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.
Calder's Flamingo statue in the loop, taken with my fisheye lens.
I bet you wish it was this empty on your morning commute. This was taken early Sunday morning.
I bet you wish it was this empty on your morning commute.
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!
The unique curves of Chase Tower make it a favorite building for many photographers in the city.
People are often asking me how they can support my website, well today I have the answer. You can order a phone case of your favorite ShutterRunner™ picture, by clicking the "Order a limited edition print of this photo" below your favorite picture. This will take you to my SmugMug page, where I earn commission for any purchases, including the newly added iPhone and Samsung phone cases.
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This is the same spot as yesterday's post but I choose a bit tighter zoom, and went with a color edit.
The South Pond near the Lincoln Park Zoo, in color.
Blue Hour on 290 September 29, 2016 |
If you went through my portfolio you wouldn't find many shots from this far west of downtown. That' mostly because I like to stick to the more easily traversed Lake Shore path which runs north and south. Nevertheless I made it out to the West Loop and Greektown this weekend and managed to get a shot of "The Ike" during blue hour.
Some light trails on The Ike during blue hour.
A nice perspective of the Chicago skyline from the South Pond near the Lincoln Park Zoo.
The South Pond near the Lincoln Park Zoo.
Another shot on the run, this is the Lincoln Park Conservatory on a late summer afternoon.
Clouds over the Lincoln Park Conservatory.
On the Run September 26, 2016 |
When I started this blog more than seven years ago (holy cow!), I set out to do something unique. Running had always been a hobby of mine, and as I started to get into photography, I got the idea to combine the two. I never anticipated getting so into photography, but I did, and I started buying more expensive and heavier equipment. It finally got to a point where I couldn't carry all the tools that I needed on my runs and photography and running diverged back into individual hobbies. Why do I tell you this, you ask!?! Because this shot was taken on my first "shutterrun" in years! I brought my old camera, lens, and travel tripod, and captured this shot at Oak Street Beach. I can't promise that i'll be making a regular habit out of this, but it definitely brought back some good memories.
A puddle along the Lake Shore Path near Oak Street Beach, taken on a late evening shutterrun.
The sunrise didn't start out that spectacular this morning, but as the clouds started forming behind the skyline as the sun rose it all started to come together. It very much reminded me of this sunset I saw in Paris a few years ago.
A perfect sunrise taken from the parking garage at Rush University Medical Center