70/365 January 28, 2010 |
Today. I went for an unusual crop this time. For whatever reason I usually try to keep as much of original photo as possible, and rarely crop. This kind of gives it a widescreen HD feel or something.
69/365 January 27, 2010 |
68/365 January 26, 2010 |
Today. Wish I had an 8mm fisheye for this shot, maybe I could have got more of Excalibur. This was shot off my balcony again.
67/365 January 25, 2010 |
Today. I was gonna post an extra bar shot today and call it "Bar Week - The Hangover" but I realized there were decent clouds moving fast due to the high winds so I figured I would try my luck at a long exposure shot. I came up with a decent shot and started my usual HDR process. This totally ruined the sky so I started to mask the original sky back into the HDR shot. Then I realized that the original shot looked about a million times better than the HDR + original, so this is one of the few non-HDR shots you will see me post.
66/365 January 24, 2010 |
Today. This would be Violet Hour in Wicker Park, and the end of Bar Week in my photostream. Thanks for all of the positive comments that I have gotten on this on my flickr page! As far as neighborhoods go, I covered Rush/Division, West Loop, River North, Lakeview, and Wicker Park. I will probably be doing a restaurant week where I will take a picture a day of different Chicago restaurants soon, so stay tuned for that. One thing that I learned is that I should try to do a bit more research about the cool places and try to schedule a time to shoot, to avoid having people in the pictures (see this picture). Also, quite a few places turned me down when I asked if I could shoot them, I learned it's easier to just shoot and not ask.
Violet Hour is such a cool place that they don't need any signs indicating their location. I walked along the 1500 block of Damen for a good 10 minutes before finally asking someone in a nearby restaurant. He informed me that the bar was in an unmarked building with no signs or lights. So cool...
65/365 January 23, 2010 |
Today. Duke of Perth bar in Lakeview.
64/365 January 22, 2010 |
Today. Hard Rock Cafe. I would love to stay and chat, but that Jameson bottle is calling my name.
63/365 January 21, 2010 |
Today. Fado Irish Pub.... Yep. just be thankful you got a picture today
62/365 January 20, 2010 |
Today. Special thanks to the folks at G-Cue - specifically Penny the owner - for letting me take this and several other shots. Their competition in the area was less kind saying that I needed to first have permission from the owner. I don't really see how letting me take a picture of your bar could bring anything but good publicity, but that's your loss. Pool anyone?
61/365 January 19, 2010 |
Today. Day 2 of Bar Week. This is Dino's Morgan Inn in West Loop. That dude behind the bar would be Dino, and those are some of Dino's patrons!