date September 14, 2010 location Chicago, IL

Today. Getting really close to 300! Man, it is sometimes a struggle to try and find a 365-worthy shot everyday. Although I sometimes struggle to find a shot to post each day, and sometimes end up settling for a shot that I am not 100% happy with. I still think this whole project 365 thing is a great idea for any photographer because it forces you to go out shooting when the surplus of photographs is running low, and it also forces you to try and take a rather boring shot and make it interesting in post processing.

This shot is a bit of graffiti I found on my way back from yesterday's Cabrini Green run. One thing I have noticed about my lens is that it really loses its sharpness around the edges when shooting completely open at 10mm. I have started to compensate for this by shooting a little bit narrower. This was taken at 12mm.

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Chicago, IL


date September 13, 2010 location Chicago, IL

Today. Another late post. This is the destruction of Cabrini Green as requested by my buddy Joel.

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The Destruction of one of the last buildings in Cabrini Green.


date September 12, 2010 location Chicago, IL

Today. A little urbex for a late sunday post.

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River North.


date September 11, 2010 location Chicago, IL

Today. Almost at 300! A couple fisherman at Belmont Harper at night.

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Belmont Harbor.


date September 10, 2010 location Chicago, IL

Today. "Forgive"

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date September 09, 2010 location Chicago, IL

Today. Today's shot is another attempt to accommodate a photo request. This suggestion came from Lisa who wanted to see a shot of these old guys playing chess near North Ave Beach. Almost immediately after I fired off a few shots, these guys started to leave. I looked at my LCD and saw that my focus was on the guy in the background and not on the two guys playing chess like I had hoped. When I got home I decided to try a piece of software called Golden Crop. Golden Crop is a photoshop plugin that basically suggests ways for you to crop the shot such that your point of focus, and other important aspects of the shot fall into places that follow the basic principles of composition. One of those being the Rule of Thirds, and another being the Golden Ratio. As you can see below the man falls in a good spot for both of those, and afterall he does have a lot of character! I have also included the original photo untouched.

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Crop guides thanks to Golden Crop.

The Original


date September 08, 2010 location Chicago, IL

Today. This shot is kind of by request. My friend @jiser21 sent me somewhere over here to take a picture, and although I don't think this is the right spot, at least I tried.

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Belmont Harbor at Night.


date September 07, 2010 location Chicago, IL

Today. This is Bull and Bear, a retaurant/bar located in the river north neighborhood of Chicago. I highly reccomed the grilled boneless wings!

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Bull and Bear Restaurant.


date September 06, 2010 location Chicago, IL

Today. Navy Pier.

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Nay Pier.


date September 05, 2010 location Chicago, IL

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.

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An alley in the Loop.