Sunday, May 27, 2012

Patterns with Buildings

I've been working with patterns this weekend. Buildings, particularly modern architecture, are good for finding patterns. Adding reflections makes it even better. All of these pictures are of buildings, either straight on or in reflections.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Painting the Countryside

I've been working on converting some of my countryside pictures into painting effect pictures. I think it's been going well. Above is a scene near Westgate Iowa from 1997. The fading sunlight makes the picture, in my opinion.

This scene is northwest of Dubuque, Iowa in the winding valley that Highway 52 follows, heading to Minnesota. Below is a field near the Illinois River in Central Illinois.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Photo of the Day

I found Kyoto, Japan, to be a very rich environment for street photography. Now I find that the street photos I took in Kyoto are especially effective when rendered as paintings. I don't know why. Here is a Kyoto night scene that I especially like. Enjoy.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Photo of the Day

The Las Vegas strip just after sunset. I took this photo from the side of the road in Henderson, Nevada, to the south east of the city. The trail of lights in the sky is from an airplane that was passing by during the exposure.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Saturday in Iowa

I drove to Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Friday in order to watch my son walk across a stage at the University of Northern Iowa and be awarded a Masters of Music in Jazz Pedagogy (Congratulations Cory!). It was a great time. Saturday morning as I headed home I meandered across Iowa to my home town of Dubuque. It wasn't the best weather for photography--hazy and cloudy--but Iowa is always pretty, in my opinion.

Above is a view of loan tree in a field, with tilling patters in in the ground. Below, an (apparently still working) telephone booth on a corner in Winthrop Iowa. Takes you back, doesn't it?

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Travel Spot: Växjö Sweden

If you're ever in southern Sweden, the town of Växjö is worth a visit. (good luck pronouncing the name. As far as I can tell, "Växjö" is pronounced something like "Wek-Tho", but I never mastered it.)

Växjö is a beautiful small city of about 60,000, surrounded by lakes in a very picturesque part of the Swedish countryside. What makes Växjö especially worth visiting is the Swedish Emigrant Institute located there. The institute has incredible records on the many Swedes who emigrated, particularly to America, as also presents a fascinating history of the Swedish emigration phenomenon. Along with this are restored farm buildings showing what life was like in Sweden in the 19th Century.

Växjö is not too far from the so-called "Kingdom of Crystal", the glass works that dot southern Sweden. The two can be combined in a day trip. The intervening countryside is quite beautiful.

Finally, if you are lucky, you might spy one of the ancient rune stones, erected by the Vikings to commemorate great events and people. An example is below.