Friday, December 31st - 10 in ’10: Live Music

To wrap up the year, I wanted to look through my photos and compile a few lists of the things I enjoy shooting. I will be posting the top 10 photos across 10 categories to close out 2010. These 10 categories will be: Books, Film, Portraits, Projects, Sports, Weddings, Cityscapes, Travel, Videos and Live Music. Last year, I made similar lists, and you can see my 9 in ’09 here.

10. Portable Models @ Elbo Room

Portable Models @ Elbo Room - 3/4/10

9. This Will Destroy You @ Lincoln Hall

This Will Destroy You @ Lincoln Hall - 6/4/10

8. Ezra Furman @ Schubas

Ezra Furman @ Schubas - 10/25/10

7. The Felice Brothers @ Empty Bottle

The Felice Brothers @ Empty Bottle - 10/15/10

6. Delta Spirit @ Metro

Delta Spirit @ Metro - 12/4/10

5. Frightened Rabbit @ House of Blues

Frightened Rabbit @ House of Blues - 11/4/10

4. The Frames @ Vic Theatre

The Frames @ Vic Theatre - 11/23/10

3. The Very Best @ Millenium Park

The Very Best @ Millennium Park - 6/3/10

2. Will Hoge @ Lincoln Hall

Will Hoge @ Lincoln Hall - 10/10/10

1. LCD Soundsystem @ Metro

LCD Soundsystem @ Metro - 5/26/10

Thursday, December 30th - 10 in ’10: Videos

To wrap up the year, I wanted to look through my photos and compile a few lists of the things I enjoy shooting. I will be posting the top 10 photos across 10 categories to close out 2010. These 10 categories will be: Books, Film, Portraits, Projects, Sports, Weddings, Cityscapes, Travel, Videos and Live Music. Last year, I made similar lists, and you can see my 9 in ’09 here.

With the exception of my Final Four video and the Cessna flight, my videos are mostly stop motion / timelapse compositions of still photography. I try to take a lot of still frames in sequence and piece them together using various programs. I haven’t advanced much over the last year, but I am working on a few new projects that will incorporate actual video along with still frame capture, timelapse pieces. DSLR cameras have opened up a whole new world, and I’m continuing to explore it.

10. Swimming Moose

9. Changing Seasons

8. Sunset Cessna Flight

Sunset Cessna Flight – Chicago – 6/29/10 from Jeff Trost on Vimeo.

7. Napa Valley Stars

6. Chicago Sunset

5. Melting Ice

4. Shore Lunch

Shore Lunch on Molson Lake from Jeff Trost on Vimeo.

3. 2010 Christmas Party – The Return of the Grinch

2. Beach Dance

1. 2010 NCA Men’s Basketball Final Four

2010 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four from Jeff Trost on Vimeo.

Wednesday, December 29th - 10 in ’10: Travel

To wrap up the year, I wanted to look through my photos and compile a few lists of the things I enjoy shooting. I will be posting the top 10 photos across 10 categories to close out 2010. These 10 categories will be: Books, Film, Portraits, Projects, Sports, Weddings, Cityscapes, Travel, Videos and Live Music. Last year, I made similar lists, and you can see my 9 in ’09 here.

I traveled a lot this year – for both work and play – and it was a blast. In 2010, I made my first trip to Japan, a vacation to Hawaii and random trips all across the US and Canada. 2011 should be more of the same, with some already great vacations planned.

10. Sierra Sky – Lake Tahoe, Nevada

100/365: Sierra Sky

9. Molson Lake – Manitoba, Canada

Molson Lake: Manitoba, Canada - July 2010

8. L’Auberge – Carmel, California

Big Sur - Memorial Day Weekend 2010

7. Tsukiji Market – Tokyo, Japan

216/365: Sushi In The Morning

6. Brant Point – Nantucket, Massachusetts

186/365: Bye Bye Nantucket

5. Duke University – Durham, North Carolina

West Campus

4. Niagara Falls – Ontario, Canada

134/365: Niagara Falls

3. Rocky Creek Bridge – Big Sur, California

Big Sur - Memorial Day Weekend 2010

2. Grapes – Napa Valley, California

277/365: Grapes

1. Waimea Canyon – Kauai, Hawaii

Waimea Canyon

Tuesday, December 28th - 10 in ’10: Cityscapes

To wrap up the year, I wanted to look through my photos and compile a few lists of the things I enjoy shooting. I will be posting the top 10 photos across 10 categories to close out 2010. These 10 categories will be: Books, Film, Portraits, Projects, Sports, Weddings, Cityscapes, Travel, Videos and Live Music. Last year, I made similar lists, and you can see my 9 in ’09 here.

I’m lucky enough to spend a majority of my time in two great cities: Chicago and San Francisco. I’m by no means a street photographer or city photographer, and I don’t typically even try. In fact, the photos below are just photos of some cityscapes, rather than meaningful street captures.

Living in Chicago allows me to photograph some wonderful architecture and visiting San Francisco provides one of the most beautiful backdrops in the world for photos. I’m extremely lucky, and I’m always packing my camera.

10. Gorgeous Weather

7/365: Gorgeous Weather

9. Tsukiji Market

Tsukiji Market - Tokyo, Japan

8. Hancock Reflection

128/365: Reflective City

7. Golden Gate

Golden Gate Bridge

6. Blue Angels

226/365: Angels in the Sky

5. City Hall

San Francisco City Hall

4. The Arch

Dunlap Wedding - St. Louis, MO - August 2010

3. Fargo

282/365: Fargo

2. Summer Lightning

Summer Lightning - 2010

1. Duke Chapel

Duke Chapel

Monday, December 27th - 10 in ’10: Weddings

To wrap up the year, I wanted to look through my photos and compile a few lists of the things I enjoy shooting. I will be posting the top 10 photos across 10 categories to close out 2010. These 10 categories will be: Books, Film, Portraits, Projects, Sports, Weddings, Cityscapes, Travel, Videos and Live Music. Last year, I made similar lists, and you can see my 9 in ’09 here.

The last few years have been filled with weddings for friends and family. I traveled to several different states for weddings this year – New York, Washington, North Carolina, Missouri, etc. While the travel is tough, the ceremonies and parties are well worth it. Each wedding is like a mini-reunion for all of your best friends and absolutely cannot be beat.

While the last few years have been dedicated to weddings, I imagine the next few years will be filled with baby girls and baby boys. Several of my closest friends have had new additions to their families at the end of this year already, and I can’t wait to meet their new family members over the coming years.

10. To Tomorrow!

241/365: Cheers to Tomorrow

9. Cupcakes

Mike & Laura's Wedding - 5/15/10

8. The Ring

Engagement - 5/8/10

7. The Venue

Dunlap Wedding - St. Louis, MO - August 2010

6. The Church

Mike & Laura's Wedding - 5/15/10

5. The Church Again

Casey & Ileana's Wedding - 6/5/10

4. Dance With Me

Mike & Laura's Wedding - 5/15/10

3. Pin The Flower

Mike & Laura's Wedding - 5/15/10

2. The Decision

Mike & Laura's Wedding - 5/15/10

1. You May Kiss The Bride

Seattle Wedding - 9/18/10

Sunday, December 26th - 10 in ’10: Sports

To wrap up the year, I wanted to look through my photos and compile a few lists of the things I enjoy shooting. I will be posting the top 10 photos across 10 categories to close out 2010. These 10 categories will be: Books, Film, Portraits, Projects, Sports, Weddings, Cityscapes, Travel, Videos and Live Music. Last year, I made similar lists, and you can see my 9 in ’09 here.

Besides the Cubs (and let’s not talk about the Pacers), most of my favorite teams had a great year in 2010. Duke won the National Championship. Chelsea won the Premier League. The Colts made it to the Super Bowl, but came up short.

Overall, it was a fun year to be a sports fan. I was fortunate enough to see the Duke Blue Devils in action in Chicago, Durham and the grand finale in Indianapolis for the Final Four. Just in case I would ever forget this year, I took plenty of photos. And I’m going to throw in a bonus photo, because I love watching @NDotSmitty cut down nets. In fact, just check out this video (click here) or go over to the whole Flickr set of photos from Indianapolis.

Bonus: The People’s Champ

2010 NCAA  Men's Basketball Final Four - Indianapolis, IN

10. White Men Can’t Jump

6/365: White Men Can't Jump

9. 1

95/365: 1

8. Big Hitter

Ithaca, NY - 5/15/10

7. Texas Motor Speedway

Texas Motor Speedway - 11/7/10

6. Back to Wrigley

107/365: Back To Wrigley

5. Krzyzewskiville

Krzyzewskiville

4. RIP Ronnie

336/365: RIP Ronnie

3. Wallace Wade: Night

Wallace Wade: Night

2. Colts @ Patriots

Colts @ Patriots - 11/21/10

1. Final Four

2010 NCAA  Men's Basketball Final Four - Indianapolis, IN

Saturday, December 25th - 10 in ’10: Projects

To wrap up the year, I wanted to look through my photos and compile a few lists of the things I enjoy shooting. I will be posting the top 10 photos across 10 categories to close out 2010. These 10 categories will be: Books, Film, Portraits, Projects, Sports, Weddings, Cityscapes, Travel, Videos and Live Music. Last year, I made similar lists, and you can see my 9 in ’09 here.

Merry Christmas!

I haven’t perfected any of the below projects, but I’m working on new photos for some of these that I really enjoyed. Over the course of this year, I spent a lot of time experimenting with different things I had never tried before.

10. Circular Glow (Long Exposure)

For this shot, I strapped various glow sticks and multi-colored flashlights to my ceiling fan. Once I had the lights on the fan, I turned off all the ambient lights in the room and took nice long exposures at various fan speeds. The result was perfectly symmetrical circles of various colors. Pretty simple. Click here for an early shot of me putting up one light on the very end of the fan.

Circular Glow

9. Pinhole Friday (Pinhole)

I experimented with various pinhole cameras throughout the course of the year. I made my first one out of a simple black film canister – poked a hole in one side, and it exposed a single frame of film that I had taped into the canister. Then I made a camera out of a matchbox – and this one had the ability to roll the film up into an empty canister, which eliminated the need to unload the film in a dark room. Finally, I made a fully functional San Pellegrino pinhole camera. Click here to see a picture of this camera, and below is a shot taken with the contraption.

113/365: Pinhole Friday

8. Heart This City (Shaped Bokeh)

I should have worked harder to get more out of this little experiment, but I haven’t yet. By cutting shapes into a piece of thick cardboard and placing that over a fast lens, the bokeh created takes on the shape of the cutout. This has a pretty cool effect on city lights and would also be cool for something like Christmas tree lights (if you’re looking to try it out over the holidays). For me though, I couldn’t sleep one night and just took a handful of photos from my balcony. I never tried it again, but it’s probably worth another experiment. As you can see in the below photo, all of the street lights are shaped like hearts for this photo.

126/365: Heart This City

7. Cubs Splash (Semi-High Speed)

One night, I decided to stay home and drop things into cups (thrilling). I had no idea how difficult it would be to get a good shot – or how messy it would be. I am extremely underprepared for high speed photography. In fact, I shot these by holding down the shutter in rapid bursts with one finger, while dropping ice cubes and other items with my other hand. I was only using lights from my kitchen, which meant I wasn’t really even doing anything high-speed at all. I just cranked up the ISO and shutter speeds and hoped I timed it right. Some were better than others, but it was a fun test.

119/365: Cubs Splash Horizontal

6. Swirling Stars (Bulb Exposure / Stacking)

Once again, I was a bit unprepared for an experiment I wanted to try. I took a 45 minute exposure and tried to capture some star movement while away from the city out in northwest Illinois. There are lots of issues with a single 45 minute exposure – one of which is the long exposure noise that is created. I like the overall idea of this experiment, but I plan to do more of this using different methods, such as stacking multiple photos.

247/365: Swirling Stars

5. Sunset Cessna Flight (Aerial)

I’d like to make this more of a long-term project – aerial cityscapes. Over the summer, I was fortunate enough to have a good friend take me up on a flight with him. This was my first time taking photographs of Chicago from an angle like this. Needless to say, it was amazing. I have some ideas for aerial projects like this, and the one flight has definitely inspired me to continue. Also, one of my shots from this flight – click here to see it – made it into Flickr Explore, which was the first time for any of my photos.

Sunset Cessna Flight - Chicago - 6/29/10

4. Jump

Everyone likes to mess around with jumping shots, and some people have even turned the idea into a business model – such as the Action Booth guys. I’m going to expand on this in the new year as well, but it’s a pretty simple photo to make happen – even without a flash – like this photo.

Birthday @ Benihana

3. City Upright (Reflections)

This photo is again the result of a late night without much sleep. I decided to try something with a small liqueur glass, and this idea is transforming into a larger project I’m working on. The idea here is to shoot a reflection of your image (upside down) through various liquids, such as water. Depending on the glass you use, the effects can be pretty cool.

296/365: City Upright

2. Napa Valley Stars (Timelapse)

I have only tried timelapse or stop-motion photography a handful of times. I am working on several new projects like the below, which will be much more refined. The overall process here is to take hundreds or thousands of still frame photos over a set time frame and then put them together in order via video – think of a cartoon flipbook. It’s amazingly simple with a DSLR and an intervalometer. This little 30 second clip uses about 300 photos, but the latest ones I’m working on have 24 or 30 still images per second of video.

1. Ha’upu Range Off Kipu Road (HDR)

The below shot is a simple HDR shot composed of three RAW files (-2, 0, +2 exposures). I started experimenting with HDR this year – sometimes I get it right; other times the shots are horrible. I was very happy with this image – the details in the mountains, the trees and the fields really pop.

Ha'upu Range Off Kipu Road

Friday, December 24th - 10 in ’10: Portraits

To wrap up the year, I wanted to look through my photos and compile a few lists of the things I enjoy shooting. I will be posting the top 10 photos across 10 categories to close out 2010. These 10 categories will be: Books, Film, Portraits, Projects, Sports, Weddings, Cityscapes, Travel, Videos and Live Music. Last year, I made similar lists, and you can see my 9 in ’09 here.

While I have never had a formal ‘portrait’ session with anyone, I always end up taking a lot of candid shots of friends and family – some of them love it, some of them hate it and there is one guy who always ends up flicking off the camera!

My goal for next year will be to work with off-camera flashes for various lighting techniques. As it is now, I shoot most everything with ambient light – except for a few where I’m bouncing flashes. This will definitely be a learning process, but should be well worth it.

10. The Finger

Goose Island - 6/19/10

9. Puppy

275/365: Puppy

8. Fisheye Santa

Fisheye Santa

7. Me Through The Lens

Me Through The Lens

6. Cap Cap Gun

337/365: Cap Cap Gun

5. Pitchfork Fans

Pitchfork Music Festival - 2010

4. In Your Glasses

Lollapalooza - 2010

3. Brother

Casey & Ileana's Wedding - 6/5/10

2. Drink Too Much

Drink Too Much

1. Grandpa

Casey & Ileana's Wedding - 6/5/10

Thursday, December 23rd - 10 in ’10: Film

To wrap up the year, I wanted to look through my photos and compile a few lists of the things I enjoy shooting. I will be posting the top 10 photos across 10 categories to close out 2010. These 10 categories will be: Books, Film, Portraits, Projects, Sports, Weddings, Cityscapes, Travel, Videos and Live Music. Last year, I made similar lists, and you can see my 9 in ’09 here.

When I shoot with film, I tend to use either a very old SLR camera (much older than I am) or some form of a modified Holga / match-box / soda can / self-made contraption – like this one here.

I view film as a way to make pictures say different things, rather than another medium to simply capture pictures. I like to shoot a couple frames in sequence, capture two contrasting images side-by-side or use multiple exposures on the same strip of film. I like to think this adds another dimension to a simple snap of the shutter.

For example, I like the contrast in Beggar’s Alley – the #2 photo below. On one side – a dirty alley. On the other side – a statue of someone looking for a handout… behind bars. For some reason, I really like it.

Then in the #1 photo, I used a modified Holga to expose the whole film – over the sprockets – to take multiple overlapping exposures of Pritzker Pavilion in Millenium Park. The intersecting lines and double exposure intrigue me, and I always find Millenium Park to be a great backdrop for photographs.

I rarely use film to simply capture a photo – digital seems to serve that purpose much more efficiently. I like to use film as an experimental way to show how differently those simple photos can be captured.

10. Fountains

263/365: Fountains

9. Triple Tracks

Triple Tracks

8. Segway

255/365: Segway

7. Fast Food

314/365: Fast Food

6. You

260/365: You

5. Jump

Jump

4. Pitchfork Portraits

Pitchfork Portraits

3. Maddie

Maddie

2. Beggar’s Alley

264/365: Beggar's Alley

1. Double Take

Double Take

Wednesday, December 22nd - 10 in ’10: Books

To wrap up the year, I wanted to look through my photos and compile a few lists of the things I enjoy shooting. I will be posting the top 10 photos across 10 categories to close out 2010. These 10 categories will be: Books, Film, Portraits, Projects, Sports, Weddings, Cityscapes, Travel, Videos and Live Music. Last year, I made similar lists, and you can see my 9 in ’09 here.

I don’t read too much or too good, which is probably why a guide book is in my top 10 list of books I’ve read this year. But seriously, the ‘Revealed’ guide books by Andrew Doughty are humorous, insightful and absolutely spot on with information only locals know – easily the best guidebook I’ve ever read – and I found myself reading it from cover to cover. This little thing made our trip to Kauai a lot better than Fodor’s or Frommer’s ever could have.

That said, I did read some ‘real’ books this year. Not all of these books came out this year, but at least I finally got around to reading them. I was hooked on the Trilogy series from Stieg Larsson (as was the rest of the world), and my favorite author (Bret Easton Ellis) released a new book too. Overall, this list of books doesn’t include too many feel-good stories, but that’s fine by me. I tend to like darker, suspenseful mysteries or fiction based on real historical events – particularly WW I & II and Vietnam. One book that fused together a lot of topics I truly enjoy was DelCorso’s Gallery – a great book about a Vietnam War photographer. For some reason, I’ve always enjoyed reading about Vietnam and Philip Caputo is always right up there with some of the best authors on this subject. I really hope that another one of my favorite authors, Tim O’Brien, releases a new book sometime soon – fingers crossed for 2011.

When I’d finish reading, I usually took a quick photo of each book – more for me to remember which books I had actually read (and then I found that Goodreads is much easier – check out my profile). That said, it’s pretty hard to take interesting photos of books. If you’re looking for cool photos, hopefully I will have some for you later in the week. In the meantime, as you’re stuck in the airport waiting for your plane to de-ice or the next big snow storm to roll in, buy one of these books at your closest Hudson News and enjoy the holidays.

10. Kauai Revealed – Andrew Doughty

39/365: Around The Corner

9. Eat, Drink & Be From Mississippi – Nanci Kincaid

Eat, Drink & Be

8. The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest – Stieg Larsson

292/365: TGWKTHN

7. A Deeper Blue: The Life and Music of Townes Van Zandt – Robert Earl Hardy

A Deeper Blue: The Life and Music of Townes Van Zandt

6. DelCorso’s Gallery – Philip Caputo

DelCorso's Gallery

5. A Small Death In Lisbon – Robert Wilson

A Small Death In Lisbon

4. The Girl Who Played With Fire – Stieg Larsson

281/365: TGWPWF

3. Downtown Owl – Chuck Klosterman

Chuck Klosterman

2. Imperial Bedrooms – Bret Easton Ellis

166/365: Imperial Bedrooms

1. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson

266/365: TGWTDT