Saturday, February 25, 2012

Cantigny Winter Wonderland Photography

As I write this I reflect on yesterday, Friday, February 24, 2012. What a day it was here in the Chicago Suburbs, specifically at Cantigny Park and Gardens in Wheaton, IL. The ground and trees were painted by a magnificent layer of snow that was a dream for me. I kept hoping for that perfect snowfall to go out and capture photos but it just had not happened until yesterday.

Besides the snowfall, this is my second photo project where I am shooting in RAW format. I should have been doing this for quite a while but we do learn from our mistakes and move on. I know I will be shooting in RAW all of the time going forward.

My camera for this trip is a Pentax K-7 with a standard 18-55 zoom lens ISO 100. I was ready for the day.

The images posted below went through a couple, few rounds of edits. Since I don’t have Adobe Lightroom (yet) I used Photoshop Elements and tweaked them. Each image will be followed by edits using Smart Photo Editor using multiple filters. I like the effects created so far. I feel I could have made them even more interesting if I spent more time on them, but I just don’t have that kind of time today. So let’s get started with the image presentations.







It was great to get out and take these scenic snow photos and just as much fun editing them. I must confess, I was a little disappointed with the lack of snowfall here in Chicago this season. I'll tell you this though, yesterday made up for it.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Photo Tour of Sirracusa, Sicily

Scanning Negatives Project - from Roll 8

In 1979, while in the Navy, I was able to go on a tour of Sirracusa, Sicily. My equipment at the time was a Pentax K1000 with a 50mm lens. I also had a Vivitar flash unit that was relatively inexpensive.


During the course of the tour we visited the catacombs of San Giovanni. Within the catacombs of San Giovanni are the markings on one of the tombs. We were told that these early christian markings are of a saint that was buried in that location. The catacombs themselves are the area where early Christians gathered for church. This crypt may have been the resting place of St. Marcianus, though I am not certain of that.

I did take pictures of the catacombs from different perspectives but as a photographer it is sometimes important to take the pictures of details as I have shown above. When sharing my photos with family and friends it makes for a good story to have detail like this to talk about.


We also visited the ancient ruins of Syracusa, this is the Altar of Hieron II. It was built in the third century B.C. and was once used for the slaughter of 450 oxen. Many of the sacrifices were performed as thanks to the gods for military victories. This alter measures 653 ft long by 75 ft wide. I was on a bus that slowed down enough for us to take this picture. I am thankful to have taken this photo with the limitations of a 50mm fixed lens.


The picture above is of the Duomo di Siracusa inside of the cathedral are some even more stunning images. I was a bit disappointed that so many cars were parked in front. It made it difficult to take a really good picture. But I did what I could to capture something interesting.

Sometimes we only have one chance to take the picture. When traveling, it is probably better to take the photo you can than to regret not having it at all.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Bedroom Window Snow

To be honest, there has not been a very good snow season this year for me and photography. I have taken some snow scene photos but it has not really been what I was looking for. With that in mind I decided to go through some of my older snow photos to see what I had done before. The image below was taken on 2/6/2008 according to the image properties.


It seems I set up this shot looking out the bedroom window. Looking at this image today, I like it. This is the type of image I was hoping to get this year so I could use my DSLR to take a pic. Since I did not have that opportunity this year I decided to play with this image with Smart Photo Editor. Below are the results.







So even though I did not get to use my DSLR as much as I wanted to for snow scenes this year, I was able to have some fun editing this and sharing these with you.

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Friday, February 3, 2012

A Different Kind of Snow Photo - Modified

A couple of weeks ago I took the following photo


On some of my other social networking sites I got some interesting comments about it. Then I thought about what I could do to make this image more interesting. After giving this some more thought, I tinkered with it in a few of my photo editing software programs. The following is what I created ...


I posted this image for my friends to enjoy, here I post it for you to enjoy.


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