September was a relatively full month for me. I have been out and about quite a bit! As a result, I have a number of photos to share in this post. Why was I late to getting this up? Well, to be honest I’ve been not feeling well and I’ve had some other issues I had to deal with my home. And with the last weekend of the month I shot over 2000 images. You’ll see why towards the end of the page! 🙂
Here are my photos from the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, IL.
The monarch butterflies were out and about at the Botanic Garden
A rainbow of colors come from these interesting flowers. I felt like I needed some skittles after that.
Some lavender colored flowers.
Another butterfly in the garden. This was shot in their butterfly enclosure. They have many kinds of butterflies in there. This is one of the few that sat still long enough for a shot.
This was shot in their sub-tropical greenhouse.
This photo was an experiment in post processing.
Dahlias always attract the light in interesting ways!
A bright water lilly
I just love blue water lilies because they contrast with their yellow insides so well!
This gallery is part of my Chicago77 project. This is from the Avondale neighborhood. To me, the neighborhood is a pretty tough neighborhood. That isn’t to say that it’s a bad neighborhood, but that it’s character was tough. It does have one gleaming bright spot, the St. Hyacinth Basilica. I would encourage everyone to go and see it.
September 19, I went to see the bridges come up to allow the sail boats off the lake. Chicago has more bascule type bridges than anywhere in the world. The new river-walk gives new perspectives on this event, too.
On September 20th, it was the last weekend day before the Equinox. I knew I had to take a chance at getting what I could out of Chicagohenge where the sun sets on the east-west streets. Since it was a few days early, I knew the sun would cross the street a few degrees in the air before actually setting. This made for a great chance to get closer to the elevated line than I did last year.
Washington St in Chicago during sunset while the train crossed the sun.
Chicagohenge happens every equinox in Chicago because all our east west streets are perfectly east/west. On the equinox, the sun sets on the street.
September 26 was the 500PX world wide global photowalk. On this day I took the train into the city, walked to Millennium Park, Navy Pier, to a hotel close to the Palmer House and back to Navy Pier and then to the train station. For the first weekend of fall, it was a great day to get out and shoot and meet some fantastic photographers!
Before the 500PX World Wide Photowalk a photographer examines the scene in Chicago
Following the flag from the 500PX WWPW in Chicago on Michigan Avenue
Gina Costa taking a shot over the Chicago River during the 500PX WWPW.
A couple on Michigan Avenue in Chicago
At Navy Pier in Chicago the 500PX WWPW takes a break
A ride at Chicago’s Navy Pier Mall on a mostly clear day.
The Ferris Wheel is about to be taken down in Chicago’s Navy Pier in favor of a much larger one for 2016.
John Hancock Center and smaller buildings in Chicago’s near north side.
The bike path along Lake Shore Drive in Chicago invites many to enjoy it.
A spontanious celebration on the near north side in Chicago.
Chicago’s near north side as seen from Olive Park as the sun was setting.
Sunset from Chicago’s Ferris Wheel from the last weekend in opperation. Soon to be torn down and rebuilt into a much larger ride at Navy Pier.
As the light fades the lights come on the rides at Navy Pier in Chicago
On September 27, 2015 there was this event called the Full Moon Fire Jam and it took place during a supermoon that was going through a lunar eclipse. I took many many images during this event!
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.
This photo was taken in early spring. Sometimes, in Chicago, this is the only kind of flower you get in March.
This is one of those photos that I couldn’t let go of. I hemmed and hawed… I just wasn’t sure. I think part of it is that I’m growing more comfortable in the idea of letting go of rigid crop ratios. If it doesn’t fit the image, change it!
Don’t get me wrong… some day, I’ll crop a lot less. Who knows, that some day might be soon. Until then, I’ll give you what I can with what I got. 🙂
In the spring of 2013, I was preparing for my biggest road trip ever. I knew that I was going to take a lot of photos of 4 incredible destinations. I was trying to learn as much as I could about photography. I came across a Youtube video by B&H about HDR photography by Alan Kesselhaut (youtube link [http://youtu.be/v3CPavb2NWs] / Alan’s site: http://www.alankesselhaut.com/]. He said something 23 minutes into that video that struck me, that what we do in photography is “in service of the print.” If you’re interested in watching the video, be prepared, it’s long, but very informative even if it’s almost 3 years old.
I recently made several prints. I made a calendar using several photos and three large prints of my photos. The calendar was great. I used Picaboo [http://www.picaboo.com/]. I knew nothing of them before I tried their service. I thought it was worth a shot to see if they are any good. I have to say they are GREAT! The photos had a nice glossy finish and the card stock for each pages is really sturdy. The binding wires are also good quality and makes for easy flipping of the pages. Based on this, I think they probably produce good prints with their other services.
The following are the prints I used for the calendar:
At the intersection of stone, horizon, sky, and sunrise: The North Window Arch at Arches National Park
A Dahlia in bloom and another waiting it’s turn to open up.
The L going through the near north side of Chicago just before it crosses the Chicago River into the “Loop”.
I am THRILLED about my large prints, however. I used Bay Photo [http://www.bayphoto.com]. I’ve heard nothing but good things from them. Now, I made a print on a piece of metal, but it was a SMALL metal print. But something happens with the large print. I requested a 48″ wide print of my photo of Chicago’s skyline that I like to call “Chicago on Liquid Lights”. This was printed on a “Pearl” paper. It’s priced a little higher than their “Metal” paper option. It is AMAZING. I can’t say that enough. The lights of the City of Chicago look simply amazing. AMAZING!
My other photo I made was am 18″ x 24″ of the photo I call, “The L Runs Through It”. The paper and print I used was identical, the pearl paper. Again, I was absolutely thrilled with the print. The blue hour sky was amazing. The lights of the buildings were great, but the light representing the train’s long exposure was crazy good! There is something about the paper that reflects light in an amazing way. I don’t know how else to explain it.
Another photo I printed was among the first photos I took with my NEX-7. It was a photo of a gate in Libertyville called the “Liberty Walk”. The gateway is just an alley between two buildings to get you to the parking lot. But the walls were made of brick, the cement walkway was wet, too. There were lights that had a starburst in the image. The brick walls were also wet, too. Again, the print looks great.
I have to say that when it comes to design and art the Japanese are often onto something. The Chicago Botanic Garden has many examples of Japanese horticulture but the Bonsai is special.
When the sun goes down and these displays are lit from underneath, they invite me to think of them as completely different displays and sometimes I think of them as completely different worlds. But this time it was a little rainy and that really made them special.
I have to say that I don’t know the names of most of these flowers at the botanic garden. All I know is when a flower stands out from the rest! These colors definitely work for me. It was after a rain, and water was still present on the flowers. I hope you like it!
At the Chicago Botanic Garden, they have the Regenstein Center and in one part of it is an indoor atrium. They really know what they’re doing. This atrium has a skylight, it’s long and has pools of water at either end. This arrangement of color and texture was really fun to look at.
I set this as a panorama with my 50mm lens. The full resolution image is nearly 10000 pixels wide! If you click on the image the link will bring you to my smugmug page where you can see the full resolution image.
I like Dahlias. They express their colors so dynamically. Pinks, reds, magentas, to a blazing yellow and orange fire deep inside the flower.
A Dahlia in bloom and another waiting it’s turn to open up.
I have to admit that I had to post this one because I saw Anna Ryndak (a Google+ Photographer) post her picture of one of the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Dahlia’s and I just had to show mine, too. This one was from a few days ago.
What happens when I have a tripod and take my time!
#fivedayquest Day 4, thanks +Mihoko Yamanashi for the invite
On this fourth day at the +Chicago Botanic Garden in a row, I had an initial feeling of boredome. NOT THAT! KISS OF DEATH! I dreaded my results.
I needed an idea, inspiration, a LIGHTBULB! Lucky for me the lights came on at the garden again! I knew that the green house would need the lights and this time, I had the tripod because I didn’t need to carry an umbrella.
This last weekend I purchased Photomatix for HDR processing. When this bracket first processed, my jaw dropped. I know there’s a few things that can be done to push the processing further, but one thing at a time! 🙂
Who do I invite? Since I have a short attention span and I just liked +Wendy Baker ‘s awesome photo of Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic Spring… well, I pick YOU +Wendy Baker .
The rules are simple, post photos for 5 days in a row. Tag me in each post, tag 1 new person to do it each day, and use the hashtag #fivedayquest . You don’t have to start right away. Start whenever you want! The idea is that it’s daily life.
#hdrphotography #20mmprime #sonynex7 #bluehourphotography #palmtrees #flowers #gardens #botanicalgarden (it was after sunset, btw!)
I really like lilies. I believe that this is a Stargazer Lilly. It’s in a central atrium at the Regenstein Center at the Chicago Botanic Garden. I was surprised by the dynamic range of the setting! So many rich colors and dark tones that I had to use multiple exposures.
I hope you enjoy this one. It’s just nice to look at.