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Spring Blooms in Chicago Steel

This photo was taken in early spring. Sometimes, in Chicago, this is the only kind of flower you get in March.

Sometimes, when steel is all you got, steel flowers is all you get in Chicago in March.
Sometimes, when steel is all you got, steel flowers is all you get in Chicago in March.

 

This is one of those photos that I couldn’t let go of. I hemmed and hawed… I just wasn’t sure. I think part of it is that I’m growing more comfortable in the idea of letting go of rigid crop ratios. If it doesn’t fit the image, change it!

Don’t get me wrong… some day, I’ll crop a lot less. Who knows, that some day might be soon. Until then, I’ll give you what I can with what I got. 🙂

Adam

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.

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

Frozen Waterfall in St. Louis Canyon

St. Louis Canyon in Starved Rock State Park, IL is probably about as interesting as geology gets in northern Illinois. There are sand stone canyons here with little waterfalls that eventually feed into the Illinois River. In the winter, they freeze over, of course. This makes for a really interesting contrast of textures between the rock and the ice.

This is an impressive state park and I hope to return several times this year.

St Louis Canyon water fall freezes in the winter to form a majestic frozen wall.
St Louis Canyon water fall freezes in the winter to form a majestic frozen wall.

In this photo I did a lot of texture enhancement with photoshop and ON1 Perfect Effects 8. I also added a little bit of a glow with that program, too. When I took the photo, I tried to get as high and to the left as possible and I was hoping to capture the lines and details in the rock.

I hope you enjoy!

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Yellowstone’s Tower Falls River

In Yellowstone, particularly along the north side of their “Grand Loop” you can almost get tired of seeing all the waterfalls that this park has! It really is an amazing place to be. This photo I got when I was photographing the river that feeds into the Tower Falls. It’s a great waterfall to see and I highly recommend it. But when I was there, one of the main lookouts was damaged and in the midst of repairs. But the river that feeds into the water falls can be seen from the road. 

I explored the area just a little bit. I also took a long exposure of this same river from the bridge. I’ll probably share that in the future, too. But I wasn’t satisfied with that so I looked for a way to get closer to the river. Sure enough, there was a “little” rain wash gutter for rain water that hits the road to find its way into the river. I walked in (it wasn’t really that little if I could fit!) and set up my tripod at the last possible stable spot before I’d be taking a trip over the waterfall, too. 

This is a cascade as it reaches it's water fall at the Tower Falls in Yellowstone National Park
This is a cascade as it reaches it’s water fall at the Tower Falls in Yellowstone National Park

But on the other side of the river, I could make out what looked like an opening that would be perfect for some hoofed animal to come up to and drink from the river. I took a bracket of photos and got on my way. There were some mosquitoes there that were too happy to have me around. 

I was pretty happy with this view. I cropped it down to focus on the other side of the river. 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.

Bonsai Water Drops

I have to say that when it comes to design and art the Japanese are often onto something. The Chicago Botanic Garden has many examples of Japanese horticulture but the Bonsai is special.

When the sun goes down and these displays are lit from underneath, they invite me to think of them as completely different displays and sometimes I think of them as completely different worlds. But this time it was a little rainy and that really made them special.

This Bonsai tree was lit from underneath at an outdoor display while it was raining.
This Bonsai tree was lit from underneath at an outdoor display while it was raining.

Ground Lit Palm Trees in HDR

OR

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.

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The Five Day Quest from G+

Today I’m copying a post I made to G+. If you don’t use G+ and you’re a photographer, I HIGHLY recommend it! In a lot of ways it’s the best place to interact with other photographers, period. It’s not the be-all-end-all of photographic social media, but it’s something you can’t do without!

Anyways, this thing called a FiveDayQuest has been running around on there and it’s been fun and popular. Here is the begining of another 5DQ!

+Mihoko Yamanashi tagged me for the FiveDayQuest. This is the second time I’ve been tagged for this. The first time was by +Lauri Novak . (See what you’ve done, Lauri?)

So, Mihoko is from Japan! I am surprised and honored to fulfill this request. And, because I’m not wanting to redo my last 5DQ, I’m thinking I’ll focus on the “Quest” aspect.

Today I finally plunked down money to become a member of the Chicago Botanic Garden! And… They have a Bonsai Display. I decided to make this photo today. Since Mihoko’s been stressed with classes and what-not, who doesn’t want flowers?

It all adds to a flowering bonsai!

Pink Bonsai Flowers

What will the ‘quest’ be for the 5 days? Well, I’ll see if I can visit the garden after work for the next 4 days. (YIKES!)

But what’s a quest that doesn’t have a bit of travel?

Who will I invite?

+Shelby Young , I tag you! If you’ve done this before, I didn’t see it. If it’s your second tag, did you see the start to this post? 🙂 Anyways, she is always up to posting something, it seems, so I doubt this would be a problem for her and it’s always good!

Shelby, the rules are simple. Start this whenever you like, it’s up to you! You need to tag the person who invited you in each post. And in each post, you need to invite a new person, too.

Btw, I’m chosing a theme because I don’t want to be bored by the quest. You don’t have to have a theme.  It’s really just supposed to be daily life, stuff. I guess it’s an unspoken rule (until now) picture taken the day it’s posted.

(I’m posting this with a little more than minutes to midnight)

Willow Tree in Light

 took this picture walking around a park district lake in Vernon Hills, IL. I must have ridden my bike around this little lake at least a thousand times (maybe ten thousand!). 

It’s funny how things change. I didn’t really appreciate a tree like I do now. 

Willow in sunlight

I’m changing a little bit right now. I’m moving on Thursday to a new apartment. I bought a new laptop that will arrive tomorrow. I’m gearing up for an awesome vacation through the national parks in Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. 

Anyways, I know I haven’t been posting that much but the new laptop will cure that. I have another project I’m looking to start too.