Melting snow, harsh winter light, blue sky. I decided to head over to Aurora to have a mozy around with the camera to see what I could find. I’ve lived in nearby Naperville for almost 15 years, but never really walked around Aurora. Aurora is somewhat depressed when compared to Naperville, but shoots of gentrification are visible and ironically thats why I decided to head over to Aurora, everything in Naperville downtown is a little too tidy/cleaned up in Naperville, I was looking for character and from my walk around Aurora, I think I found it and as mentioned, signs that it to is getting tidied up to!
It’s been a while since I last visited Kline Creek Farm and I can’t recall ever visiting in the winter. Given its close proximity to St. James Farm in Winfield, IL. I figured it was worth a shot given the building construction in progress at St. James Farm.
It snowed all night and I was off on Monday for MLK day, so figured I’d take the Leica out to St. James farm to shoot some snow and get to know the camera a bit better. So shortly after sunrise off I headed with just the one camera and the 35mm.
Christmas is already but a distant memory. Even the snow has gone. Always a good time of year to reflect on the previous year and start making plans for the following year.
Headed over to the Fabyan Forest Preserve and windmill with the intent of photographing the windmill, which I haven’t done for several years. Unfortunately the light was flat and the sky uninteresting behind the windmill. So I didn’t bother, save that for another day.
We hadn’t visited Kline Creek farm in a while, so given it is lambing season and the weather was warming up, it seemed like as good of a time as any to head over to the farm.
Headed over to Saint James Farm today to give the new Sony A7r a work out on the tripod. It’s one if the first chances I’ve really had to try the camera at base ISO to see just what it is capable of. I took a Canon FD 24mm f2.8, Konica Hexanon 50mm f1.7 and the newly released Zeiss FE35mm f2.8. The 35mm didn’t come off of the camera. Mainly due to me barely being able to feel my hands, I think the temperatures were hovering around 15f.
I figured I had left it to late for any fall foliage shots, but everything seems to be late this year. I sit here hunkered down due to the tornado warnings, looking at yellow trees still from my window, now mid November! We’ve even had a smattering of snow, call it upside down, backwards, it certainly is different!
These were from back in October, our last camping trip of the 2013 season. To Starved Rock we returned for the second camping trip of the year. On one hand it seems so long since we were there in April for our inaugural trip with the popup camper. We’ve learnt so much since then and had some great times camping with the popup.
I often get asked what RAW is and why would you wanna shoot RAW. Well, RAW is what it says, its the image that the sensor saw, un-altered in anyway, thats left for you to do in post processing. Generally I post process (via Apple Aperture or Adobe Lightroom, though I prefer Apple Aperture) all of my photos that make it to my flickr account, but I shoot JPEG+RAW, i.e. the camera saves a RAW file and a JPEG file for me for each shot I take.