I have been urged ….

Hello Cubs Fans… I have been urged by family, friends, and strangers to post my photos of The Chicago Cubs Skyline on the internet and price it for sale.  Sometimes you just have to listen &#…

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I have been urged ….

Hello Cubs Fans…

I have been urged by family, friends, and strangers to post my photos of

The Chicago Cubs Skyline on the internet and price them for sale.

 Sometimes you just have to listen … so I am.

Because I am not savvy with the in’s and out’s of social media I decided to post again on ‘5daysago’. I would truly appreciate it if you would share this post on your facebook page… and I thank you in advance for your help!

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Both of these photo’s are priced and sized the same.

1- Cubs Building to the right

   2- Cubs Building in the center

If you would like a print (or two) the sizes and prices are as follows:

Paper photo:  I will dry mount the photograph and matte it with a 2″ white boarder

12″ x 24″    $155.00

14″ x 28″    $175.00

15″ x 30″    $195.00


Metal Print:  (different sizes ??) includes French cleat hanger

12″ x 24″   $285.00  + shipping crate $60.00

20″ x 40″  $485.00  + shipping crate $60.00

30″ x 60″  $925.00  + shipping crate $60.00

If you’d like to discuss this any further, please email me. michelledeiter@gmail.com

Thank you for your consideration!

Michelle

Way to Go Chicago Cubs !

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Chicago in all it’s glory!

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Cuban Portraits

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This time around I had a photographic purpose, portraits.

  There are several ways of photographing a ‘portrait’ but my focus was, and is, on the traditional portrait and the environmental portrait…

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Just 24 hours ago I realized my niche, I discovered what gives me the most joy …

… and when the bells started to ring I felt the warmth return to my face and I typed a little bit faster …

it’s been a long time coming.

This was all sublime when I was actively shooting, but now reviewing these photo’s I get the most rewarding sense. I remember the exchanges that took place and how I wanted to capture my subjects.

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The Traditional Portrait

In this type of portrait the object is supposed to look directly at the camera and the focus is on the face.

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I love the image of the woman above, I love the lighting, the colors, her expression, and her sense of strength. This was taken  during a Santeria ceremony. The Santeria Religion is a syncretism that combines different beliefs while blending practices of various schools of thought. It’s a fascinating ritual that deserves a post of it’s own ….  soon.

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The cowboy, el vaquero, never said a word.  He’s a hired hand and a neighbor to the ranch that we visited, he’s just as mysterious as he looks …

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What a face …  This man was just sitting around, typical of the Cuban way of life.

  I find myself wondering about him? I imagine he has a robust laugh and kind soul, I can see it in his eyes.

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I was being serenaded …….

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The Environmental Portrait

The environmental portrait means that you are photographing the object in its own environment, where it is most comfortable

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The Caballero on horseback is also a hired hand.  He is in his 80’s and has worked on this ranch most of his life, he is the next best thing to family.

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I am haunted by this image … Did I buy what this man was selling?

  No, I don’t think I did, and I cannot comprehend why !

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Louie and I connected ! I took several photo’s of him. Even though this one is a bit soft in the focus I think it shows his spirit. He waved me into his circle and behind the ropes that separated us, we both had grins from ear to ear ….

These subjects are the ‘official’ beginning of my quest to become an accomplished portrait photographer.  I love to photograph everything, but portraits are where I feel the excitement and the reward …. the beauty is:

I can only get better!

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This concludes my epiphany, I have more to show but let’s take a break …..

… and again I want to thank all of you who take the time to read my posts, and to those of you who comment on my blog, facebook, or the emails that you have sent me. I don’t respond to your comments but I cherish each and every one.

Thank you !

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Cuba: in Black & White

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 A Double Entendre

… ambiguity of meaning arising from language that lends itself to more than one interpretation…

 

This time around I left my rose colored glasses at home and I was standing on firm ground.  This trip took me to rural areas low and high, and city sights that blew me away. It’s true, the Cubans have nothing tangible.  But before I continue on with this B&W post, I need to mention again that the people of Cuba are beautiful in body and soul.

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While in Holguin I needed to buy a pair of sandals, my gym shoes were too warm for the Cuban heat.  On my way to the store I met up with two young men, we talked of the USA and that their father lived in Miami.  Knowing that I needed sandals they took me to the ‘shoe’ store.  Thank God they were with me… I wouldn’t have known where to begin.

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They spoke to their friend behind the counter and the next thing I knew a great pair of size 7 sandals were mine.  I may have payed more than the average Cuban …. but that’s OK.

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Later that same day while we were exploring the City of Holguin we came upon a home for pregnant girls. Manuello, who rolls as if he were sitting on the ball head of a tripod, decided that we should stop and introduce ourselves … so we did.

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After a small discussion between Manu and the Doctors we were invited into the home to photograph the girls and their surroundings.  This is a home / hospital  for young pregnant woman that live too far from the ‘hospital’, or just need a place to relax and deliver… many situations are in play.

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I was a bit intimidated photographing under these circumstances, but then again I couldn’t resist. Everyone was very gracious and welcoming, and I was very considerate and thankful.

Education is big in Cuba, and I have no doubt that the doctors are excellent …

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On the road again Manu spotted a home just up the hill from our route.

  Guyz Guyz !  Meetchel come here!

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… so we did !  Our group consisted of 5 student photographers, Manuello – the top dog, and Miyal – his nephew and right hand man.  This lovely family that we surprised out of the blue clear skies welcomed us with open arms and Rum !
The Cubans love their Rum …

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Nothing ….

 … but this family could not have been more gracious and welcoming. They may not own much, but you can see the pride that they share from the twinkle in their eyes. I know at least 5 people live here. The older men, the  patriarch and his brother, must live close by.

  We stayed for an hour or so, shared some rum, photographed anywhere we liked,  and bid adieu.

What an experience !

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In my last post I showed you some images of the children from San Luis.

Here are some more scenes from this untouched Cuban Village:

just another day in the life of …

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The village of San Luis was a highlight.

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Santiago de Cuba during the Blue Hour

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I have much more to show and tell.

How fortunate am I to have had two beautiful trips to Cuba with two incredible photography groups.  I loved my trip to Havana with Muench Photographers, I couldn’t have painted the picture any better.   And Manuello Paganelli, what can I say?  I loved this trip just as much  but with a different lens and a different focal point.

God Bless America

 

Please stay tuned for more of Cuba from this trip:

  • The Cuban Way of Life  : how the Cubans make a living

  •  Landscapes of Cuba

  • The Sounds of Cuba !

  • and The Carnival of Santiago de Cuba

The Children of Cuba

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Yes!  I went back to Cuba. This trip took me to the South Eastern corner of the Island, the City of Santiago de Cuba. Santiago is the 2nd largest city in Cuba and known to be the birthplace of the Cuban sound. Desi Arnaz, Emilo Estefan, and many members of the Buena Vista Social Club were born in this area.

When I returned from my first visit to Cuba someone suggested that I look up a Cuban-Italian photographer by the name of Manuello Paganelli … so I did.

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Manu, or Pag, has been photographing the Island for over 20 years.  Manu travels with the heart and soul of his heritage, every one is familia.  His warmth and charming Ricky Riccardo personality lead the way, the printed syllabus was just a suggestion…

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 One day, en route from A-B, we stopped in the small town of San Luis for lunch. We had caused quite a stir in this town and the villagers ventured out of every nook and cranny. Tourists are far and few between.

The people of Cuba were as lovely as I had remembered, and another reason for my return.

  Once again a simple ‘hola’ was exchanged with a warm and genuine smile in return. 

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This trip was varied and diverse. We went to a Cock Fight, to a home / hospital for pregnant girls, we visited a home in the mountains and dropped in on a family who lived just off the side of the road.  We sat in on a Santeria Ritual … rum was offered in return for health… , we swam in the Caribbean and sipped Caipirinha’s at night.  But the main reason I choose to go to Santiago de Cuba was for the Music and the Carnival.

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Our first night in Santiago de Cuba was the Children’s Parade… worth every click of my shutter!  Manu knew somebody somewhere so we were able to walk within the confines of the parade itself and snap away, we had the run of the mill.

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That was a photobomb !

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“The carnival of Santiago de Cuba is the largest, most famous, and most traditional carnival in all of Cuba. It’s an explosion of color, contagious drum rhythms, and dance. It is also a time for Cubans to re-gather themselves and remember their history, community, and culture. The event is often punctuated by the Cuban National Holiday of July 26th.” wiki

This year they were also celebrating Fidel Castro’s 90th birthday.

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This little fellow was crying pretty hard!  I tried to take his picture but I wasn’t quick enough. By the time I reached him he was just scowling  …. I talked to him in my own special way, took a photo, showed him his picture and then smiles galore !  He was OK after that…

 My first post, this one, is an introduction to my recent visit. I will share this trip in more detail as time goes on but I wanted  somehow to incorporate the children of Cuba. Aren’t they beautiful !

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I smile at each shot, and  remember the moment. Some of these children lured me take their picture and I was delighted.  I think I had more fun than they did ….!!

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This image was taken in the town of El Cobre.

  Every picture tells a story ….

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Up, Up, and Away

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We have owned a home in Galena, Illinois for 12 years now.  Every June I see, or hear, the balloons overhead.  I’ve always wanted to go to the ‘Great Galena Balloon Race’ but I have never been able to …  until this year. At about  4:30 in the afternoon I got the heads up, a Blue Hour special was to take place at 8:45pm.

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The festival start’s early in the day. The Great Balloons, an Antique Car Show, an Ale Fest, and a band to boot! This is a big deal and a whole lotta fun. People travel from all over, from Detroit’s Motor City to Baton Rouge, Louisiana….

Pack lunch and bring a blanket, this is family day.

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I was thrilled at the sight of these brilliantly colorful monsters and wanted I to shoot (as in photograph) them again, sooo…

The following morning I rose at 4:30am, caught a ride with my neighbors, and witnessed the Dawns Early Light.  Another spectacular showing.

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With the sun gently spilling over the horizon we transitioned into the Golden Hour, need I say more?  The illumination was beautiful.

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Now let me explain how the race is won. This particular race was a ‘bean bag toss’. Because the balloons do not take flight at the same time, it can not be won by the first balloon to arrive. Therefore, a target is placed on the ground and where it is placed is determined the morning of, the winds will make that decision.  Anyhow, when the balloons arrive at the target, the bean bag is tossed and the closest bag to the target wins!!

Elementary my Dear Watson…

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I love the above photo, but in the upper corners you can see the shadows from my lens hood, or is it from my lens? Shooting too wide with a 35mm?  In any case if I had cropped this image, the scene, or the balance, would be off  and it would have ruined my picture.  So…. I let it be!

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 Oops, same with this shot, can I get a little help please …..?

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Proceeds from the Great Galena Balloon Race go to support research to find a cure for Juvenile Diabetes – JDRF and to support Camp Hertko Hollow – a summer camp in Boone, IA for kids with diabetes.