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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