Sunburst Skyline

date October 09, 2016 location Chicago, IL comments 0 Comments

If you've been following my photography for some time, you know that I am all about the wide angles. I primarily shoot with a 14-24mm lens, and generally keep it closer to the 14mm side, making compositions out of everything in my viewing area. Admittedly, I often struggle to come up with the right composition with my zoom lens. This shot was a case where I knew that the wide angle wouldn't work, and I would need to compose a portion of the skyline from the Rush University Medical Center parking garage. That being said, I was pretty happy with the way this one came out, including a nice framing of the Willis Tower, and the sun poking through a hole in the clouds at just the right time made for an interesting frame.

The sun bursting through the clouds just after sunrise from my recent shoot near the Rush University Medical Center.View Exif InformationView on Map

The sun bursting through the clouds just after sunrise from my recent shoot near the Rush University Medical Center.

Colors Over Museum Campus

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

This is museum campus, and the building in the background is the Shedd Aquarium. This is the last shot I'll be posting from this early morning bike ride. Here's to hoping that I can get light this good on the next one!

The sun rising over the Shedd Aquarium.View Exif InformationView on Map

The sun rising over the Shedd Aquarium.

St. Francis of Assisi Church

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

Today's shot is of St. Francis of Assisi Church on the UIC campus. The low perspective should give away the fact that this was taken on one of my runs using my Joby Gorillapod.


I probably could have done a better job cleaning my lens with my trusty Nikon Lens Cleaning Pen

Light trails through St. Francis of Assisi Church on the UIC campus.View Exif InformationView on Map

Light trails through St. Francis of Assisi Church on the UIC campus.

Overpass Railway

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

This is the railway overpass from the intersection of 18th Street and Wentworth Avenue.

The railway overpass from the intersection of 18th Street and Wentworth Avenue.  View Exif InformationView on Map

The railway overpass from the intersection of 18th Street and Wentworth Avenue.

Chicago Skyline Panorama

date October 05, 2016 location Chicago, IL comments 0 Comments

This is a panorama of the Chicago Skyline during sunrise taken from a parking garage at Rush University Medical Center. This image was created by stitching two separate images in photoshop, these are usually best viewed in higher resolution. That can be done by clicking the image and maximizing it within flickr.

A panorama taken from Rush University Medical CenterView Exif InformationView on Map

A panorama taken from Rush University Medical Center

Flamingo Fisheye

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

Here is the photogenic Flamingo statue in the loop. It's always interesting to return to places that I've photographed before and see if I'm able to come up with unique compositions or ideas around the same structures. In this case, I pulled out the fisheye lens and got up close to a puddle to give a bit of a reflection off of the Flamingo. I think the curve of the fisheye really works well with the curves of this statue.

It's also interesting to go back and reflect on images i've created earlier in photographic career. After I have finally gotten over the cringe-worthy over-processing, I find solace in knowing that I have come a long way as a photographer. One day, I'll likely look at today's shot and think how awful it is (it's why I have a hard time printing any of my own photographs), but it's all part of maturing as a photographer and I'll always have room to improve my skills at photography.

Calder's Flamingo statue in the loop, taken with my fisheye lens.View on Map

Calder's Flamingo statue in the loop, taken with my fisheye lens.

Sunrise over the Ike

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

I bet you wish it was this empty on your morning commute. This was taken early Sunday morning.

I bet you wish it was this empty on your morning commute. View Exif InformationView on Map

I bet you wish it was this empty on your morning commute.

Chase Tower Curves

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

This is Chase tower in the heart of the loop, and one of Chicago's most often photographed buildings due to the unique curves on the north and south sides of the building. I actually photographed this at 5:50pm on a Thursday, in the peak of rush hour. This made it quite difficult to get the exact composition that I was going for, and I plan on coming back to this building to try a few different angles. That being said I am posting this shot anyway. As you may have noticed, I have been posting very frequently to the blog, while a lot of this is due to re-discovering an excitement in photography, I have also made some changes to the blog essentially allowing me to queue up pictures in a "draft" state, and then publish them with the click of a button. While I'm not quite ready to promise any sort of schedule or frequency in posts, I'm hoping that this interest keeps up!

The unique curves of Chase Tower make it a favorite building for many photographers in the city.View Exif InformationView on Map

The unique curves of Chase Tower make it a favorite building for many photographers in the city.

Buy an Official ShutterRunner iPhone Case

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

People are often asking me how they can support my website, well today I have the answer. You can order a phone case of your favorite ShutterRunnerâ„¢ picture, by clicking the "Order a limited edition print of this photo" below your favorite picture. This will take you to my SmugMug page, where I earn commission for any purchases, including the newly added iPhone and Samsung phone cases.

Now available on ShutterRunner.com - Cell Phone cases!View Exif Information

Now available on ShutterRunner.com - Cell Phone cases!

Reflections at South Pond in Color

date September 30, 2016 location Chicago, IL comments 0 Comments

This is the same spot as yesterday's post but I choose a bit tighter zoom, and went with a color edit.

The South Pond near the Lincoln Park Zoo, in color.View Exif InformationView on Map

The South Pond near the Lincoln Park Zoo, in color.