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date October 23, 2010 location Alberta, CA

Today. I hate cropping! I hate cropping because when you crop you reduce the number of megapixels in the photograph and the overall quality of the photo. I hate cropping because when you crop you are destroying the original vision for the photo - the reason you stopped to capture the scene in the first place. I hate cropping because after I crop, I never see the same photo as my viewers see it. They see the image as it looks cropped, I see it as just a piece of my initial vision. I almost never crop my photos. Almost, never.

Today's photo was cropped, and as I just mentioned I always have a hard time cropping a photo. When I crop, I am unable to have the artistic side of my brain appreciate the shot for what it is artistically because I always see the shot as just a piece of my initial vision. While cropping this shot, I used the mathematical and logical side of my brain to put the railroad tracks off to the left as opposed to dead center. I also used the same half of my brain to remove a ton of empty space in the sky since it wasn't doing anything for the photo. So the question is, do you appreciate this shot artistically? Because I don't even see it that way anymore.

A sunset just west of the Alberta/Sasketchawan border.View Exif InformationView on Map

A sunset just west of the Alberta/Sasketchawan border.

337/365

date October 22, 2010 location Banff, AB-Canada

Today. This is Lake Peyto, and as I mentioned yesterday, this water is naturally that awesome bluish-green color due to the fact that it is glacially fed. Lake Peyto, you see, is the reason this trip happened and the reason I am rocking out my D700 these days. Knowing that we wanted to go somewhere in Canada, we searched flickr for "canada", and there stood Lake Peyto in all of its glory. Google maps told us that Peyto was a 30 hour drive from Chicago, but that wasn't gonna stop us. And it didn't! After planning our road trip, I found out from my buddy Ken (Turns out Ken is not a bad HDRtist) and a few others, that there is a ton to see in Banff National Park. Banff is an amazing place and I can't wait to share all of the amazing pictures that I captured there.

Getting to Peyto was a surreal moment. Our first day in Banff, we planned to drive from Lake Louise through Lake Moraine and up to Peyto. Since "Peyto" was not a valid destination in my GPS, we had to follow the map, which people from the GPS generation like myself have trouble with. After ending up in British Colombia, and nowhere near Peyto we decided to save it for the next day, and try to catch it at sunrise. The next day we woke up very early, and headed out determined to see Peyto. Once we arrived to the site, we realized that there was actually quite a bit of hiking in order to get to the Lake. We walked on and on, going past signs that said "Warning: This area contains a high presence of Grizzly Bears", and "It is unlawful to travel in groups of fewer than 4 due to Grizzly Bears in this area.". While no grizzly's were seen, we did spot a ton of fresh footprints on the snowy ground - anyone know what these footprints are from? Literally shaking our way up the path, we made it to Peyto, and it did not dissapoint.

Lake Peyto!View Exif InformationView on Map

Lake Peyto!

336/365

date October 21, 2010 location Banff, AB-Canada

Today. I'm sick. I have come down with a rather severe case of the travel bug and it doesn't seem to be going away any time soon. What is it about traveling anyways? It seems like once you've been to one new place... you want to be to every new place. This shot is one of many to come from my recent road trip to Banff National Park in Northwest Canada. This here is Moraine Lake. What that link there will tell you is that I did not photoshop the color of that water. You see, this lake, and just about all of the lakes in Banff National Park, are glacially fed. The rock flour deposited from the glaciers refracts with the light in such a way that causes these bodies of water to appear the most glorious shade of bluish green. I can't help but to think that Bobby Boucher might spend some time here when he goes on vacation. I mentioned yesterday that photography offers an advantage over so many other hobbies for a variety of reasons. Well, another reason photography is great is because it forces you to explore and capture the world. I'm pretty sure that this is a corner of earth that I probably would not have seen had it not been for this crazy habit of digitally recording various light information onto my hard drive (perhaps an over-simplified definition of photography).

Moraine Lake on a crisp fall day.View Exif InformationView on Map

Moraine Lake on a crisp fall day.

335/365 - A New Camera

date October 20, 2010 location Barrington, IL

Today. I did it! I finally pulled the trigger on a new camera, and this here is my friend Boo trying to take it from me. Boo is a 5 month old pomeranian, and as you can see, he is just a little bit cute. Boo and I have been planning on getting a new camera for some time now. I knew we needed an upgrade, but I wanted to wait for Nikon's latest. Unfortunately, that camera is the Nikon D7000 and it isn't shipping from most stores until mid november and that just wouldn't cut it for Boo and I. After all, I have been getting really serious with this photography thing, and Boo is still teething so he needs the finest camera strap that Nikon makes. Most importantly is the fact that I had ben planning a road trip for mid-october and I needed the new camera for it. We decided to go a step beyond the D7000 (a couple steps, really) and get the D700 (Nikon needs to work on their naming, I know.). I have had many hobbies over the years, and not until now have I been able to really make a huge financial investment in one of them. One great thing about photography as a hobby is that you produce a tangible elment - photos - which you will have forever. You can't say that about a musical instrument, sports, knitting, or crack. That combined with the fact that I really enjoy taking pictures, and I am an extreme tech junkie made getting this camera the right decision for me. So that leads me to...

The Trip
I just returned from a 10 day excursion that covered 7 US states (Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota) and 3 Canadian Provinces (Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Colombia - not to be confused with South American Colombia). Those of you that are my facebook friends may have already seen a taste of what is to come here on project 365. SIDE NOTE: friend me on facebook, I promise I won't spam you with annoying fan page requests or event invites. I won't drop any huge four square or farmville deuces all over your news feed either. Anyways, I am still in awe over some of the amazing things that I saw on this trip, and I can't wait to share them with you here on project 365. Stay tuned to the blog over the course of the coming weeks. It's gonna be AWESOME!

Boo trying to steal my new Nikon D700.View Exif InformationView on Map

Boo trying to steal my new Nikon D700.

334/365 - The Difference Part 15

date October 19, 2010 location Appleton, WI

Today. You may have noticed that today's shot is very similar to yesterday's. In addition to wanting to put Lawrence in the spotlight of project 365, I set up this series of 15 so that I had pictures to post while I was traveling. I just got back from a long road trip to Canada - more about this tomorrow - and having the Lawrence pics to post while I was gone allowed me to continue project 365 from the road without having to produce new photos. So, while on the road, I sort of screwed up and left two very similar shots for the last two days. Although these shots are similar in subject, I believe they tell different stories, what are your thoughts?

Here is a recap of my Lawrence University subseries, entitled "The Difference".

320/365 - The Difference Part 1
321/365 - The Difference Part 2
322/365 - The Difference Part 3
323/365 - The Difference Part 4
324/365 - The Difference Part 5
325/365 - The Difference Part 6
326/365 - The Difference Part 7
327/365 - The Difference Part 8
328/365 - The Difference Part 9
329/365 - The Difference Part 10
330/365 - The Difference Part 11
331/365 - The Difference Part 12
332/365 - The Difference Part 13
333/365 - The Difference Part 14

Also, here are some bonus Lawrence shots from earlier on in project 365:
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The Lawrence University Chapel.View Exif InformationView on Map

The Lawrence University Chapel.

333/365 - The Difference Part 14

date October 18, 2010 location Appleton, WI

Today. This is Lawrence University Chapel.

Lawrence Memorial Chapel.View Exif InformationView on Map

Lawrence Memorial Chapel.

332/365 - The Difference Part 13

date October 17, 2010 location Appleton, WI

Today. Another look at the new campus center.

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Warch Campus Center

331/365 - The Difference Part 12

date October 16, 2010 location Appleton, WI

Today. This is the Warch Campus Center and the freshest building on campus. This building was finally erected in 2008, two years after I graduated.

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Warch Campus Center

330/365 - The Difference Part 11

date October 15, 2010 location Appleton, WI

Today. This is Seeley G. Mudd Library at Lawrence. In addition to having a bad ass name, Seeley G. Mudd was a pretty good philanthropist as well. He made contributions to many schools and in turn has buildings all over the country named after him, like this one.

Seeley G. Mudd Library at Lawrence University.View Exif InformationView on Map

Seeley G. Mudd Library at Lawrence University.

329/365 - The Difference Part 10

date October 14, 2010 location Appleton, WI

Today. Another shot from the Main Hall Cupola at Lawrence University - The Nipple of Knowledge. This one overlooks the Lawrence Chapel.

Lawrence Chapel from the Main Hall Cupola.View Exif InformationView on Map

Lawrence Chapel from the Main Hall Cupola.