December 6, 2011 10:50 AM
My stop-motion video experiment on the Sangamon Valley bike trail in Springfield, Ill. This trail uses over 400 images captured one cold winter morning to form a small movie a little over a minute long. [More]
July 4, 2011 01:06 AM
Fireworks shots of mine from Independence Day 2011 celebrations in Central Illinois. [More]
June 29, 2011 03:42 AM
It was so nice outside yesterday I decided to go outside for a bit when I got home from work. I walked around the house to check out how well, or not so well, the lawn has been. We've had a ton of rain lately, so I was expecting decent results. On my way, I came across the baby bird pictured here. At first, I thought it was injured. It didn't move a bit, except for its head. I was able to get right up on it. When I put my finger close to the head, it opened its mouth ... as in, "Hey, feed me!" If I'm going to feed a bird, then it has to have a name. That's just natural. The bird's name was henceforth "Esteban." Why Esteban? Why not? As a great movie scientist once said, "It just popped in there." Note, I have no idea if this was a male or female bird. Why would I want to feed a wild bird? Why not let nature take its course? Should I adhere to a strict policy of non-interference? Nah, I really just didn't want a dead bird in the lawn. I have to mow tomorrow. So, I was off to... [More]
October 9, 2010 01:18 AM
Yes, the Illinois State Fair was two months ago, but I recently posted some new photos to the photo site that I wanted to share with the world. By world, I mean both of you who read this blog (thanks!).
Each year at the fair, entertainment companies and performing artists are featured in the area just beyond the main gate. The shows are free. You just have to show up when they're scheduled to start. This year, I photographed two that I really enjoyed.
The first of the set is a performance by the BMX Pros Trick Team. Their high-flying, gravity-defying tricks took me back to my bike-riding days around the neighborhood, building ramps with my friends out of 2-by-4s and plywood. OK, I never came anything close to what these guys do, but you get the nostalgia.
Their show really was top-notch. I didn't know what to expect before they started, but it's much more than guys jumping bikes off ramps. The tricks they do in the air and on the ground clearly require dedication, professionalism and nerves of steel. If yo... [More]
August 21, 2010 03:26 PM
A unique photo opportunity from 2010's Illinois State Fiar. [More]
July 18, 2010 02:54 PM
Photos from July 4 while we were on vacation in Seattle, WA [More]