Starcom Holiday Party

Yesterday I shot for Brightroom and PGI Photos covering a holiday party for Starcom. Although I shot the typical people posing and candid shots I also shot a bunch of shots to just show the atmosphere. Here are a few of my favorites.   

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It was shot in the club Excalibur here in Chicago which used to be really cheesy but they have really done a good job with it and looks a lot better.   

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BTW - all of these images are straight out of the camera full frame with no crops. There are no filters or Photoshop tricks. I just resized in Photoshop and added the text. The shutter speeds were from 1/4 second to over a second. The new Canon ETTL2 metering on the 20D is now great. You need to set the camera to "average" instead of evaluative to get it to work right though.

I just got a call to shoot another event tonight.

happy holidays!

Note: images used above with permission by Brightroom/PGI Photos for use in my portfolio. The shoot was considered a "work for hire" and therefore the copyright belongs to Brightroom/PGI Photos.


Thanksgiving is for the Birds

Today I went with my mom and her husband Dick on a photo safari near Vero Beach, FL. The first stop was Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. This was the first national wildlife refuge in the US over 100 years ago.

Pelican Island is just what it sounds like and you can view Pelican Island from across the water with the free high powered telescope. This is similar to the ones you see on the top of tall buildings and at other tourist traps except these don't need quarters. The view was too far with even my longest lens to get any good shots but you could see the birds well through the telescope.   

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The next stop was Sebastian Inlet State Park which separates the ocean from the Indian River. At this stop there was more bird watching, camping, fishing, windsurfing and kite boarding. I got some good shots of the kites too but this post is about birds. 

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In celebration of Thanksgiving and us as American's consuming the record day of bird I thought I would post a few photos of birds that managed to make it through this day.

...most know that pelican's get fed real well by following the fishing boats and hanging out at the fishing docks Most of these birds can be found all over Florida but the Wood Storks are endangered species and thus much more rare. The White Pelican is wintering bird while the Brown Pelican lives in Florida all year around. Although it looks as if I have photos of both the Brown and the White Pelican both are actually Brown Pelicans. The Brown Pelican is almost entirely brown when he/she is younger and as they mature they have brilliant white necks and yellow parts on their head. The White Pelican by comparison is almost entirely white with a bright yellow-orange bill. Another main difference is that the Brown Pelican feeds while skimming the water and diving into the water. The White Pelican prefers to sit in the water and work in groups to heard fish into the shallower water and eat that way. Most of us that have been to Florida know the way both of them get fed real well is following the fishing boats and hanging out at the fishing docks.

I hope you enjoy these photos of birds giving thanks they weren't born a turkey.


Covered Bridges in Parke County, Indiana

Here are few shots of the covered bridges.

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Parke County, Indiana

Here are a few more landscape shots from the Parke County Covered Bridges photo safari I did last weekend. These were shot in RAW mode on the Canon 20D and converted in Photoshop CS on the PC.

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Americana, driving through central Illinois

The Midwest has its own aesthetic. I travel a lot and told some of my friends in Colorado a few weeks ago that they really need to get out and visit their own backyard. To look and experience what it is that made you move there and why you are still there.

I was intense in my recommendation.

As not to sound like a hypocrite here some some photos from my backyard.

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All of these were shot through the car window at 60+ mph (I was the passenger) while driving across central Illinois in the fall at dusk.
the Midwest has its own aesthetic, large and open...
To me these capture the feeling of being on the road at dusk in the Midwest. Large flat vistas, large colorful gradients in the sky and lots of miles in between.

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