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date September 05, 2010 location Chicago, IL comments 0 Comments

Today. Today's shot is a pretty extreme HDR. There was a ton of light coming through the tops of these buildings, and the light was very low down where this was taken from. This is a ten exposure HDR, and even with all of these exposures you can still see some highlights clipping (pure white) in the clouds at the top.

An alley in the Loop.View Exif InformationView on Map

An alley in the Loop.

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date September 04, 2010 location Chicago, IL comments 0 Comments

Today. The Chicago Board of Trade.

Chicago Board of Trade.View Exif InformationView on Map

Chicago Board of Trade.

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date September 03, 2010 location Chicago, IL comments 0 Comments

Today. I am lucky to get myself out of bed once a week to catch the sunrise. Today's shot was taken one of those early mornings, unfortunately the rain and overcast skies ruined my chance at catching the good light. One thing I have come to notice about this city is that it is most photogenic at sunrise since the lake is towards the east. I have yet to find a great place to catch the sunset in Chicago, and if anyone knows of somewhere that I am missing I would love to hear it.

The Skyline from North Ave. Beach.View Exif InformationView on Map

The Skyline from North Ave. Beach.

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date September 02, 2010 location Chicago, IL comments 2 Comments

Today. I am proud of today's shot, not necessarily for the final result, but for the way I executed my initial vision for this photo. First of all, I had to pay the train fare just to get on this platform, so I knew I couldn't come back empty handed. Second, upon arriving up at the platform, I knew I wanted to get a shot of a moving train. My plan was to get the frame I wanted, fire off my standard 3 exposures without the presence of a train. Then, without moving the tripod, wait for a train to come by and take a picture of the scene with the train properly exposed and in motion. Then, I would produce the HDR without the train, and finally mask the train into the scene in photoshop. Rarely when I have a contrived plan like this, does it end up working out exactly as planned, but that was not the case here, and that is exactly how I processed this photo.

Also, this shot is for Jim, aka wowphotoshdr. Jim correctly guessed the number of floors in 77/365 so I told him I would capture any shot of his choosing, and he asked for a train shot. Well, better late than never, 210 days later, Jim, here is your shot!

The Quincy L stop.View Exif InformationView on Map

The Quincy L stop.

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date September 01, 2010 location Chicago, IL comments 0 Comments

Today. This image was captured last night on the south side of Chicago. I was actually looking for a cool basketball court I heard some good things about. I was hoping for a nice blue hour shot or two, but it took me longer than expected to find the court and by the time I did the good light was gone. I have found night photography, as opposed to blue hour, to be an extremely tough time to capture quality images, even with a tripod. With low ISO settings the exposures end up taking so long that the lights create these sunbursts that aren't always easy on the eye. Still, nothing is worse than coming home empty handed, so I settled on this shot of the Super Deal Liquor Store.

Super Deal Liquor Store near State St. and 18th St.View Exif InformationView on Map

Super Deal Liquor Store near State St. and 18th St.

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date August 31, 2010 location Lake Geneva, WI comments 0 Comments

Today. Today's shot is a bit different than usual, and definitely not HDR. Over the weekend I had a chance to get a few shots at my cousins wedding. The shot below is of my cousin Chris, and my sister Ashley. Although this is not my specialty, I had some fun dressing this one up in photoshop. Here is everything I did to it, and I included the original below for comparison:

-Smoothed out the faces with a gaussian blur layer
-Added a motion blue (radius 100) to the picture, then masked out the dancers
-Desaturated the image using a channel mixer layer, then masked out the dancers

Ash and Chris cuttin' up a rug.View Exif InformationView on Map

The OriginalView on Map

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date August 30, 2010 location Lake Geneva, WI comments 0 Comments

Today. A little something different today.

Bags.View Exif InformationView on Map

Bags.

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date August 29, 2010 location Chicago, IL comments 0 Comments

Today. The heads at the Merchandise Mart.

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The Heads at the Merchandise Mart

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date August 28, 2010 location Chicago, IL comments 0 Comments

Today. During my attempt to capture some of the tall ships at navy pier during sunrise, this is probably the best shot I came up with.

Lake Shore Path at Sunrise.View Exif InformationView on Map

Lake Shore Path at Sunrise.

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date August 27, 2010 location Chicago, IL comments 1 Comment

Today. I had the fortunate opportunity to cruise around the loop yesterday afternoon, the clouds were outstanding and this is one of the cooler captures that I made.

Willis Tower and a couple others midday in the Loop.View Exif InformationView on Map

Willis Tower and a couple others midday in the Loop.