Dead trees of Angel Terrace

The lower terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs in
Yellowstone are pretty interesting. It’s a region with
stepping levels of limestone formed by the hot springs
that flow out. And, if there is a tree in it’s way,
the tree will ultimately be surrounded and starved by
the mineral deposits. It makes for an extremely
contrasty sight! But, thanks to modern camera sensors,
I’m able to bring back the color to this image.

In Angel Terrace of Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park, you see these wide spaces that have consumed trees with the minerals of hotsprings that have flowed intermitently over the last several decades.
In Angel Terrace of Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park, you see these wide spaces that have consumed trees with the minerals of hotsprings that have flowed intermitently over the last several decades.

Race of the Dead – Pilsen Street Art

Race of the Dead – Carrera De Los Muertos

I do not purport to be an expert on Mexican culture or street art. The day of the dead is a Mexican festival to celebrate the lives of those we’ve lost in the past. When Catholic Spaniards took over Mexico, this holiday was co-opted by the Catholic Church and moved to coincide with All Souls Day.

During this festivan, in the Mexican-American neighborhood of Pilsen, Chicago, they have The Race of the Dead, a 5k race to promote good health.

In this picture, I took a photo of the bridge they painted with the race’s logo, and there was what looked like a family walking back from the store.

The Race of the Dead is a 5k race in the Pilsen neighborhood to promote good health. This run is held around the festival of the Day of the Dead.
The Race of the Dead is a 5k race in the Pilsen neighborhood to promote good health. This run is held around the festival of the Day of the Dead.

Happy Memorial Day

Today’s picture is from the WWII Memorial in Washington DC. If you are an American or just live in the USA, please keep those that have died in wars past in your thoughts and prayers.

This is the WWII Memorial at night in Washington DC. The only state not lit up that night was Nebraska.
This is the WWII Memorial at night in Washington DC. The only state not lit up that night was Nebraska.

This is an incredible display and memorial. Everyone should visit this memorial at some point.

Thank you and prayers to our fallen soldiers.

Chasing the Sunset

Here is another photo of when I went to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin. The sun was making it’s last goodbye and people were getting the message that it was probably time to leave the ice. These people were running so fast that in my bracket of photos I took, this was the only frame their silhouettes appeared in.

Chasing the sunset

 

I learned quite a bit from being up there. I hope we are lucky enough next winter, but something tells me that it won’t happen again for a while.

Apostle Islands Keyhole Arch

This archway at the Apostle Islands National Lake Shore was really cool. There were several photographers lined up here to take pictures of the coming sunset. It was a lot of fun being there. I hope to get there again some day.

Keyhole arch in the Lake Superior Apostle Islands National Lake Shore in Wisconsin
Keyhole arch in the Lake Superior Apostle Islands National Lake Shore in Wisconsin

The Shard and The Arcanum

This shard of ice was on Lake Superior by the Apostle Islands in Wisconsin. The sun’s warm light had almost disappeared completely from the sky. When I saw this shard of ice in the snow reflecting the last of this warm light against the deep blues reflected from the coming night sky, I had to capture this. Please see this image as large as possible! (Click the image!)

This shard of ice was on Lake Superior by the Apostle Islands in Wisconsin. The sun's warm light had almost disapeared completely from the sky. When I saw this shard of ice in the snow reflecting the last of this warm light against the deep blues reflected from the comming night sky, I had to capture this.
A shard of ice on Lake Superior, after sunset.

 

I have to thank my experience in The Arcanum for processing this image. Everything from the fire to go and run up to Lake Superior for a day, to brave the elements, to see the sights, camera in hand, and then, as light was about to fade away completely, there is this shard asking for my attention. It was a little bit more of a scream. I tried to make ice look as sharp as I could. (Ice is never really sharp, you know that?)

When I brought it back into Adobe Lightroom I knew I had something worth sharing. But I also knew I wasn’t done with it! It was explained to me that I needed to “purify the colors”. I never knew what that meant. Then, one of my cohort members, Kyle VanEttan showed me how in a video critique.  It wasn’t just his critique that helped. There were others too.

I learned a lot. And when I get another chance to shoot such an interesting landscape, I’ll know a little more to make even better captures. There will be better pictures in my future. More fuel for the processing fire. There will be more fuel to share with you. And the connections that I’ve made in The Arcanum will provide trusted resources to improve each other for years to come.

That is just the first 10 levels of learning with The Arcanum. I’ve learned a lot about my style when I didn’t think I had any style. I’ve learned about where I want to take this. I’ve gained… a compass. The next 10 levels, I suspect I’ll learn to chart my course.

Thanks for reading.  If you’re interested in The Arcanum, you know what to do.

Thanks again,

Adam

Fall Leaves

Today in the Chicago area the temperature is not going to get above 60 when yesterday it was almost 80. So in that spirit, I have this picture from last fall…

So, I like trees. I think most of us like trees. Who doesn’t like trees? I’m no arborist. So I do not know what species of tree this is. But it’s majestic, it’s color was OVERPOWERING. Nope, not a good enough word… It’s color was EXPLOSIVE! The color was so powerful, that it overcame all detail. So, I dialed it back a bit. I like detail. 🙂

Only a few weeks after this, the tree was completely bare.

This tree is at it's height of fall colors in Arlington Heights, IL
This tree is at it’s height of fall colors in Arlington Heights, IL

Chicago Henge stretch

As the sun sets over the L tracks on Washington Street you see some people stretch their legs across the street, stretch their arms, and taking selfies and portraits.

Between L train trips, some people stretch their legs across the street, stretching their arms... and taking pictures.
Between L train trips, some people stretch their legs across the street, stretching their arms… and taking pictures.

 

Today I was surprised with a free ticket to the Cubs game at 3. I’m hoping there isn’t a rain delay.

Take care and have fun everyone!

Chicago Henge over the L

It was an incredibly cloudy day this first day of fall in 2014. But I could see a sliver of hope on the horizon! The streets of Chicago are supposed to line up so that on either Equinox you can see the sun set on the street. But… you never really know just how exact the streets are and just how exact the sun will set.

But boom! The sun cracked the difference between the cloud and sky and horizon within ten minutes of sunset. The brightness of the sun changed drastically in this time. It was supper hard to control the exposure for both the horizon and to make the scene visible for the people in the foreground. Some of the most dramatic and interesting stuff happened on Michigan Avenue and Washington Street.

This scene I took the fastest exposure I could muster, turned it black and white and gave you what I could of this scene. I hope you enjoy.

Chicago Henge over the L

 

BTW, I have several exposures and versions of this I’ll be releasing soon. 🙂