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Japanese Garden

I have never visited the Japanese Garden at Fabyen before. I didn’t really intend to visit it on my visit there yesterday either. But the light was pretty flat so photographing the Windmill was a no go. As a result I figured I’d head over to see what the Japanese Garden was all about, having seen many photos of it on flickr before. I must say it was much smaller than I expected. But I guess that shows the power of photos, they only show whats in the frame, what is left out of the frame is left to the viewers imagination! When I arrived at the garden, it was already closed. But given it was ...

Red Vine

Headed over to the Fabyan Forest Preserve and windmill with the intent of photographing the windmill, which I haven't done for several years. Unfortunately the light was flat and the sky uninteresting behind the windmill. So I didn't bother, save that for another day. Instead I headed over toward the Japanese garden which I had never visited before. Quite typically for me, I decide to visit for the first time after it had closed for the day! Still the garden isn't large and the fence around it is low, so you can shoot from outside reasonably successfully. On this occasion the fence itself ...

Down on the Farm

We hadn’t visited Kline Creek farm in a while, so given it is lambing season and the weather was warming up, it seemed like as good of a time as any to head over to the farm. As always there is something going on at Kline Creek. We started with a visit to the bee keeper to see what he was up to. The Kline Creek bee keeper is 94 years old and has been keeping bee’s for 40 years. We learnt a lot about why you should only buy locally produced honey and eventually diversed into some second world war stories. A really nice man who gets to keep bees at Kline Creek on condition that the farm can ...

England Travelogue - North York Moors Railway

England Travelogue - Whitby

By the time everyone had woken up, we’d run some errands and had got our phone sim cards switched over to a UK sim cards we eventually left for Whitby. By the time we arrived it was mid afternoon, however at this time of the year, that means it would soon be getting dark. We were staying in the youth hostel (YHA) next to Whitby Abbey, this is the back of the building that makes up the YHA and Abbey visitors center. Its an interesting building. What you see here is basically a facade, the rest of the building immediately behind was basically a ruin. English Heritage have made the building ...

England Travelogue - Take-off

With the Christmas presents opened the turkey finished off and the dog at the kennel, it was time to head to the airport for the journey back home to England, the destination for our family holiday. We were looking forward to the relative warmth of England, though at the time we didn’t realize just how much warmer that would turn out to be (-50f with windchill in Chicago on January 6th). We had a bit of a wait for our flight, but Cole and Ben made use of the built in entertainment facilities of the airport... After 7 hours on the flight we had landed in Dublin, where after a schedule change, ...

Shooting the Light

It has been a couple of years now since I shot At WindPoint so it seemed like it was time to check out the old Lighthouse once more. Usually when I head to WindPoint, the weather is gray, which makes shooting a white lighthouse quite challenging! This time was no different, but what the heck, I went anyway. I wanted to ensure my chosen equipment for the upcoming England trip would work together, a lot of it new... Sony A7rZeiss FE55 f1.8Zeiss FE35 f2.8Canon 24 TSE II f3.5 LCanon 24-105 f4 LCanon 17-40 f4 LMetabones EF-Emount Smart Adapter III First time shooting this far from home without a ...

Oldies but Goodies

All photos taken with a Sony A7r One of the appeals of mirrorless cameras is their small size, probably the micro four thirds cameras take advantage of this the best due to their smaller sensor size. But having got used to a full frame camera over the past 5 years, first with the Canon 5D and then with a Canon 5D mark II; which I still own and use, I just missed the depth of field control that a full frame sensor offers. I tried the Olympus E-M5, and liked it for a while, but in the end I moved on to the Fuji X-E1 which appealed due to its larger sensor (read more depth of field control) and ...

Saint James Farm

Headed over to Saint James Farm today to give the new Sony A7r a work out on the tripod. It’s one if the first chances I’ve really had to try the camera at base ISO to see just what it is capable of. I took a Canon FD 24mm f2.8, Konica Hexanon 50mm f1.7 and the newly released Zeiss FE35mm f2.8. The 35mm didn’t come off of the camera. Mainly due to me barely being able to feel my hands, I think the temperatures were hovering around 15f. It seemed like I wasn’t meant to be taking any photos there though. On arrival I setup to take some shots, only to see the dreaded ‘no card’ message on my ...

Closed Season

These were from back in October, our last camping trip of the 2013 season. To Starved Rock we returned for the second camping trip of the year. On one hand it seems so long since we were there in April for our inaugural trip with the popup camper. We’ve learnt so much since then and had some great times camping with the popup. This was a great trip, as with the first visit of the year, we camped there with our good neighbors, and additionally this time we persuaded (extreme peer pressure works!) our next-door neighbors to venture away from tarmac and a 120v power supply for a few hours. ...