Night Skyline from Museum Campus

date November 16, 2016 location Chicago, IL comments 0 Comments

As described in my guide to composition, I'm always looking to put something in the foreground of my shots, but sometimes there just isn't anything to put there. This was one of those times, and while it may not follow the rules, I think the stillness of the lake and bright colors of the skyline make this shot work.

The skyline still on full display of blue and red for the Cubbies.View Exif InformationView on Map

The skyline still on full display of blue and red for the Cubbies.

Fall in Full Swing at the University of Chicago

date November 15, 2016 location Chicago, IL comments 0 Comments

I woke up for an early sunrise shoot at the University of Chicago campus the other day, and the colors are in full swing now. It definitely seems like the fall colors came a little bit later than usual this year perhaps that's due to the warm weather we've been having.

The beautiful ivy on the University of Chicago campus turned to autumn colors.View Exif InformationView on Map

The beautiful ivy on the University of Chicago campus turned to autumn colors.

Supermoon Chicago

date November 14, 2016 location Chicago, IL comments 2 Comments

Here is the supermoon taken from the Chicago Riverwalk. I've never really tried capturing one of these "special" moon nights before but I figured it would be worth a try. A quick google of "how to shoot the moon" suggested my longest lens (obviously), shooting with a cable release, sturdy tripod, high aperture, and quick shutter speed. Even with my 200mm lens I had to crop the shot down even further. I didn't apply a ton of post processing here, just added some contrast, clarity and turned down the blacks to make them pure black.

Last night's supermoon from the Chicago Riverwalk.View Exif InformationView on Map

Last night's supermoon from the Chicago Riverwalk.

Fall Reflection at the Zoo

date November 13, 2016 location Chicago, IL comments 0 Comments

I spent about an hour laying face down in the parking lot of the Lincoln Park zoo trying to compose some photos incorporating reflections of the skyline onto them. I got a few funny looks from passersby, but it was all worth it in the end.

The skyline reflected into a puddle with some autumn leaves at the Lincoln Park Zoo.View Exif InformationView on Map

The skyline reflected into a puddle with some autumn leaves at the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Looking up at the Crown

date November 12, 2016 location Chicago, IL comments 0 Comments

Today's post is yet another from my shoot at the rooftop of Tribune Tower. As described in my Guide to Composition, when going for a symmetrical shot like this it's incredibly important to get the shot lined up nice and straight, and this is not something that you want to try and save for post.

Another angle of the crown of the rooftop at Tribune Tower.View Exif InformationView on Map

Another angle of the crown of the rooftop at Tribune Tower.

Ulysses S. Grant Memorial Statue

date November 11, 2016 location Chicago, IL comments 0 Comments

This is the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial statue near the Lincoln Park Zoo. I've always had trouble getting a good photo of this statue. It seems like it should be so easy but something about the elevation of it makes it difficult to incorporate in the nearby scenery of the zoo and even Lake Michigan. Here I went for a straight on symmetrical composition at sunset, incorporating the colors from behind the statue.

The Ulysses S. Grant Memorial Statue at the Lincoln Park ZooView Exif InformationView on Map

The Ulysses S. Grant Memorial Statue at the Lincoln Park Zoo

Teddy Enjoying a Fall Day

date November 10, 2016 location Barrington, IL comments 0 Comments

We took Teddy for a walk in Barrington this past weekend. He has been loving this unusually warm weather we've had in November. Be sure to follow Teddy on instagram @TeddyKardashian.

Teddy running through some leaves in Barrington.View Exif InformationView on Map

Teddy running through some leaves in Barrington.

Honest Abe

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

In honor of today's election, here is a photo of the Abraham Lincoln statue currently on display on Michigan Ave, across from the Wrigley building.

The Abraham Lincoln Statue currently featured on Michigan Ave.View Exif InformationView on Map

The Abraham Lincoln Statue currently featured on Michigan Ave.

Memorials in Chalk on the Wrigley Field Walls

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

After winning the World Series, Cubs fans brought chalk to Wrigley Field and wrote heartwarming messages in honor of friends and family that didn't make it for this historic event. We swung by Wrigley last night to check it out and fans were there in droves. If you didn't know better you might think that the Cubs had a game last night.

Cubs fans honored those that couldn't be here to celebrate the World Series victory by writing messages on the Wrigley Field walls.View Exif InformationView on Map

Cubs fans honored those that couldn't be here to celebrate the World Series victory by writing messages on the Wrigley Field walls.

Ferris Wheel Reflection

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

This is a ferris wheel at the Lincoln Park zoo. I managed to catch this shot shortly after a rain storm, and was able to use the reflection of the ferris wheel onto this rain puddle in the shot. Watch the video below to see how this shot was made from start to finish. If you are wondering more about how to compose photos, be sure to check out my Comprehensive Guide to Composition.



The Lincoln Park Zoo Ferris Wheel reflected onto a rain puddle.View Exif InformationView on Map

The Lincoln Park Zoo Ferris Wheel reflected onto a rain puddle.