Monday, December 30, 2019

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Nativity

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I grew up with this Nativity set, so it's at least 65 years old.  It got a lot of use when I was a kid.  There were some wax choir boys, angels and reindeer that were part of the scene too, but they have been lost to time.  

This year, for some reason, I asked Kate if we still had it and she dug it out and put it up.  Then I developed an idea for a picture.  This comes satisfyingly close to what I had pre-visualized.

Technical: In order to get the effect of a lantern illuminating JMJ, I used an LED flashlight with a flexible neck and a yellow gel.  The Three Wise Men are concealing the head and the whole flashlight is black so I didn't have to Photoshop anything out.  Then, two SB600's, with blue gels, were used in a shoot-through umbrella (camera right) for the overall scene. Triggered by CLS.  Finally, I focus-stacked three images in Photoshop.  And thank the Lord for gaffers tape.

World Famous Frazier Studio
Elgin, Illinois
December 26, 2019

Thanks to Kate for hauling this out.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Santa got some new threads this year
Breakfast with Santa
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois 41.855040, -88.156034
December 22, 2019

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas from our latest Santa

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Kate and I try to get one new Santa every year.  This is the most recent adoption.  And Kate's Christmas Cactus is in there too.
Here are all of them

Friday, December 6, 2019

M47 Patton Tank

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Tank Park
First Division Museum
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois 41.853025, -88.155103

November 22, 2019

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Friday, November 15, 2019

Side Door

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St. Luke's Episcopal Church
Evanston, Illinois 42.035592, -87.677825
Built in 1909
from Open House Chicago 2019
October 19, 2019

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Monday, November 11, 2019

Veteran's Day 2019

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In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Flanders_Fields

Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois
May 18, 2018

Saturday, November 9, 2019

"Whaddaya mean, you forgot the Swiss Miss?"

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Revolutionary War Reenactment
Northwest Territory Alliance Grand Encampment
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois 41.853200, -88.161061
September 7, 2019

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Eban Conant House

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Along South First Street
Geneva, Illinois 41.885119, -88.305840
October 27, 2019
One of the significant sites in the Central Geneva Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.

"All the Leaves are Down"

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And bonus points to you youngsters who recognized that I got the lyric wrong.
Elgin, Illinois
November 1, 2019

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Along South First Street

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This house dates from 1855
Geneva, Illinois
Along the original alignment of the Lincoln Highway
October 27, 2019

Monday, October 28, 2019

Red Chokeberry

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Red Chokeberry
Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima'
Gold Pond
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois 41.856162, -88.155428
October 27, 2019

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Seasonal Wreath

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Found on the door of the Bethany Lutheran Church
Ephraim, Wisconsin 45.155472, -87.168948
October 2, 2019

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Nothing like a pile of gourds (none of which we bought)

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Wood Orchard Market
Egg Harbor, Wisconsin 45.064255, -87.266562
October 4, 2019

Saturday, October 19, 2019

St. Ita Roman Catholic Church

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Edgewater
Chicago, Illinois 41.982017, -87.660758
from Open House Chicago 2019
October 19, 2019

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Flowers on the Fox River

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From the State Street Bridge over the Fox River
Geneva, Illinois 41.887283, -88.301991
October 5, 2019

Monday, October 14, 2019

Fall - the Season of Death

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Lower Display Garden
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois
October 9, 2019

EAT

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The Rafters
Lena, Illinois
A worthy addition to my EAT signs collection
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(Frankly, ANY eat sign is a worthy addition to the collection)
August 18, 2019

Saturday, October 12, 2019

The Long Hunters II

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Revolutionary War Reenactment
Northwest Territory Alliance Grand Encampment
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois
September 7, 2019

Friday, October 11, 2019

Loveday House

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328 South Third Street.
Geneva, Illinois 41.884061, -88.308943
This building dates to 1869

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Monday, October 7, 2019

Cabin in the Woods

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Between Ellison Bay and Gills Rock
Door County, Wisconsin
October 3, 2019

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Island Park Reflections

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Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk
Geneva, Illinois 41.884717, -88.302275
October 5, 2019

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Window and Pews

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St. Mark's Church
Built in 1868
Geneva, Illinois 41.884795, -88.309750
September 5, 2019

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Danger in the Studio, with Santa

I was shooting some portraits yesterday (private - the pictures will not be posted) and I took this test shot just to make sure the Pocketwizards and lights were working.  I would have deleted the image, but I noticed that my orange cones were in the picture.  It occurred to me there was a story here, as well as a tip for other photographers if they want to be extra safe.

For the last several years, I've been taking pictures at a "brunch with Santa" event. Normally, Santa and I are off in a corner and out of the way. But there was always a risk of excited kids tripping over the legs of light stands, cords, etc.  I cringed when I thought of my AlienBees 1600 falling from over 10 feet up.  I just tried to secure the stuff and keep it out of the way as much as possible. 

A couple of years ago, we found ourselves in a different venue that was, essentially, a hallway. It wasn't frequently used, but people did walk through the set occasionally.  And of course, the only outlet I could use required the cords to be in the path.  And, of course, there were light stands as well. I could easily foresee people tripping and AlienBees falling from the sky. 

I asked the janitor if he had any of those "wet floor" warning cones. He delivered. I don't know if it worked, but at least no one tripped over the various obstacles that I had placed in their way. I decided, on the spot, to buy a couple of cones for future use.  During a break in the action, I used my trusty Amazon app, but they were kind of expensive.  On the other hand, Amazon recommended the smaller soccer cones for a LOT less money - I bought 'em on the spot.

Since then, I have placed them liberally around light stands and wires.  Again, I don't know if they work, but I've had no tripping accidents.

Last Christmas, one of the kids waiting to visit Santa snottily walked right through the set and kicked over a couple of the cones...and kept kicking one all across the room. And Santa was right there!!!

Santa made it clear to the kid that he was a bad boy.  He made him put the cones back where they were and apologize. So some kid probably got a crapload of coal in his stocking. I know this because, when we talked about it later, Santa was still pretty pissed and was furiously scribbling in his naughty list.

So that was nice.

Here's the tip.  In a previous life, I found myself, quite by accident (see what I did there), as the de facto safety director for a small manufacturing plant. So I became a little bit more attuned to safety issues than the normal guy. I'm pretty sure very few photographers get busted by OSHA, but I'm willing to bet that, if they ever did visit, they'd want to see orange cones around light stands and cords. So be safe and impress your associates with how much you care about their safety! Buy yourself some orange soccer cones and sprinkle them liberally around the set.

Santa will be happy too.

Geneva, Illinois
September 25, 2019

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

I don't want to say it's aliens. But it's aliens.

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Upper Display Garden
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois 41°51'20.127" N 88°9'19.072" W
September 8, 2019

Tea for Two

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Revolutionary War Reenactment
Northwest Territory Alliance Grand Encampment
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois 41.853200, -88.161061
September 7, 2019

Friday, September 20, 2019

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Lean on Me

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Revolutionary War Reenactment
Northwest Territory Alliance Grand Encampment
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois 41.853200, -88.161061
September 2019