Monday, December 30, 2019

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Thursday, December 26, 2019

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

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
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

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

November 22, 2019