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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.

Yellowstone’s Tower Falls River

In Yellowstone, particularly along the north side of their “Grand Loop” you can almost get tired of seeing all the waterfalls that this park has! It really is an amazing place to be. This photo I got when I was photographing the river that feeds into the Tower Falls. It’s a great waterfall to see and I highly recommend it. But when I was there, one of the main lookouts was damaged and in the midst of repairs. But the river that feeds into the water falls can be seen from the road. 

I explored the area just a little bit. I also took a long exposure of this same river from the bridge. I’ll probably share that in the future, too. But I wasn’t satisfied with that so I looked for a way to get closer to the river. Sure enough, there was a “little” rain wash gutter for rain water that hits the road to find its way into the river. I walked in (it wasn’t really that little if I could fit!) and set up my tripod at the last possible stable spot before I’d be taking a trip over the waterfall, too. 

This is a cascade as it reaches it's water fall at the Tower Falls in Yellowstone National Park
This is a cascade as it reaches it’s water fall at the Tower Falls in Yellowstone National Park

But on the other side of the river, I could make out what looked like an opening that would be perfect for some hoofed animal to come up to and drink from the river. I took a bracket of photos and got on my way. There were some mosquitoes there that were too happy to have me around. 

I was pretty happy with this view. I cropped it down to focus on the other side of the river. I hope you enjoy.

 

Chicago Botanic Garden Waterfall

This is the main waterfall at the Chicago Botanic Garden. It is displayed just before entering the Japanese gardens.

For this photo, I took a bracket of three ND filtered photos so the long exposure would help the water to look the way it does. I also experimented with layering the images so I could further limit the ghosting. It’s exciting to try these techniques. I am glad I get a chance to try this out before going to Yellowstone this Saturday.

Chicago Botanic Garden Waterfall

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!

Chicago’s Skyline in oils

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!

You might need to click on the photo and view the version I have on http://fullperspectivephotos.smugmug.com to get a truely good feel for the effect!

Yes, this one has a Photoshop filter on top that gives an oil painting effect on the light. This was inspired by the water's own patterns!
Yes, this one has a Photoshop filter on top that gives an oil painting effect on the light. This was inspired by the water’s own patterns!

Suburban Light in Arlington Heights, IL

So much has been happening over the last few weeks!  I have finally moved and just today I re-established my internet connection. It has been too long! Today’s photo is a panorama of the fountain in Arlington Height’s downtown district. They actually have a decent night life.

But these last three weeks has not just been about moving, but also about gearing up! I’ve been wanting to commit myself more and more to photography. I’ve had some successes here and there. It feels like I’m gathering more traction and slowly coming to realize an actual style of my own.

As part of this ‘gearing up’, I purchased a lens. This is the Sony E-mount 50mm lens for my NEX-7. It has been rated as the second sharpest *native* lens for this camera. I got it used for $200. New it’s worth $350. Many have said that it’s worth hundreds more compared to its competition.

So, I went on a walk in my new home town, hoping for some interesting things. I have to say that this fountain struck me. I knew that the water would come out looking real nice with a long exposure and I don’t think that the colored lights disappointed, either.

I hope you enjoy!

Color Fountain

Liquid Light and Night

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.

A long Exposure of Chicago's skyline off of Lake Michigan at night.
A long Exposure of Chicago’s skyline off of Lake Michigan at night.

Night Aqua

Couple of weeks ago, I walked around downtown and I walked past the Aqua Building. I thought it was kind of cool to play with the look of this building at night.

Night Aqua

This one was a long exposure at f/8 with 25 second exposure and 200 ISO. I used Lightroom to process into B&W and to change the perspective a bit.

 

I hope you enjoy!

Night Owls at the Harold Washington Library

I really liked the Harold Washington Library.  It’s one of the more iconic symbols of Chicago and one of the primary protectors of Chicago’s history. Here’s a factoid for you: The Chicago Public Library system didn’t exist until word of the Great Chicago Fire reached the Queen of England and in response, she sent library’s worth of books to Chicago because she thought that Chicago’s libraries were all up in smoke. In truth, Chicago didn’t have any libraries to begin with.

The library has owls in place of gargoyles that line the roof. And as you can see, they are very nicely lit at night!

 

The Harold Washington Library in Chicago at night has owls instead of gargoyles guarding the rooftop.
The Harold Washington Library in Chicago at night has owls instead of gargoyles guarding the rooftop.

This picture was panorama of three photos in the portrait position each photo was an HDR processed bracket of three exposures. I hope you enjoy.