Kevin Raber

Photography, Techniques and Whereabouts of Kevin Raber


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Inside Mexican Church

Courtyard in Mexican church

On my recent trip to San Miguel, Mexico, we were given the chance to see behind the sciences at a large church not to far from San Miguel.  There was a pilgrimage going on at the time and this is a shot inside one of the courtyard inside this church.  I like the arches, and the way the people are positioned.  What are they doing?  What is this place.

 


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Hot Rod Engine

Hor Rod engine

I always marvel at engineering.  Like when you think of your iPhone, hoe did they figure out a way to design it so it looks cool and do all it can and make millions of then.  Or step inside a nuclear submarine and think about all the wire and pipes and how they figured out where it all went and worked together.  Amazing stuff.  Look at this picture of  hot rod engine.  Just beautiful in looks and how it functions too.  To think someone drew the idea out on paper originally .


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Rust and Peeling Paint

Rust & Peeling Paint, Bedford, IN

If you are a regular follower of this blog you will know one of my favorite things to photograph is rust and decay.  This past Sunday I was out on a photo adventure and ended up in Bedford, IN.  Interesting and typical small Indiana town.  Not being satisfied with just Main Street I drove down a side road that eventually took us to an industrial part of town.  It was very surreal.  Big old gas tanks with rust and peeling paint, junk yards, abandoned factories.  All very strange and somewhat scary.  Today’s shot was made of close ups of peeling paint on these giant fast tanks.  I love the rust color and how the paint is curling as it peels off.  I shot hundreds of these and they are all kind of beautiful in their own way.


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It Was a Photo Sunday

At the crossing, Bedford, IN

Every now and then it is fun to go out and shoot on a Sunday.  I set out with my photo buddy and friend Debra and set a target of Spring Mill State park.  Never one to take the direct route I decided we would travel through some small Indiana towns.  We visited  a few towns but in Bedford, IN we made a right turn and just started driving and came into the industrial area of the town.  Kind of creep and as I post more images you’ll see why.  I could do a whole photo story on this town.  We started out photographing rusty gas tanks, then rotting doors, then we stumbled upon this gigantic junkyard and it looked very apocalyptic.  There were old cards, machines, and thousand of old military howitzer rounds.  Then we found giant abandoned factories and some very different neighborhoods.  In one neighborhood as we crossed the tracks we see this pickup just sitting in the grass, an old swing set and a sign next to the railroad tracks.  Behind us was a house with kids toys all over that sat only six feet from the tracks.  I shot an image above with the signs, truck and swing and then decided to enhance it a bit to give more the feel for what I was seeing there.  I’ll be working on more images this week.


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Pilgrimage – Mexico

Hall in a church during a pilgrimage

While on my recent trip in Mexico we got a rare opportunity to visit a church in a small village.  Daniel Ortiz our local attendee with us knew the priest at this church and obtained permission for us to photograph in the back of the church where most people never go.  The church was holding a pilgrimage and there were a thousand men there for the week praying and being part of the event.  I have a lot of images that are really nice and will be sharing them here over time.  This image though I liked.  The detail in it blown up large is so sharp.  I used an IQ 180 camera to shoot it so it better bee with 80 mega pixels.  This was a hall that I stumbled upon by accident and it just blew me a way.  All these men bring a bed roll and a small chair and sleep in hals like this. Here they are shown relaxing after a lunch.  The time exposure of 10 seconds make it interesting as some people are moving and appear very ghost like and others are still.  The hallway while it looks nice and bright here was very dim and dull.


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Street Roses

Street Roses, San Miguel, Mexico

While wandering the streets of San Miguel, Mexico looking for things to photography I came across this pile of roses sitting on the curb.  apparently a woman was carrying these to her stall at the local market and decide to take a break.  So I shot them.  SHot with a Phase One IQ 180.


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Door, Door, Window

Door, Door Window, San Miguel, Mexico

On my trip a few weeks ago to Mexico we did things different and shot a lot of ruins.  Mexico just doesn’t have that big broad landscape.  So I concentrated on looking for angles and layers in a scene.  This shoot of two doorways and window works well for that.  Photographed at a very old silver mine.  Building were amazing as well as the light.   I like things straight and balanced and worked hard to align everything in this shot to work properly.  This was shot with a Phase One IQ180


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Big Boy Big Wheel

Big Wheel, from a steam locomotive, Snowqualimie, WA

I love things with rust and I love thing engineered by man.  I marvel at the way someone can design something on paper and then be made into a machine that works.  This si a shot of a steam locomotive made in Snoqualimie, WA.  I shot here for an hour isolating several things going in close and far away.  Looking for the right balance of the elements to make a shot.  This image is one that works for me.


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Everyone Loves Penguins

Busy Penguin

Today is the start of a great Sunday.  Going out shooting somewhere today.  This is the kind of day I just load my Jeep Cherokee with a tripod and cameras and start driving.  what will I find?  Where will I go?  Who knows.  As far as the picture for the day, well it is a penguin.  I came across this one when updating the new iPad.  Though it would be fun.  I have hundreds of penguin shots and I love them.  These little guys are always busy and seem to have a  mission.  This guy was off and running somewhere, totally focused on his mission.


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Dirty Glacier

Glacier in Alaska

Funny, I always thought that glaciers were supposed to be all white and nice looking.  Apparently not.  This is a glacier in Alaska.  I loved the dirt in the ice as well as the mountains in the background.  Glacier and ice just fascinate me.  They are ever changing and from all the glaciers I have sen in the last few years, they are disappearing fast.


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Today It’s Rocks

Rock Formation, Big Bend, TX

After posting a very popular image from yesterday of an Iceberg, I though I would go another direction and put up some cool rocks.  There were shot in Big Bend National park an number of years ago.  There were some great formations there.  I likes the way the rooks seemed to be piled as if god was just having fun stacking them in certain spots.  This formation I like with the sky, shadow and look.

 


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Ice and Iceberg

Iceberg, Antarctica

This iceberg has long since melter.  As we traveled through Antarctica we would come upon icebergs like this and we would ask our russian captain if he would circle the bergs so we could photograph it from all angles and he usually complied.  I liked this one because of the sky and blues as well as ice flow in front.  It also looks great in B&W.

 

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