The L Runs Through It

This was taken from the near north side / River North neighborhood of Chicago from on top of a parking garage. It’s basically 3 blocks north of the Chicago River and about 2 blocks east of the north branch of the Chicago River.

The L Runs through it
The “L” going through the near north side before it runs into and becomes the Chicago Loop.


When I posted this photo, I used the moment to introduce my new photography page on Facebook.  Please follow me there, too! I have to say that Facebook is an entirely different social media animal compared to all the others. The connection with Google +, WordPress, Instagram, and Flickr is so far centered on people who just love to look at photos. But even with just a few likes in, on Facebook, I can already sense that there’s just more opportunity to expand your reach to people who aren’t just trying to improve their own photography or people who aren’t that focused on art. And that’s a good thing.

Also, personal facebook pages are much more closed sharing places. But a public photography page allows me to reach more people that aren’t really interested in being my personal facebook friend. Let’s face it, I don’t want everyone’s information on my personal feed, either.


Bridge over the Chicago River

The Chicago River is home to more cantilever bridges than any other in the world. Far be it for Chicago to let a little river get in the way of a grid system for it’s streets.

This photo was taken before the sun was up. That’s why you see the lights on in the background. This is the Wabash Avenue bridge. I can’t really see how red it is when I’m underneath it. Of course the whole bridge is red. They are all red. But underneath, I sometimes assume that it’s black.

Bridge over the Chicago River


For this photo I actually made a panorama vertically. I struggled with doing a black and white version but when I did the black and white, I got the idea that a colored version just needed some split toning love. (Split toning is the idea where I give the bright colors particular hue and the dark colors a different hue. I don’t overdo it, just a touch is helpful most of the time.)

I hope you enjoy!

Inside the Window

Inside the windowSunrise inside the North Window Arch at Arches National Park.Sometimes you just got to go black and white with the red sandstone at Arches National Park. There’s so much detail in the rock and so much natural contrast that color is just a distraction.

Inside the window
Sunrise from inside the North Window Arch at Arches National Park, Moab, UT.

Workplace reflections

My usual drill when I get to the city is I leave the Ogilvie train station and half the time I wind up walking north of the river past this building. I almost always take a good look at it. Why? I don’t know. Maybe it’s just how the river reflects it?

An office building reflection on the Chicago river just south of the Dearborn bridge.
An office building reflection on the Chicago river just south of the Dearborn bridge.

This time I decided to do a wide panorama of it. I just liked the reflections too much! I actually tried to process this one in black and white. By the time I thought it looked pretty good, something told me to see what it looks like in color… click.. Definitely staying with color! 🙂

I hope you enjoy.

His Profile…

So, I don’t typically post pictures of people. But over the last year I’ve been trying to improve all of my photography, not just  cityscapes, landscapes, and street photos. But people are beginning to like my photos so much that they are comfortable suggesting to others that I do some of their photos, too. This is an organic development. I’m not quitting my job any time soon, either. Would I like to quit my day job and make a living with photography? You bet!

But over the next week or so, I’ll blog some of these photos that I put on my portfolio page. If more people do become interested in wanting my help with photos, I want them to have an honest idea of my skill and ability. I don’t think I’m a slouch, but I’m not a person who charges $10,000 for a photo session, either. I’m just beginning my photography road.

The photo:

My little brother is an HR trainer by day and an actor by night. He’s really good at acting by the way. He’s currently an understudy at The Artistic Home and currently working on Watch on the Rhine. At a recent wedding one of our cousins got married and he was sitting there paying attention to the ceremony. I decided to process almost all of those photos in black and white. His profile worked nicely here.

headshot profile
headshot profile

There was a nice light catching the front of his face from forehead to chin and the light coming from the side (that means, coming from my direction) was relatively soft and bright. Hey, the bride and groom paid for a photographer, and I was halfway back. So I’ll take my shots as I get them! Besides, he has been asking me to do new head shots for him. But we keep missing each other. Not a lot of time in the day, evidently. So I take my shots when I can.

I maintain full copyright for this photo.

Chicago House of Blues Stage Frame

House of Blues Stage Frame

On the way to the Foundation Room at the House of Blues, you go through the top balcony where you see this. I was immediately taken with it. I actually used my 50mm prime because it was a faster lens than my 20mm, but that also meant that I had to do this as panorama. You don’t want to know how many frames I took!

They have a theme that is obvious to tell at the HOB. Leave your prejudices at the door because this is a place of unity and love.

The Chicago House of Blues has a very colorful stage frame that shows symbols of all the major religions of the world.
The Chicago House of Blues has a very colorful stage frame that shows symbols of all the major religions of the world.

Lyric Opera – Civic Opera House in Chicago

The Dead Don Giovanni

Happy Halloween, Everyone! Be safe out there. And say hi to Don Giovanni for me. 🙂

The Civic Opera House in Chicago houses the Lyric Opera.. Evidently, they ADORE Don Giovanni. They had a little museum in the basement where people buy their overpriced alcohol and snacks, schmoose, and whatnot during the intermission.

I’m sure it’s a really nice place, but aside from the main hallway, this was all they let people see during Open House Chicago.

This costume was worn by Don Giovanni.
This costume was worn by Don Giovanni.