Okay, so it appears my plan to post more frequently has gotten slightly derailed. Again. Sorry, folks…unfortunately, the two paying jobs I have are not photography-related, and well. They pay the bills, so I suppose I should focus my efforts there…which leaves my poor blog languishing without my loving attention. If it makes y’all feel any better, I’m not particularly happy about this, but hey…gotta do what ya gotta do, right? Anyways, to make up for it, here are some festive images for your viewing pleasure. That’ll make up for my lack of attention here, right?

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Photo Information:

Location: Chicago, Illinois; Navy Pier
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon Nikkor 300mm f/4

And yes, for those of y’all who were following the news of the heat wave that hit the Midwest and other areas right around the time, it was a balmy 95 degrees when I shot these photos (around 9pm, mind you). I made sure to bring my 2L Camelbak bladder with me, so I was well hydrated for the show (hey, I’m crazy…not stupid).

As for the photos themselves, I shot these from the northern end of Belmont Harbor (check it out on Google Earth…you’ll be able to figure out where I was sitting). For those of y’all who are familiar with Chicago geography (and those of y’all who, y’know…can check out a map), you’ll note that Belmont Harbor is a few miles north of Navy Pier – hence my decision to lug my 300mm telephoto lens. And my heavy, but dependable, Manfrotto tripod. The result? While I couldn’t hear the fireworks, I sure could see ’em pretty well…much better than the folks who were sitting behind me and spent half the show trying to figure out how to make their (presumably) point-and-shoot camera 1) autofocus on the fireworks (yes, I know how silly that sounds…but that’s what they were trying to do), and 2) turn off the flash (or turn it on…I’m not sure if I heard that part correctly, since I was paying more attention to what I was shooting).

In case you’re wondering about the proper technique for shooting fireworks, I’ll mention that in a later post (don’t worry…it’ll follow relatively soon…ish – I’ve already edited a number of shots from the show, so I have some to share for the next couple days).

Enjoy!

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Check it out…more night photos!

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Photo Information:

Location: Chicago, Illinois; Streeterville Neighborhood
Camera: Hasselblad 500CM
Lens: Carl Zeiss 80mm f/2.8 Planar (Photo 1); Carl Zeiss 50mm f/4 Distagon (Photo 2)
Film: Ilford HP5+ EI1600 (120)

The first photo is a shot of the entrance to the Wrigley Building – yes, those are the Christmas decorations. Hey…I said it had been a while since I edited my photos! The second photo is a shot of the Wrigley Building (on the left) and the Tribune Tower (on the right), as seen from the south side of the intersection of Michigan and Wacker (don’t worry…I was standing on a median at the time, so I wasn’t in much danger of being hit by a car).

Enjoy!

Okay, I had planned to update a little more frequently, but I suppose that’s not going to happen as planned. I’ll do what I can.

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Photo Information:

Location: Chicago, Illinois; Bucktown Neighborhood
Camera: Hasselblad 500CM
Lens: Carl Zeiss 80mm f/2.8 Planar
Film: Kodak Portra 160 (120)

I shot all four of these photos on a street / alley off Milwaukee Avenue near the Damen / North / Milwaukee intersection; strictly speaking, the location is on the border between the Bucktown and Wicker Park neighborhoods. That said, a buddy of mine grew up in Bucktown, and I used to hang out in the area when he lived there, so I associate the location more with Bucktown than with Wicker Park in my memory.

Also, I’ll admit that Portra 160 isn’t generally this vivid in color depiction (it’s better at “natural” color rendition), but I boosted that in post-processing because I felt that it made the colors of the various pieces stand out a little better. Additionally, I must point out that none of the above artworks are my own; these are photographs of grafitti that I found on one of my various meanderings around the city.

Enjoy.

As promised, here are some more photos for your viewing pleasure!

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Photo Information:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop
Camera: Hasselblad 500CM
Lens: Carl Zeiss 80mm f/2.8 Planar
Film: Ilford HP5+ EI1600 (120)

Photo 1:
Yup, you can tell it’s been a while since I edited any photos. This is the official Chicago Christmas Tree, with the Chicago Temple in the background.

Photo 2:
View from LaSalle & Madison, facing south towards the Chicago Board of Trade Building.

Photo 3:
View from the southwest corner of State and Washington, facing the southwest corner of the Marshall Field Building.

Enjoy!

Hey folks…yeah, I know. It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Well…I got a new job, and I’ve been dragging my feet at adopting anything resembling a schedule, using the excuse that since I work evenings, it’s just gonna be weird. Anyways, that’s really BS, ain’t it? Ultimately, I’ve just been lazy, so I intend to address that. To start with, here’s a selection of shots I took last October! Yeah, I know…I’ve got a massive backlog of film I’ve gotta scan (and even more that I need to process), so you’ll be seeing some old shots for a little while. OTOH, you wouldn’t know that they were old unless I told you…

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Photo Information:
Camera: Hasselblad 500CM
Lens: Carl Zeiss 80mm f/2.8 Planar
Film: Ilford HP5+ EI1600 (120)

Photos 1 & 2:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Bucktown Neighborhood

These two shots are of the interior of the A. Finkl & Sons factory located on the Chicago River on the eastern edge of the Bucktown Neighborhood. The interior, as you can imagine, is rather dark compared to the outside, which is why I chose to shoot these at EI1600, even though I was standing in doorways looking into the interiors. These are, of course, quite similar to shots I took with my D80 a few weeks prior, and due to the success of that shoot, I decided to come back and shoot again with my Hasselblad. The glare on the left-hand side of the first frame is due to the light outside the door, not a proceesing error.

Photo 3:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop

This is the interior of the Monroe stop on the CTA Red Line; it’s at night, but that really doesn’t matter so much for the interior, as it’s always this dark. The time of day was, however, a factor in how empty the station was, which was also why I wanted to take this shot.

Anyways, as mentioned previously, I do hope to resume adding more content here in the near future, so stay tuned.

Enjoy!

Yes, I know…I’ve been a horrible blogger of late; just started a new job about a month ago, and I’m still trying to figure out how to balance working two jobs, playing Skyrim, and my photographic activities. Fun stuff, that. Anyways, here are some photos I shot at the recent Chicago Auto Show…as always, a nice collection of shiny (well, mostly – more on that in a moment). Note: all photos shot with my trusty ol’ Nikon D80 with the 35mm f/1.8 DX normal lens attached – though in retrospect, using one of my wideangle lenses might’ve been preferrable, since there were lots of folks wandering around, and it was difficult to get far enough back with the normal lens to cover full shots of the cars. Ah well…lesson learned.

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2013 Audi R8 Spyder – and it’s in red…how awesome is that?

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Cadillac Ciel Concept – looks pretty damn impressive, though I’m fair sure they’ll never get something like this into production…well, at least, not as a mass-market vehicle. OTOH, the fact that they produced something like this is impressive in and of itself.

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This was a head-to-head comparison of a ’53 Chevrolet Corvette with a 2013 model; I have to say, IMO, it wasn’t all that flattering a comparison for the 2013 model. Maybe it’s weird, but I much prefer the older model…

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Chevrolet TRU140S Concept – this was one of a number of cars in the show that had a matte (rather than the standard glossy) finish; it’s an interesting move, though I’m not entirely sure what prompted it. I wonder if it has something to do with cost; it also has the notable side effect of not showing fingerprints when you touch the surface, so they didn’t have to keep polishing these floor models like the shinier ones.

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2013 Dodge Challenger – because, who doesn’t like muscle cars? I love ’em!

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2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT-500 – true story: my Dad owned a ’69 Ford Mustang Boss 302, and I thought it was the most awesome car ever. He never got to finish restoring it before he died, and not being automotively talented as he was, I could neither do the work myself (or afford the parts, or pay someone else to do it). Ford also debuted a revived Boss 302 in the new model Mustang at the Auto Show, but I was unable to get a photo of it (too many folks wandering into my frame as I tried to shoot it); I bet my Dad would’ve loved to have seen the new Boss.

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This is a Kia concept for which I couldn’t find any information on the CAS website; I probably should’ve written down the name while I was at the show, right? Anyways, it’s pretty impressive-looking for a Kia; in the background, you can see the Kia Trak’ster Concept (at least, I think that’s how they apostrophe’d the name).

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Toyota NS4 Concept – this is one of two concepts Toyota debuted for cars powered by fuel cells (the other being the FCV); I liked the way this one looked, but both were interesting.

And that’s about it. I know this isn’t a comprehensive shoot of the entire show, but then again, I only shot what I found interesting (mostly); I had to give up on a few shots (again, due to my inability to take close-in shots and having too many folks in front of me while I was trying to get a shot), so next time I go to one of these, for sure, I’ll be carrying a wideangle lens.

Enjoy.

Why yes, I do have more color photos to share with you…for now. I need to finish editing the rest.

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Photo Information:

Camera: Hasselblad 500CM
Lens: Carl Zeiss 50mm f/4 Distagon (Photo 1); 80mm f/2.8 Planar (Photo 2); 250mm f/5.6 Sonnar (Photo 3)
Film: Kodak Portra 160 (120)

Photo 1:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Streeterville Neighborhood

Yes, the Wrigley Building (left; completed in 1924 and designed by Graham, Anderson, Probst, & White) and the Tribune Tower (right; completed in 1925 and designed by Howells & Hood) at the south end of the Mag Mile. Don’t they look nice in the evening light?

Photos 2 & 3:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Lincoln Park

Yup…sunrise shots. Note: I have no idea what that object on the Lake is (it’s clearly visible in Photo 3, to the right of the Sun); there are a couple of these at various points offshore, and I’ve seen one of them up-close. I still don’t have a clue what they are…they’re too big to be navigation buoys, but they don’t appear to be large enough to be manned platforms – at least, not for any significant length of time (I think). They’re a mystery.

Enjoy.

Oh yes…more color film scans!

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Photo Information:

Camera: Hasselblad 500CM
Lens: Carl Zeiss 50mm f/4 Distagon (Photo 1); 80mm f/2.8 Planar (Photos 2 & 3)
Film: Kodak Portra 160 (120)

Photo 1:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop

This is a view of the Chicago River from the Lake Shore Drive Bridge, facing west; the Loop is on the left, and the Streeterville Neighborhood is on the right.

Photos 2 & 3:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Uptown Neighborhood

These two photos are of the Uptown Broadway Building (completed in 1927 and designed by Wwalter W. Ahlschlager); I’ve photographed this building before, but not in color…which is why I’m posting these shots! As you can see, the terra cotta detailing is mostly rendered in pale yellow with sky-blue highlights.

Enjoy!

Hey look…first post of the new year!

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Photo Information:

Location: Chicago, Illinois; Edgewater Neighborhood
Camera: Hasselblad 500CM
Lens: Carl Zeiss 80mm f/2.8 Planar
Film: Kodak Portra 160 (120)

The subject of these photos is the Belle Shore Hotel (completed in 1929 and designed by Koenigsberg & Weisfeld) in the Edgewater Neighborhood; it’s located in the Bryn Mawr historical district. I’ve photographed this building before, but that was in black & white, which of course, doesn’t do justice to the phenomenal green stone and yellow brick façade, or the polychromatic details. Oh, and check out that magnificent sunburst over the main entry door.

Enjoy.

Hey look…more color film I processed at home!

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Photo Information:

Camera: Hasselblad 500CM
Lens: Carl Zeiss 80mm f/2.8 Planar (Photo 1); 50mm f/4 Distagon (Photos 2 & 3)
Film: Kodak Portra 160 (120)

Photo 1:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Edgewater Neighborhood

This building is located at 1055 West Bryn Mawr in the Edgewater Neighborhood; I am not aware of any historical significance to the building, but I like the rounded corner and polychromatic cladding.

Photo 2:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Uptown Neighborhood

As with the building in the previous photo, I am unaware of any historical significance to this building, which is located at 5020 North Sheridan in the Uptown Neighborhood; this is, of course, unsurprising in a city of Chicago’s size and age – there are plenty of interesting buildings around town that are not historically significant in any way other than being reminders of past styles of building. In this case, there’s a definite mid-30s Art Deco feel to the building, with its clean geometry and polychromatic cladding. I especially like the corner on the left-hand side of the photo.

Photo 3:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop

This is the former Oriental Theater, now the Ford Center for the Performing Arts (completed in 1926 and designed by Rapp & Rapp) in the Theater District of the Chicago Loop. The theater is one of many around the city designed by the firm, Rapp & Rapp, for Balaban and Katz; though it is now used for live touring Broadway plays, like many other local theaters, it was originally designed as a movie palace – early in cinematic history, there were both fewer movies made each year and the viewing of them was a much more “formal” affair.

Enjoy.