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date November 12, 2010 location Chicago, IL

Today. This is not the first image I have taken of this boat, although it will probably be the last for project 365. Get ready for an amazing final week of project 365!

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A boat near Navy Pier.

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date November 11, 2010 location Highland Park, IL

Today. While I admit that I am pretty new to this photography thing, one thing that I have learned about photography is that there are many contributing factors to what makes a good photo. What people don't realize is that a good camera doesn't make you a good photographer. There are many more factors that go into a photo like composition, lighting, white balance etc. That being said, I am extremely happy with my new camera (Nikon D700) and I do notice an instant improvement in the detail and clarity that this sensor can capture. Over the course of project 365 I have slowly improved in all of these categories and overall I believe I have become a better photographer.

This is Rosewood Beach in Highland Park, IL.

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Rosewood Beach at sunrise.

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date November 10, 2010 location Highland Park, IL

Today. I apologize for getting all nostalgic on you as I approach the end of project 365, but this is Ravinia School, my elementary school.

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Ravinia School.

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date November 09, 2010 location Chicago, IL

Today. Today's shot was taken on one of my first ever shutterruns with my new cam. As of late, I have become quite the gear snob, and my old, more portable equipment is just not the same. I have started packing my Nikon D700 and 14-24 lens in my bag, add the manfrotto in there and my pace has really started to lag. Although the manfrotto's legs are made of carbon fiber, the head on it is quite the beast and by the time I get home I am ready for a feast. Having all of my gear out there has been very nice, but my back has certainly paid the price.

A police boat just south of Navy Pier.View Exif InformationView on Map

A police boat just south of Navy Pier.

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date November 08, 2010 location Montana

Today. After about 100 hours of total driving on my recent road trip from Chicago to Alberta, I made a very important observation. Driving west into a sunset is far easier than driving east away from one. On the way to Alberta, as the sun was setting I could easily compose photographs as I was driving. Driving east, on the other hand, was far more difficult because I relied on the rear-view mirror to decide the right times to pull over. This was one of those times.

The middle of the highway in Montana.View Exif InformationView on Map

The middle of the highway in Montana.

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date November 07, 2010 location Montana

Today. Another shot off the road in Montana.

Somewhere off the road in Montana.View Exif InformationView on Map

Somewhere off the road in Montana.

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date November 06, 2010 location Banff, AB

Today. This is the Fairmont in Banff. A great place for high tea!

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The Fairmont in Banff.

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date November 05, 2010 location Keystone, SD

Today. It's a complete coincidence that I am posting this shot just days after the midterm elections. That being said, with all heated political debate that's been going on lately, let's just try to remember that we are all on the same team thanks to these guys!

Read about Mount Rushmore on Wikipedia

Mount Rushmore on a cool fall day.View Exif InformationView on Map

Mount Rushmore on a cool fall day.

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date November 04, 2010 location Broadus, MT

Today. Today's shot is one of those shots where when you took it, you didn't think much of it, but as soon as you see it on your computer you like it, and are determined to make it work. Partly due to laziness, and partly due to the fact that this was shot from a moderately trafficked highway, I was unable to use my tripod for this shot. I took 9 brackets of this image, each slightly more crooked than the next. Initially I tried to process all 9 handheld images in photomatix, the result came out blurry and unusable since there was so much movement from one bracket to the next. Normally in this scenario, I would try to make an HDR from one RAW file. The problem was, there was too much light discrepency on this scene with such an intense sun, and poorly lit foreground. After looking through my brackets, I noticed that the shots fired in the following sequence: 0, -4, -3, -2, -1, +1, +2, +3, +4. I ended up just processing the -1 and +1 images, and they had enough light information to make this shot work. I did have to crop the shot a bit which is always unfortunate. So other than the loss of detail in this photo due to the cropping, and those mother truckin' power lines, I'm pretty happy with how it came out.

This was shot just east of the Montana and Wyoming border. It's amazing how Montana goes from such mountainous plains to flat land so fast as you drive east.

Somewhere near the Montana and Wyoming border.View Exif InformationView on Map

Somewhere near the Montana and Wyoming border.

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date November 03, 2010 location Canmore, Alberta

Today. This is 3 Sisters Peaks in Canmore, Alberta. Canmore is just 10 miles from Banff and the perfect town to stay in if you are visiting Banff - this information courtesy of the trusty Frommer's travel book. We spent 3 nights in this town, and didn't think to look for places to shoot here until the last day. A quick flickr search for "Canmore", sorted by interestingness of course, revealed to us that 3 Sisters Peaks was the place for photography, and we weren't disappointed. After driving through several ski homes - think summer homes for skiiing for anyone that wouldn't consider going somewhere cold for vacation - we we arrived at this beautiful lake. The weather was kind and calm, allowing me to capture this great reflection of color.

The Lake at 3 Sisters Peaks in Canmore, Alberta.View Exif InformationView on Map

The Lake at 3 Sisters Peaks in Canmore, Alberta.