Tuesday, October 28, 2014

the dark side

the dark side

October 29, 2014

This week's challenge selection is the dark side by Katney.  Check out my pals for their interpretations on this theme: Fishing Guy, Katney, Imac, Lew, and Christine Anne.

Idyllic prep for this theme would be to get together with some friends who do the Star Wars thing, but I have not found an opportunity to see them in full gear at one of their philanthropic events. With permission, I will share the following image from Matthew Crowley. He is a fine art photographer in the area, and I see a lot of his work on Facebook.

(This image courtesy of Matthew Crowley Photography)

There can be some interesting ideas if we do a figurative interpretation of the theme, but let's go literal this week, and see what we can find in low light situations.

bonfire on a cool night

cool black cat with luminescent eyes

ever so sphynx-like guard at the top of the stairs

firefly... I preset the focus manually, and used the flash for this one

a band covered a famous 80's ballad, and the crowd lit cell phones instead of lighters

taken with flash, of course, but I used a flashlight to get in focus

you can't see the dark side of the moon, but you know it's there

quiet time in the chapel before going to the reception

my favorite thing to shoot with... the arc reactor is peeled off now

your best chance at a sharp b-day image is before she tries to extinguish the candles

from a park near my job

My header this week is a low key image of my dog, Bear. I do not remember where the light came from for that particular shot (probably the top of the stairs), but I had the ISO boosted way up to 3200. I pasted the histogram below, because that ultra-low reading is unusually biased to the dark side. Normally, we delete a pic that registers that low on the histogram.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

signs of fall

signs of fall

October 22, 2014

This week's challenge selection is signs of fall by Lew.  Check out my pals for their interpretations on this theme: Fishing Guy, Katney, Imac, Lew, and Christine Anne.

As much as there is to see with all the pretty landscapes and such, I selected a view from inside my car for this week's header because it tells the story succinctly. And now, for the rest of the story...

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Oops. We're not talking about that kind of fall, are we?

I took a bunch of pumpkin pics but most did not turn out so gourd. Er... good.

Ty Warner Park in Westmont, Illinois

Another morning shot at Ty Warner

I love crunchy leaves, but these were all wet...

See what I mean?

Aah, now THESE are dry, crispy flakes!

A view from the other side

Gingko leaves are bright yellow now

I'm absolutely delighted with this colorful palette!

Thanks to our Creator for the variety of trees and different hues!

It's neat to see some of these trees in the process of changing.

Standing at the ready to usher in the next season...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

favorite things

favorite things

October 15, 2014

This week's challenge selection is a few of my favorite things by Christine.  Check out my pals for their interpretations on this theme: Fishing Guy, Katney, Imac, Lew, and Christine Anne.

This proved to be quite a challenge for me. As I thought of the possibilities, I decided to narrow it down to just one of my favorite things... hanging around with people I love. The header includes a couple my wife and I have known for decades. Great folks, those two! Yes, I took that pic myself, using a tripod and remote control.

My bride doesn't like having her picture taken, but I think she looks fantastic.

A good pal and his pup.

These young skateboarders are also co-volunteers at the food pantry.

Family. D2 and her uncle.

Friends playing whiffle-ball... hamming it up for the camera.

Sitting around a toasty bonfire on a cool night.

Grandchildren! This is my granddaughter.

My 2 daughters glamming it up.

Father & son camping. S1's morning grin gets an A for effort.