This is one of those moments where the smile makes the story. Her smile makes it all better.
During the Scott Kelby World Wide Photowalk, I was hanging out by the bridge intersection of Wells and Upper Wacker Drive in Chicago. This is a favorite location of mine to shoot in. This location collects so many people going to and from wherever they go. Plus the bridge has pleasant curves and interesting compositions with the city. In this moment, this woman took a moment to look up and I took a picture.
Something awesome happened for me this month. I got a new full frame camera! This was actually quite unexpected but, I plan to make full use of this unexpected boost to my photography.
Since, I already have the Sony NEX-7 and I have been a fan of mirrorless technology. Also, since I have never shot with a DSLR, I am staying mirrorless. The NEX-7 is an APSC sensor camera, which means it uses smaller lenses but also collects less light. Since I really wanted a full frame camera there was only one game in town to shoot mirrorless and to go full frame. That was the Sony A7 series of cameras.
I purchased the Sony A7II from Sony’s refurbish store, Secondipity. Let me tell you, this camera so far feels 100% NEW. I have no problems with it at all. It was a 25% savings over new retail.
This camera has in body stabilization that is making steady shots at longer shutter speeds possible. My ability to shoot at night, hand held has gone up by about 4 – 6 stops of light when you combine the larger sensor with the steadiness of the camera. What does this mean? 4 stops means a shot that would ordinarily take 1/400th of a second, I can use a cleaner ISO and shoot as slow as 1/25th of a second.
I also purchased my first super wide lens! I was aching for a super wide lens ever since I rented a wide angle lens for a national park vacation in 2014.
I hope you like this month’s selections. I know that last month I had a large amount of pictures. This month I’m keeping it down to 12 images. I hope to keep a similar limit from here on out.
The beginning of October saw the Scott Kelby World Wide Photowalk led by Teresa Peek and then the next weekend was the Open House Chicago 2015 extravaganza.
I have to get around to writing some posts about the people I’ve met over the last few months. It’s been very gratifying to meet so many skilled photographers and wonderful people.
Race of the Dead – Carrera De Los Muertos
I do not purport to be an expert on Mexican culture or street art. The day of the dead is a Mexican festival to celebrate the lives of those we’ve lost in the past. When Catholic Spaniards took over Mexico, this holiday was co-opted by the Catholic Church and moved to coincide with All Souls Day.
During this festivan, in the Mexican-American neighborhood of Pilsen, Chicago, they have The Race of the Dead, a 5k race to promote good health.
In this picture, I took a photo of the bridge they painted with the race’s logo, and there was what looked like a family walking back from the store.
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.
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!
Whirlpool-Britannica two brands that have been in Chicago for a long time.
I found this after the Chicago Auto Show on 2-13-2014. OK, it was actually 2-14-2014 by the time I took the image. It was about 12:30 in the morning. There was tons of snow all over the city. I had to go down some stairs to find a little stretch of the River Walk . At this point of the river it isn’t much of a walk, more like a Lower Wacker Drive patio. The stairs had obviously NEVER been shoveled during the whole winter. Going down these stairs was more like sliding down these stairs. With an expensive camera, tripod and lens. The railing was my best friend, especially on my way back up!
Why did I do this?
Because I liked the light and I knew there was more of it where I was going.
Not every spot of the skyline is interesting. But I do enjoy where warm and cool colors mix like they do here with the Maytag and Britannica symbols mix. I planned for brackets and doing HDR processing. But there is something about this single exposure I liked. The edges in the background buildings seem to have more life, I think. Anyhow, I’m not showing you those pictures. Just the one I liked.
If you like it, at least you didn’t have to go down and up an icy flight of cement stairs to see it. 🙂