Thursday, February 26, 2009

Blurred Golf Ball

Last summer, I thought it would be interesting to try attaching a camera to a golf club and swinging to see what kind of blur effects could be achieved. First off I should confess that I am not a golfer, just married to one.

I briefly considered using a club from a set my husband purchased recently, but then decided that a Bogen clamp screwed tightly could dent a club and found an old one in the basement to use instead. Creating art is important, but so is a harmonious marriage.

Swinging a club with an SLR camera attached was challenging as the camera weight threw off the balance of the swing and fluidity of motion, and trying to fire the cable release at the same time required more than my usual coordination. Still it was fun to play around the with the shutter speed and swing. Posted here is one of the photos where most of the blur occurs around the golf ball.

Friday, February 6, 2009

DeKalb - Barbed Wire Capitol

For years I've driven the Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway, (I-88), and only stopped in DeKalb, llinois to visit the bathroom at the tollway oasis which is a "must" when heading west. In spring of 2008, I headed to the home of Northern Illinois University to roam around and see if the city was more than a college town.

Little did I know that DeKalb was home to Joseph Glidden, the inventor of the most popular barbed wire fencing which was key to the development of the western half of the United States. The home and barn built in 1861 are featured in the photo here, and can be toured a few Sundays during the summer months.

A visit to the Ellwood House Museum and Victorian mansion give a sense of how much money was made by the inventors and manufacturers of this fencing material. The museum's second floor features samples of many designs which were patented and manufactured.

While in town, check out the Egyptian Theater and drive a section of the Lincoln Highway, America's first transcontinental highway.