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2020 Quad Cities Marathon - Virtual

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It was pretty dark when things started at 6AM Saturday!

The 2020 Quad Cities Marathon was a Virtual event this year. We did have a few runners show up to do their virtual runs on Saturday and Sunday though.

Our photographic team captured some great photos. Check them out below.


Quad Cities Marathon Press Conference


Race Weekend Photos
This link takes you to a folder of all photos for the weekend.

Saturday


Sunday


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Full Sturgeon Moon

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Full Sturgeon Moon w/ Olympus E-M1 mk III, Zuiko 300mm f/4, 2X Teleconverter for an effective focal length of 1200mm. Made with a stack of 10 images and merged in Photoshop. ISO 200, f/8, 1/50th second exposure. Handheld Hi Res mode yielded 8160x6120 pixel images, cropped to 5000x5000 pixels.

Full resolution version available here.

And an album of a few different moon photos here.

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QC Botanical Center Flamingo Follies

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QC Botanical Center Flamingo Follies. Here's a shot of Emma Lindskog's Bob Ross Flamingo "Happy Little Accdent". Check out more photos of this one and all the great Flamingos.

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BGCMV Golf Ball Drop

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BGCMV Golf Ball Drop - Charity Event for the Boys & Girls Club of the Mississippi.

Check out my photos.


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JR Garden

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A few shots from my Garden with a Hummingbird and some flowers.

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Full Buck Moon

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Full Buck Moon w/ Olympus E-M1 mk III, Zuiko 300mm f/4, 1.4X Teleconverter for an effective focal length of 840mm. ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/100th second exposure. Handheld Hi Res mode yielded 8160x6120 pixel images, cropped to 2600x2600 pixels.

Full resolution version available here.

And an album of a few different moon photos here.

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#Astrophotography

Iowa Graduates

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I had the opportunity to capture photos of a few Iowa Class of 2020 Graduates. Click through for an album of photos.


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American Kestrep Wood Carving in 3D

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American Kestrep Wood Carving in 3D carved by John Arvanis 1/4/2020 with Thuya Burl mount.

Click image to get a 3D display. There are 6 rows of 24 images in this ObjectVR display. Zoom in too … this is a high resolution image.

I74 Bridge Final Keystone

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Final Keystone slips into place of the first arch of the I74 Bridge.

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John Deere Classic Tee Marker in 3D

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I've been working to develop my product photography skills … and especially creating 3D Object VR Images. This is my latest example that uses 4 rows of 24 images. Click through to see the 3D image.

I like to think I'm stepping up my game with this example. A little background as to how this is created …

I'm now using a Fanotec Nodal Ninja Mecha Rotator (E2) to spin the object on a turntable. I program this to take 24 photos in a rotation, one photo every 15 degrees. When the turntable rotates it stops and then tells my camera to take a photo every 15 degrees. This gives me one row of images.

I should also mention that I set up lighting in my studio based on what I learned from David Hobby's lighting workshop. This is essentially a 2 light setup with a 7' umbrella back left of the camera for fill, and a MagnMod Magbox key light setup camera right. I also have two softboxes that backlight my white linen backdrop. While this is all setup as Westcott Strobes, I only used the modeling lights for this project. I ran into some issues with gross reflections coming off the nameplate. So instead of using strobes, I used the modeling lights and took each photo as a set of 5 brackets to create an HDR image.

So … 4 rows of 24 images with 5 brackets for each image ,,, yes, this consisted of 480 images.

This was all shot with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III with a 17mm f1.2 Zuiko Lens. I set up the camera to automatically take a 5 bracket series whenever the rotator told it to take a photo.

In order to get each row separated consistently, I used my Fanotec Nodal Ninja V Pano Head to set up each row at 0, 30, 60, and 90 degrees respectively.

Here's a behind the scenes look at the setuo.

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I use Adobe Lightroom to merge the HDR Images and refine the images. I owe a shout out to Tony Ventouris (http:/tonyventourisphotography.com) for some great coaching on how to create great product photos.

After merging I used 96 images to create the ObjectVR image. I did have to mask each of these in Adobe Photoshop to create the perfect white background.

Finally, assemble it all for display with Garden Gnome's Object2VR.

It's been a fun project.

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Kamasi Washington

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Kamasi Washington performs at The Rust Belt in East Moline, IL. Check out my photos.


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Jordan XO

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Jordan XO opens for Kamasi Washington at The Rust Belt in East Moline, IL. Check out my photos of his performance.


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TBK Bank Sports Complex

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Drone view of the TBK Sports Complex as an ObjectVR Image. 24 images from 400 ft in the air. Click through to see the view in 3D.

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Heart Bones

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Heart Bones perform at The Rust Belt in East Moline, IL. Check out my photos of their performance.


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Gully Boys

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Gully Boys open for Heart Bones at The Rust Belt in East Moline, IL. Check out my photos of their performance.


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