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Cyber Monday Extravaganza November 26, 2012 | Chicago, IL

I am very excited to announce that after more than 3 years of maintaining this blog, I have decided to make an effort at selling limited-edition prints of my photographs. While photography for me will always be something that I do simply because I enjoy doing it, I am hoping that selling my work will provide an additional source of motivation, and will fund bigger and better equipment. All profits from print sales will be used to purchase photography equipment, so please consider purchasing a print as a way of supporting my passion.

Prints and other merchandise can be purchased at The exclusive ShutterRunner store hosted by SmugMug.

Here are a few samples of prints:

Sample Prints

North Pond Nature Sanctuary November 20, 2012 | Chicago, IL

I decided to go for another early morning bike ride today, and grabbed this shot right before the sun came up. This picture was taken at the North Pond Nature Sanctuary in the Lincoln Park Zoo.

The North Pond Nature Sanctuary at Lincoln Park Zoo

The North Pond Nature Sanctuary at Lincoln Park Zoo

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From the Hill at Mary Bartelme November 15, 2012 | Chicago, IL

Today's shot is yet another from Mary Bartelme Park. This will be the last shot of the park (for at least a while). I wonder if I would be better off trying to spread out my shoot so as to not make the blog so repetitive... In the meantime, enjoy one more shot of these awesome sculptures.

A final look at the sculptures at Mary Bartelme Park

A final look at the sculptures at Mary Bartelme Park

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Mary Bartelme Park (cont.) November 14, 2012 | Chicago, IL

Today's shot is another angle from the very photogenic and reflective sculptures at Mary Bartelme Park. This one was taken a little bit later in the morning just as the sun was starting to come up.

The Sculptures at Mary Bartelme Park

The Sculptures at Mary Bartelme Park

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Mary Bartelme Park November 13, 2012 | Chicago, IL

Today's picture is one from Mary Bartelme Park also known as Adams-Sangamon park. Special thanks goes out to Brian on this one who even joined me at 6am to make sure I got the shot.

The Sculptures at Mary Bartelme Park

The Sculptures at Mary Bartelme Park

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St. Stanislaus Kostka November 07, 2012 | Chicago, IL

Today's shot is another one from one of the many photogenic churches just west of the highway in downtown Chicago. This is St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish.

St. Stanislaus Kostka

St. Stanislaus Kostka

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Holy Trinity Polish Mission: Revisited November 06, 2012 | Chicago, IL

I have a very vivid memory of the first HDR image that I produced that I really liked. It was taken more than 3 years ago of Holy Trinity Polish Mission Church. After taking this shot, I promised myself that I would return with a wide angle lens. Sure enough, I did yesterday.

A fall morning at Holy Trinity Polish Mission Church

A fall morning at Holy Trinity Polish Mission Church

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ShutterBiker October 15, 2012 | Chicago, IL

This past weekend, I woke up bright and early for my first ever photography bike ride with my buddy, Cris. While it was a bit more overcast than we would have liked, I think the bike offers me a way to carry my equipment in the city, travel a decent distance, and not have to worry about parking anywhere. Hopefully the winter weather holds off a little bit longer so that I can get a few more of these in this year.

This shot was taken at Northerly Island, just south of the Shedd aquarium near the new prairie lands.

A statue on Northerly Island

A statue on Northerly Island

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Fixing Up an Old Dresser October 08, 2012 | Chicago, IL

I decided to buy an old dresser for Brit's birthday and fix it up. While I am by no means a handyman, we had fun on this project and I thought I would share some of the results.

The desk in it's original form.

The desk in it's original form.

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Scraping off the old finishing.

Scraping off the old finishing.

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It took a while but the dresser was finally all sanded.

It took a while but the dresser was finally all sanded.

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Added some scrapes to the wood to give it an old look

Added some scrapes to the wood to give it an old look

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Painted the wood a yellowish-white.

Painted the wood a yellowish-white.

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After a few coats of paint, we sanded the dresser especially the edges to give it an antique look. Then added some more scrapes for character.

After a few coats of paint, we sanded the dresser especially the edges to give it an antique look. Then added some more scrapes for character.

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Drilled some holes for the new handles.

Drilled some holes for the new handles.

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The finished product.

The finished product.

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Another angle of the finished dresser.

Another angle of the finished dresser.

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Evan and Amanda September 26, 2012 | Freeport, IL

While I don't plan on making a living out of shooting weddings any time soon, my friends Evan and Amanda got married this weekend and encouraged me to give it a shot at their wedding. Here are a few of my favorite shots...

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