May 30, 2014

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Can you have two masters?

Can you have two masters?

New Orleans, LA
May 28, 2014

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

CEO of Santa's Workshops, LLC

CEO of Santa's Workshops, LLC

"Breakfast with Santa"
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois

December 7, 2014
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Saturday, December 6, 2014

D-Day Display

D-Day Display

D-Day Display

D-Day Display

D-Day Display

Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois
June 7, 2014

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Deep Elum

Deep Elum

Burseen 2012
Tall Bearded Iris
Missouri Botanical Garden
St. Louis, Missouri

May 30, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Cantigny Poinsettias

I took this back in 2008.  Cantigny just had their open house so you've missed your shot this year.  But next year, consider giving this a visit.  Very spectacular.


Greenhouse of Poinsettias

Monday, December 1, 2014

TORCWORI

The Old Rusty Cadillac West of Rochelle, Illinois is a mystical place located in the midwest.  It attracts photographers from all over the area to try their hand at tapping into the wondrous mysteries of an old car parked in front of an even older barn.

TORCWORI

The car is NOT abandoned.  The barn and plot are used for storage, and the car is moved occasionally to allow access to the barn, or to make room for equipment at harvest time.  Some of us have even talked with the owner.

The Situation has changed 3

The surrounding area appears desolate, but the sacred spot is located along Illinois Route 38 - a busy highway that also happens to be the Lincoln Highway.

Lone Tree by The Old Rusty Cadillac West of Rochelle, Illinois

I started a Flickr group for TORCWORI that currently has almost 900 pictures posted from 134 members.  As you can see, the car truly is an inspiration for photographers.

"Cadivity Scene"

The consensus is that it's a 1950 Cadillac Series 62 Sedan 4 Door Hardtop

I love it when a plan comes together

Cadillac Tail Light


Frost on the Headlight II

And there are other things to photograph within the church of TORCWORI

I've heard of Prairie Schooners, but ...

Grasshopper by the Caddy

I could have sworn there was a Cadillac around here

If TOCWORI sings to the photographer in you, get yourself to this location.  The owner has been friendly to photographers.  However, he has installed some security equipment, so evidently there have been...problems.  Remember that this IS private property, so please be respectful. Don't open or move anything - either on the car, any parked equipment, or the barn. Don't drive in the grass if the ground is very wet. Don't wander into the surrounding fields.  Please think of TORCWORI as a museum to...something. 

TORCWORI, Blue Sky, and Other Stuff

More of my pictures of TORCWORI are here.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Hood Ornament - 1930 Cadillac Roadster

Hood Ornament - 1930 Cadillac Roadster

Geneva Concours d'Elegance
Along Third Street in Geneva, Illinois
August 24, 2014

Here are all of my hood ornament pictures


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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Madison/Wabash on the CTA

Madison/Wabash on the CTA
 
from Chicago Architecture Foundation L Tour

August 23, 2014

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Hello, Sunshine


Hello, Sunshine

Chicago Botanic Garden
Glencoe, Illinois

Title by Ken Harris

August, 11, 2014

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What Camera Do I Buy?

"Mine is bigger than yours"

I get this question frequently, so I've written this article just for you.

First of all, read these links - they're the best I've found on this topic:

http://www.cnet.com/topics/cameras/buying-guide/

http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-buy-a-digital-camera/

http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/recommended-cameras.htm

And I'll make a few additional suggestions:

1. If you have a good friend who uses a particular camera or brand, consider going in that direction.  You can lend each other equipment, provide each other with technical support and ideas, and pat each other on the back for choosing the best camera brand on the planet.

Other than that, the brand is really not important, as long as it's one of the big ones.  Although I reserve the right to tease you mercilessly if you don't go with Nikon. ;-)

2. Here are minimum capabilities I believe you should get:
Your camera should have the ability to accept interchangeable lenses.  Whether you get them yet is up to you and your style of photography.  But you should have this option.  If you're looking at packages offered by retailers, beware the lenses that are included in the package. They are frequently off-brand and not particularly good.  They may be worth it to get started, but just be informed about what you're getting for that really cheap price.
The camera should accept a shoe-mount flash. 
None of my cameras have it, but I really like the tiltable LCD screens.
3. After you get the camera, your next purchases should be:
a shoe mount flash  
a really good tripod
a basics of photography book.
There's always one of these on the remainder shelves at the bookstore.  Buy it and read it.
a subscription to Popular Photography.  
It's cheap.  And it's got lots of articles written for both beginners and advanced users.  It's a great way of getting comfortable with photography.
4. Now for some specifics
If you're planning shooting outside, a polarizing filter and a Hoodman Loupe are worthy investments.

If you're planning on shooting flowers, a macro lens would be a good idea.  This will allow you to focus closely, and have a higher f/stop for deeper depth of field.

If you're planning on shooting people, a popular lens for this is a 70 to 200 f2.8 lens.  But there are other variations.  What you want is the ability to have a wide aperture and a focal length of more than 50 mm
Now, after all of that, if you still have questions, please let me know.  

This was updated on 11/18/14.

Jim Frazier



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day 2014


Veterans Day 2014


Rockford World War II Days
Midway Village Museum
Rockford, Illinois

September 20, 2014

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Birding at Cantigny

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Wheaton, Illinois
November 8, 2014

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

50 Brides Reveal What Their Photographers Could Have Done Better

"Dang, where is the reception?  This is the last time I have a freaking wedding in a garden"

http://www.brideboxpro.com/blog/50-brides-reveal-what-photographers-could-have-done-better/

It's interesting how the responses go from happy to kinda pissed off.

Common themes include:

1.  The photographer should really return calls, emails and texts (it amazes me that they don't).
2.  The photographer should have more plans for poses.
3.  The photographer should direct the couple more.
4.  The photographer should be open to suggestions from the bride (who cares about the groom's opinion?)
5.  The photographer shouldn't flirt with the groom (I thought that was hilarious).
6.   There should be more photographs of the couple with the guests.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Shake Your Liquid Booty

Shake your liquid booty

Chicago Botanic Garden
August 2014

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

A Few Pictures from Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans, Louisiana

The Weeping Angel


Metairie Cemetery VI


Metairie Cemetery I


Metairie Cemetery II

See all eight images here

New Orleans
May 28, 2014
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Chcago Botanic Garden

Chcago Botanic Garden

September 22, 2014
Glencoe, Illinois

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Stuff that Annoys Wildlife Photographers







Yes, most of these things have happened to me. Except the stuff about Canon.

Friday, September 19, 2014

"Skeeter, lookee there! Someone left a perfectly good couch in the dumpster. Gimme a hand and help me get it in the truck. Woohee! Score!"

"Skeeter, lookee there!  Someone left a perfectly good couch in the dumpster.  Here, help me get it in the truck.  Score!"

Batavia, Illinois
May 2, 2013

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Yellow Zenia

Yellow Zenia

Idea Garden
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois

September 12, 2014

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Milkweed

Milkweed

at the Idea Garden at Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois

September 3, 2014

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Cantigny Coneflowers

Cantigny Coneflowers

Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Monarch Caterpillars

Monarch Caterpillar I


Monarch Caterpillar II

Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois

August 26, 2014

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

I've got a bad feeling about this....

I've got a bad feeling about this....

Campana Building
Batavia, Illinois

On the National Register of Historic Places

August 28, 201

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Monday, August 25, 2014

1936 Ford Phaeton

1936 Ford Phaeton

Geneva Concours d'Elegance
Geneva, Illinois
August 24, 2014


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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Wabash "L"

Wabash "L"

from Chicago Architecture Foundation "L" Tour

August 23, 2014

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’

Red Coneflowers

from Kate's Garden
Batavia, Illinois

August 16, 2014

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Tombstone in the Basement





The Tombstone in the Basement

Geneva, Illinois
August 17, 2014

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