Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Planning ahead

It's generally true in landscape photography that the more planning you can do, the better the results. My recent star trails photo, posted last Friday, was an example of this. I planned the shot in advance, did a test shot a week or so before hand, and used that shot to fine tune the final photo.

So I thought I'd let you in on some planning I am doing right now for another night shot. I'd like to get a night shot of the barn above, illuminated by a technique called light painting. What I'm visualizing is something close to the angle of view above, with the barn illuminated, and the surroundings dark, but with stars visible. I'm not planning on star trails, because I don't think I will be able to find a safe enough parking place to spend that kind of time. We'll see, because star trails behind the illuminated barn would be way cool.

So that's what I'm planning, hopefully in the next week or so. I'm taking a risk, announcing my plans in advance, because it may not turn out to be any good at all. Wish me luck.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Chesapeake Bay

This is a photo from my travels down the east coast last spring. I stopped at the very end of Cape Charles, just before entering the bridge and tunnel that crosses Chesapeake Bay. Out from the shore were old pilings that look like some sort of abandoned fishing apparatus. Whether or not that's the case, the various sea birds were gathering enthusiastically, implying that fish were to be had there.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Star Trails Again

I know I've been putting up a lot of star trails photos recently, but this is a shot I've been wanting to get for a long time. It was taken out in the countryside southeast of Savoy Illinois, at the observatory owned by the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society, on November 24th 2011. The final picture consists of 99 exposures taken over 90 minutes, and merged in Photoshop. The exposures were of varying lengths, but most around 20 seconds, at f5.6, using a Canon EF 10-22mm wide zoom at 10mm, on a Canon 60D camera.

Many thanks to David Leake, president of the CUAS, for permission to photograph at the observatory.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Photo Of The Day

 A view inside the Imperial palace in Kyoto, Japan.

Monday, November 21, 2011

A bit of abstract

I've been working on creating abstract photos in black and white. Here are some of my favorites of my recent efforts.

I like the picture above for its M.C. Escher-like effect. The picture below is almost pure geometric form, but with enough variation to keep it from becoming mechanical.

Finally, a close-up of an everyday object.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Star Trails at Home

On Wednesday I posted a time-lapse project, part of which involved filming the sky for an entire day from my bedroom window. In the night portion of the film you can watch the stars move across the sky. I thought I'd take those same still shots and create a star trails shot from the footage. And here it is.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

11-11-11 Time Lapse

This is a time lapse video of my day on 11-11-11. It is meant to complement the "11-11-11 One Day on Earth" project, but is not affiliated with it. The film is a combination of stills shot with a Canon Rebel XTi, and video shot with a Canon 60D and Flip HD video camera. Time lapse sequences from video were prepared using QuickTime pro 7, and the project was assembled in Adobe Premier Pro CS5

Music by Vivaldi

Monday, November 14, 2011

Minneapolis Elevators Redux

Just for comparison purposes, I've decided to post the three pictures I posted on Friday, only in color this time. Which do you prefer?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Minneapolis Elevators

On my trip to Minneapolis this week I finally got the chance to spend some time exploring and shooting the old grain elevators that line Hiawatha Avenue on the south side of town. Although old, the elevators bustle with activity, and are right on top of a busy railroad switching yard. Here are some of my favorite shots from the trip.

The picture above was taken looking north from 37th Street and Dight Avenue. Below is the view along the tracks, to the north from 42nd Street.

Finally here is the majestic tower of the General Mills elevator, looking south from 37th Street.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Iowa Countryside

I had to run up to Minnesota this week to give a presentation. On the way up, driving through rural Northeast Iowa, it was a beautiful late fall day. Above is a view of farms and the rolling fields. Below is a view across the fields of Ricardsville, Iowa. On my way back down on Wednesday, there was snow on the ground. Fall is fleeting.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Photo of the Day

Playing around for the effect with some fall foliage here. I used some blur to get a gauzy effect that I like. The question is, do you like it? I find that there is often a point why my taste seems to go off the rails, and shots that I like a lot are not appreciated by others.

Is that the case here? I'll let you be the judge

Friday, November 4, 2011

Glorious Sunset

There was a beautiful sunset through the clouds on Wednesday evening. I managed to catch it behind the historic round barns on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana. The only camera I had with me was my Canon G12, and the shot above is a straight shot (no HDR), so you can see how incredible the color was. A beautiful sight, to be sure.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Fall Foliage

Here are a few more shots from my drive on Saturday. These are presented in living color. Both were taken in the cemetery on the east side of Chenoa, Illinois. I'm not sure that I got the foliage at its peak of color, but I think I'm close.