Snow, Bowls and Oscar

Pretty busy these days!  Tomorrow we’re going to the annual Snow Sculpting Championships in Lake Geneva to check out the finished sculptures right after they’re done, before judging begins.  Kevin and I are going, but have to be back quick, since he has to work in the afternoon.

Then Sunday is the SuperBowl.  I was sorry to see the Packers didn’t make it this year, they got so close!  It was an exciting championship game.  I knew that much, and I don’t know sh*t about football!

After that, Kevin’s birthday is next week on February 5th, and Oscar time is coming up on February 22nd.  Before that date, I’m trying to find time to watch as many Oscar-nominated movies as possible.  We watch Boyhood, and it was really good.  American Sniper was even better though.  I watched about 1/2 of Birdman with Michael Keaton and I just couldn’t figure it out.  I ended up falling asleep and never did get back to watching the rest of it.  If I have time, I watch it over again before the 22nd.  I also watched Whiplash.  I thought that one was ok, but nowhere near as good as Boyhood or American Sniper.  Those are just some of the nominees for Best Motion Picture.  There’s several other categories I haven’t even looked at yet.  Many of which are more nominations for the same movies, but others are different movies I’ll have to look into finding.

New photo albums added

Ok, getting caught up over my 5-day weekend!  Here’s some new photo albums–including THIS Thanksgiving!

Civil War Museum – Sandy’s photos from her recent visit with a client.

Halloween 2014

Haylie’s 5th Birthday

Snow Sculpting Championships 2014 – from nearly a year ago–this year’s is coming up at the end of January!  I’ll be there.

Thanksgiving 2013

Thanksgiving 2014

That should about catch me up.  Keep in mind a few of those are pretty raw.  Since I dumped everything, very quickly, I didn’t pick and choose the best photos.  Yet.  I’ll get to it, I just need more time.  So for now, a few of those albums contain hundreds of photos.  Consider this a “behind the scenes” preview.  Many of those will disappear soon as I curate them.  Enjoy!

Snow Sculpting Championships 2011

Snow Sculpting 2011We went to the Snow Sculpting Championships today, as we do every year.  This time Sandy went with us for the first time–and it was Kevin’s birthday.  This year’s contest seemed to be a little lacking in content though.  Probably because we heard that a few of the teams didn’t make it to the competition because of the blizzard.  Their planes didn’t make it in time.  There were still some really good ones though.  Unfortunately, most of them weren’t named and described very well, as they were most other years we’ve attended.  So I have named them by their team states and block numbers.  Once the official winners are published and the names of the actual sculptures are given on the official site, I’ll update this posting to let you know exactly who won 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.  For now, see if you can pick the winners.  Click here or on the thumbnail to view all of the photos.

Update: Winners Announced:  I have renamed and re-sorted the photo set, so the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners are first in the set.  Here are the winners:

1st Place: Wisconsin – “Mercury Racing Pegasus”

2nd Place: Wisconsin – “Davy Jones’ Locker”

3rd Place: Alaska – “Dance of Axcagon”

Photography

Kevin’s birthday is this week! We’re having his party at one of his favorite restaurants, so he’s quite excited about it. He wants a Plasma Ball and a Darth Vader Voice Changer, among other things. It should be a great party, I’ll take lots of photos.

Mahirose, Kevin and I are planning to go to the Snow Sculpting Championships in Lake Geneva on Saturday. We’re really looking forward to it. I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures there as well.

Mahirose and I also recently joined the PhotoKenosha Club “Kenosha’s Very Own Shutterbugs”. We haven’t been to a meeting or outing yet, but it should be fun. The club is pretty new, from what I hear, so it’s just starting out and still has a pretty small membership. It’s totally free though, so you can’t beat the price! If you’re into photography, whether it’s digital or not, and you’re in or around Kenosha, why not consider joining! Check out the website for more information.

And since this posting seems to be all about pictures, I might as well explain my recent dilemma. I’ve been trimming down the photo gallery lately. We’ve been getting dangerously close to using up all of our 2 GB of space lately. I managed to whittle it down a few times previously, but apparently the cache is just eating it back up as users view the photos. I empty the cache again, but that’s only very temporary relief.

So far though, I’ve managed to not have to remove any of my own photos or other users’ photos. I had hundreds of stock photos of sunsets, animals, space, etc., which I removed first. This helped quite a bit. As a second step I’ve been resizing and compressing the remaining albums. Since I started using photo gallery I tended to keep my photos large, usually at least 1280×1024. Everyone else seemed to only have small images 640×480 or less on their sites, and I figured why not off some better quality? Well, now I’ve learned my lesson. Gallery 2 makes it fairly easy to trim down entire albums of photos though, so it’s not a big deal. I just end up with smaller images on my website.

So if you happen to see a photo you like on the site, like a sunset or something else, but it’s too small to use as you wallpaper or for developing, feel free to contact me directly and I’ll be glad to send you a full-sized version of the photo you want. Keep in mind, however, that I don’t have larger-sized versions of any images in the humor galleries and other user galleries, only the photos I’ve taken myself.