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Frosted Tree

I thought I would cool things down a bit today.  We are suppose to have a 105 degree heat index today.  It’s awesome to have that Midwest humidity.  Hopefully this starts to fuel some awesome storms to go shoot.  I’m getting really jealous of Scott Ackerman (check out his awesome storm shots).  He has captured some awesome moments.  How hot is  it where you are at?

 

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A Tornado Inside?

Why, yes there is a tornado inside the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.  This what a neat exhibit to show how a tornado is created.  I wish I got more motion out of the mist but of course I couldn’t use my tripod.  Maybe next time.  Short post today.  I wish everyone a fantastic Tuesday!

U-505

The U-505 exhibit at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry is truly remarkable.  This U boat is one of five remaining from WWII worldwide with U-505 being the only one ever captured (and in one piece) during WWII.  We took a tour of this boat to get a perspective of what it was like to live on it.  The space was sparse.  It was hot and humid, I couldn’t even begin to imagine what it was like during war time.  And did I mention it was really really cramp in there?  Even though we were able to get a taste of what it was like on the U-505 during its time at sea, it was just a small bite.  I couldn’t imagine being down 200 meters under the sea surface with the body heat of a 100 other men while having a destroyer dropping depth charges on you.  It is a scary scary thought.

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

 

Down the Alley

So this is my first image to use textures with.  I’m not a huge fan of textures but people such as Heath O’Fee and Chris Kenison are starting to convince me otherwise.  They have done some pretty nice stuff with texture, so go check them out!  When textures are done right (this image is a bad example) they can be pretty cool I must say.  This being my first, I was pretty timid with the textures.  I really just wanted to add a little more to the concrete and even less to the brick walls.  I don’t think it turned out too bad, but I’m not sure.  Give me your thoughts.  What do you use for textures?

 

Just Chirping Away

I have never seen a frog chirp before this shot.  I was very easily amused by this and probably took a hundred photos of this guy chirping.   I was using my moms old 1980’s Nikon 70-200 mm lens for this shot.  It actually did a pretty good job, especially sense I’m horrible with manual focus.

I’m Back!

 

WOW!  It has been way too long since my last blog post.  I apologize to all of you for my month long hiatus.  It sure has been a busy month I must say.  I had some personal stuff to tend to.  Also I had two of my best friends fly in for a weeklong visit all the way from Maine and New Mexico.  Oh, and yeah, I got married followed by a weeklong honeymoon!  My lovely new wife and I took a trip out to Las Vegas, which was an amazing time.  We relaxed by the pool, went to the Cirque Du Soleil KA show (highly recommend), had some awesome food, did A LOT of people watching (there are some interesting folk there), and did a tiny bit of gambling (we came out ahead!).  One thing I REALLY REALLY wanted to do was go out and shoot.  But I was good and didn’t take pictures during the entire honeymoon (shh, don’t tell my wife one of the main reasons I didn’t was because I forgot a piece to my tripod back at home).  I was able to jimmy rig it so I could get a few night shots from our 20th floor balcony.  These shots are the only shots I took in the past month.  I must say I REALLY miss photography and am excited to get back into the swing of things.  It’s good to be back!

Blowing in the Wind

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  Today we go way back to March when I stumbled on a worn down park shelter.  It was a windy day, as you can see by the rope blowing in the wind.  To get some shots of this door I had to prop it open so it wouldn’t move on me.   This is one of my first shots I’ve done to show natural motion within the scene.  Sometime I forget that it is alright to have things moving in your frame.  It gives a whole new layer to the photograph that adds more interest.  It can help to put the viewer right there in the moment of the shot.

Rotnest Island

Okay, I cheated a bit with this image that has been on my Smugmug site for awhile.  I reprocessed it a bit and  it is new to the blog. So, here is the last image from my little trip down memory lane I dragged you along with this week.  This gorgeous place is The Basin at Rotnest Island.  The island is just off the coast of Australia by Perth.  You can actually see the city skyline just to the left of the lighthouse on the horizon.  We decided to bike around the whole island on our extremely short 4 hour trip.  It was only 26km around the whole place.  It was challenge not to stop at every bay that is just as gorgeous as this one.  I could go on and on about our journey with stories filled with swimming, cliffs, lizards, biking, quokkas, and so on!  I won’t do that to you on this fine Friday though.

I hope everyone has a awesome weekend.

Cheers!

Fishing

Today’s images (not sure which I like better) are from the coast of Perth, Australia where during our trip we got to spend 18 wonderful days.  This amazing city is in my top five where I would realistically want to live, right along with: Denver CO, Phoenix AZ, Queenstown NZ, and Minneapolis, MN.  All are unique in their own way, with their own rich history and fascinating foods.  Perth is actually the most isolated major city in the world and at the time of our visit it was one of the fastest growing cities in the world.  They had a lot of urban design and planning issues that were coming up.  Such as, where is the water going to come from and where are all of the expected 1.5 million new comers in the next several decades suppose to go?  It was an interesting challenge that landscape architects, planners, scientists, and the government have to solve.

Make sure you check out tomorrow’s image.  It is from one of my favorite, if not my favorite, places in the whole wide world.  

Franz Josef Glacier

This is Franz Josef glacier in New Zealand.  It is located very close to Mt. Cook and Fox Glacier on the South Island.  This image doesn’t show much scale but as you walked closer to the glacier’s front it made you feel like an ant.  I would have to say that the ice wall was about 100 feet tall.  It was very impressive and humbling.  Along this path of polished rocks were several waterfalls we walked by.  You can see one on the right side of the valley portrayed as two nearly vertical white lines just above the front of the glacier.  Also, flowing from under the glacier was a river, it hides within this vast valley on the opposite side I stood here.  This area of New Zealand is a must see if you are on the South Island.