Only 36 Hours Left to Vote!

The Belle of Louisville by Chris Thompson 2 Stadiums, 1 City by Chris Thompson Buckeye Falls by Chris Thompson Pumpkin Patch by Chris Thompson

There are only 36 hours left to vote for my photos in the Capture Cincinnati contest. I have a few that have a good shot at being included and maybe even winning a prize. I’d really appreciate it if you would take a look and vote for any you like. I’ve added a few over the last couple of days, so if you’ve already visited and voted it’s worth another look. Thanks to everyone who’s already voted!

My wife Amy also has some photos that are doing well in the contest. Be sure to check hers out as well!

New Photo Contest

Capture Cincinnati

The folks at CIN Weekly have launched a new online photo contest called Capture Cincinnati. The goal is to eventually turn the best images into a book. It looks like it’ll be a lot of fun. There are already a bunch of great photos in their galleries. They’re really easy to import, too,  if you’re a Flickr user because they support the Flickr API.

I’d love it if you’d check out my photos and vote for a few! Be sure to submit your own as well, because everyone who submits gets a discount on the book and they get included on the accompanying DVD.

Found Panorama

This should be viewed large and on black. Or, even better, at original size.

This is a panorama I took several years ago when I visited the Galapagos Islands with my sister. I rediscovered the makings of the pano last night while cleaning up some files; I had completely forgotten about taking this.

At the time I think I knew I was in a place that would make a beautiful pano, but I had neither the knowledge or the software to do it properly. Today I’ve at least got the software :). I’m really pleased with the way it turned out for a handheld, point and shoot, automatic exposure panorama.

I remember making my sister get out of the way as I was taking each shot, but now that I look back on it, I wish I had included her. There are so many other people in the shot, what would one more have hurt? It would have been great to have her there, since just about all of our shipmates are captured here.

This was taken on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos, just after we met this guy:

Galapagos Land Iguana (by ChrisIrmo)

UPDATE: I think my memory from five years ago failed me. It looks like you can see my sister. She’s sitting on a yellow towel and drinking from a bottle of water almost dead center in the picture.

Mr. Roebling’s Bridge

I took this shot Sunday just before the fireworks started. It’s made up of 42 images stitched together. This is really pretty close to how it looked when I was there. The sky was beautiful and the lighting on the bridge was – as always – wonderful.

If you’re not familiar with the bridges of Cincinnati (all 7 of them), this is the Roebling Suspension Bridge. It was designed and built by John A. Roebling and is often considered the prototype for the Brooklyn Bridge. You can see that they have some similar styling cues. It’s still in use; in fact, it has recently reopened after an extensive refurbishing.

Photo by ChrisIrmo

And the rocket’s red glare

Last night I went out and shot the fireworks for Cincinnati’s All American Birthday Party. I scouted out the location a few hours in advance and picked the perfect spot to shoot from, but it was all for naught because they shot the fireworks from a different spot than usual. I had to think on my feet and make a quick move because the fireworks ended up directly behind the bridge support.

I was surprised at how few people were there last night. I’m used to the atmosphere from the WEBN Labor Day fireworks, where there’s not a single unoccupied stretch of land or water for miles up and down the river. Last night I saw probably 15 or 20 people on the Covington side of the river, and the Sawyer Point area didn’t look too much busier. Too bad, because they missed a great show!

I also took a few shots to create a sunset panorama (or two), but it’ll take me a few days to process those shots. I’ll post them once they’re done.

Photo by ChrisIrmo


Cincinnati Fireworks (by ChrisIrmo)

Last night we went down to Devou Park to shoot the fireworks after the Reds game. Unfortunately that put us in line with the fireworks, so they all look like they went straight up in the same spot. Oh well, it was a lot of fun.

She Can Roll!

I Can Roll!

Ava finally managed to roll over for the first time this morning. Amy put her on the floor and I was laying next to her and it just happened all of a sudden. She did it on her first try of the day. And then she wouldn’t stop, she did it over and over again. Video after the jump.

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Ava Loves to Swim

Tonight we took Ava over to the real pool for the first time. She did not want to get out of the water. She stayed in for about an hour before we finally decided it was time to call it a night. We took a whole bunch of pictures, and I even got really brave (or stupid) and took the camera in the pool with me even though kids were splashing all around behind me. Luckily the camera stayed relatively dry.

Cool New Photography Site

Photographer Aaron Hockley of the wonderful Dogcaught Railroad Blog has started a site for more general photography called Photoschooled. He’s already got a few good posts up. Hopefully this will turn into another great photography resource like Darren Rowse’s Digital Photography School.

Happy Memorial Day

We just got back into town from visiting our friends Brian and Melissa in Chicago. We had a great time up there. The only real activities we did were a trip to Ikea and a party with some of their neighbors on Saturday night. The rest of the time we were just able to relax and catch up.

We took the new car and didn’t have any problems. It rides really well and we had plenty of room to put all of our new stuff from Ikea. Amy liked the drop-down center console; it made it easy for her to get into the back seat to feed Ava.

I had a lot of fun taking pictures of the kids. We were all outside just before sunset on Sunday night. The girls were on the playset and we set up the bubble blowing machines for Ava. The lighting was perfect and I think I got some pretty good shots.