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Home > Photography Tips, Videos & More > Road Trip to the Midwest

Road Trip to the Midwest


Kel Kyle shares images from her trips to the Midwest.

Posted: March 6th, 2013 @ 8:39pm

Source: Kel Kyle Photography


Garden of the Gods by Kel Kyle

Garden of the Gods by Kel Kyle
Back in January, I took a road trip to the Midwest for business, but left myself enough time to stop and shoot whatever I wanted along the way. Of course there were some locations I did plan in advance, but for the most part it was just drive and stop as I pleased. The images I am sharing in this article were taken using Tamron's 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD and  Tamron's SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II lenses.
 
Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD
 
My go to lens is Tamron's 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD. I love the quality and versatility of this lens which is the main reason it's always on my Canon 50D.  Seymour, Indiana was my first preplanned town to stop and shoot. I enjoyed it so much that I went back again the next day for a couple hours. My image "Somewhere in Seymour" is my favorite landscape image from this trip. I was driving around just before sunrise and noticed this farm with one tree in the foreground and a row of trees in the background highlighted by colors the rising sun. I knew there wasn't much time left to capture this moment so I quickly turned around, found a parking spot (well, maybe I made one) and jumped out of the car. I didn't have enough time to setup my tripod, so hand-held was the only way to go. Thank you, Tamron for vibration compensation (VC)!! This image is the culmination of three exposures.
 
Somewhere in Seymour by Kel Kyle (© 2013 All Rights Reserved).
Somewhere in Seymour by Kel Kyle (© 2013 All Rights Reserved).
 
Just about an hour or so before the above image, I stopped in downtown Seymour and shot the street lights and neon sign from the Fraternal Order of Eagles #655. The FOE as an organization has been around for 115 years and are hometown builders who support the police, firefighters and others who protect and serve. Interesting tidbits: The FOE pushed for the founding of Mother's Day, was a catalyst of Social Security and pressed to end job discrimination based on age. My goal for this image was to showcase the beauty of F/22 to capture star bursts on the street lights. The added colors from the neon sign and flag just made this image for me. This was a single exposure.
 
Fraternal Order of the Eagles by Kel Kyle (© 2013 All Rights Reserved).
Fraternal Order of the Eagles by Kel Kyle (© 2013 All Rights Reserved).
 
The final image from this trip using my Tamron 18-270mm was taken at Sun King Brewery in Indianapolis. As I mentioned at the beginning of my article this trip was mostly for business. I met with  two of the owners from Sun King and videotaped an interview to be featured on the Beer Info website. While I was there I took advantage of my time to shoot around the brewery. This image highlights three of Sun King's craft beers. This is only one exposure and  I used a couple of different filters in Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 to achieve that retro look. Side related note, if you like beer and live in the Indianapolis area or visit it, you really should stop by Sun King. The staff is super friendly and the beer is very, very good. I personally recommend their Wee Mac Scottish Style Ale. But if you are fortunate enough to be there when they have their Bourbon Barrel Aged Johan, grab a can or two or three - it's crazy good!
 
Sun King Brewing by Kel Kyle (© 2013 All Rights Reserved).
Sun King by Kel Kyle (© 2013 All Rights Reserved).
 
I feel I would be remiss if I didn't share one more image with you using my Tamron 18-270mm as it is truly one of my all-time favorite images. This was taken on my trip to the Midwest in October. It's from the Garden of the Gods located in Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois. The Garden of the Gods is an amazing place to visit and I would gladly return again to take in more of its beauty. This particular shot was taken in the late afternoon on a beautiful fall day. I really wanted to present this image more like a painting rather than a photo, but I didn't want to overdo the HDR element of it. I was fortunate enough to have some wonderful natural elements in place with the clouds and sun casting light in all the right places. Of course the people on the various rocks were an added bonus. This too is only one exposure.
 
Garden of the Gods by Kel Kyle (© 2012 All Rights Reserved).
Garden of the Gods by Kel Kyle (© 2012 All Rights Reserved).
 
 
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
 
I had several locations preplanned to shoot when I hit Illinois and knew my best choice for shooting them was Tamron's SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II lens. The first stop was Bailie's Greyhound Bus Station which is located in the city of Herrin. I was fortunate enough to shoot between rainstorms and had about  twenty minutes before the next storm hit. I used a total of three exposures for the final image.
 
Bailie's Bus Depot by Kel Kyle (© 2013 All Rights Reserved).
Bailie's Bus Depot by Kel Kyle (© 2013 All Rights Reserved).
 
The final destination for my Illinois shoot was the Goddard Chapel located in Marion, Illinois. The chapel is listed on the National Register for architectural significance, style, and innovative structural design. Built in 1918, it is in the style of a cathedral from the late 1800s-early 1900s.  Once again, nature did not disappoint as the rain stopped upon my arrival. The clouds and a bit of the sun peeking through from time to time only enhanced what I was able to capture. Both of the images I am sharing were taken of the chapel but focus on different aspects of it. I decided to enhance the moodiness by skewing the image below and adding a quote by Khalil Gibran. A total of four exposures were used to create the final image.
 
Goddard Chapel by Kel Kyle (© 2013 All Rights Reserved).
Goddard Chapel by Kel Kyle (© 2013 All Rights Reserved).
 
The second image was cropped down from 10 mm to specifically focus on the entrance to the chapel. This image is two exposures and I consider it the crown jewel of all my images on this trip.
 
Goddard Chapel by Kel Kyle (© 2013 All Rights Reserved).
Goddard Chapel by Kel Kyle (© 2013 All Rights Reserved).
 
I love using Tamron lenses and shoot almost 100% of the time with them. The quality and affordability is outstanding. If you haven't tried a Tamron lens you don't know what you are missing. I encourage you to give them a try and be sure to check out Tamron's rebates now through the end of June.
 



Please Note: All my images were post processed using Photomatix Pro 4 and/or Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.



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