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Buckingham Fountain

Buckingham Fountain last year on Memorial Day. This is truly one of the jewels of the city. It is visually pleasing. The city looks fantastic behind it. On a hot day, the mist is relief. And sunsets look great. On Memorial Day they will play patriotic music and the central fountain of water will shut much higher than is shown here.

 

Buckingham Fountain on Memorial Day, people get a special performance from the fountain as patriotic music plays and the lights change color, the fountain will shoot even higher than you see here.
Buckingham Fountain on Memorial Day, people get a special performance from the fountain as patriotic music plays and the lights change color, the fountain will shoot even higher than you see here.

I am back, Happy 4th! My Yellowstone trip.

I am back from visiting the 3 national parks. I went to Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, and Arches National Parks. So, for the next several days I’ll be posting photos from there.

Anyways, today’s photo is from Yellowstone. One of the ideas I was wrestling with was the idea of how do you know that the photo is from Yellowstone, or any other place for that matter? I need to add context to the photo. Often time, that context is something in the foreground. When I saw this bison and the mountains and sky, I knew I had that element.

There were actually two bison here, but I decided to wait for the other one to wander out of the frame. He was a little too active and making the image unbalanced.

Bison Landscape in Yellowstone

To process the image, I did HDR processing. A little layering, to make the bison more defined. A little playing with the saturations, sharpening, and so on.

I hope you enjoy!

Where my photography began.

This picture below is where it started for me. 11 months ago I took a trip to Yellowstone National Park, Muir Woods, LA, the Grand Canyon, and then headed home.

This is a picture of Fairy Falls. I had THAT CAMERA (a P&S Nikon P510 w/42x zoom lens). The woman in the photo left the scene not long after taking the picture and I had the entire area to myself. I took my time. There was no rush. My vacation just began!

This photo is a fresh reprocessing of a three shot bracket I took at the time. I didn’t even know how to process HDR at the time! I just knew I needed a bracket of photos! (Full disclosure, some days I still feel like I don’t know how to process HDR.)

Fairy Falls The first time

Ever since then I hadn’t stopped learning. But there’s so much more to learn. I’m really just at the beginning of this journey.

But at the time of taking this photo I do remember remarking to myself how the sun at about the time of the Summer Solstice would rise far enough north (I hope!) to light the falls directly. So far I still think I’m right. Google Earth and other tools make me think I might be right. But there aren’t many photographs of this fall at opportunistic moments.

It’s time I find out how much I really have learned about this photography thing! On Sunday morning I’ll be there.

It’s the start of a two week vacation. It will be awesome!

This also means that starting Friday, updates will be spars as I will be traveling and in very wi-fi unfriendly places.

Water Fountain Sunset

fivedayquest  DAY 5. Invited by Mihoko Yamanashi .

This is my last one of the 5 day set. What better ending than a sunset? The clouds really came out. A few days ago I questioned if I’d get one last good day in this set. But this was it!

I also briefly met Anna Ryndak there. I have to admit, I thought I was going to leave right after running into her but then I saw this post-sunset blaze in the sky and new I had to take one last try!

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The Chicago Botanic Garden really puts on a good display. And over these 5 days, I saw a lot of flowers come to an end and a few new ones begin. It’s constant change over there. Just because you went yesterday, doesn’t mean you’ll see the same thing today!

Who do I chose? I already mentioned her. Anna Ryndak , since I met you at the garden, you’re it! It’s always fun to meet another G+’er! Remember, just use the tag, fivedayquest  , tag me, invite a new person every day for five days.

now for a few tags of my own:

sunsetphotography   hdrphotography   waterfountain   photomatix   16×9

Ground Lit Palm Trees in HDR

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What happens when I have a tripod and take my time!

fivedayquest Day 4, thanks Mihoko Yamanashi for the invite

On this fourth day at the Chicago Botanic Garden in a row, I had an initial feeling of boredome. NOT THAT! KISS OF DEATH! I dreaded my results.

I needed an idea, inspiration, a LIGHTBULB! Lucky for me the lights came on at the garden again! I knew that the green house would need the lights and this time, I had the tripod because I didn’t need to carry an umbrella.

Tropical Green House at the Chicago Botanic Garden. After the lights come on the green house shows a different character.
Tropical Green House at the Chicago Botanic Garden. After the lights come on the green house shows a different character.

This last weekend I purchased Photomatix for HDR processing. When this bracket first processed, my jaw dropped. I know there’s a few things that can be done to push the processing further, but one thing at a time! 🙂

Who do I invite?  Since I have a short attention span and I just liked Wendy Baker ‘s awesome photo of Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic Spring… well, I pick YOU Wendy Baker .

The rules are simple, post photos for 5 days in a row. Tag me in each post, tag 1 new person to do it each day, and use the hashtag fivedayquest . You don’t have to start right away. Start whenever you want! The idea is that it’s daily life.

hdrphotography 20mmprime sonynex7 bluehourphotography palmtrees flowers gardens botanicalgarden  (it was after sunset, btw!)

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Red Mustang

It’s hard to believe but in another month I’ll probably see some ACTUAL mustangs, you know, the kind that have four hoofs instead of wheels? Westward ho!

For now, I have Ford Mustangs coming out of hibernation in Chicago. It was a LONG and HARD winter and I’m sure all the car enthusiasts want to show what they got! I don’t mind taking their pictures, either.  Red Mustang

This Mustang was on display in Palatine, IL at a SONIC fast food drive in. It was so bright out that I had to use a neutral density filter! That allowed me to preserve what bokeh I liked here. There are so many interesting lines and colors cars have. Their designers really knew how to catch the eye!

Night Owls at the Harold Washington Library

I really liked the Harold Washington Library.  It’s one of the more iconic symbols of Chicago and one of the primary protectors of Chicago’s history. Here’s a factoid for you: The Chicago Public Library system didn’t exist until word of the Great Chicago Fire reached the Queen of England and in response, she sent library’s worth of books to Chicago because she thought that Chicago’s libraries were all up in smoke. In truth, Chicago didn’t have any libraries to begin with.

The library has owls in place of gargoyles that line the roof. And as you can see, they are very nicely lit at night!

 

The Harold Washington Library in Chicago at night has owls instead of gargoyles guarding the rooftop.
The Harold Washington Library in Chicago at night has owls instead of gargoyles guarding the rooftop.

This picture was panorama of three photos in the portrait position each photo was an HDR processed bracket of three exposures. I hope you enjoy.

More Stained Glass

I’ve got some more stained glass here.

I’ve said it before if not here then elsewhere on the web, stained glass is hard to photograph. The light that comes through tends to blow out the scene if the interior of the church is well exposed. But the interior of the church is jet black if you correctly expose for the glass. It’s like photographing a projector. I think this time I managed to change my processing just a little bit to allow this to come through better. I hope you enjoy it.

SMOTA Stained Glass