Kevin Raber

Photography, Techniques and Whereabouts of Kevin Raber

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Old Boat and Penguins

Whaling boat - Antarctica

On one of our landings in Antarctica we came across this old abandoned and falling apart boat and there were a few penguins next to it.  I shot quickly as the penguins were busy and had someplace to go.  I saw this image in my library the other day and decide i liked it but I should do something to give it an old look.  Using SnapSeed on the MAc I did some adjustments to get to this. Now the image kind of goes with the boat and the whole feel of being old and abandoned.


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The City

Chicago Iron

I love shooting in the city.  Any city will do.  What’s fun is that it is a dynamic environment.  Weather, wind, light, people are always changing it.  I am like a hunter as I am always looking up and down and behind me.  I can see people I want to shoot or a building.  I love coming bak and editing images.  This image is one I like because it is of steel or maybe even old iron and it shows the city in the background.  Kind of symbolizes the whole thing.  The shot has a strong vertical and it balances the buildings in the background.

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Lamar Channel

Lamar Channel, Antarctica

The Lamar channel is a very cool place to cruise through especially if you get to cruise it at sunset.  On my first Antarctica trip we cruised the channel at magic hour.  The sun was low and the moon was coming up.  The sky turned orange and purple and the water looked like it had a sheen of oil on it from the reflection.  Just an amazing experience.  This is a shot taken at one end of the channel.  I believe these two peeks are called Ulla’s Tits.  Must be a story behind it.

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Sinking Ship

Sinking ship, Ushuaia, Argentina

On my first trip to Antarctica we traveled to the southern most city in South America, Ushuaia.  Pretty cool place and also the launching pint for a lot of trips to Antarctica.  While we spent the day waiting to board the ship a number of us went shooting in and around Ushuaia.  This boat I found in the harbor, kind of sinking.  I sent the image home and told people this is the boat we were taking to across the Drake Passage and some of my friends (at least the gullible ones) believed me.


Key West Sunset

Every few years I manage to get down to the Keys and especially Key West. Yesterday I visited Key West with two friends and enjoyed a day of wandering the streets, eating ice cream drinking beer and celebrating sunset. Key west is an odd place with its own charm. There is plenty to do and lots of partying after dark. Each day at sunset there is a sunset celebration on the wharf and it is quite an event. There are street performer acts with cats, knifes, fire, and escape artists. Fun to watch. And, while all this is going on folks are drinking and watching for the green flash, which by the way we all saw last night. This is a shot I did during the sunset. Nothing too spectacular but it is sunset in Key West.

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Portrait From Aboriginal Community

Aborigine Gentleman, Near Glen Helen, AUS

On one of the PODAS workshops that I lead we visited the outback of Australia. It was an amazing trip with amazing instructors. We had the chance to visit an Aboriginal community. this is one of the many portraits we did there. These were very interesting people. Friendly and welcoming. Their faces were amazing, their eyes blah and recessed. It is amazing to visit a place like this and see how these folks live and understand better what they believe in and their history.

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Some Where In Australia

Opal Mine, Cooper Pedy S.A.

This shot I found while going through my digital albums and I would have by passed it most likely but I kept coming back to it. This is an opal mind in the middle of no where Australia. Driving back from Red Center we were going down one of these roads where you could tie the steering wheel down and read a novel. Long and straight. All along this long stretch were old machines and piles of dirt. I learned that this is an opal mining areas. So, eventually we stopped so I could be the tourist and this is what I saw. The sky was dramatic and colors and landscape kind of strange. It’s like a tourist trap but no one was there. Anyway it was pretty cool to learn how they mine opal and see such a landscape.


One Of My Favorite Stores

NYC Apple Store

Who hasn’t made a visit to an Apple store.  I know the one close to me is so jammed with people sometimes that they make you wait in line to get in.  What kind of retail store does that?  One that ha s set new records for sales per square feet and always makes it fun to visit.  Other retailers could only wish they had lines outside of their stores.  And, then there is Microsoft who is building store right across from some Apple locations hoping to grab the leftovers.  Funny to see as there is never anyone in the Microsoft store.  They just don’t get it.  This image is of the Apple store in NYC.  I think tomorrow I’ll post another image from the same store.  Since this shot was made they have completely re-done the famous glass cube so this shot is now kind of unique.  If you are not using an Apple product you owe to yourself to come over to to the light and then you’ll wonder why you waited so long. And, get an iPad while you are at it.

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Big Old Yellow Truck

Old Truck at Gravel Pit, Noblesville, IN

Last summer on an evening with not much to do my friend and shooting partner set out to find a picture.  I knew of a gravel pit as they are called here and we went to shoot there.  The sky was changing rapidly with an approaching storm and things just fell into place.  We got lots of good images.  I worked this one on the ipad doing  bunch of stuff to it.  Kind of looks like it survived a nuclear attack.  Sometimes you can find old things and just have fun taking pictures of them.

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Old Truck

Old truck in the Palouse

The Palouse, you have heard me speak about it many times before.  Lots of old and abandoned things in the Palouse, hoes, cars and trucks.  This is one of those trucks.  I found this in the back of an old gas station.  The gas station sits on this gentlemen’s farm and he restored it to look like the old ones that were seen across America.  This person collects old cars and trucks and has dozens on his property.  This one is an old GMC and caught my eye and the lens of me camera.  Color, rust and symmetry.  Some good elements.



Making It Look Different

Chicago Pigeons - Sketcher

One of the things photographers are doing  lot of these days is taking normal pictures and using apps on their iPhones and iPads making them look different.  I will admit I am guilty of this too, but I believe an image needs to be able to work without a lot of special effects and textures and so forth.  Granted there is an occasional image that works well but a good image with good subject, and composition will always win out.  Plus after a while all of this fancy effects becomes contrived and overused.  Today though I am showing an image that I ran through a new app on my MAC.  It was 99 cents and it is called Photo Sketcher and it does some cool stuff.  Above is the page from it and below is the original.  The original is  stung in its own right but the sketcher one works well too.  What do you think?

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Ice and Glacier

Ice and Glacier, Mt Cook area, New Zealand

This is a cool image done while visiting the Mt Cook area in New Zealand.  We did a cruise in these Zodiac like boat and were able to get right up on mini icebergs which were breaking off the Glacier in the background.  I had fun trying to put both the iceberg and glacier in the same shot to show contract and such.  What do you think?



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