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September 2015

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! ūüôā

Here are my photos from the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, IL.

 

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.

 

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!

 

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!

Chasing the Sunset

Here is another photo of when I went to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin. The sun was making it’s last goodbye and people were getting the message that it was probably time to leave the ice. These people were running so fast that in my bracket of photos I took, this was the only frame their silhouettes appeared in.

Chasing the sunset

 

I learned quite a bit from being up there. I hope we are lucky enough next winter, but something tells me that it won’t happen again for a while.

Apostle Islands Keyhole Arch

This archway at the Apostle Islands National Lake Shore was really cool. There were several photographers lined up here to take pictures of the coming sunset. It was a lot of fun being there. I hope to get there again some day.

Keyhole arch in the Lake Superior Apostle Islands National Lake Shore in Wisconsin
Keyhole arch in the Lake Superior Apostle Islands National Lake Shore in Wisconsin

Chicago Henge stretch

As the sun sets over the L tracks on Washington Street you see some people stretch their legs across the street, stretch their arms, and taking selfies and portraits.

Between L train trips, some people stretch their legs across the street, stretching their arms... and taking pictures.
Between L train trips, some people stretch their legs across the street, stretching their arms… and taking pictures.

 

Today I was surprised with a free ticket to the Cubs game at 3. I’m hoping there isn’t a rain delay.

Take care and have fun everyone!

Chicago Henge over the L

It was an incredibly cloudy day this first day of fall in 2014. But I could see a sliver of hope on the horizon! The streets of Chicago are supposed to line up so that on either Equinox you can see the sun set on the street. But… you never really know just how exact the streets are and just how exact the sun will set.

But boom! The sun cracked the difference between the cloud and sky and horizon within ten minutes of sunset. The brightness of the sun changed drastically in this time. It was supper hard to control the exposure for both the horizon and to make the scene visible for the people in the foreground. Some of the most dramatic and interesting stuff happened on Michigan Avenue and Washington Street.

This scene I took the fastest exposure I could muster, turned it black and white and gave you what I could of this scene. I hope you enjoy.

Chicago Henge over the L

 

BTW, I have several exposures and versions of this I’ll be releasing soon. ūüôā

Buckingham Fountain

Buckingham Fountain last year on Memorial Day. This is truly one of the jewels of the city. It is visually pleasing. The city looks fantastic behind it. On a hot day, the mist is relief. And sunsets look great. On Memorial Day they will play patriotic music and the central fountain of water will shut much higher than is shown here.

 

Buckingham Fountain on Memorial Day, people get a special performance from the fountain as patriotic music plays and the lights change color, the fountain will shoot even higher than you see here.
Buckingham Fountain on Memorial Day, people get a special performance from the fountain as patriotic music plays and the lights change color, the fountain will shoot even higher than you see here.

Chicago waves on Valentines Day!

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.

waves and ice in Chicago

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.

Water Fountain Sunset

fivedayquest  DAY 5. Invited by Mihoko Yamanashi .

This is my last one of the 5 day set. What better ending than a sunset? The clouds really came out. A few days ago I questioned if I’d get one last good day in this set. But this was it!

I also briefly met Anna Ryndak there. I have to admit, I thought I was going to leave right after running into her but then I saw this post-sunset blaze in the sky and new I had to take one last try!

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The¬†Chicago Botanic Garden¬†really puts on a good display. And over these 5 days, I saw a lot of flowers come to an end and a few new ones begin. It’s constant change over there. Just because you went yesterday, doesn’t mean you’ll see the same thing today!

Who do I chose? I already mentioned her.¬†Anna Ryndak¬†, since I met you at the garden, you’re it! It’s always fun to meet another G+’er! Remember, just use the tag,¬†fivedayquest¬†¬†, tag me, invite a new person every day for five days.

now for a few tags of my own:

sunsetphotography¬†¬†¬†hdrphotography¬†¬†¬†waterfountain¬†¬†¬†photomatix¬†¬†¬†16×9

Chicago Botanic Garden Sunset: The Lawn Party

Chicago Botanic Garden Sunset : The lawn party

Mihoko Yamanashi¬†invited me to run the¬†fivedayquest¬†again. And I accepted. This time I’ve decided to run to the Chicago Botanic Garden for each of these days after work, take photos, process them, and post them.

Botanic Garden Sunset

I turn in my assignments late. Always have. My teachers in high school failed.

Karina Kaefer¬†, I CHOOSE YOU! You are invited to the 5 day quest. I hope you understand this. But since I saw your stream has a lot of flowers in it and I’m going to a botanic garden a lot lately, you, get the invite.

The fivedayquest is simple. You must use the tag, fivedayquest , and you must also tag the person who invited you. You can start whenever you feel like. You post for five days. And each day you invite someone new. That is all.

Lauri Novak¬†you’re not invited to do the quest again, you’re popular enough. And you’re actually on your way to Germany by now, but really, you need to go to the¬†Chicago Botanic Garden¬†.

The Baha’i Temple in Wilmette, IL

Spring in Chicago is so unpredictable! Today it is snowing. I took this photo of the Bahai Temple last week, a day before it was solidly in the 80s! It was a nice day, regardless.

The Baha’i have an interesting take on religion. They use input from many faiths. You might even be able to view some of this on the ediface of the temple you see here.¬† There are only seven of these in the world and this is the only one in North America. So if you are in Chicago, take a drive north to Wilmette via Sheridan Road. You can’t miss it!

 

This is a three photo high vertical panorama of the Baha'i Temple in WIlmette, IL. This is the view of the front entrance at sunset. It is a beautiful temple and well worth a visit.
This is a three photo high vertical panorama of the Baha’i Temple in WIlmette, IL. This is the view of the front entrance at sunset. It is a beautiful temple and well worth a visit.

One other note, I’ve been really sporatic lately because I did move! My internet connection is going to be restored this weekend. I will hopefully be up to full speed starting tomorrow night! In the last two weeks, I’ve added a lot to my photographic tech and this is the last step to make it all work. Here are all the ‘new’ items. A new lens (50mm f1.8), a new computer (i7 w/solid state and nvidia graphics), a new IPS monitor, a new home, and new desk. Now that I put it all down… wow, it’s a big change!

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