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December Photos

As December got to a start, I felt like I had to go out and shoot. I hadn’t seen the sunrise in a while. Winter performs a wonderful miracle in letting the sun come up late.

Morning in Chicago

I hadn’t done that much shooting with a tripod on my new camera so I went to one of the areas of the city made for tripod photography, the Adler Planetarium. I took a few pictures of the Chicago Skyline. I wasn’t able to stay long, so I wasn’t able to do a true bracketed shot. But this is good enough. 🙂

The skyline, contrasty and black and white:

black and white skyline
The Chicago Skyline done in a contrasty black and white fashion from the Adler Planetarium.

I highly recommend finding a group of people that meet up every month to do a local photowalk. Drink and Click is just one such group. They have a monthly theme and sponsors for prizes for the best photos of the month. This group is worldwide with chapters in every continent and many major cities. Look them up! I gave you the link.

From a “Drink and Click” outing in Chicago. December’s theme was “selfie” but… not all my pics were selfies.

 

After the Drink and Click event and another photowalk with Out of Chicago.com I hung around the Cloud Gate for a few images. It was a wet night in Millennium Park.

wet cloudgate at night

This next image was from the same night. I took a few shots from the lake side of the Pritzker Pavilion. I have to give props to my friend, John O’Neill who lent me his tripod bracket between shots. He’s a really smart photographer, btw. He takes his time, looks for the lines, and really makes an image.

Pritzker Night

And finally, there was Christmas. So I have a few pictures from my maternal grandmother’s tree.

OK, so that was December! I hope you enjoyed. We’ll see how 2016 turns out. I’ve got some ideas. When I really feel strong about a resolution, I don’t really talk about it. And I feel it this year. All I can say is that I’m going to work real hard on my photography!

Take Care and Have Fun this year,

Adam Dooley

November Photos

Hello, here’s my photos from November.

Yep, I know, I’m late. November and December are hectic months as you know. It’s not that I didn’t shoot. But as soon as Thanksgiving hits all plants go straight in the bucket. As a result I will be doing some extra duty for catch-up. I have all my edits for my December pictures done too.

Without further wait, here are my photos for November:

A friend of mine, Laurie Novak introduced me to Cycle Cross photography in the beginning of November. In this shot I used my new super wide 14mm lens. It creates some interesting perspectives. (It’s such a fun lens!)

A cyclecross race in Elgin, IL the day after Halloween. This was taken with a wide angle lens that captured the mime and the racers behind her . A mime is a terrible thing to race.
A cyclecross race in Elgin, IL the day after Halloween. This was taken with a wide angle lens that captured the mime and the racers behind her . A mime is a terrible thing to race.

 

Feeling the need to click the shutter, I went to a local forest preserve for some moody black and white.

Next I needed to explore some Chicago Neighborhoods because I’m hoping to move and would like a better handle on the City I love so much.

After Thanksgiving my twin brother, Tony Dooley, and I went shooting at a local bar that also has a good music stage.

The next day I went to the Lincoln Park Zoo and tested a “new to me” lens, the Minolta F/4 70-210. Not bad for a 30 year old lens!

A primate at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. This guy was taking a moment to look at the visitors before he had to consider if one of his zoo mates were going to chase him.
A primate at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. This guy was taking a moment to look at the visitors before he had to consider if one of his zoo mates were going to chase him.

Lastly, I went to the Loop in Chicago and took some skyline shots. This one took some work. I forgot my tripod so it was handheld. I discovered some new tools to handle noise. The fact that my camera is a dream for handheld shooting is a plus, too.

The Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago has these wonderful lines that draw you through the image and across the skyline.
The Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago has these wonderful lines that draw you through the image and across the skyline.

That’s it for my November photos!  My December shots will be coming soon.

Red Photos and Light – House Of Blues

In the House of Blues, Chicago, they have what is called The Foundation Room. It’s a place where you have to pay a membership fee for the privileged of going for a drink, eating, and so on.

They make it a super relaxing environment with side rooms that might be found in anyone’s house, except that it it isn’t. It’s the House of Blues. Everything is just cooler here.

And home is what Thanksgiving is all about, isn’t it? Where ever you are, I hope you are “home”.  Pray for those that need a home today, too. (The House of Blues Foundation Room is also a very spiritual place, too.)

Red Photos and light in HOB Foundation Room

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Face the Atrium by Frank Lloyd Wright

The Atrium of the Rookery Building is one of the better known architectural delights of the Chicago Area. During Open House Chicago, this place was packed on the one and only day they were open for visitors. If you ever come to Chicago and stay during the week, I highly recommend making time for this place.

The face of the atrium in the Rookery atrium in Chicago.
The face of the atrium in the Rookery atrium in Chicago.

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The Athletic Club’s Study

The study at the Athletic Club off of Michigan Ave is a warm and rich environment. I use the word rich to describe the tones of wood and leather, btw. Although… you know, it does feel rich, too.

This was one of my first tests of my new Super Wide 14mm lens from Rokinon. I was quite happy with it.

The Athletic Club in Chicago off of Michigan Avenue

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