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.
So, this is what I do during Valentines Day. Oh? Was it cold? Yep. Was the wind whipping past 30 mph? yep. Could the waves kill you if you slip into the lake? You betchya! So, I figured it was just the thing to go and take a picture of before sunset.
Basically, I knew that the wind was really strong and usually when that happens there are strong waves somewhere along the Chicago shoreline. I wasn’t sure though if the waves would be in action or where they would be in action. I asked a friend on Facebook who was down by the Shedd Aquarium and the waves looked pretty calm. This helped me stay by Lincoln Park where this picture was taken. More specifically it was between Fullerton and North Avenue.
I’m not sure if they allow people to be there, btw. Not that anyone complained, but as I mentioned at the top of the blog, it is NOT SAFE! Please be careful when going out in such conditions. The water freezes on contact when it lands. If you get yourself wet, DO NOT WASTE TIME! Get yourself somewhere safe as soon as possible and change your clothes if possible. There was not a part of my body besides my face that had less than three layers of clothing. Do not mess around in dangerous conditions.
Just taking a shot at sunrisephotography. 🙂 Something about this is just pleasing to me when left on the screen.
This is the first time I’ve had something in the foreground to work with on a shot like this. But I didn’t realize just how low to the ground that I had to keep the camera. The tripod was pretty much useless! I used my foot instead.
There was a moment with this morning on the beach when I was going back to my car and there were a couple of girls just enjoying the morning. Maybe they were out for a run or a swim or something? They aproached me to take their photo. I graciously abliged.
They wanted the sunrise behind them, but their faces were pure shadow. So, I directed them to turn so the sun lit up their faces a little bit. I wish I used my camera, instead I used their iphone. That’s ok. It made my day. They were really happy with it and so was I!
Today I wanted to do an altered repost of a recent photo I did of the Chicago Skyline. The wavy effects of the reflection on water was so strong that I just had to attempt something that would soften the normally hard lines of Chicago’s skyline. Thankfully Photoshop has an oils filter that allows me to give an effect like it’s been painted with a brush! I think this looks pretty good, but you tell me!
The Chicago Skyline is always such a joy to see especially from Solidarity Drive close to the Shed Aquarium and the Planetarium. It is even better at night! Lake Michigan, now that it isn’t frozen, has such a nice calming sound of waves. The boats have almost all gone back to their harbors. There are a few remaining people milling about, taking pictures of their own and soaking it in. The skyline is just as much about Lake Michigan as it is about the skyscrapers.
For this photo, I was prepared to do this as an HDR photo, but instead I opted for the over exposed image. There’s something awesome about the lights shining off of Lake Michigan. I was inspired so much by it that I’ll have a follow up image a little next week that one will be much more impressionistic.
This is one of those mornings you HAVE to go to church. This includes many people that ONLY go twice a year. That means the churches will be packed. This means getting up early. Well, if I was getting up early, then I might as well get up earlier than that to get an sunrise on Easter!
By the time I got in the car, my options had already removed getting to downtown Chicago for sunrise at 6:04 AM. Evanston was also out of bounds. I didn’t want to go north to Waukegan, so I chanced something out by Glencoe.
I don’t know Glencoe all that well. Thankfully, they have a public beach that was open! Thankfully, I also have an Android phone with google maps to help me find it!
Processing wise, all I used was Adobe Lightroom! Some graduated filters here and there, a little bit of brushing this and that, and a few healing brush clicks and I was pretty happy with it. I hope you are too!