Why yes, I do have more photos to share!

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Photo Information:

Location: Chicago, Illinois; Lincoln Park
Camera: Zeca Bettax
Lens: Schneider-Kreuznach 105mm f/4.5 Radionar
Film: Kodak TMax 100 (120)

The subject of the first photo is the Century Theater on Clark Street just north of Diversey. My AIA Guide to Chicago does not contain any information about this building, but I did find the following website with some information about the theater’s history. As noted on the website, the original interior no longer exists, and the shopping center that now takes its place is also rather uninspiring; the one time I went inside, I was rather unimpressed by the design, and the fact that many of the shops were vacant.

I also don’t know anything about the building in the second photo; all I know is that it now houses, as you can see, a Starbucks. Yup…they’re everywhere. One interesting matter though, is that in the older neighborhoods of the city, this is a fairly common sight, not just for Starbucks, but also for a number of other chain restaurants / retailers that would otherwise stick to standardized designs for their various locations. I like the fact that in the older neighborhoods, places such as this tend to be a little less obtrusive, and a little more respectful of the existing buildings they inhabit.

The subject of the third photo is a lantern on the bridge over the entrance / exit for Diversey Harbor. The bridge and particularly this lantern (there are four total, one at each corner of the bridge) have a vaguely Art Deco appearance to them, which is why I wanted to photograph them.

Enjoy!

See? I told you I’ve got more photos to post!

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Photo Information:

Camera: Zeca Bettax
Lens: Schneider-Kreuznach 105mm f/4.5 Radionar
Film: Kodak TMax 100

Photo 1:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Near West Side

Hey look…a concrete factory! I have mentioned before how much I like industrial settings, right?

Photo 2:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop

This is the Rookery (designed by Burnham & Root and completed in 1888; it has also been renovated a number of times since its completion) at the southeast corner of LaSalle and Adams. As impressive as the outside is, the light court in the center of the building is the real attraction of the building; I’ll have to get in there one of these days with faster film to shoot it.

Photo 3:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop

This fine looking building is the Washington Block (designed by Frederick & Edward Baumann and completed in 1874) at the southwest corner of Wells & Washington. You can see part of the Loop elevated tracks in the upper left-hand corner of the photo. And yes, I did shoot this photo from the mdidle of the street…but don’t worry; I timed the traffic so that I could do this with relatively little risk of harm.

Enjoy!

Okay, so I’m really, really going to try to make some progress with that massive backlog of negatives I still have yet to scan from last year. There’s also the small matter of the rolls of film I need to process from earlier this year, too, but I’ll get to those…eventually. I hope. On that note, here are some of those photos.

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Photo Information:

Location: Chicago, Illinois; Near West Side
Camera: Zeca Bettax
Lens: Schneider-Kreuznach 105mm f/4.5 Radionar
Film: Kodak TMax 100 (120)

Photo 1:
Hey look…barbed wire. Actually, it’s barbed and razor wire…fun, right?

Photo 2:
Hand-painted sign for G&Z Restaurant & Bar; those of y’all who’ve been reading these posts long enough will know of my fixation on hand-painted signage. Those of y’all who don’t? I like ’em. They’re examples of a dying art form, and those that remain are slowly fading into obscurity. It’s impressive and depressing at the same time.

Photo 3:
Yup, a loading dock…and a fire escape. I love old masonry structures, and I really loved the interplay of shadows and shapes in this photo.

More will follow, I promise. Enjoy!

Check it out…more night photos!

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Hass500CM CHI HP5+ 1600 WrigleyTribune_Night01B

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!

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.