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Italian Lake in Infrared

by: Rich Hauck

Here’s a few shots of Italian Lake I took the other week. I suppose some shots on Instagram inspired me to go out midday.

I forgot just how much fun it is to process infrared. Traditional color correction goes out the window. I basically make sure the RGB curves don’t have any plateaus on the edges, do some lens correction and dehazing, then fiddle with the color mixer.

Categories:Harrisburg photography
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Latte Art

by: Rich Hauck

The other week I took a class in latte art at Little Amps Coffee in downtown Harrisburg. Considering how much coffee I drink, I figured why not learn how it’s done?

The class consisted of roughly 10 students being taught how to execute hearts and tulip-shaped patterns by two experienced baristas. It cost $20, but was well worth it (I went solo, but could see it making for a good date night). In addition to learning, we were permitted to drink our attempts, and each of us left with a small bag of roasted beans.

My feeble attempts documented, below.

First attempt.

Second attempt. At least I have the contrast going for me.

Learning to center…

Throwdown mode (mine’s on the right).

Last attempt of the night.


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Lyrical Gangster

by: Rich Hauck

I suppose it’s only appropriate that I get to posting about this on the same night that all of the 400 bottles have been sold, but I was invited and subsequently completed an illustration for Zeroday Brewing’s Lyrical Gangster bottle.

After an initial detour, I got my head in the right place and started researching 1980s hip hop. I’ll confess, the rather Snake Eyes-looking face is a bit of an homage to Limp Bizkit’s “Significant Other” album cover.

I struggled with a color palette until one night I was sketching ideas on my iPad at Zeroday and bartender Blue (Jason) reminded me of the blue agave ingredient.

Lyrical Gangster Sketches

Since this beer was to establish a bottle shape and label, I ended up becoming the guinea pig. As you can see below, I had to redraw this label three times!

Lyrical Gangster

Kudos to Theo and Brandalynn for sticking with Harrisburg-based artists to provide the illustrations and for Bart to suggest the metal print.

Oh, and for someone that’s not really into tequila, the beer is excellent.

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by: Rich Hauck

Following up on my previous post, our trip cross-country took me to Bodie State Historic Park, a ghost town east of the Sierra Nevada. This former gold rush town once boasted of a population of nearly 10,000 people in the 1870s, and now it was humbly this photographer’s subject matter. It proved to be a worthwhile destination once we determined there simply wasn’t enough time to properly experience Yosemite.

Ultimately, what can I say? The pictures speak for themselves. It’s a photographer’s paradise, and well worth the trip.

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Westward Bound: My Cross-Country Road Trip

by: Rich Hauck

What do you do when you have to get rid of car? You sell it to your best friend in California and ride shotgun cross-country over the course of a week, naturally!

Here’s a rough map of the trip I took across the continental United States last September.

Besides selling a car, the secondary objective for this trek was to do some tandem photography out west. For me, that included capturing those pretty star trails that are essentially unattainable here in the light-polluted East Coast.

Conveniently, the two days we found ourselves in the deserts of Utah were embraced with thick carpets of clouds, and it wasn’t until we reached California that the overcast subsided.

So, my hopes of recording star trails were dashed, but I still tried to make the best of it. I’ve managed to spam my Instagram feed with pictures, but here’s a few of my favorites (click to view larger).

My friend Andy and me at the beginning of the trip. He’s a pretty trusting guy, considering he hadn’t seen the car I sold him in seven years.

The world’s largest rocking chair? Right off the exit? That demanded a stop in Casey, IL.

We were definitely on a clock, given I committed myself to being gone only a week (and remembering I’d left a very supportive and pregnant wife with our two boys), but I insisted on seeing the arch in St. Louis.

Self-employment means never really affording myself a day off. While I spent my non-driving shifts working in the car (tethered to my phone with an external battery, no less), I don’t think I’ll ever forget the night I spent on the Vegas strip.

I didn’t do any gambling, but instead spent an all-nighter across from Caesar’s Palace working out of a 24-hour Starbucks. It’s a shame, too, because it was the one time on our trip where we had a nice huge hotel suite!

Then there are the times (like this stretch of highway in Arizona) where one gets no signal in the car and is forced to just appreciate the scenery. I’ll confess I’ve actually traveled along this strip before, but the view still hasn’t gotten old (I wouldn’t mind traveling through Glenwood Canyon, CO again, either).

All said and done, we hit a four national parks (Capitol Reef, Arches, Bryce Canyon, and Zion) and drove over 3600 miles. We skipped Yosemite because of time and settled for the ghost town of Bodie, though I’ll dedicate another post to that, simply because I took so many pictures.

My jerk of a best friend (ahem!) still hasn’t posted any pictures, but for me it was a trip of a lifetime.

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My 2016 in Pictures

by: Rich Hauck

It’s that time of the year, again, where I dig out photos that would otherwise be languishing on my hard drive (No Facebook, I don’t need your algorithm’s help).

2016 was a good year for me. I’m a big tourist, so I keep a running list of places I want to visit. This year, I was able to cross off quite a few places in my travels. Here, in no particular order, are some photos representing my 2016.


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Burg Illustrations 2016

by: Rich Hauck

I had the privilege of illustrating each month for the editor of Harrisburg-based The Burg News. I’m already at work on the January 2017 issue, but here’s a look back.

Categories:art Illustration
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Baseball 2016

by: Rich Hauck

Looking back, I didn’t attend quite as many games this past year as I have in the past. I made it to a new ballpark, but didn’t even make it to a Senators game. On to 2017–opening day can’t get here fast enough!

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About Rich Hauck

Rich Hauck

I'm a creative technologist at Hauck Interactive, Inc. and an adjunct instructor at HACC. I live in Harrisburg, Pa. with my wife and two boys. I enjoy good coffee, Trappist beers, Orioles baseball, and good design.