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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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Wedding on the Beach August 29, 2012 | Nassau, Bahamas

On the last afternoon during my trip to the Bahamas, I headed out in an attempt to photograph a lighthouse that I noticed very far in the distance during the week. The lighthouse was at least a few miles away but seemed reachable just by following the beach. Unfortunately, that was not the case some huge boulders blocking the beach ended my attempt to photograph this elusive lighthouse. On the way back, I noticed this abandoned wedding setup and posted up for a shot.

A wedding in the Bahamas.

A wedding in the Bahamas.

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Leap of Faith August 07, 2012 | Nassau, Bahamas

Here is a shot self-portrait of me going down the "Leap of Faith" waterslide at the Bahamas resort in Atlantis. This actually isn't a self-portrait and I should be giving credit to my mom who took the photo. And yes, that is a shark in the foreground, but don't worry the sharks can't actually make it into the swimming area of the ride. Actually, that isn't quite true either...

Going down the waterslide into a pool of sharks.

Going down the waterslide into a pool of sharks.

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Power Tower July 31, 2012 | Nassau, Bahamas

This shot was taken at Atlantis hotel and casino in Nassau, Bahamas. It amazes me how this place goes from being packed with people to a deserted island in just a couple of hours as the sun starts to go down. Thanks to the gorgeous paradise island light, I was able to capture this serene view of "Power Tower" home to some of the more intense waterslides on the island.

Power Tower, a waterslide at Atlantis.

Power Tower, a waterslide at Atlantis.

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