This month I am showing many pictures that have been taken from the City of Chicago plus a few from elsewhere in the Midwest. Most of these pictures are basically previews that I have yet to finish off before I put them up in the rest of social media. 🙂
This is kind of interesting to look at this month. And I like the idea of doing a monthly recap of what I’ve done . And, I think I can feel the growth here, too. I’ve had my first experiment with textures. I think I’m finally starting to understand how to compose curving features in camera, too. I met a world famous photographer, and I also met a pioneer in pinhole photography from Columbia University. She encouraged me to do something I thought was stupid. Have you ever seen someone holding up their hands in the shape of a window to look through? Well, if you do this to get a similar field of view as your lens of choice, it’s actually a good exercise!
I toured Little Italy in Chicago as part of my quest to photograph every official neighborhood of Chicago. This is a relatively new quest, btw. Little Italy is a nice neighborhood that includes the University of Illinois at Chicago. But there are some sobering sights, which I have included.
This gallery is from the beginning of August when I spent a day in the Loop.
Throughout this month I will rework some of these pictures. So, I will produce separate blog posts for each final rework I do.
Thanks for viewing my photos.
Just keep trying and see you next time!
The first weekend of the month in Chicago’s Loop.
Dearborn Street Bridge and a runner. With a view of the Marina City Towers and the House Of Blues.
Chicago’s Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial along the Chicago River
The red seats at the Pritzker Pavillion
When leaving Millennium Park, I saw these flowers and I just had to take a picture.
This gallery is the Trey Ratcliff Photowalk in Chicago. It was really cool and the weather was perfect.
When Trey Ratcliff comes to your city, rest assured the weather will clear up, the clouds will part, and the sunsets will be gorgeous.
Here’s another practice photo before the photowalk got going in earnest.
Here he is, the zen master himself, Trey Ratcliff. It’s really cool getting a chance to meet him in person. I didn’t talk long with him. Just long enough to say I’m in the Arcanum under Scott Wyden Kivowitz, and to say that Lauri Novak will be there soon.
This picture contains three of my favorite photographers: From left to right: Deirdre Hayes, Trey Ratcliff, Lauri Novak. They are all incredibly different photographers and each of them brilliant!
Here is a picture of the photowalk in earnest moving from the Museum park grounds into Grant Park.
The photowalk stopped at Buckingham Fountain for obvious reasons!
My Non Chicago Pictures for the month!
This was taken at a baptism of my youngest niece. This is her next oldest sister, being held by her mother. The light here was really a wild mix of cool and warm tones and confusing my eye, so I switched to black and white to center on her expression. She’s a lovely little girl.
The Arcade is the first mall ever built in the United States in Cleveland, OH. It’s truly an amazing building with wonderful acrchitectural elements in it and really nice shops.
Relationships on 4th Street
The woman in the red dress. Is she an Agent of the Matrix?
Cleveland is probably the most under rated city in the USA. There’s a lot to offer even though it’s population is around 350,000.
With only 1 male white rhino left in the wild, I thought it was vastly important to take this picture.
A still bee asleep in the cool temperatures of an august morning.
Thick in the weeds at work.
One of my other nieces. She was showing off her skills at being cute that day!
My last weekend in Chicago in August 2015. The first half of these photos are from my photo walk through Little Italy.
The skyline of the Chicago Loop is often photographed from this point, the Adler Planetarium. On this late January morning, however, I was looking for something different. All of this ice had recently built itself up on the cement wall separating the museum campus from Lake Michigan. The soft predawn sunlight was only beginning to brighten up the city. The smooth curves of the ice also was interesting. I found that if I lay down on the ice, I could place it under Lake Shore Drive with the skyline coming up and out of the ice. The street lights also added a little interesting bokeh, too. The only hard contrasting line in the image is the line separating the city from the ice.
I don’t usually like to get thick into the weeds when it comes to creating a photo. I do get technical, but I’m fully aware lots of people don’t like reading all that stuff.
I’m preparing to do a skyline panorama of Chicago. This morning I went to the Adler Planetarium to take these photos. It was 6 AM when I got out of the car. It was FREEEZING out, btw!
Here’s the photo:
I took about 5 images going from left to right. This one is roughly the center image. Whenever I do a panorama, I almost always at MOST move the camera’s field of view only about 1/3 of the frame. Then I take another photo.
When I’m stitching a panorama, I’ll try it one of two different ways. First, I’ll try it in Photoshop. This is usually easy but also takes a long time for the computer to do.
The second method I use is a free program from Microsoft called Microsoft Composite Editor. This program is actually pretty quick. The knock I have against it is that it requires me to create 16-bit tiff files to my hard drive.
But the problem that I have with creating panoramas happens regardless of which program I use. A panorama program will stretch the image if you tell it to stitch to maintain PERSPECTIVE. The tends to stretch the lines so that they are all straight. Straight lines matter with architecture. But, it stretches out the sky, too. What is the problem with that? What used to be clean and clear sky is now showing pixels that I couldn’t previously see.
There are several things I can do to minimize that, but it takes a bit more work. It would be lovely if there was a tool that minimized this problem all in one step, though.
So, that’s my riff on panorama stitching. If you found it interesting, let me know.