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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.

Art – Everywhere is a canvas, in Pilsen.

In Pilsen, street art / murals are found all over the place. This particular spot is a painted wall under the L tracks close to the 17th street station.

At this moment, there was a lot of light hitting the building I was shooting past, which was then reflected in these windows. This helped make an otherwise cool scene have some warmth. The wavy quality of the reflections I thought worked with the interesting characters painted on the walls.

Latin American art under the windows and in the shadow of the L in Pilsen, Chicago, close to 17th street.
Latin American art under the windows and in the shadow of the L in Pilsen, Chicago, close to 17th street.

Race of the Dead – Pilsen Street Art

Race of the Dead – Carrera De Los Muertos

I do not purport to be an expert on Mexican culture or street art. The day of the dead is a Mexican festival to celebrate the lives of those we’ve lost in the past. When Catholic Spaniards took over Mexico, this holiday was co-opted by the Catholic Church and moved to coincide with All Souls Day.

During this festivan, in the Mexican-American neighborhood of Pilsen, Chicago, they have The Race of the Dead, a 5k race to promote good health.

In this picture, I took a photo of the bridge they painted with the race’s logo, and there was what looked like a family walking back from the store.

The Race of the Dead is a 5k race in the Pilsen neighborhood to promote good health. This run is held around the festival of the Day of the Dead.
The Race of the Dead is a 5k race in the Pilsen neighborhood to promote good health. This run is held around the festival of the Day of the Dead.