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Friday night bike ride.
It appeared like a vision,
Posted by Michael Hiteshew on 2nd April 2016 (All posts by Michael Hiteshew)
Communism followed by oligarchy:
These are obviously depressed areas. Interesting, however, the number of comments along the lines of ‘Same here!’ I have no idea how representative this is, though I’ve read that things are very bad in Russia these days. Sanctions are currently biting in making things even worse. Remember to be grateful for where you live and what you’ve inherited.
(My browser auto-translates to English with the Google Translate for Chrome plugin.)
Diagnosis: rhinitis medicamentosa.
Posted by Michael Hiteshew on 26th March 2016 (All posts by Michael Hiteshew)
Photography tutorials, understanding your camera and what those dials, buttons and menus actually do, it’s a virtual photography course:
Years ago, when I bought my first inexpensive film SLR, I bought a book on basic photography which helped me immensely. Just learning the basics on framing a photo, controlling and using depth of field and exposure speeds changed the quality of my photos dramatically. Like anything, getting a few fundamentals correct makes all the difference.
Next, your camera came with image editing software. Learn to use it. Ansel Adams did most of his work in the dark room. What took him hours or days you can do in minutes with software. Simple things like cropping your photos for greater effect, white balancing and enhancing brightness or contrast can take a dull photo and create something beautiful.
There’s a lot of activity along the Chicago River. If you haven’t been to Chicago in a while I highly recommend that you take the river walk along the south side of the Chicago River which extends through Streeterville / River North. They have bars and restaurants and you can rent canoes and do some people-watching at river level. Here’s the official web site.
The construction is fun to watch as you walk down Wacker Drive. They have barges where they bring in equipment and install a metal barrier and then fill it in with gravel to extend out into the river. The river is still green from St. Patrick’s day in this photo above. If you have kids or grandchildren who like to watch construction and cranes and such this is highly recommended, as well.
We keep building new high rises in Chicago. This photo is looking west along the river and you can see the two large buildings that are nearly completed. It is a whole new Chicago!
Cross posted at LITGM
Choices, past and present.
Marco Rubio’s cousin. Seemed like a nice guy.
High school football pride, in Cherokee, a small town gem in the heart of the Texas Hill Country
In San Saba, Texas. (Which, I am told, is correctly pronounced “San Say-bah” locally.) I met there on Monday with a gentleman who is a descendant of Frank Hamer, in the course of doing a book-talk presentation. I also met with a descendant of John Meusebach. I heard all about a Meusebach daughter, who became a dentist and had an extraordinarily interesting life.
You never know what you are going to find out about in small-town Texas.
And I got some nice pictures in San Saba, and in the next town over, called Cherokee.
We had a visitor on the back fence this morning, when my daughter went out to let the chickens out of the coop …