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  1. #1
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    Lightbulb Summer Weekend Shoots

    Well, this weekend is a lull between trips to the Northwoods, so ... I'm heading out to Utica, IL ... and "Starved Rock" State Park. Taking the T17-50, T28-75 and T70-200 and the troublesome SONY 50mm f/1.4 out for a "walkabout." I'm also going to pack the carbon-fiber tripod for some timed shots, because there may be water involved. Not forgeting the '56 flash, either, for fill, of course. Beautiful sunny day, lots of shadows, I expect.

    The A100 w/ the T 18-250 will be packed, as a backup. It is my "reserve 'chute, in the truck. Also the S10-20mm f/4-5.6, S20mm f/1.8 and T14mm f/2.8 are coming along, also in the truck, separate sling, just in case I come across a vista shot. "You just never know."

    As they say in the DCRP commercials on television: What's in your sling pack?

    See ya, out there ... find something and shoot it!
    Last edited by DonSchap; 07-11-2009 at 09:04 AM.
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    You attaching a trailer to the Avalanche, you are going to need it with all that gear. Happy shooting. I cant wait see what you come back with.

    Frank
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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkie1263 View Post
    I cant see what you come back with.

    Frank
    Strained shoulders and a sore back!!! But, a small price to pay for the perfect shot.
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    Just curious, why add the extra weight of the T28-75/2.8 and T14mm? It really seems unneeded.
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    The trip ... awareness of the obstacles

    The T14mm f/2.8 was in the truck. I really want to get some time with it, but that was not today.

    I got out there and started humping around the place and it's ALL hiking and walking. Man, where are you guys? I don't do that crap, anymore! Anyway, got to the top of "Starved Rock" ... not too much more than a lookout, with a collar around it. I took a few shots from the top ... and then headed off to see what else I could find of interest. The place, of course, where I really want to get into is "LaSalle Canyon" (see Red Star)

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    The orange "P" denotes were the parking is ... and you can see the alomst blue looking trail extending from the lot towards the river. Then you hike to the West, along the river and come back up the canyon's mouth. It is at least 45 minutes of downhill hiking and then whatever time you need to do your shot ... and then the obligatory one-hour climb back out.

    Not today, guys! It was 3:30PM when I got to this point ... so, uh-uh. Not going to happen.

    I admit, I was not ready for that part. I had no idea of the obstacles involved to get the shot. Now, this area is also accessible by boat ... or canoe, on the Illinois River. It may be a bit richer experience than just humping it down in there, and hey ... I like it. My knees are sore from all the climbing, already, without this part. You twenty-year-olds may enjoy this kind of athletic competition, but I just want good pictures and can spare myself the physical abuse. I have all the "advanced ranger" crap from my youth. God didn't give unlimited spare parts. So I go in measured allotments, these days. I tend to last a little longer that way.

    Anyway, some images ... later.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 07-11-2009 at 07:55 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
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    Question Who says Illinois people can't laugh?

    I was motoring down to "Starved Rock" on IL71, the "Stagecoach Road" and came across this damn thing, at one of the corners.

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    I figured you guys can appreciate the visual humor in this, when you certainly do not expect it.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
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    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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    That's the sacrifice we have to make, Don. You got there at the perfect time: Enough time to hike down, set up and wait for the sun to provide the color. Then comes the hike back out in the dark. If you are still there check out Matthieson State Park, it's got quite a canyon with a long skinny waterfall if I remember correctly. If I remember correctly the hikes in the park are all relatively flat and there are quite a few cool sandstone canyons to explore. The old Starved Rock Lodge is quite photogenic too.
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    Red face HDRs ... to get some detail ... may need a second run

    Thanks, Jim ... yeah, sacrifice ... right ... "Starved Rock" .. death and perishing ... got it. LOL

    Anyway, here are a couple shots worth a look ... from up there. I will be going back, with a better attack plan. You guys sacrifice ... this is supposed to be fun.

    From top of "Starved Rock", looking West
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    A700 w/ T17-50mm f/2.8
    @ 17mm - f/5.6 - 1/400 sec - ISO-200 - Spot Focus - Spot Meter - M - HDR +/- 2Ev


    From top of "Starved Rock", looking East ("Lover's Leap" on right side)
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    A700 w/ T17-50mm f/2.8
    @ 17mm - f/4.5 - 1/1250 sec - ISO-200 - Spot Focus - Spot Meter - M - HDR +/- 2Ev


    "Lover's Leap" from "Starved Rock" Lookout
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    A700 w/ T70-200mm f/2.8
    @ 200mm - f/5.6 - 1/250 sec - ISO-400 - Spot Focus - Spot Meter - M - HDR +/- 2Ev

    That's a pretty good comparison to show you the difference between a 17mm shot and a 200mm one. Unfortunately, they never look the same or as sharp when done with a 18-200 (250) all-in-one lens. Also, bear in mind, these are HDRs.

    Not too happy with direct sun exposure ... in HDR?

    Well, then ... let's change the mood a little ... with sliders!

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    Last edited by DonSchap; 07-11-2009 at 08:39 PM.
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    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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    Smile Surprise pics ...

    One of the neater things about this place, is that the wildlife is so close by, it gets a little nuts. As I was walking back to the truck, a pair of BAMBIs were just milling about, eating. I only had the 17-50mm mounted, so I scoped to 50mm and took it. They were moving along pretty quick.

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    Later on, as I was driving along looking for the parking area I mapped, earlier, I came up on another couple of BAMBIs and their mother. They were actually chasing her about, still suckling on the side of the highway. I slowed down, because it was kind of a blind curve at that point of IL71 and kind of urged them back up the hillside, with the truck, because there was traffic coming up behind me. I have to admit, never seen that before, driving along. It's that time of year.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 07-11-2009 at 08:22 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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    Well, this weekend ... back to the Northwoods. Maybe, this time, to get the "eagle" shots. Kind of depends on:

    1) The flippin Eagle
    2) The marine support I get to mount an assault
    3) the weather ... which actually looks promising, this time.

    How about you dudes ... what you seeing through your viewfinders?
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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