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date August 21, 2010 location Chicago, IL comments 1 Comment

Today. This is Chase Tower in the heart of Chicago's Loop.

Chase Tower at 10 South Dearborn St.View Exif InformationView on Map

Chase Tower at 10 South Dearborn St.

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date August 20, 2010 location Chicago, IL comments 3 Comments

Today. This was taken from my cousins' building at 1503 S. State St. in Chicago's South Loop. I know I say this just about every time I find a new spot to get the skyline, but this is definitely one of the best skyline views of the city I have seen.

I have a pet peeve about my camera. I shoot with a Nikon D5000, and in aperture priority mode the longest exposure it will take is 30 seconds. Does anyone know why this is? This is particularly annoying when autobracketing, because for night shots, when I want to keep the ISO low, and the aperture high (like this shot), I end up with the anchor shot (+-0) at about 30 seconds, the underexposed (-2) shot will be fine, but the overexposed shot will also be at 30 seconds, leaving me with really just 2 frames to work with. I don't like to shoot in manual because I don't know how to calculate the exposure times, but even if I did, I would have to count all exposures longer than 30 seconds. For this shot, I actually bumped the ISO up to 200, shot at F7.1, calculated the longest exposure at 45 seconds (ended up being 46), then began manually bracketing starting with the +4 shot at 30 seconds, all the way down to -4 at 1/6.

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The Skyline from the South Loop.

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date August 19, 2010 location Chicago, IL comments 0 Comments

Today. Going back to June and the Windy Pixel Workshop for today's post. I usually try to keep things fresh on project 365, but I haven't been able to go out as much as usual lately, but I am hoping that changes soon. This was taken from North Ave Beach during a beautiful sunrise.

A shot off of North Ave Beach taken during the Windy Pixel workshop.View Exif InformationView on Map

A shot off of North Ave Beach taken during the Windy Pixel workshop.

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date August 18, 2010 location Chicago, IL comments 3 Comments

Today. A little Chi-Town loving today. Took this yesterday at Pfc Milton Olive Park.

Chi-town lovin' from Pfc Milton Olive Park.View Exif InformationView on Map

Chi-town lovin' from Pfc Milton Olive Park.

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date August 17, 2010 location Chicago, IL comments 1 Comment

Today. A tunnel in Chinatown.

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A Tunnel in Chinatown.

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date August 16, 2010 location Chicago, IL comments 0 Comments

Today. A late post for today. Still catching up from a busy weekend. This is north ave beach.

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North Ave. Beach.

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date August 15, 2010 location Laguna Beach, CA comments 0 Comments

Today. Montage Pool at Laguna Beach.

The pool at the Montage in Laguna Beach.View Exif InformationView on Map

The pool at the Montage in Laguna Beach.

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date August 14, 2010 location Chicago, IL comments 1 Comment

Today. Chinatown.

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Chinatown.

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date August 13, 2010 location Chicago, IL comments 2 Comments

Today. Yesterday was a first for me, runtography speaking that is. I have slowly started to grow tired of the same spots within a 5 or so mile radius of where I live. Yesterday, inspired by Justin Kern's shot, I drove to Chinatown, parked the car, and explored the sites on the run. I was hoping it wouldn't come to this, but it has been a little tough to find inspiration seeing the same places over and over again. Maybe I just need a break from my usual running routes.

This shot was captured at the Fire Station in Chinatown.

The Chinatown Fire Station.View Exif InformationView on Map

The Chinatown Fire Station.

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date August 12, 2010 location Laguna Beach, CA comments 0 Comments

Today. This should be the last of my Laguna Beach shots, at least for a little bit. This was actually taken at the wedding I was attending with my 35mm prime lens, and was taken handheld.

For those that don't know, the way the HDR technique works is that I will fire off multiple exposures of the same scene at varying exposure times to capture different details in the lighter and darker portions of the scene. Then, I blend them together using a program called Photomatix. I usually will then do a bit of manipulating in photoshop to get the final look I was going for. Since I didn't have my tripod with me here, I had to create a pseudo HDR out of this shot with just one image.

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Laguna Beach.