Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Canon 5d shutter super slo mo!

If you've ever wondered what a slr looks like inside when you take a picture, take a look at this.  Or if you're just curious.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Entrance fees at 147 national parks and monuments will be waived on three weekends this summer

The National Park Service is looking to stimulate summer vacations at national parks.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Tuesday that entrance fees at 147 national parks and monuments — including the Grand Canyon and Yosemite — will be waived on three weekends this summer. The weekends are June 20-21, July 18-19 and August 15-16

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Plainfield Art League and Plainfield Township Joint Press Release



The Plainfield Art League and Plainfield Township are proud to announce that the work of eight members of the Plainfield Art League is currently on exhibit at the Plainfield Township building located at 22525 W. Lockport Road in Plainfield. 


The exhibit is comprised of 30 works including pottery, photography and paintings done in watercolor and oil.  All of the pieces are available for sale.


"The quality of the artwork is outstanding.  There is so much talent right here in Plainfield Township," said Township Administrative Assistant Monika McMillen.


The exhibit will be up through the end of May.  At the end of May, new art pieces will be hung throughout the Township's administrative offices.  We encourage you to come visit the Township building during our normal business hours of 8am to 4pm to take a look at this fine art.


For more information on the exhibit or the Plainfield Art League, please contact:


Sheryl Jones

President, Plainfield Art League





Monika McMillen

Administrative Assistant, Plainfield Township


(Note: Photos of the artwork on exhibit are available from Sheryl or Monika upon request.)
Plainfield Art League
24114 W Chicago St
Plainfield, IL 60544

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Mike Bessler exhibit

Mike Bessler is exhibiting his photography on canvas "Crabapple in spring" 12ftx2ft and "Nocturnal Pinks Oranged" 5ftx6ft 3d photo sculpture at the Plainfield Township Administration Office located at 22525 W. Lockport Rd, Plainfield, IL from March thru May 2009

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Congratulations to Lyn Tietz for winning a Special Merit Award

Congratulations to Lyn Tietz for winning a Special Merit Award in Du Page Art League's January Show, "The Heat is On", for her oil "Dead River Falls".  Now this is very special for me since she asked for and I gave her permission to paint my photograph from Dead River Falls Michigan.  Lyn's oil is a wonderful interpretation of my print.  Lyn is a talented painter and I personally congratulate her on her award.

Mike Bessler

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Question about flash slow sync

Hi Mike!

Hope you had a nice Holiday!!! I've been playing around with my camera and wanting to do some more photography stuff. Anyways, take a look at this pic I must have moved the camera (which I normally don't do) . I was using tripod on some shots and others I wasn't. But I think this turned out cool!

What are your thoughts on why this occurred?

Karin Fox


It's called slow sync on your flash. It lets you take a pix with a long exposure (in a dark room) and also the flash fires at the beginning or end of the exposure. So your dog is mostly sharp because the flash stops action, and the lights were bright enough to show their multiple positions because you hand held and moved during the long exposure. Good thing you didn't have it on a tripod. Oh my gosh, did I just say that!

And yes very cool, it could be very useful to me. I've never thought about how that effect would get a better image, but this one is better.

The setting that controls if the flash fires at the beginning or end of the exposure is called "rear" or "2nd curtain". On my Nikon D300 it's called rear and automatically sets slow on also. Use rear when you want the motion to be before the main image lighted by the flash. Experiment, I shot my Christmas train coming at me and in rear mode so the Engine was perfectly sharp and the rest of the train a blur. Cool effect.