22 November 2013

location: night captures


madison public library

old warehouse at night

highway 90, steady

highway 90, unsteady

The Blatz sign, public library, and old warehouse were all taken in Madison. (The new central library is pretty awesome, by the way. Those lights change colors so I only took about forty pictures!)

The final two were taken over the interstate several miles from our house. The still one was hand-held using the bridge as a brace, and the second I purposely took the camera and gave it a 360º spin during the thirty seconds the lens was open. Just for fun.

15 November 2013

location, location, location

hyde's mill

sunset in the valley

Class project. To photograph location shots as if they were scenes for a movie. To think like a cinematographer.

Having worked as a designer, I know that location scouting can be far from exciting. I was the head artist of a janitorial catalog, so I'm no stranger to shooting someone using a floor buffer in an office hallway. (Oh boy, I'm getting all spine-tingly just thinking back!) Our professor provided equally (un)compelling examples to the class, to which I did go out and shoot. However, I also took this opportunity to head to the valleys surrounding Ridgeway and Barneveld (Wisconsin) to photograph an old mill that I had wanted to capture for several years now. I had seen many other photos of Hyde's Mill but didn't know what to expect as I wasn't sure which side of the creek it was on or how the sun would hit it. Turns out sunset was the perfect time of day! The creek sits low in the valley so the light disappears much earlier then anticipated. The tree tops were shot probably half an hour later. The town, on top of the hill, was still flooding in sunlight for another hour.

My advice, get there earlier than I did. Especially as the clouds aren't always cooperative.

If you're interested, the mill, old farmhouse, blacksmith shop, (etc) on 8 acres, are for sale! Man, what an artist's retreat! But you'll need to own something 4-wheel drive to get in and out of this valley come winter, and give up on internet access. I can't say it's not tempting.

Keeping in mind that I brought out the big guns first, there are more location photos to follow. ;)

01 November 2013


drying in local barns

all the bathrooms in the kohler art museum are worth a look

antique shop
or winery
after finishing off keg
mustard growing in the ditches
sleepy pug catching some rays

I'm loading the remainder of my (hodgepodge) alphabet series, seeing I'm so far behind in updating. Sorry for the wonky sizes. I have to present these to class in powerpoint, then the underwear file went bad, so I went back for the original. Ok, so you don't care, but if I had time, I'd just resize them all to fit better here. Alas, no breaks until Thanksgiving. To those of you who've stuck it out with me this long (I know you're a small group), you have my love and adoration!

Meanwhile, here's a handy, edutaining(?), hands-on site from Canon for any of you who'd like to learn how to operate your cameras better in manual mode!

Happy día de los muertos, friends!

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