This is Baha'i House of Worship located in Wilmette, IL, and the only temple of the Baha'i faith in North America.
This is the famous basketball court of Margaret Hie Ding Lin Park located at the intersection of 18th Street and State Street. The 'L' tracks over the court make for a very photogenic view, and I was lucky to get a nice reflection from the rain puddles on the ground. Apparently, several movies and commercials have used this location for filming.
If you've been following my photography for some time, you know that I am all about the wide angles. I primarily shoot with a 14-24mm lens, and generally keep it closer to the 14mm side, making compositions out of everything in my viewing area. Admittedly, I often struggle to come up with the right composition with my zoom lens. This shot was a case where I knew that the wide angle wouldn't work, and I would need to compose a portion of the skyline from the Rush University Medical Center parking garage. That being said, I was pretty happy with the way this one came out, including a nice framing of the Willis Tower, and the sun poking through a hole in the clouds at just the right time made for an interesting frame.
This is museum campus, and the building in the background is the Shedd Aquarium. This is the last shot I'll be posting from this early morning bike ride. Here's to hoping that I can get light this good on the next one!
Today's shot is of St. Francis of Assisi Church on the UIC campus. The low perspective should give away the fact that this was taken on one of my runs using my Joby Gorillapod.
I probably could have done a better job cleaning my lens with my trusty Nikon Lens Cleaning Pen
This is the railway overpass from the intersection of 18th Street and Wentworth Avenue.
This is a panorama of the Chicago Skyline during sunrise taken from a parking garage at Rush University Medical Center. This image was created by stitching two separate images in photoshop, these are usually best viewed in higher resolution. That can be done by clicking the image and maximizing it within flickr.
Here is the photogenic Flamingo statue in the loop. It's always interesting to return to places that I've photographed before and see if I'm able to come up with unique compositions or ideas around the same structures. In this case, I pulled out the fisheye lens and got up close to a puddle to give a bit of a reflection off of the Flamingo. I think the curve of the fisheye really works well with the curves of this statue.
It's also interesting to go back and reflect on images i've created earlier in photographic career. After I have finally gotten over the cringe-worthy over-processing, I find solace in knowing that I have come a long way as a photographer. One day, I'll likely look at today's shot and think how awful it is (it's why I have a hard time printing any of my own photographs), but it's all part of maturing as a photographer and I'll always have room to improve my skills at photography.
I bet you wish it was this empty on your morning commute. This was taken early Sunday morning.
This is Chase tower in the heart of the loop, and one of Chicago's most often photographed buildings due to the unique curves on the north and south sides of the building. I actually photographed this at 5:50pm on a Thursday, in the peak of rush hour. This made it quite difficult to get the exact composition that I was going for, and I plan on coming back to this building to try a few different angles. That being said I am posting this shot anyway. As you may have noticed, I have been posting very frequently to the blog, while a lot of this is due to re-discovering an excitement in photography, I have also made some changes to the blog essentially allowing me to queue up pictures in a "draft" state, and then publish them with the click of a button. While I'm not quite ready to promise any sort of schedule or frequency in posts, I'm hoping that this interest keeps up!