Posted by: David Vernon | July 31, 2014

August 2014 Desktop Calendar

August 2014 Desktop Calendar

One year ago in August I traveled through Scotland, and toward the end of the trip we landed in a little town called Blair Atholl, where they were haying in a field that felt more like Italy than Scotland. This ended up being one of my favorite pics from the whole darn trip – and it doesn’t even remind me of Scotland. Go figure.

So help yourself and continue to enjoy this soothing wonderful summer – outside and right here on your desktop with this month’s desktop calendar:

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Posted by: David Vernon | June 30, 2014

July 2014 Desktop Calendar

July 2014 Desktop Calendar

As we reach the start of summer, I really wanted a image that looked like summer. Big red rocks and dry desert delivers. Welcome to Canyon de Chelly in northeast Arizona, in the Navajo nation. In November. Yeah – that’s the southwest for you – always looking like summer. Maybe it was those clouds in the sky that gave it away? This particular rock column, known as Spider Rock, sits at the far east end of the Canyon and looks spectacular from the canyon edge. You can see it was part of a wall that eroded and mostly fell over, but this cool gigantic set of spires remains. And it reminds you of summer, even in the coolness of November.

So help yourself and welcome summer to your desktop with this month’s rocky desktop calendar:

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Posted by: David Vernon | May 30, 2014

June 2014 Desktop Calendar

June 2014 Desktop Calendar

An innocent-looking field of wheat or alfalfa in Central Illinois may be what you’re thinking about this picture. But look closer. Much closer. CLOSER. Too close. Step back. Further. Further still. Cross the Atlantic. Yes that’s better… okay – welcome to… Southern Scotland. Just north of the little hamlet of Biggar. Driving from Edinburgh to the Lake District in the north of merry ‘ol England along the A702, well the roadside was just thick with photographic opportunities. I’m literally standing in the barrow pit with the road just a few feet behind me, sneaking through the wire fence at this lovely view of some Scottish grass and a lovely little hillside. So think summer thoughts and have a wonderful across-the-pond June – even if you’re here in Central Illinois.

So help yourself and cast a little light on your desktop with this month’s lovely desktop calendar:

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Posted by: David Vernon | April 30, 2014

May 2014 Desktop Calendar

May 2014 Desktop Calendar

Well it’s been a moody few weeks here in Central Illinois as April showers beget May showers basically. I bought a new house last fall in Normal, IL, and for the first time in my life I have a sump pump. And it definitely scares me a little how much that sucker runs… Speaking of running – you can run the two miles from the parking lot near Ludington, MI, up the beach northways to find the cool Big Sable Lighthouse on Lake Michigan. Very cool surroundings what with the dunes and grasses and lake, and the lighthouse. We got there early enough to still find the light on and enjoyed the equally moody skies – making this a perfect companion until the sun comes back…

Well la-di-duh – cast a little light on your desktop with this month’s lovely desktop calendar:

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Posted by: David Vernon | March 30, 2014

April 2014 Desktop Calendar

April 2014 Desktop Calendar

We’re going to spend quite a bit of time in Scotland this year, so you should get used to seeing the place. How could you not embrace such an amazing place after all?

While we relaxed amongst the heather above Glencoe last month, this month finds us admiring the vision that is the Isle of Skye on the western coast. We stopped in a lovely little pub near Sligachan for lunch one afternoon, but before lunch could be, uh, consumed, some photos had to be made. Mission accomplished – and now we could imbibe in some delightful lunch.

Here you go, drink in a little of your own delightful April with this month’s lovely desktop calendar:

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Posted by: David Vernon | March 1, 2014

March 2014 Desktop Calendar

March 2014 Desktop Calendar

Just 28 days ago I promised you spring. No actually I promised you Spring (go look it up). I believe I have lived up to my word – for here be green and green equals spring, does it not? Okay – admittedly – this was taken last August at the height of summer BUT it was taken in the Highlands of Western Scotland above the narrow valley through which the Glen River runs – hence above Glencoe. And while it only rained twice while we were in Scotland (the first five days, and the last four days) – there was no shortage of green. And purple. Yes indeed – this feels like spring, er Spring. So avoid the 5″ of snow promised for March 1/2 and think SPRING.

Here you go – and remember, March showers bring April showers which maybe bring some nice flowers in May… I may be onto a theme here.

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Posted by: David Vernon | January 31, 2014

February 2014 Desktop Calendar

February 2014 Desktop Calendar

If I come back to you in 28 days and offer you a calendar full of Spring (yes, with a capital ‘S’), will you settle for a snowy February calendar of one of my favorite snowy places (even if it was taken in April)? You will? Sweeeeet! I knew you guys were nothing if not accommodating.

The February 2014 Desktop Calendar takes us to the middle of a snow squall on the plains of Central Wyoming, just south of an area known as Shirley Basin and just north of the little town of Medicine Bow. I was actually in the midst of a very large wind farm, and yet I managed to shoot (mostly) between the stalks. This road (US 487) is legendary in my mind for all the times I drove it in the 1980s when I lived in Laramie and my folks lived in, yes, you guessed it, Casper. In the winter, this road could be a holy terror of amazing blowing snow, blinding you to everything outside of your windows including the road. There were days the normally 2.5 hour drive would take 4-5 hours – and you might see just a couple cars on the whole journey. In April of last year, as I worked my way from Sheridan to Laramie, I drove up on the Basin for the first time in at least 10 years and saw all that Wyoming wind was not going to waste as the wind farm stretched from horizon to horizon. But it’s so roomy in Wyoming, you can even find the holes in the wind.

So here you go – grab yourself a little piece of snowy Wyoming – and then come back in 28 days for the first signs of calendar Spring….

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Posted by: David Vernon | January 1, 2014

January 2014 Desktop Calendar

January 2014 Desktop Calendar

Happy New Year everyone!

Before we go any further – and while it wasn’t exactly a quiz – the answer to last month’s enigma was the one and only Hall of Famer Jack Ham… back up a post if you’re wondering what the heck I’m talking about… yes – the Great Ham.

So here we are at calendar #60 and entering our sixth year of publishing monthly calendars. I NEED to get a life – I’m telling you… And we start off 2014 old school – with a 2011 black and white photograph from the tip top of Clingman’s Dome in the Smoky Mountains (the top of the 54′ tower is the highest point east of the Mississippi). The trees around the top of the Dome are under attack from two different insects – which leads to the denuded look. They’re still pretty though.

So here you go. Help yourself to a lovely desktop calendar to start the year off right. And work with me again, as I make a few changes to available sizes. You should be able to grab one of the two larger sizes and use it on most monitors by fitting to the desktop. So have a great month and a great year

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Posted by: David Vernon | December 1, 2013

December 2013 Desktop Calendar

December 2013 Desktop Calendar

It’s a little hard to believe this is my 59th calendar. And in honor of the great #59, I’ll ham it up with a little quiz for you… Why do I associate the number 59 with the Polish term “Dobre Shunka”? Go google that…

Meanwhile, we’ll take our first December snow of the year from the great state of Wyoming and a little mountain called the Grand Teton. Conver and Vernon Photo Tours made a brief stop before the mountain back in June – when the snow was where I like it – on top of a mountain… To me, if you’re gonna have snow – make it somewhere pretty to look at, and don’t put it somewhere I have to shovel it. Just saying.

So here you go. Help yourself to a lovely desktop calendar for a look at the grandness of the Grand Tetons…

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Posted by: David Vernon | November 1, 2013

November 2013 Desktop Calendar

November 2013 Desktop Calendar

It’s time to go to Scotland lads and lasses (never once heard those words uttered while in Scotland mind you). Here in Central Illinois, it’s been a rainy mix the last few days so what better way to start the Scotland calendar collection with a shot also made between the raindrops – the famous Eileen Donan Castle on the road to Skye in the west central Highlands. October was a killer month for us here at eScapes Photo – highlighted by the purchase of a new house for me and the Spouse that includes studio space with high ceilings – can’t tell you how happy that’ll make me ONCE we’re done moving (should be all wrapped up by the end of the month). But instead of photographing in October (for the most part), we’ve been flooring and painting and doing the kind of things that are indeed killer on top of full time jobs… So enjoy it while you got it – and we’ll shoot for a very soothing calendar to get us into December, eh?

So here you go. Help yourself to a lovely desktop calendar for a look at a little of the flavor of Scotland…

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Posted by: David Vernon | October 1, 2013

October 2013 Desktop Calendar

October 2013 Desktop Calendar

It seems to soon to depend on Scotland for a desktop calendar – maybe in November – maybe in the spring. Meanwhile, we have lovely Yellowstone to draw upon and we have, with this lovely early morning view of the boardwalk across the Lower Geyser Basin to Grand Geyser. And what a show it put on – for me in 2010. This year – it was kinda quiet. But this isn’t all bad – just the noise of the wind and the little critters scurrying across the rocks.

So here you go. Help yourself to a lovely desktop calendar for a look at the last quarter of the year…

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Posted by: David Vernon | September 2, 2013

Fall Educational Opportunities

Peoria Skyline Et Cetera

Attention: DO NOT FAINT! This is not a calendar!

That’s right – instead of giving away a calendar, we’re gonna hawk some good ‘ol fashioned photographic educational opportunities here in Central Illinois – in three flavors:

1. I’m teaching another “Intro to Digital Photography Class” for the Peoria Park District. And while the Park District is the sponsor, this class is aimed at the beginning photographer and not at someone who wants to specialize in park photography or something. It’s a six-week class, for 90 minutes a week, beginning Tuesday, October 15 at 6:00pm. If you’re interested, or know someone who might be, they can register through the Park District’s website by consulting the Online Playbook – page 53.

2. My partner Ann Conver and I are teaching a couple workshops this fall – Advanced Portraiture on September 21 and something we’re calling Adventures in Black and White on November 9. The portraiture workshop is aimed at taking your people picture-taking skills to the next level – no matter what you’re experience is. We’ll deal with both natural light and flash light and give you a lot of help on the little tricks that make for better portraits. The Black and White class, which we’re teaching for our third year, grounds you in the basic concepts of B&W, and follows up by taking you out for the day to shoot with us.  You can get details for all of our current workshops here.

3. You can also check out Ann’s classes taught through Illinois Central College’s Adult Community Program. Browse their online course catalog and check out the “Art” and “Computer” categories for Photography and Post-processing classes.

And a bonus if you act quick! Peoria photographer Craig Stocks is offering two classes through the Contemporary Art Center. If you don’t want to spend six weeks with me (c’mon!), Craig is offering a one-day Intro class on September 18. This class is aimed at people who are new to digital photography, or have recently upgraded to a newer digital camera and want to better understand how to use the different settings. It’s just $25 and is three hours. One week later, on September 25, Craig is teaching a Photoshop class entitled “Advanced Photoshop Layers and Channels”. This class is aimed at intermediate-to-advanced Photoshop users who have a basic understanding of Photoshop layers and masks. Contact Craig at craig@craigstocksarts.com for more information.

Posted by: David Vernon | August 31, 2013

September 2013 Desktop Calendar

September 2013 Desktop Calendar

Since the last time we met, I’ve been a busy camper. I went to Scotland, took some pictures, came back, packed up my house, moved, sold my house, bought a new house, and now will get ready to move again in about 45 days. So it’s been quiet here. Real quiet (although this shouldn’t surprise anyone). To make up for real life. I’ve been holding this Indiana Dunes beach image back for over a year now, just waiting for the right moment to unleash it. And here it is. The right moment. Ta-duh!

So here you go. Help yourself to a lovely desktop calendar for a brutal hot start to September (where’s early August when you need it?) .

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Posted by: David Vernon | July 28, 2013

August 2013 Desktop Calendar

August 2013 Desktop Calendar

Alright then – we’ve let Yellowstone breath for a month so let’s get right to it. The lovely 308′ tall Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River feel just about right when seen from the rocky outcropping known as Artist’s Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone (that’s the rim on the left). I am not surprised by the name, so perfect for the location. We were there before sunrise in early June and found the place to ourselves (as we so often do in National Parks) in 31-degree weather (up around 8,000′ elevation). The rest was easy. The light just climbing over the canyon behind us to make the sky pretty, but not yet high enough to brighten the canyon walls in front of us. An amazing place.

So here you go. Help yourself to a lovely desktop calendar for a sneaky cool start to August. I’m sure it will heat up sometime, but just in case, grab a calendar and you’re covered.

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Posted by: David Vernon | July 1, 2013

July 2013 Desktop Calendar

July 2013 Desktop Calendar

 

Well – you might be inclined to think, after all those Yellowstone pics, that we’d go Yellowstone for the July calendar. But you know what, let’s let it breathe a bit. Let’s venture back to Utah from last fall and let’s do it one last time. Enjoy this sunset from Canyon Juntion and just chill on the whole Lower Falls of Yellowstone. There is time enough for that.

So enjoy your return to lower-right calendar, in one of nearly an infinite number of sizes. Man –  I love Utah:

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