Here is another fantastic beer from Tommyknocker. Since my wife and I loved the Maple Nut Brown Ale (Check it out) so much we decided to try another flavor from the mountain town brewery. This one did not disappoint either! It was very light and sweet. It was a good sweet though, not one that gave you gut rot after one. It is by far my favorite summer ale. I’m sure there will be more recommendations from Tommyknocker in the future. Keep an eye for them.
I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!
I had a little fun with Photo Tools a bit last night to step outside of the normal tools and filters I use. I came out with a post processed image that is not like my typical stuff. I was trying to go for a darker image that fit a cemetery. I think I like this result, I’m not sure. We’ll see if it is still pleasing to the eye tomorrow. I’m still loopy after a long run in this heat and humidity.
I don’t know why but I found this old garage very interesting. It had good symmetry but was put off balance by all of the flowers on the right side. I love the vine reaching through the busy side of the frame to the ‘boring’ side of the garage. I thought the whole thing worked well together. I tried a composition that was zoomed into the right side with one of the doors and flowers. Let’s just say that didn’t make the cut. It would have been nice to get more detail of the flowers but that’s alright. At least I tried.
I can see this old garage with its owner sitting in that old chair back during the towns prime. Kind of makes me think of the movie Cars with the hopping town that was forgotten about because of the interstate system.
I found this cemetery hidden behind the dog park on Saturday. It only has about 10 graves surrounded by a wooding fence. I found a giant boulder with a plaque attached to it stating the importance of the this cemetery. Supposedly this is where prominent evangelist Billy Sunday was born and grew up at. He was very well known for this during the first two decades of the 1900’s. He was also a baseball player in the 1880’s for the National League. How random is that? Anyways, it gave a couple good opportunities for some shots.
So last night I was so excited because I was actually able to do some real shooting for the first time in a couple months! I took some back roads home and came across Sheldahl, Iowa. A town I have never heard of. It probably only had a population of a couple hundred. It had some interesting things in it that I was able to capture such as the back half of an old milk truck. I had to capture this! I got a couple good angles and I was on my way to the next interesting thing. Hopefully they turned out!
I hope everyone had a great holiday! I know I sure enjoyed the long weekend. I love going through my old photos from Germany. I always find new stuff I missed. Not hard to do when you have 8,000 photos from the trip I guess. This is just a simple abstract HDR from the small town of Fussen Germany. Enjoy!
The Tommyknocker Brewery is a place that brings a lot of memories back from my childhood. My dad and I would stop by this Colorado mountain town restaurant every time on our way back down to Denver from the ski slopes. Of course I could never have the beer, until this past week when I found it in the local grocery store here in Ames, Iowa. So of course I had to pick up a six pack. This turned out to be one of my top 5 favorite beers of all time. Now I know the truth as to why my Dad wanted to go there so badly. It wasn’t the amazing buffalo burritos, but rather it was the hand crafted beers. The Maple Nut Brown Ale is actually brewed with maple syrup that gives it an ultra smooth flavor. I highly recommend it if you happen to stumble on to this beer.
I hope everyone has a great Forth of July weekend with many great photo ops!
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!
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!
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?