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   Excellent shoot today.  We started with Tazz about 4:00pm at Riverside Park in Beloit, but the I didn't feel I was getting much.  So, we decided to reconvene around sunset on Gateway Road on the east edge of Beloit.  There, we shot a perfect sunset until the last lights of dusk were gone.  In all, I took almost 400 shots and proofed 28 of them.  I ended up liking a lot more from Riverside Park then I thought I would.
   The picture for today is one of many I really liked from the sunset shoot.

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From Ash (http://www.livejournal.com/users/ashleymonday/)

Woogieland

August 29, 2005 at 12:31 PM

Excellent photo. Those clouds look amazing.
   Today, an other still life shot.  This is a close up of a whole made blown glass bottle, with some drastic contrast adjustments.  I like how the red rope light from my room reflects on the glass.  I think I'm going to try and add more color lighting around reflective objects sometime I shoot more still life.
   Tried out a still life shoot with my new full spectrium floresent lights.  I pined up a piece of black felt for as a backdrop.  On it, I placed some of the pottery made by Anna Seria I aquired.  I set the 20D to a +1 on contrast, +1 saturation and -1 F-stop.  Using ISO 400, I had shutter speed between 1/15 and 1/100 with most speed around 1/60.  I was really pleased with the increese to contrast and saturation-- especially saturation, which I usually find is lacking in the raw digital images.  The test was quick-- about 70 images.  I employed my macro lens set to get up close, and ended up with some intresting texture images.
   I\'d like to thank Anna for making the pottery and I think they will work well in still life shots.

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From Ash (http://www.livejournal.com/users/ashleymonday/)

Woogieland

August 30, 2005 at 12:08 AM

Whoa.
   This is a picture looking toward Midway Airport in Chicago, Illinois.  It is a 10 second exposure taken from the roof of my truck in the 72nd street remote parking lot.  You can see an airplane coming in for landing (the streak in the sky).  The color of the sunset isn\'t perfect, but comes through a little bit.
   A building somewhere near West Winfield, New York.  I shot this picture out the car window at a stop sign, and it\'s the only picture of the day I took that was worth saving.  It wasn\'t for a lack of things to photograph-- just a lack of being able to stop and get the shot.
  A building in Utica, New York.  If I ever had the time, I\'d like to spend a day photographing in Utica as there are many old industrial areas.  In appearance, Utica seems to be an other industrial use-to-be/has-been, and there are a lot of interesting old run-down buildings.
   Sunday marked the beginning of a 5 day business trip-- and no Internet access.  So, the next 5 days worth of pictures are all back-dated.  I tried to shoot as many pictures each day as I could.  Having to work and not having a vehicle made when and what I could photograph limited.
   This is the BWI airport just outside baggage claim.
   Traffic is down about 12% from this time last year.  It isn\'t entirely clear where the drop has occurred.  The root of DrQue.net has increased traffic considerably-- mainly due to people\'s fascination with the box page.  The King\'s Quest game walk-through has increased in traffic also.  Our other sites have more or less remained at the same traffic levels.
   Some stats: The gallery of DrQue.net contains 2,133 unique images.  The total images (for all the various sizes) is 15,095 files in 1,876 folders spanning 2.23 gigabytes.  The remaining total of DrQue.net\'s root site size is 60 megabytes with 1,199 files.
      The grand total of DrQue.net\'s served data is 7.175 gigabytes with 55,020 files.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
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   The picture for today was taken at last night\'s festivities (but technically today, since it was past midnight).  It is a closeup of some of the lightning over the fields.
   Tonight was Poncho\'s 3rd Annual Corn Roast.  Besides tons of sweet corn to stuff yourself with, the Mountain Lions International played.  From about 8:00pm to 2:00am I took over 500 pictures, using mostly my 50mm 1.8/f lens.  I don\'t use this lens often, but the 1.8 f-stop is nice for night shots.  Being a prime lens, you end up moving yourself around a lot to get shots cropped they way you want.  Since I hate how flashes kill color, I took a lot of shots using late shutter.  This results in a high amount of blurry shots, but quantity helps make up for the losses.
   Earlier in the day, I updated the Canon 20D\'s firmware as I was a few versions behind.  It was painless, but Canon made a huge deal out of the process on their website.  To me, the process just made sense.  But maybe to some it was something difficult.
   The picture for today is Chris Dencker.  The pictures from the day span two dates, since it past midnight.  Here are the rest of the pictures.

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From Ash (http://www.livejournal.com/users/ashleymonday/)

Woogieland

August 24, 2005 at 2:38 PM

  Woot! Never though you mwould have a blog Que but now it seems appropriate due to all of the art you are creating. Excellent work! I've added your feed to my LJ.