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Two Minutes to Tip-Off

This is an image taken earlier this week in Champaign, Illinois.

My original intent was to do a time-lapse of the game, but it didn’t work out as well as I was hoping.  (For what it’s worth, on Saturday I tried a time-lapse at a previous basketball game and didn’t even “start” the damn thing. Whoops!) From the second attempt in Champaign, however, I did capture a few frames I did like. The picture above is one of the few.

The only issue I have, however, is that blurry line between setting the camera on “auto” and walking away for four hours, and sitting behind the eye-piece and waiting for just the right moment.  Sure, there is an argument about “seeing the vision,” but at the end of the day, this is just a picture I got lucky with.  (Yes, I got lucky with other pictures — like the lightning picture in the portfolio page — but this is a different type of lucky, I feel.)

This picture would also be helped out a bit if the University of Illinois fans and students came out to support their women’s basketball team once in awhile, too.

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I’m a big fan of topical, political humor.  While this picture is timeless more than topical, it still qualifies as humorous to me.

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Pommel Horse

This past weekend I found myself at a college gymnastics tournament.  About seven hours before the event started (and with few people there), I wandered around taking pictures of things surrounding the 75 year-old building and the gymnastics equipment filled within.

At one point I jumped up to the rings and did a couple of pull-ups.  I think I made it to two before my body started to cry like the out-of-shape-blob that it is.  What I did learn, however, is a new respect for the gymnasts; just playing around for all of ten seconds made me realize how impressive their efforts really are.

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Blinding Snowstorm

Blinding Snowstorm

February 2011 rolled in with a crazy snowstorm that dumped two feet of snow on Chicago. I had been in Champaign for the bulk of it, and had to get home.  It was probably one of the most white-knuckled drives I’ve ever done. My little Honda Civic and I (with two passengers who were, essentially, stranded in Champaign otherwise) made the three-and-a-half hour drive home to Chicago.

That far south of Chicago, the snow wasn’t a problem — it was the howling wind. I enjoyed the extra weight of two additional people and their bags in my car, and took advantage of the semi cruising along in front of me as a guide. (Although, at one point the semi broke loose, and saved it. If I weren’t holding onto the steering wheel for my own survival, I would have given him a standing ovation for the save.)

In retrospect, it was a pretty cool drive, and that Honda Civic never ceased to amaze me in the things it could do. As I let out one passenger on the corner of State and Washington in Chicago, it was surreal to stop at a green light, say our goodbyes, fetch bags from the car and head out, and no one said a word, honked or otherwise … because there was no one else around. At one o’clock in the afternoon we were the only car on the roads in the entire city of Chicago. That’s an impressive thing when you consider Chicago is nearly ten million people strong.

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