Honest Abe

date November 08, 2016 location Chicago, IL comments 0 Comments

In honor of today's election, here is a photo of the Abraham Lincoln statue currently on display on Michigan Ave, across from the Wrigley building.

The Abraham Lincoln Statue currently featured on Michigan Ave.View Exif InformationView on Map

The Abraham Lincoln Statue currently featured on Michigan Ave.

Memorials in Chalk on the Wrigley Field Walls

date November 07, 2016 location Chicago, IL comments 0 Comments

After winning the World Series, Cubs fans brought chalk to Wrigley Field and wrote heartwarming messages in honor of friends and family that didn't make it for this historic event. We swung by Wrigley last night to check it out and fans were there in droves. If you didn't know better you might think that the Cubs had a game last night.

Cubs fans honored those that couldn't be here to celebrate the World Series victory by writing messages on the Wrigley Field walls.View Exif InformationView on Map

Cubs fans honored those that couldn't be here to celebrate the World Series victory by writing messages on the Wrigley Field walls.

Ferris Wheel Reflection

date November 06, 2016 location Chicago, IL comments 0 Comments

This is a ferris wheel at the Lincoln Park zoo. I managed to catch this shot shortly after a rain storm, and was able to use the reflection of the ferris wheel onto this rain puddle in the shot. Watch the video below to see how this shot was made from start to finish. If you are wondering more about how to compose photos, be sure to check out my Comprehensive Guide to Composition.



The Lincoln Park Zoo Ferris Wheel reflected onto a rain puddle.View Exif InformationView on Map

The Lincoln Park Zoo Ferris Wheel reflected onto a rain puddle.

Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Parade

date November 04, 2016 location Chicago, IL comments 0 Comments

I had a blast shooting the Chicago Cubs Parade today! Check out the timelaps video below taken of the walk along the parade route on Michigan Ave.



The Chicago Cubs World Series Championship ParadeView Exif InformationView on Map

The Chicago Cubs World Series Championship ParadeView Exif InformationView on Map

The Chicago Cubs World Series Championship ParadeView Exif InformationView on Map

The Chicago Cubs World Series Championship ParadeView Exif InformationView on Map

The Chicago Cubs World Series Championship ParadeView Exif InformationView on Map

The Chicago Cubs World Series Championship ParadeView Exif InformationView on Map

The Chicago Cubs World Series Championship ParadeView Exif InformationView on Map

The Chicago Cubs World Series Championship ParadeView Exif InformationView on Map

The Chicago Cubs World Series Championship ParadeView Exif InformationView on Map

Gettysburg Address on the Crown Veranda

date November 04, 2016 location Chicago, IL comments 0 Comments

Photographing on the rooftop of the Tribune building was a unique experience for me in that I don't think I've ever shot for that long a period of time within such a small space. The experience really forced me to think carefully about compositions, an exercise that can prove beneficial in developing photography skills. For this shot, I captured the Gettysburg Address carved into the side of the concrete of the Veranda.

The Gettysburg Address carved into the walls of the Rooftop Veranda at the Tribune Tower.View Exif InformationView on Map

The Gettysburg Address carved into the walls of the Rooftop Veranda at the Tribune Tower.

The Chicago Cubs Won the World Series!

date November 03, 2016 location Chicago, IL comments 0 Comments

This is a favorite spot of mine. The small body of water here is often still enough to get a nice reflection of the Chicago Skyline. This shot was taken during the filming of my Guide to Composition video.

Woohoo!  This is a photo of fall in it's peak at the Lincoln Park Zoo.View Exif InformationView on Map

Woohoo! This is a photo of fall in it's peak at the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Daytime Lighting from Tribune Tower

date November 02, 2016 location Chicago, IL comments 0 Comments

As I described in an earlier post, I didn't have a ton to work with in terms of compositions when it came to my shoot from the Tribune Tower Veranda, but one way of creating unique photographs was re-using this composition with various light. I've already posted a blue hour shot of this same location, this shot was actually taken about 45 minutes earlier, with overcast daytime lighting.

Another shot of the skyline from Tribune Tower, this one was taken a bit earlier in the day.  By the way, let's go Cubbies!!!View Exif InformationView on Map

Another shot of the skyline from Tribune Tower, this one was taken a bit earlier in the day. By the way, let's go Cubbies!!!

Curvaceous Wood Pavilion

date November 01, 2016 location Chicago, IL comments 0 Comments

This is 'Curvaceous Wood Pavilion" by Studio Gang in the Lincoln Park Zoo. As I point out in my Video Guide to Composition, this is one of the most popular spots in Chicago for wedding portraits and engagements.

Curvaceous Wood Pavilion in Lincoln ParkView Exif InformationView on Map

Curvaceous Wood Pavilion in Lincoln Park

Happy Halloween

date October 31, 2016 location Chicago, IL comments 0 Comments

Welcome to the newly designed ShutterRunner.com! I would like to thank Jaclyn Christie for her amazing work on the brand new website re-design.

In addition to the new look and feel, I have also added a ton of content to the website, including an Introduction to Learning Photography Video a Guide to Composition, along with a video demonstrating my use of said guide, and a Comprehensive Guide to Understanding the Exposure Triangle. I hope that you find the new content useful, and I plan on steering this website a bit more in the direction of teaching.

Here is a black and white edit of a photo that I took at Graceland Cemetery. For most of these photos from Graceland, I tried looking up the deceased of the burial site that I photographed, unfortunately, I couldn't find much about Hedwig Engel, so I will leave you with this quote instead:

"The fear of death follows from the fear of life.
A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. "

-Mark Twain

Happy Halloween everyone!! Boo!View on Map

Happy Halloween everyone!! Boo!

Graceland Cemetery Reflection

date October 30, 2016 location Chicago, IL comments 1 Comment

Another shot from the reflective lake at Graceland Cemetery.

Another shot of the leaves and tombs of Graceland Cemetery reflecting on the still water.View Exif InformationView on Map

Another shot of the leaves and tombs of Graceland Cemetery reflecting on the still water.