Lake Shore Drive Skyline

date November 23, 2016 location Chicago, IL comments 0 Comments

Today's shot is one from Museum Campus, a favorite spot of mine lately. The foreground is composed of light graffiti from Lake Shore Drive contrasting with the still lights of the Chicago skyline.

Some light graffiti from Lake Shore Drive taken near the Field Museum.View Exif InformationView on Map

Some light graffiti from Lake Shore Drive taken near the Field Museum.

Main Street Bridge in Columbus

date November 22, 2016 location Columbus, OH comments 0 Comments

It's been a while since i've posted a photo that wasn't taken in Chicago. While Columbus isn't the most glamorous city in the world, or even the good ole U.S. of A., I did manage to get up early for some shooting while in Columbus for a soccer game. Shoutout to my brother, Tyler, who woke up bright and early with me after a long day of travel and soccer.

Main Street Bridge in Columbus, Ohio during an early morning shoot with Tyler.View on Map

Main Street Bridge in Columbus, Ohio during an early morning shoot with Tyler.

On the Passarelle

date November 21, 2016 location Chicago, IL comments 0 Comments

This shot was taken from the Lincoln Park Passarelle. While I have shot here several times, I think this is my first "blog worthy" shot shooting the Lake Shore Drive traffic. I shot here for a good ten minutes before heading to a different location. I then realized that I had been shooting at 5000 ISO. How I didn't realize my shutter speeds were way too slow to be getting as much light as I was getting is beyond me, but I had to then come back to make sure that I got the shot at a lower ISO.

Lake Shore drive traffic taken from the Lincoln Park Passarelle.View Exif InformationView on Map

Lake Shore drive traffic taken from the Lincoln Park Passarelle.

Chevron Windmill on the Lakefront

date November 20, 2016 location Chicago, IL comments 0 Comments

Today's shot is from my Guide to Composition video, it is the Chevron statue along Chicago's Lakefront. The artist, John Henry, had originally put this sculpture on his lawn, and received a number of complaints from neighbors before it was finally moved to its permanent home along the lake. Personally, I think it's a pretty cool statue and looks good in its new spot.

The controversial Chevron statue along Chicago's Lakefront.View Exif InformationView on Map

The controversial Chevron statue along Chicago's Lakefront.

Chicago Cubs: World Series Champions

date November 19, 2016 location Chicago, IL comments 0 Comments

I really never thought I would see the day that the Wrigley field marquee read "World Series Champions". Yet here we are, and it all still feels surreal. Perhaps the most amazing part about it is how easy it felt. A change of ownership, and a willingness to pay for the top players. Bringing in the brightest young mind in baseball in Theo Epstein, and of course the best manager in baseball in Joe Maddon. We built around young talent, and made a few big name veteran acquisitions in free agency. We were so bad, cursed even, for so long and it all changed like that. What a cool thing to be a part of, but it still doesn't feel real.

I never thought I would see the day that the Wrigley Field marquee said "World Series Champions".View Exif InformationView on Map

I never thought I would see the day that the Wrigley Field marquee said "World Series Champions".

A Favorite Spot Along Lake Michigan

date November 18, 2016 location Chicago, IL comments 0 Comments

If you've been following my photography for any period of time you'll know that this is one of my favorite spots in Chicago to photograph. First, it is pretty close to home, and also because it's along the Lake Shore Path, a perfect spot for ShutterRunning.

This was shot with my backup or running camera, a Nikon D5000, and 10-20mm Sigma wide angle lens. If you read any tutorials online regarding photography, everyone likes to say how little impact the equipment makes in our photographs, but as I go between shooting with my full sensor D700 and this camera, it amazes me the difference in quality between the two cameras and lenses.

The Chicago Skyline along Lake Michigan at Blue HourView Exif InformationView on Map

The Chicago Skyline along Lake Michigan at Blue Hour

Rockefeller Chapel Sunrise

date November 17, 2016 location Chicago, IL comments 0 Comments

This is the Rockefeller Chapel on the University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park.

Rockefeller Chapel at University of Chicago.View Exif InformationView on Map

Rockefeller Chapel at University of Chicago.

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.