Emily Jacob: Blog http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog en-us Photography by Emily Jacob emyj86@yahoo.com (Emily Jacob) Mon, 02 Jan 2017 15:12:00 GMT Mon, 02 Jan 2017 15:12:00 GMT http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u978889578-o497350889-50.jpg Emily Jacob: Blog http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog 120 120 Potawatomi Trail - McNaughton Park http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/potawatomi-trail---mcnaughton-park On New Year's Day, two of my friends and myself went out to McNaughton Park in Pekin to try out the Potawatomi Trail.  McNaughton Park is located on approximately 700 acres of woodland and meadows.  A large portion of this park is within the Land and Water Reserve by the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission.  There is parking in the park, or at the Dog Training Area on Parkway Drive or on Sheridan Road.  You can learn more about the park at the Pekin Park District's Website

Potawatomi Trail is about 7 miles in the Park and is shown as red on the map below.  The orange is for the horse trails, but many of the trails are shared by hikers and horseback riders.  We seemed to have a difficult time in areas figuring out exactly where the trail went.  A lot of trees are spray painted red, and there are a few signs, but other times it was a complete guess. 

Map of the Park via the Pekin Park District Website

We started out in the parking area next to Lake Butterfield and headed south down the hill that is a Seasonal trail.  We then went East across the open field and down to the "2 Mile" marker.  There, we were not able to cross the creek at this time.  There was not a bridge and the creek was too high for us to cross with the type of clothes we had on.  We would have definitely gotten wet, so we kept heading East and did the loop around where the foundation marker is and headed back West around Lake Zuercher. 

Potawatomi TrailThis was taken between Mile 1 and 2, where the foundation marker is shown. You can see on the right side is the foundation.

Lake Zuercher

We then headed back up to the parking lot where we had one friend leave us.  She had broken her foot last year and was still not fully recovered.  McNaughton Park is very hilly and was hard on her.  If hills are hard on you, I would not recommend this trail, however, its a great training trail if you are working up to some harder hills. 

After she left us, we headed Northwest towards the Ameren High Lines Area.  This is a very hilly area, the path is very narrow in spots and you have to cross many creeks, some with bridges, and some we had to jump over or find a log to walk across.  Once you get to the Ameren High Lines area, its is all open prairie and the view is pretty great (besides the power lines). 


Prairie TrailsJust after the Ameren High Lines area.

 

The area North the High Lines is all wooded and a very beautiful walk.  Once you get to the very north end of the trail, there is a totem pole and a very open area with a picnic shelter.


Totem Pole

After this, we started heading back West and you pass another shelter area where you can also camp.  Parts of the trails back through the Ameren High Lines was very sandy, so wear shoes you can't get sand in easily.  Once we got past the Ameren High Lines on the far West side, we decided to head back on the horse trail to the parking lot for the day.  This area was an open field and very pretty.  By the time we got back to the car, we had 5.5 miles in for the day and it took us about 2 1/2 hours.  Below is the same map as above, but with a blue line showing our exact hike.

Our Hike - 5.5 Miles

Some other things you can do in the park:

Geocaching - There are over 30 geocaches hidden in the park and along the trails.  I looked for 4 yesterday and found 3.  I would recommend bringing an actual GPS.  I used my phone and the trees were messing with my cell service.

Geocaching in the Park Dogs are also welcome in the Park.  I brought my lab, Drake, and he had a blast!  He is still tired today!

You can also mountain bike the trails, fish at the ponds, frisbee golf and camp by permit!

Overall, I was really impressed by this park and plan on going out to it regularly.  We went on January 1st, it was about 40 degrees, sunny, and no wind, so with a few layers (which we ended up shedding a layer when we stopped at the car), it was perfect.  We started about 10:30 and only saw 1 other couple the entire time we were on the trails!  I have been to the park in the middle of the summer and it was packed, so if its a summer month, you may want to start earlier to beat the crowds. 

Trail between Marker 1 and 2

I plan on going back again soon and will try some of the southwest side of the park and blog about it again!

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emyj86@yahoo.com (Emily Jacob) Central Illinois Trail Hiking Trail Hiking http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/potawatomi-trail---mcnaughton-park Mon, 02 Jan 2017 15:11:27 GMT
My Top 10 in 2015 http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/my-top-10-in-2015 Wow, I have not posted a blog post since March, 2014!  I didn't even do a post of my top photos in 2014 and 2014 was an awesome year!  2015 was a really amazing year as well!  I got to travel to the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior and the San Juan Mountains in Colorado, I got engaged, I became the president of our family business... It was a busy year! 

2015 was also kind of a bad year for photography for me.  Not really bad, just I've been so busy with everything else, especially these last few months, I haven't had the time to focus on photography.  I don't want that to happen in 2016 so I'm making myself a list of goals.  First, I'm going to enter in the Chatham Public Library Art Show, like I did in 2013.  Its just a small town art show, but its a really nice one.  All of the work featured is beautiful and there is a lot of talent there.  Second, I am going to make myself a list of 52 weekly "projects".  Each week, I will have a new project that is focused around some sort of landscape or nature technique, or something specific to shoot.  Lastly, my goal is to finally be accepted into the Peoria Fine Art Fair.  I have been wait listed TWICE, but never accepted. 

In March of 2016, I will also be traveling to Arizona with LightChase Photography for a "Desert Bloom" workshop.  The most I have ever been in Arizona was at Four Corners in 1994 (I was 8), so this will be a new experience for me!

Now that I have my goals laid out for the year, I want to reflect on my top 10 favorite photos of 2015, which is going to be hard!

 

1. "Into the Aurora"

Into the AuroraInto the Aurora

This one was taken on Madeline Island, one of the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior, in June.  This is my favorite because of the experience I had while shooting it.  I had gone to bed about 9pm and set my alarm for midnight because I wanted to get up and photograph the stars while I was on Lake Superior in a zero light pollution area. My alarm clock went off and I hit snooze (twice). Finally, I thought, I'm here, I need to get up and at least see if they're worth shooting. So I lumbered out of bed, opened the door, and instantly saw the most beautiful cloud-like formations, dancing in the sky. I grabbed my gear and ran out to the orchard on the property and shot for an hour straight, with the storm never slowing down. It felt very surreal, being alone with the aurora dancing above your head.  It was one of the most zen moments I had ever felt.  About 1:15am, I thought, I've taken over a hundred shots, and I had to be up in a few hours to shoot sunrise, so I needed to go to bed. I know the storm continued on into the night. It was quite an amazing sight, and for many, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

 

2. "Lupine Field"

Lupine FieldLupine Field

I love this one because of the colors and the movement.  This was taken on back, dirt road on Madeline Island.  This home was abandoned, but you can tell its been there for a very long time.  It was probably some old fisherman's home.  The field around it had overgrown and had these beautiful Lupine flowers in it.  It was windy, so you can see the movement of the flowers and the grass. 

 

3. "Bay Morning"

Bay MorningBay Morning

I love this one because its different from what I usually do.  Its more of a minimalist photograph where usually I shoot a scene with a lot of detail.  I love the vast emptiness of the water with the colors of the rocks.  I would like to do more like this in 2016!

 

4. "Perseids Over Lake Windermere"

Perseids Over Lake WindermerePerseids Over Lake Windermere

I love this because its my home, my backyard.  Taken in August, during the Perseids Meteor Shower, I got up at 3:30am on the morning of the 12th and headed to the other side of my subdivision to shoot the Perseids over the lake. I live in a rural area, but we still get a lot of light pollution from the neighboring towns. That is the glow you see on the horizon. I saw a handful of meteors, and one really good one, which of course I was resetting my camera at that time and didn't get that one. I did get this one just over the trees and you can even start to see a reflection of it in the lake. The fog started to roll in shortly after on the lake and it was a really beautiful morning.

 

5. "Storm King Selfie"

Storm King SelfieStorm King Selfie

In July, I went to the San Juan Mountains in Colorado with LightChase Photography.  It was quite the week with weather.  The first day, it poured on us at one point in the mountains.  We were in one of those soft-top Jeeps with open sides, so that wasn't very enjoyable!  It was all worth it though.  We had some really breathtaking views and at each location, I would take a "selfie" of myself like this one. 

 

6. "Big Bay Sunrise"

Big Bay SunriseBig Bay Sunrise

This one really should be up higher than #6, but its hard to choose!  I love this one.  I love the sky, the water, and the little bit of land.  I had set this on about a 30 second exposure so you had the movement of the clouds and the milkiness of the water movement. 

 

7. "Sunset Over the Sea"

Sunset Over the SeaSunset Over the Sea

So, this one was actually taken in 2014, but on like December 29th, so I'm counting it for this year.  This was taken in Jamaica when my fiance and I spent the week there over Christmas.  I didn't do a lot of shooting, but the little bit I did, there were some amazing landscapes.  I love the hard surface of the wood coming out of the soft surface of the sand.  I feel like it gives it a lot of contrast in textures. 

 

8. "Aurora Vortex"

Aurora VortexAurora Vortex

Of course I have to do another Aurora from Madeline Island because it was such an awesome experience.  I love this one since it has the house in the photo, it gives it this surreal look, almost like in the Wizard of Oz with Dorothy's house flying in the tornado look.  I love the light on in the window, but the people inside had no idea what was going on.  Seeing this photo again makes me want to go back to this moment so bad!

 

9. "Hopedale Road"

Hopedale RoadHopedale Road

I love this one because it was another taken at home.  This is about 5 miles from my house and the Mackinaw River is behind me.  It was a beautiful, foggy morning that I had gone out shooting with my mom.  It was early fall, so the grass, the beans and the corn are starting to turn brown, but not too brown yet. 

 

10. "Door County Sunset"

Door County SunsetDoor County Sunset

I had to include a Door County one because its my favorite place in the world.  This was taken on the first Friday in May, the night before I got engaged.  My fiance and I, went out and drove around the county for fun and as I saw the sun setting, we pulled into a church parking lot so I could get this shot.  Door County in May is wonderful because its before their tourist season and there aren't a lot of people there yet!

 

2015 was a great year.  I had some big sales at Jefferson Street Studio and Gallery (and hopefully some bigger ones in 2016)!  I got to travel to some really cool places, meet interesting people and learn a ton!  I can't wait to see where 2016 takes me!  Thank you for all of your support!

 

American Basin SelfieAmerican Basin Selfie

 

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emyj86@yahoo.com (Emily Jacob) http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/my-top-10-in-2015 Thu, 31 Dec 2015 14:20:58 GMT
15% off for Spring! http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/3/15-off-for-spring I think everyone can agree this has been a long winter.  I am ready for the flowers to start poking their noses up!  I'm hoping Spring comes sooner than later and to hurry it along, I am offering 15% off all my photos in my "Nature" gallery!

 

What says Spring better than Tulips?

Evening TulipEvening Tulip

 

Enter code "SPRING15" to receive 15% off all my photos in my "Nature" gallery now through the first day of Spring, March 20th!

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emyj86@yahoo.com (Emily Jacob) http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/3/15-off-for-spring Tue, 04 Mar 2014 03:36:44 GMT
Metal Prints http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/1/metal-prints I am now offering metal prints of my photography!  They are on a sheet of aluminum with a silver satin finish. I will be offering ones with a glossy finish in the future also!

 

I have a few for sale at Jefferson Street Studio and Gallery right now.

 

Pardon the poor photo quality, I took these with my phone!  They look much better in person. :) Stop in and check them out sometime!

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emyj86@yahoo.com (Emily Jacob) http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/1/metal-prints Thu, 16 Jan 2014 01:03:12 GMT
My Top 10 in 2013 http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/12/my-top-10-in-2013 2013 has been a pretty amazing year for me.  I started the year out buying a new camera, the Canon 6D.  Upgrading to a full-frame DSLR has really changed so much for me.  I absolutely love that camera and would recommend it to anyone looking to move into an entry level professional camera.  In June, I went on a 10 day photography excursion along the Oregon Coast.  I had never been out there before and now I can't wait to go back.  It is a really beautiful part of the country.  I got to see the Milky Way for my first time at Crater Lake in Oregon.  That was an experience all in it's own.  I'm pretty sure my jaw dropped to the ground as soon as we got out of the van and turned off all the lights.  If you have never experienced the Milky Way like that, it is definitely something to do in your lifetime. 

Also in June, I participated in my first art show.  It was so cool to get my work out there like that for everyone to see.  I was put on the Peoria Riverfront Fine Art Fair wait list (which is an honor all in itself) and then 2 days before the art fair, I got a call saying they would like me to take part in it.  I had to decline because that is not enough time to prepare, but hopefully next year!

In September, my Dark Hedges photo was chosen as one of four for the Canon Wallpaper Travel Photo Contest.  That was huge to be recognized by Canon for it. 

In December, I got accepted into the Illinois Artisan Program.  This was a shock because I had applied the year before and didn't get in.  I will be hearing in January where my photography will be hung.  I've been selling my photography at Jefferson Street Studio and Gallery and that has been going really well all year long. 

Over all 2013 has been an amazing year.  In 2012, I did a blog post for my Top 10 in 2012 and I figured I better do it again for this year!

 

1. "Milky Way Over Crater Lake"

Milky Way Over Crater LakeMilky Way Over Crater Lake

Overall, I think this was my favorite photo of 2013 mainly because of the experience.  Since I saw this, I have been on a mission to educate people about how important is is to turn off the lights and preserve the night sky. 

 

2. "Hazy Winter Morning"

Hazy Winter MorningHazy Winter Morning

I discovered this tree while driving around the back roads of Mackinaw, IL.  It is a perfect tree and I love the background behind it.  When I am there shooting this tree, it is so quiet and peaceful.  A perfect place to go reflect.

 

3. "Evening View"

Evening ViewEvening View

I took this photo at Sunset Beach in Fish Creek, Wisconsin.  This was taken on an evening in May after my sister and I had ran a half marathon up there.  I love going up there in May before the summer crowds.  The stores are just opening for the season but the towns are still pretty quiet with few tourists.

 

4. "Ephraim Boats"

Ephraim BoatsEphraim Boats

Another favorite from Door County, Wisconsin that was taken when I was there in May.  I love the color of this photo from the sunset that evening.  These boats aren't normally lined up like this when you are up there in the middle of the busy season, so it was cool to come across this.

 

5.  "Algoma Pierhead Lighthouse"

Algoma Pierhead LighthouseAlgoma Pierhead Lighthouse

This one was taken as I was coming home from a family trip in Door County in July.  I saw this storm coming in over Lake Michigan and we had to pull off to get this shot.

 

6. "Sand Movement"

Sand MovementSand Movement

One of my favorites from Oregon.  I love the gold color of the sand and how the seaweed is perfectly curved with the movement of the sand. 

 

7. "Road to the Lighthouse"

Road to the LighthouseRoad to the Lighthouse

I love this photo because this was a moment I shared alone.  No one else on the trip hiked to the top of the hill and when I saw this angle of the lighthouse, it was a perfect shot.  Perfect, quiet hike with just the sound of the ocean.

 

8. "Mossy Bridge"

Mossy BridgeMossy Bridge

This shot remind me of the Dark Hedges in Oregon, in a way.  My cousin had taken us to this hidden beach and we had to take this tiny path for about a half mile and this bridge was along the path.  It seemed like something out of a fairy tale.

 

9. "The Sun and The Moon"

The Sun and The MoonThe Sun and The Moon

I actually just took this photo this past weekend, but I love it.  It's that same tree in Mackinaw, I have to go back to the same spot.  I love that the sun is coming up behind it but the moon is still up in the corner.

 

10. "Starry Night Over Cave Point"

Starry Night Over Cave PointStarry Night Over Cave Point

This one was taken at Cave Point park in Door County, Wisconsin.  My boyfriend and I went and hung out to try to shoot the Milky Way.  We weren't actually able to see the Milky Way with our naked eye, but I was able to shoot it.  This, however, was my favorite because of the tree outline with the stars behind them.

 

Overall, 2013 has been a great year for me, but I think 2014 is going to be even better.

Be looking for a show of mine at One World Cafe in February and then I will be going to Arches National Park in May to shoot the night sky and then Alaska and the Yukon to shoot the Northern Lights in September.  It's going to be an amazing year!

 

Thank you for making 2013 such a great year, I couldn't of done it without all of you!

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emyj86@yahoo.com (Emily Jacob) http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/12/my-top-10-in-2013 Tue, 31 Dec 2013 02:49:11 GMT
I'm Now on Facebook! http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/11/im-now-on-facebook I now have a Photography by Emily Jacob Facebook page!  Since I will be updating that more than my blog, be sure to head over and "Like" it!  I will still keep my website up to date, but I will be posting more often on Facebook.  I will also run contests or have special offers occasionally. 

 

Last weekend I finally go out to shoot.  It wasn't the greatest sunrise, but I got a few photos I like out of it.  Click on the photo and it will take you to the photo in my gallery.

 

Cornfield Sunrise

 


Morning at the FarmMorning at the Farm

 

Hay Bale ShadowsHay Bale Shadows

 

Thanks for checking them out!

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emyj86@yahoo.com (Emily Jacob) http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/11/im-now-on-facebook Sun, 03 Nov 2013 14:43:23 GMT
Morton Community Foundation - Oktoberfest http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/10/morton-community-foundation---oktoberfest On October 12th, I photographed at Oktoberfest which is put on by the Morton Community Foundation.  "The Morton Community Foundation was formed as a “Community Trust” or “Savings Account” created by Morton people for Morton people for the benefit of generations to come.  Donations to the Morton Community Foundation offer financial benefits and tax incentives.   When donors give to a fund, their principal gift will never be spent.  Instead, it is invested... and the proceeds from the investments are used to benefit their favorite organizations or fields of interest."

The Morton Community Foundation has many different types of funds.  One I am partial to is the The Renee M. Mahrt Memorial Scholarship.  Renee was my best friend growing up and in 2007 she was tragically killed in a car accident.  This fund was set up to be awarded to a worthy Morton High School female student track or cross country participant pursuing a college education. The scholarship has been established to assist a deserving student who desires to pursue a college education.

This year was the 3rd Annual Oktoberfest fundraiser.  It is held at Wildwood Farms in Morton and there is food, music, and a silent and live auction.  The money raised from this fundraiser goes towards the operating costs of the Morton Community Foundation.  It's a fun event where people come dressed in their best German attire. 

Here are a few photos from the event, but be sure to check out more in the gallery!

 

 

 

 

Auf Wiedersehen!!!

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emyj86@yahoo.com (Emily Jacob) http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/10/morton-community-foundation---oktoberfest Sun, 20 Oct 2013 14:31:57 GMT
October Art Exhibits http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/10/october-art-exhibits October has been a busy month for me for art exhibits.  As I mentioned in the last blog post, I am one of 4 artists to be featured at Jefferson Street Studio and Gallery during the month of October as well as the Sparks! Art Exhibit, as part of the Celebration of Women Artists in the Peoria area.

There was a nice article written up in the Morton Times about the exhibit at Jefferson Street Studio and Gallery along with one in the Peoria Journal Star, and one of my photos was featured in the paper for that one! 

It's so great to get so much publicity for this special exhibit!

 

I've been seriously considering lately about making a Photography by Emily Jacob Facebook page.  I'm concerned about how easy it is to steal photos though.  Does any one have any thoughts or opinions on it?  Do you think it's worth it?  Facebook is such a great and free marketing tool, I hate to not take advantage of it!

 

I still haven't gotten to go out and shoot, but hopefully next weekend!  The trees are starting to change, I would love to get up to Starved Rock before it's too late!  Hopefully I will have some new stuff soon!

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emyj86@yahoo.com (Emily Jacob) http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/10/october-art-exhibits Sat, 19 Oct 2013 02:23:49 GMT
October Has Been a Great Month So Far! http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/10/october-has-been-a-great-month-so-far October is turning out to be a great month so far and we're only a week into it!  Starting October 1st, you can download my photo "Dark Hedges" from Canon's Facebook page as a wallpaper for your computer.  I am so honored that they would choose my photo and the recognition is great!

 

Also this month, I am one of 4 artists featured at Jefferson Street Studio and Gallery for a special event recognizing women in the arts in the Central Illinois area.  The gallery is one of 17 other galleries part of the Citywide Celebration of Women Artists.  This past Sunday in the Peoria Journal Star, there was an article talking about the events and my "Dark Hedges" photo was one of the pieces of art that was featured!  "Dark Hedges" has been getting so much publicity lately, it's been great! 

 

I will have my "Sand Movement" photograph hung at a special CIAO Sparks exhibit.  The exhibit runs from October 15 through November 15. times are: Weekdays 10a-4p & Saturdays 11a-2p with an opening reception October 18, from 6p - 8p. It is being presented by the Central Illinois Artists Organization (CIAO). CIAO is a group of more than 60 independent artists who open their studios for First Friday tours to give the public a chance to learn more about the creative process. CIAO members work in a variety of media ranging from painting to glass to wearable art to photography.  You can go see it at Prairie Center for the Arts, at 1506 SW Washington Street, Peoria, IL.

 

What else will October bring??? 

 

I haven't gotten to get out and shoot much in the last couple of months.  I just ran the Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis/St Paul on Sunday.  I've spent the last 18 weeks working towards that and now that that's over, I'm really hoping to get back out there shooting.  Hopefully you will see more from me soon!  In the meantime, go check out the exhibits around the Peoria area!

 

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emyj86@yahoo.com (Emily Jacob) http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/10/october-has-been-a-great-month-so-far Tue, 08 Oct 2013 17:28:13 GMT
Canon Wallpaper Travel Photo Contest http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/9/canon-wallpaper-travel-photo-contest I just received an e-mail saying my photo was selected as a top photo for Canon's Facebook Wallpaper Contest.  It will be included for others to download as a wallpaper background.  The photo that was chosen was my famous "Dark Hedges" shot from Northern Ireland.  It will be available for download as of October 1, 2013, so be looking for it! 

 

Dark HedgesDark Hedges

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emyj86@yahoo.com (Emily Jacob) http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/9/canon-wallpaper-travel-photo-contest Fri, 13 Sep 2013 16:17:40 GMT
Exciting News http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/exciting-news I'm so excited to announce that I will be now selling my photos at Eli's Coffee Shop in Morton!  Starting this week, my photos are slowing going up.  Katie, the owner and my sister, has recently remodeled and it looks fabulous!   We will switch them out regularly to keep them fresh.  My mom will also be showing some of her art occasionally. 

You will also be able to purchase the photos right there!  If you see something you like, but would like a different size, just contact me either by phone or e-mail and I can get it for you!  You may also go across the street to Jefferson Street Studio and Gallery, where more of my photos are!  Be sure to stop in, get a cup of coffee, and check out my photos!

 

 

 

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emyj86@yahoo.com (Emily Jacob) http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/exciting-news Wed, 14 Aug 2013 01:48:56 GMT
Door County http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/door-county Last week, my family and I went up to Door County, Wisconsin for the week.  My mom was a featured artist at Edgewood Orchard Gallery in Fish Creek, so we went to see the opening.  It was hotter and more humid that usual up there, which made going to the beach a must each day!  Door County is probably my favorite place in the world, especially when I go in May, because the summer crowds aren't there yet. 

 

While I was there, I went to visit the Frykman Studio Gallery to see Lucas and Heather's work.  Make sure you check them out, they are wonderful photographers!  I had to buy a few prints from them!

 

I wanted to try to shoot the Milky Way at least one night while I was up there, so on Monday night, my boyfriend and I went out.  The moon was incredibly bright that night, so I had a hard time getting a good shot, but I got a couple I liked.

 

The first isn't of the Milky Way, but I love the outline of the trees with the stars behind it.  Discover Wisconsin actually featured this photo on their Facebook page!

Starry Night Over Cave Point

The second is of the Milky Way over Lake Michigan.  Unfortunately, it isn't as grand as it was at Crater Lake, but it is still pretty amazing.

Milky Way Over Lake Michigan

 

I will be adding a few more soon so be sure to check back!

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emyj86@yahoo.com (Emily Jacob) http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/door-county Mon, 29 Jul 2013 01:27:39 GMT
Oregon Will Never End http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/oregon-will-never-end I still have 2,000 photos to go through.  I don't know why we as photographers do this to ourselves.  Not to mention they're practically the same photo taken over and over.  Well, I've gone through a few more and here are a few of my favorites.  All three were take at Seal Rock State Park.

 

Sand Movement I absolutely love the movement the lines in the sand gives this photo.  It's like these piece of seaweed was just waiting there for me to come take it's photo. 

 

Seal Rock Sunset Maybe you won't feel the same, but when I saw this photo, I said, "Wow!" out loud.  I love the color of the water and the sky and how well the rock showed up.  The water was so perfect, it looked mirrored. 

 

Seal Rock in Monochrome This last is my attempt to be like Ansel.  I tried to take what I learned from my Black & White photography class to make the sky and clouds pop.  I love how the rocks look like a castle in the background. 

 

This weekend is my art fair!  It is Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 5pm at the East Peoria Levee District (between Costco and Target).  Please pray for no rain!  I hope to see you all there!

 

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emyj86@yahoo.com (Emily Jacob) http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/oregon-will-never-end Sat, 15 Jun 2013 03:42:48 GMT
More Photos from Oregon http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/more-photos-from-oregon I have added some more photos to my Oregon album.  I still have another full 16GB memory card I haven't even looked at yet!!!  Here are a few of the photos in my gallery.

 

Sunset Over Crater Lake This was taken our first night at Crater Lake.  It was quite the sunset.  The sky was full of color.  The only issue was we were getting ATTACKED by mosquitoes.  I dowsed myself in bug repellant but it didn't help at all!  It definitely was all worth it though.

 

Hold On This was taken on our last evening at Crater Lake.  Our guide called this tree snagglepuss but someone else kept calling it snaggletooth so now that's what it is to me!  Again, beautiful evening, but it was 30 mph winds!  It literally felt like someone was pushing me, so I did not get too close to the edge. 

 

Oregon Sky Here is another shot from our sunset the first night.  I love the reflections in the water.  There was no wind, so the water was so still it looked like glass.  So perfect (besides the mosquitoes)!

 

Lastly, I added another photo of the Milky Way to my astrophotography album.  I can't get enough of them!Crater Lake Night Sky

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emyj86@yahoo.com (Emily Jacob) http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/more-photos-from-oregon Tue, 11 Jun 2013 17:02:08 GMT
After the Trip http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/after-the-trip I am officially home from the Oregon Coast Photography tour.  I had a wonderful time!  Learned a lot of new things and met some great people!  I'm slowly going to be adding photos over the next week, so please check back once in a while to see if anything is new.  In the meantime, here are a few photos from my trip.

 

Gold Sunset This photo was taken from the backseat of a van!  When the timing is perfect, you don't have time to jump out and set up your equipment!  I saw what was happening and quickly captured it.  This is probably one of my favorite photos from the trip.  The fog was so thick, it had this bronze glow from the sun and with the reflections in the water, it just made for a perfect scene.

 

Redwood Giant I took this photo at Lady Bird Johnson Grove.  I didn't think I was going to have any good photos from this place, the lighting just wasn't right, but when I came across this, I was instantly in love.  I feel like the tree is alive and the limbs are it's arms.  Pretty soon it will be throwing apples at me! 

 

Milky Way Over Crater Lake Now for my favorite photo.  This was taken at Crater Lake.  We had gone out hopefully to capture the Northern Lights, because they were supposed to be active that night.  They never showed, but I was able to experience one of the greatest things of my life.  I had never seen the Milky Way before.  Where I live, we can see stars, but they still are not this bright because of the light pollution.  As soon as we got out of the vans and got all of the lights turned off, I saw those stars and my jaw dropped.  It's pretty amazing to see all of those stars, really makes you feel so small.  Now I am addicted and need to see the night sky like this again. 

 

Check out these and more in my Oregon Coast gallery. 

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emyj86@yahoo.com (Emily Jacob) http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/after-the-trip Mon, 10 Jun 2013 02:29:11 GMT
Oregon Coast First Few Days http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/oregon-coast-first-few-days I am currently on day 4 of my Oregon Coast photography tour. I haven't gotten to blog like I wanted to.  It's been pretty nice so far, good weather mostly and wonderful spots to shoot.  The first night we went to Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City to shoot the sunset.  The following are a couple of photos from that.  

Coastal Sunset

Golden rock

It was a great evening to shoot the sunset.  The next morning we went back to the same beach and shot the sunrise.  The following is a haystack rock in the ocean.

 

Haystack In The Morning

These are just a few from the first 24 hours.  I have more I will add within the next few days.  Check back later!

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emyj86@yahoo.com (Emily Jacob) http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/oregon-coast-first-few-days Mon, 03 Jun 2013 05:22:26 GMT
Oregon Coast http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/5/oregon-coast I wanted to have a little flashback to September 2012.  I entered 3 photos in the Morton Pumpkin Festival Photography Show.  This would be my 4th year entering and I had never won anything any of the years before.  Lo and behold, I won 1st Place in the Amateur Division for my Irish Spirals!  It was such an honor!

 

Not only did I win 1st Place, but I also won an honorable mention for this photo of the Dark Hedges!

 

It just goes to show, you may be a wonderful artist, but it just takes the right person to appreciate it.  Not everyone is going to like your art, but there are plenty of people who do and support you.  I've had plenty of rejections, entered multiple contests, didn't get into the Rocky Mountain Artist-In-Residence program, just heard today I didn't get into the Illinois Artisan Program.  With all of those rejections, when you do win something, or sell something, or get into a juried fair, it really makes that moment so much better.

 

Now to the title of my blog post.  What does the Oregon coast have to do with this?  Nothing, really.  :-)  However, in a few days I am going to headed there for a photography workshop with Mark Rasmussen of LightChase Photography.  I've never been to the Oregon Coast before, but all of the photos I've seen of it, it looks like an amazing place.  I plan on posting a daily blog post with my favorite photo (or photos) of the day.  For my trip, I have just rented the Canon 70-200mm Lens.  It will come in so handy for this trip!

 


With that, I will leave you with a couple of photos I took last weekend of the plants in my yard.  I just love Spring!  You can view them also in the Nature album!

Fern

Lupine

Clematis

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emyj86@yahoo.com (Emily Jacob) http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/5/oregon-coast Wed, 29 May 2013 01:08:57 GMT
Save the Date!!! http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/5/save-the-date As I announced about a month ago, I was accepted into the new East Peoria Fine Art Fair, Art on the Promenade.  We are about a month away now and I am getting really excited!  I've been working hard at putting together my photos and picking out the best ones to sell.  I also am going to be accepting credit cards which is a huge plus to you!  As the day gets closer, I will hopefully have more information.  In the meantime, be sure to put it on your calender!

 

A couple of weekends ago, I went to Door County, Wisconsin to run a half marathon with my sister.  If you haven't been to Door County, GO!  We had PERFECT weather and a great sunset to shooting.  Be sure to check out some of my photos from that weekend in the Landscapes and Sunsets albums!

 

Beach Rocks

Sunset Beach Rocks Can't wait to see you in June!

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emyj86@yahoo.com (Emily Jacob) http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/5/save-the-date Mon, 13 May 2013 20:03:58 GMT
Art on the Promenade Art Fair http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/art-on-the-promenade-art-fair I am so excited to announce I was accepted into my first art fair!  It is the 1st Annual Art on the Promenade at the East Peoria Levee District.  It will be June 15th and 16th.  This is a huge accomplishment for me!  You can find out more information on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Art-on-the-Promenade/609143065769720.

 

I also am very excited that I was put on the Wait List for the Peoria Fine Art Fair.  To even be placed on a wait list for this art fair is HUGE!  People from all over the country apply to this fair.  Even if I don't actually get a spot, I'm still honored to be considered.  Cross your fingers that they open a spot for me!  You can find out more information about this fair on their website: http://www.peoriafineartfair.com/.

 

Finally,  I have been taking a Black & White photography class.  I am hoping to learn how to shoot like Ansel (someday)!  Here are a couple of photos of Hellebores, my favorite flower, that I took from my garden.

 

Hellebore

Hellebore

I look forward to seeing all of you this summer at the Art on the Promenade Art Fair!

 

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emyj86@yahoo.com (Emily Jacob) http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/art-on-the-promenade-art-fair Sun, 21 Apr 2013 13:59:32 GMT
Chasing Ice http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/chasing-ice Yesterday, I went to Starved Rock State Park to shoot the ice formations in the canyons.  It was the most perfect day for it.  It got up to about 46 degrees and with no wind, it felt great.  I've never seen ice formations like this so I wanted to get up there before they all melted for the year.  Here are just a couple of images I took.  You can view more in my Chasing Ice album!

 

Ice Formations

 

After I went to Starved Rock, I went over to Augustana College in Rock Island for the Environmental Film Festival.  There we watched the video "Chasing Ice" http://www.chasingice.com/.  This video is about the melting glaciers and how global warming is effecting them.  The National Geographic photographer, James Balog put out 27 cameras throughout the world to shoot photos of these glaciers  daily.  It's really quite amazing and a must-see movie!  I left feeling I NEED to save the glaciers!  His photography was amazing in the video also. 

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emyj86@yahoo.com (Emily Jacob) http://emilyjacob.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/chasing-ice Sun, 24 Mar 2013 13:58:57 GMT