Category Archives: Evanston

Driftwood Sunrise

Just taking a shot at sunrisephotography. 🙂 Something about this is just pleasing to me when left on the screen. 
This is the first time I’ve had something in the foreground to work with on a shot like this.  But I didn’t realize just how low to the ground that I had to keep the camera. The tripod was pretty much useless! I used my foot instead.
Driftwood Sunrise
There was a moment with this morning on the beach when I was going back to my car and there were a couple of girls just enjoying the morning.  Maybe they were out for a run or a swim or something? They aproached me to take their photo. I graciously abliged.
They wanted the sunrise behind them, but their faces were pure shadow. So, I directed them to turn so the sun lit up their faces a little bit. I wish I used my camera, instead I used their iphone. That’s ok. It made my day. They were really happy with it and so was I!

Mrs Dawes’ Room

This room is completely unique to the rest of the home. Her feminine charm is on display here. The deep wood mantles and dark tones are gone. This room is bright in comparison to the rest of the home. The paining above the fire place is of their son. He died in a drowning accident in Lake Geneva, WI. To the right was a painting of their daughter. To the left were some ancestors.

Vice President Dawes' wife kept this room to entertain her guests and honor her son who passed away at the age of 21.
Vice President Dawes’ wife kept this room to entertain her guests and honor her son who passed away at the age of 21.

I processed this picture with HDR processing. There were three exposures as -2, 0, +2 exposure values. I tried to bring out the colors as much as possible without breaking reality. I also used Adobe Camera Raw to adjust the light of the scene to better connect with what the scene felt like.

Dawes House Dining Room

Evanston, IL

The Dawes House in Evanston is a wonderful place to visit! This is a historical landmark. The house was the previous residence of Charles Gates Dawes, former Vice President to Calvin Coolidge. He was also a general in WWI. The house was built in the Chateau style of the late 19th century. There is a lot of amazing wood work here. There are also some stuffed animal mounts in the great hall.

Charles Gates was involved in investment banking, primarily utiilities. The house was originally set up with access to gas for heating.

The picture you are about to see is of the dining room. I was very happy to get a chance to have this shot because it wasn’t a shot that most people get to take. My tour guide was able to see what I was doing with my camera. And by the time I took this shot of the dining room:

This picture was at ISO 400, f/3.5, 1/15 sec. and 18mm. When shooting into the window, the camera wanted to keep the exosure time short compared to other spots in the house. In this case, I am using the longest exposure for processing.

Once that picture was take, the tour guide showed me an old black and white that was taken from a doorway that they don’t use anymore. But it goes to the far corner of the room. By the time the tour came to an end, we circled back to the doorway and I took the following photo:

Dawes House Dinner Table

This is really two photos that I stitched in to one, panorama style. It was too hard to line myself up as a single shot because there wasn’t enough space.

The dining room with musician's balcony.
The dining room with musician’s balcony.

1600 ISO, 18mm, f/3.5, 1/10 second.

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Thank you.