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Big John from Clark St

From Lincoln Park, looking on Big John. The lights streak by at night when you stand still.

Have a good weekend everyone!

 

Taken on Clark Street in Lincoln Park, Chicago. You get a great view of the John Hancock Tower.
Taken on Clark Street in Lincoln Park, Chicago. You get a great view of the John Hancock Tower.

Chicago Henge over the L

It was an incredibly cloudy day this first day of fall in 2014. But I could see a sliver of hope on the horizon! The streets of Chicago are supposed to line up so that on either Equinox you can see the sun set on the street. But… you never really know just how exact the streets are and just how exact the sun will set.

But boom! The sun cracked the difference between the cloud and sky and horizon within ten minutes of sunset. The brightness of the sun changed drastically in this time. It was supper hard to control the exposure for both the horizon and to make the scene visible for the people in the foreground. Some of the most dramatic and interesting stuff happened on Michigan Avenue and Washington Street.

This scene I took the fastest exposure I could muster, turned it black and white and gave you what I could of this scene. I hope you enjoy.

Chicago Henge over the L

 

BTW, I have several exposures and versions of this I’ll be releasing soon. 🙂

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.

The Chevelles – Happy Friday!

The Chevelles

Happy Friday everyone! Get out there and make IT happen this weekend. Hopefully you got a good ride to make it happen, too!

This photo was a panorama that I made from 3 handheld photos using my 50mm prime on my NEX-7. The cars were so close that I couldn’t really get framing I wanted with just one car, so I decided to include both of them!

The Sonic in Palatine IL has a classic cars show every couple of weeks. I happened on it this time with a couple of chevelles next to each other.
The Sonic in Palatine IL has a classic cars show every couple of weeks. I happened on it this time with a couple of chevelles next to each other.

Red Mustang

It’s hard to believe but in another month I’ll probably see some ACTUAL mustangs, you know, the kind that have four hoofs instead of wheels? Westward ho!

For now, I have Ford Mustangs coming out of hibernation in Chicago. It was a LONG and HARD winter and I’m sure all the car enthusiasts want to show what they got! I don’t mind taking their pictures, either.  Red Mustang

This Mustang was on display in Palatine, IL at a SONIC fast food drive in. It was so bright out that I had to use a neutral density filter! That allowed me to preserve what bokeh I liked here. There are so many interesting lines and colors cars have. Their designers really knew how to catch the eye!

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!