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(March 18-28, 2010)

Jürgen Eidt

Bite of Crossroads

Richard C. Drew

Local Health Food Store

Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA

March 27, 2010

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© 2010 Richard C. Drew, All Rights Reserved.

I had a lot of different ideas for this theme’s entry (shooting a pano inside a fridge or BBQ, shooting a party, empty farmland and the like) then settled on shooting at a local health food store, where I’ve been shopping for nearly a decade. It’s one of that vanishing breed, a Ma & Pa Storefront, that’s been in business for over 43 years (as of 2010.) They carry the typical variety of vitamins, milk alternatives, gluten-free products, etc., but also stock locally produced items, including baked goods and honeys, and will spend as much time with you as you want, giving advice, answering questions and assisting in your shopping.

In this era of big-box and super-sized food stores, it’s nice to see that small businesses can still survive!

So if you're ever in the Chicago area, stop by American Health Foods in Oak Lawn!


USA-Canada / USA-Illinois

Lat: 41° 43' 11.97" N
Long: 87° 44' 58.99" W

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Precision is: Medium. Nearby, but not to the last decimal.

Camera: Canon 40D

Lens: Sigma 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye

Card: SanDisk Ultra III

Tripod Head: Agnos Mrotator

Tripod Head base: Bogen leveling base

Tripod: Bogen

Software: PhotoShop CS4, PTGui, Pano2VR, Photomatix Pro 3
Behind the scene : how this panorama was made
All photos were shot for HDR, 6 exposures of each at f/22, from 1 second to 14 seconds each, then merged in Photomatix Pro 3. Stitching was in PTGui, patching with Pano2VR and PhotoShop CS4. Final touchup and export in Photoshop.

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