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Tinley Park Praries

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Posted by on September 27, 2017 in Photos

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Prairie Preserve

Below are photos of a small prairie preserve in Tinley Park, IL, close to my new job.

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Posted by on July 2, 2015 in Photos

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Gone Fishing

Gone Fishing

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Yesterday I did something I have not done in ages, went fishing. Through Glenn’s school, they had a Father and Son fishing outing at Marquette park, in Chicago. It was nice, you did not have to bring anything, they supplied the poles, bait, and, group fishing license, and instructions. I had to warn Glenn ahead of time, it is called fishing, not catching for a reason. The lake is an odd one, making a circle around an island, and kind of unexpected in the middle of city.

 

Luckily, the lake is less than four miles from our house, so you could not ask for a quicker lake to get to. We arrived on time and there were a fair amount of kids there, I would say about thirty or so, with dads, so there were over fifty people there fishing. You could tell most of them had never fished or cast a rod and reel before. The poles were simple spin casters, what I learned on as a kid as well.

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As was expected, there was not much to catch out there. With all the direct sun, all that was caught in two hours was just a couple of catfish called bullheads. As you can see, the are kind of an ugly looking bugger. The dad who caught him admitted it was kind of a cheat, he saw the fish in the shallows and lured him out. A lot of the kids, including Glenn were able to get a good look.

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In the end, the kids got a little antsy after almost two hours in the sun. There was a quick raffle at the end, we didn’t win anything, but it was such a nice day to spend outside. No one made money off of the trip, the small amount we paid went to getting the raffle prizes and nothing more. The area was very nice, and I never knew there was a lake and a golf course, right in the middle of an urban, residential neighborhood. I am almost tempted to get a reel for Glenn to practice with, but I can just see the line getting caught in every tree in a 100 foot radius.

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Posted by on June 8, 2014 in Family, Photos

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DSLRs are fine and dandy

DSLR cameras are nice tools, when used properly.  I personally stick to a point and shoot with an ultra zoom, SX260HS. Case in point, I got to overhear a couple fiddling with their Canon DSLR, while trying to take a photo of a tiger in Brookfield Zoo.  I think think they took one shot, maybe two.  In the meantime, here are how many shots I took:

Not all of them are perfect, but in the time it took to adjust an aperture setting or manually focus, I got some really amazing shots.  I am not a professional photographer, so why use the excessive and expensive tools?  At the end of the day, I got the shots that I wanted, in focus, and properly exposed.  Which shot is your favorite?

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Posted by on July 6, 2013 in On the Go, Photos

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Photography, a personal journey, Part 3, digital matures.

This is part 3 of my photographic journey.  It is now November of 2000 and we finally have cameras that can rival film.

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The C-3000 Zoom camera was finally a camera. Made by a camera company, with Olympus glass lenses, optical zoom, LCD viewfinder, and a flash that could light up a large room.   The optical viewfinder even had a diopter adjustment for people with glasses.  The image quality was surprisingly good, considering it was over 12 years ago!  I think the only major limitations were the SmartMedia card and the use of AA batteries.  SmartMedia cards maxed out at 128megs, which is not all that much for a 3.3 megapixel camera.   The AA batteries are surprisingly heavy, but available everywhere.

On the plus side, even now, the styling would not look out of place.  Great ergonomics and solid as heck.  Another really cool feature was the included IR remote, that could control the zoom and shutter.  A well used camera that taught me a lot.

Full specs are here.

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As you can see, the image quality is acceptable for all but the largest prints.  We had this camera from late 2000 to March 2004.  Cameras were improving a lot year to year in the mid 00’s, so it was time after almost 4 years to upgrade.

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Ah, the C-5060WZ (Wide Zoom).  A heck of a camera that served us well for almost 8 years!  This was the camera that took Glenn’s (our son) first picture and hundreds of other important moments in our lives.  Rock solid magnesium body and an amazing twist-able, reversible LCD screen, great for versatile shooting.   Just shy of a SLR, it even had a hot shoe for an external flash.  Color reproduction was great, and it had a proper lithium-ion battery pack for extended shooting.  For a 5.1 megapixel, it took amazing photos, mostly due to the superior lenses.  Lasted over 30,000 shots before it developed a serious issue, the auto focus system failed.  It also had a IR remote and gobs of features even modern cameras lack.

Images taken two and a half years ago, during a beautiful fall day:

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I remember taking the above photos, experimenting with exposure bracketing on the camera.  I was truly sad to see this camera go, but technology and good old fashioned wear and tear did it in.  For a while I used only my cell phone for photos.  More on that in the next post.

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Posted by on February 14, 2013 in Photos

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