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Michigan Ave Lights January 24, 2014 | Chicago, IL

On the way to Navy Pier I decided to stop on Michigan Ave to try and catch some light graffiti from the speeding by cars. From the north side of downtown I typically would prefer to shoot facing south but for whatever reason the lights weren't up on the Ave. south of Ohio.

A cold winter morning on Michigan Ave.

A cold winter morning on Michigan Ave.

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James J Versluis January 20, 2014 | Chicago, IL

This is a shot taken this morning near Navy Pier. Navy Pier is of course one of my favorite local places to shoot. I am starting to grow tired of shooting the same places around where I live. If only I had a trip coming up where I could see brand new landscapes...

If you haven't heard by now, I am headed to Iceland in 6 days. This morning's early hike was to test out my cold weather gear for the upcoming trip. The weather was mild here compared to the cold fronts we have seen the last couple of weeks, but it is still a pretty comparable climate to that of Iceland. The gear felt more than adequate and I feel like I am more than ready for that aspect of the trip. Now only if we can get a couple of clear nights and see the Northern Lights...

An early morning's cold trip to Navy Pier. Testing out my cold weather gear for my trip to Iceland in just 6 days.

An early morning's cold trip to Navy Pier. Testing out my cold weather gear for my trip to Iceland in just 6 days.

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Revisiting the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial January 07, 2014 | Chicago, IL

Almost 3 years ago, I was in the heart of my project 365, and posted this shot of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial statue in Lincoln Park. It's always fun returning to old places and trying to come up with clever compositions, that being said, it's even more fun visiting a place for the first time. I am excited to announce that I will be doing just that at the end of the month, when I make an epic trip to Iceland.

I have just booked a trip to Iceland, including a 3 day photography tour led by an amazing photographer, Tony Prower. I have been looking forward to this trip for well over two years now, and I can't wait do share the photos I make on this trip here on the blog.

The Ulysses S. Grant Memorial near the Lincoln Park Zoo

The Ulysses S. Grant Memorial near the Lincoln Park Zoo

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Lakeshore Bike Path January 02, 2014 | Chicago, IL

Happy new year everyone! I am happy to announce that I have just booked a photography trip to Iceland! The tour includes a trip to Iceland's great glaciers, and a chance to see the elusive Northern Lights. This trip will be a huge scratch off of my bucket list and I can't wait to post photos from the trip on the blog.

This shot is from the Lakeshore bike path on Chicago's Lake shore.

Lakeshore Bike Path on a cold winter's morning.

Lakeshore Bike Path on a cold winter's morning.

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Bird's Eye View of Baha'i Temple December 31, 2013 | Wilmette, IL

This is Baha'i Temple from my helicopter ride several months back. This isn't necessarily my favorite shot, but I wanted to post it for a couple of reasons. First, to wish everyone a happy new year, and second to test some new features here on the website. Thanks for following my photography in 2013, it's been a great year and I can't wait to make 2014 an even better one!

Baha'i Temple From a helicopter!

Baha'i Temple From a helicopter!

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Sunrays over the Jetty December 04, 2013 | Chicago, IL

Some Crepuscular rays poking through the clouds over the North Ave. Beach Jetty.

Some Crepuscular rays poking through the clouds over the North Ave. Beach Jetty.

Some Crepuscular rays poking through the clouds over the North Ave. Beach Jetty.

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Splash November 26, 2013 | Chicago, IL

Today's shot came from an early morning bike ride this Saturday. I'm not really sure if it's the bitter cold that causes the huge waves on Chicago's shore. Perhaps it was the wind or the position of the moon. Nevertheless the waves were roaring and I decided to take the risk of trying to capture them. With my 14-24mm wide angle lens attached, I got up nice and close and shot away. After 20 or so minutes I figured I got my shot. I went back to my bag which had rolled up sideways against my bike on the Lake Shore Bike Path. I put my bag upright, and my rarely used fisheye lens popped slipped out of my bag and rolled up next to my feet as if to say "pick me". I decided I hadn't had enough, so I agreed and attached the fisheye to my camera and went right back up to the waves for a few more shots. A big one came, better than any I had seen with my wide angle, and I was left with the shot below...

A huge wave from Saturday morning's bike ride along the Lake Shore Path

A huge wave from Saturday morning's bike ride along the Lake Shore Path

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Shooting Star through the Milky Way October 23, 2013 | Gunnison, CO

This was one of those moments where after the shot was taken, I switched the camera mode to view what I had just captured and was stunned. I don't like using the phrase "once in a lifetime" with respect to my photographs because the truth is every shot you take is once in a lifetime. That being said, this was truly a rare moment.

I couldnt believe my eyes when I looked at the back of my camera and saw this.

I couldnt believe my eyes when I looked at the back of my camera and saw this.

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Milky Way Mountains October 21, 2013 | Gunnison, CO

The stars were out bright over our campsite just north of Mt. Crested Butte and Gothic Mountain.

The stars were out bright over our campsite just north of Mt. Crested Butte and Gothic Mountain.

The stars were out bright over our campsite just north of Mt. Crested Butte and Gothic Mountain.

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Camping Near Gothic October 19, 2013 | Gunnison, CO

After a long day of cruising we found the perfect campsite just north of Gothic Mountain. With a valley to our south and mountains to our north, you couldn't have asked for a better view.

The perfect campsite just north of Mt. Crested Butte and Gothic Mountain.

The perfect campsite just north of Mt. Crested Butte and Gothic Mountain.

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