Category Archives: Arlington Heights

Fall Leaves

Today in the Chicago area the temperature is not going to get above 60 when yesterday it was almost 80. So in that spirit, I have this picture from last fall…

So, I like trees. I think most of us like trees. Who doesn’t like trees? I’m no arborist. So I do not know what species of tree this is. But it’s majestic, it’s color was OVERPOWERING. Nope, not a good enough word… It’s color was EXPLOSIVE! The color was so powerful, that it overcame all detail. So, I dialed it back a bit. I like detail. 🙂

Only a few weeks after this, the tree was completely bare.

This tree is at it's height of fall colors in Arlington Heights, IL
This tree is at it’s height of fall colors in Arlington Heights, IL

Toy Soldiers

In my home suburb, Arlington Heights, they display holiday lights and scenes. This year they put up toy soldiers that made you think of The Nutcracker.

This was shot a few weeks ago during the morning blue hour and while it was snowing lightly. I really enjoyed these guys. They didn’t display them last year. The textures on his face is cool, and the glittery garland compared to the snow is a nice touch.

In my home suburb, Arlington Heights, they display holiday lights and scenes. This year they put up toy soldiers that made you think of The Nutcracker.
In my home suburb, Arlington Heights, they display holiday lights and scenes. This year they put up toy soldiers that made you think of The Nutcracker.

Just a word on editing. Some photographers insist on making snow always look white. I agree to this up to a point. In this case it really was blue hour. Where the sky is blue, and everything gets a blue tint to it. So, yes, the snow really does look blue in some cases. The soldiers are the subject, anyways, not the snow.

There was snow once…

There was snow once…

What a difference a year makes. A year ago, we were moaning and groaning about the terrible winter we were having. Now, we don’t seem to be living that badly. This picture is from a few weeks ago when we did get snow. It seemed winter could still be WINTER.
Snowy Suburban life
But I am going to Starved Rock in Utica, IL this weekend. I’m hoping to get some ice waterfalls. The warm weather makes me doubt…

I plan on traveling there with my mom. We’ll be leaving from her house waaaay before sunrise.

I also hope to record some video, too. We’ll see how that experiment goes.

I’m also rethinking this blog, it’s format, purpose, and reach. I think I’ll be adding a we bit more to it over the next month.

Arlington Heights “Irish Fest”

The Mike and Joe Band

In Arlington Heights, IL, we have an Irish Fest every year. It’s a festival to help the local history museum. All the usual suspects come out for such a thing to sell stuff, art, food and beer all with heavy Irish leanings, or course. But I’d never taken photos of a band before and this was a good time to do that.

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I have to say I’ve been a little pre-occupied lately. My art has been getting a lot to think through, improve, and hopefully change for the better. I’ve recently become an “apprentice” with The Arcanum. This isn’t an apprenticeship like you hear about. I’m not doing some other photographer’s crap work.

I’m a student. I study under a master who has 19 other students. The students form a cohort. Together we have an opportunity to discus each other’s work, learn from others, and grow in our art of photography. We get assignments from our master. These five photos I’m sharing was “Never Done Before”.  They aren’t the best band photos in the world, but they aren’t terrible in my humble opinion, either.

I don’t think I would have tried it without the nudge from the master. It’s sort of on the edge of what my camera and lens can do. I used my fastest lens and kept the exposure 1 stop under to keep the shutter fast without cranking up the noise to unacceptable levels.

The band sounded great, though. They weren’t ‘noise’. 🙂

Camaro Super Sport for Sale: The Cars Come Out

The Camaro Super Sport is still sitting on US Rt 14 in Arlington Heights, IL with a for sale sign on it. It certainly looks like their owners like the vehicle and take care of it but now are selling it.

This night I was trying out my new 50mm prime f1.8 lens and I thought that this was as good a chance as any to test it out. It was nice to have the flexibility to go all the way down to f1.8 but it only looked right at f5.6. But that meant that the exposure had to climb up to 25 seconds!  Either way, it’s a great looking car with lots of character. Highest bidder? 🙂

This Camaro is for sale and you can find it on US Rt 14 in Arlington Heights, IL.
This Camaro is for sale and you can find it on US Rt 14 in Arlington Heights, IL.

This Camaro is for sale and you can find it on US Rt 14 in Arlington Heights, IL.

I’m sure the owner won’t mind a little bit more exposure on my little photo blog!

Anyways, I’m not much of a gear head but I can really appreciate a good looking vehicle! Now that the weather is warming up there will be more and more car shows in the Chicago Area. It might be fun to capture a few of them.

Thanks!

Suburban Light in Arlington Heights, IL

So much has been happening over the last few weeks!  I have finally moved and just today I re-established my internet connection. It has been too long! Today’s photo is a panorama of the fountain in Arlington Height’s downtown district. They actually have a decent night life.

But these last three weeks has not just been about moving, but also about gearing up! I’ve been wanting to commit myself more and more to photography. I’ve had some successes here and there. It feels like I’m gathering more traction and slowly coming to realize an actual style of my own.

As part of this ‘gearing up’, I purchased a lens. This is the Sony E-mount 50mm lens for my NEX-7. It has been rated as the second sharpest *native* lens for this camera. I got it used for $200. New it’s worth $350. Many have said that it’s worth hundreds more compared to its competition.

So, I went on a walk in my new home town, hoping for some interesting things. I have to say that this fountain struck me. I knew that the water would come out looking real nice with a long exposure and I don’t think that the colored lights disappointed, either.

I hope you enjoy!

Color Fountain