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!

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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!

The more I use my Bettax, the more I enjoy it…and the less I want to use other cameras – which is kinda sad, actually, since I do have a number of fun (and old) cameras I really should devote some time to using. Well, maybe later…right now, here are some more Bettax photos!

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Photo Information:

Camera: Zeca Bettax
Lens: Schneider-Kreuznach 105mm f/4.5 Radionar
Film: Fuji Neopan Acros 100 (120)

Photo 1:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Lake Michigan

When I say “Lake Michigan,” I mean on the Lake itself – I was with some friends on a boat out on the Lake. Sadly, for most of the trip, I was laid out (literally) with seasickness – I don’t get any other form of motion sickness, but put me on a boat, and I develop nausea inside of a few minutes. It had been a while since I had been on a boat, so I wondered if I would still be badly affected…now, I know. Next time, I should try taking some medication, but in the past, it hasn’t helped much. OTOH, being on the boat did afford me the opportunity to get some unique views of the city – you can see all of the Loop and Streeterville in this view, from the Sears Tower on the south (left) side of the photo to the Hancock Building on the north (right) side of the photo. I shot the photo later in the day, so you can see sunlight streaming through the clouds that were over the city (for those of y’all who don’t own a map or a globe, Lake Michigan is east of Chicago, so the sun sets on the opposite side of the city). I also had three other cameras with me at the time, so you may see similar photos to this one in the near future as I process those.

Photo 2:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Lincoln Park

Those of y’all who have been paying attention to some of my recent posts will probably recognize this photo. I always carry my DSLR with me when I’m using a film camera, mostly to check exposure (the built-in LCD screen helps immensely in this regard), so that let me shoot a number of photos of the foggy afternoon while I was out. I liked this view quite a bit, so I shot it both with the DSLR and with my Bettax. I do want to get a smaller digital camera that would allow me to carry much less weight than I carry with my DSLR and its assorted lenses, but for now…yeah. Can’t afford it. Shucks and other comments.

Photo 3:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop

One of the early reasons I bought a digital camera was to document graffiti that I found in the various cities I’ve visited / lived in. While I don’t actively search for graffiti as much these days, I do enjoy photographing it when I find it. This one was mostly white with a few color highlights, so I thought that the combination of the piece and the alley made for an interesting view that wouldn’t suffer from the lack of color. I’m fair sure the piece illustrates the letters, TDM – though as those of y’all who are familiar with graffiti can attest, reading the pieces can get problematic due to the artistic elements of the composition. One other matter of interest to me is that I found this piece in the midst of the Loop – somewhat uncommon, for obvious reasons.

Photos 4 & 5:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Streeterville Neighborhood

If y’all don’t recognize these buildings by now, you haven’t been reading enough of my posts! I shot both of these photos just before that dramatic sky in the background decided to unload on the city. Fun stuff, that.

Enjoy.

And now, some more recent photos!

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Photo Information:

Camera: Zeca Bettax
Lens: Schneider-Kreuznach 105mm f/4.5 Radionar
Film: Fuji Neopan Acros 100 (120)

Photo 1:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Streeterville Neighborhood

The two buildings superimposed here are the Palmolive Building (completed in 1929 and designed by Holabird & Root; foreground) and the John Hancock Building (completed in 1969 and designed by Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill; background). In the lower left-hand corner, you can also see part of the Drake Hotel (completed in 1920 and designed by Marshall & Fox).

Photo 2:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; River North

This is J’s Dawg & Burger in the River North neighborhood…a restaurant that serves, well…you get the idea. As for why I photographed it…well. Check out the name of my blog…if you can’t make the connection, I can’t help you. Also, the sign was kinda neat.

Photo 3:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Lincoln Park

The Chicago lake front has a number of willow trees all throughout Lincoln Park…these are some of those willows. I happen to like willow trees, as long-time readers may already know.

Photo 4:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Lincoln Park

I’m not sure why these posts are in the Lake, but they are. I liked this shot because it illustrated pretty well how low the visibility was that day due to the massive amount of fog.

Photo 5:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop

This is the northwest corner of the Marshall Field & Co. Building (completed in 1902 (this section) and designed by D. H. Burnham & Co.), which occupies the entire block between State & Wabash, and Randolph & Washington; this shot was taken from the northwest corner of State & Randolph, facing the southeast corner. I am particularly enamored of the giant clock mounted on the corner of the building.

Enjoy.

Oh yes…back to the black & white shots. Seriously, though…I love black & white, in case you didn’t already notice!

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Photo Information:

Camera: Zeca Bettax
Lens: Schneider-Kreuznach 105mm f/4.5 Radionar
Film: Fuji Neopan Acros 100 (120)

Photos 1 & 2:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop

This is the Daily News Building (completed in 1929 and designed by Holabird & Root) on the west side of the Chicago Loop; I’ve written about this building before, so if you’re interested in seeing / reading more about the building, check out that post.

Photo 3:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Ravenswood Neighborhood

This building is located at the southeast corner of Damen, Lincoln, & Irving Park in the Ravenswood Neighborhood. I’m not aware of any architectural or historical significance to the building, but it sure does fill out that corner nicely, does’t it? And check out those clouds in the background…

Photos 4 & 5:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Gold Coast Neighborhood

These two photos are random scenes in Chicago’s Gold Coast Neighborhood, the former with the John Hancock Building in the background (among other buildings), and the latter of some typical rowhouses in the neighborhood.

Enjoy.

Yup…more photos. Hey, I don’t have much else going on in my life, so I have to keep myself amused somehow, right?

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Photo Information:

Camera: Zeca Bettax
Lens: Schneider-Kreuznach 105mm f/4.5 Radionar
Film: Fuji Neopan Acros 100 (120)

Photo 1:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Andersonville Neighborhood

This is the (former) Capital Garage on Clark Street in the Andersonville Neighborhood on Chicago’s north side. As you can see from the storefronts on the first floor, it isn’t being used as a garage anymore. Check out the giant terra cotta eagle above the second floor windows…impressive, ain’t it?

Photo 2:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop

One of my favorite stores in the city, Central Camera in the south Loop. As you can see by the sign, they’ve been in business since 1899 – likely in the same building, too. Apart from the location, I also appreciate the fact that they still sell all sorts of film (and film cameras!) and the chemicals I need to process said film, so I’m pretty much like a kid in a candy store when I walk into the shop.

Photo 3:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Ravenswood Neighborhood

I encountered this shop while walking from Lincoln & Irving Park north to Lincoln Square (I was on my way to photograph the Krause Music Store, which is just north of Lincoln & Wilson). I don’t know about the quality of the service provided by the store, but I do like the old-fashioned sign hanging over the entrance…

Photo 4:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Uptown Neighborhood

I’m sure I’ve photographed this view before, but not with this camera; in case you didn’t notice it the last few times I’ve posted the image, this is a view under the CTA Red / Purple Line elevated tracks between Irving Park and Montrose. This view is facing south from Buena (or thereabouts); on the right-hand (west) side is a parking lot and beyond that, Graceland Cemetery; on the left-hand (east) side are residences along Kenmore Avenue.

Photo 5:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop

This is the north end of the Chicago Cultural Center (completed in 1897 and designed by Shepley, Rutan, & Coolidge; formerly the Chicago Public Library) on the southwest corner of Michigan and Randolph. The library was founded after the Great Fire in 1871, and was created to house, among other things, a dontation of some 8,000 books from English donors following the fire. In keeping with the American preference for Classical design in large public buildings, the Library has a decidedly Greco-Roman appearance.

Enjoy.

You’d think that sooner or later, I’d get bored with such a simple camera…and you would be wrong…so very wrong. Actually, it’s quite fun trying to get good shots with a camera that doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of all these sophisticated modern ones.

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Photo Information:

Camera: Zeca Bettax
Lens: Schneider-Kreuznach 105mm f/4.5 Radionar
Film: Fuji Neopan Acros 100 (120)

Photo 1
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Uptown Neighborhood

This building sits at the northeast corner of Clark & Montrose on the western side of the Uptown Neighborhood on Chicago’s north side. Uptown, for those of y’all who’ve never been there, is quite an eclectic neighborhood. The area where I live (Buena Park) is fairly quiet and uneventful – about the only issues I have is the distinct lack of local restaurant options; other parts of the neighborhood are more…colorful, to say the least. This particular intersection is really neither…it’s not “depressed”, but there isn’t much to recommend it, either. OTOH, there’s this magnificent building, with all its terra cotta splendor!

Photo 2:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Andersonville Neighborhood

Just a few blocks north on Clark from the intersection in the previous shot is the Andersonville Neighborhood, which has and entirely different feel than Uptown; it’s full of unique shops and restaurants, and lots of quiet residential streets. This particular building is part of a strip that includes a few such shops and restaurants (locals will probably recognize it as the storefront just north of Edgewater Produce). As with the previous building, there’s quite a bit of amazing terra cotta detail – and that curved corner.

Photo 3:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop

This is the Banker’s Building (completed in 1927 and designed by Burnham Bros.) on the southwest corner of Clark and Adams, pretty close to the center of the Loop, and just half a block east of the heart of the financial district on LaSalle Street. The building is quite prominently visible behind the USPS Loop Station when viewed from Federal Plaza (the black shape on the right of the photo is part of one of the two towers in Federal Center). Stylistically, the building is somewhere in between traditional and Art Deco (the latter being most noticeable at the main entrance to the building) – not surprising, given its date of completion.

Photo 4:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Uptown Neighborhood

This building sits at the southwest corner of Broadway and Winona in the Uptown Neighborhood. While the upper floors follow a fairly typical pattern for corner buildings in the city (apart from the rather elaborate turret roof), the building is perhaps most notable for the horizontal extension to the south and the corresponding shift in materials and design – both of which are rather less typical. The upper floors (again, apart from the turret roof) follow a pretty standard style for turn-of-the-century (19C – 20C, mind you…not 20C – 21C) buildings; the lower floor is more Tudor Eclectic, and I have no idea how to classify the turret roof. Overall, quite an eclectic building – oh, and for further amusement, the building no longer houses a restaurant, despite the prominent sign advertising otherwise.

Photo 5:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Lincoln Park

In this case, the building is literally in Lincoln Park – the park not the neighborhood. The building, as you can see from the sign on the front, is Cafe Brauer (completed in 1908 and designed by Perkins & Hamilton; formerly the South Pond Refectory). I know the photo is a bit washed-out, but it was necessary so that the terra cotta and brick details below the roof eave would be visible; stylistically, the building falls under the Prairie Style, a style common in the Midwest around the time the building was designed and built.

Enjoy.

I’ve written posts about both of these buildings before, but I figured it would be fun to show off some images of them using my old (yet trusty) Bettax, too. They’re not quite as sharp as the digital photos I shot (naturally), but they turned out well, nonetheless, don’t you think?

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Photo Information:

Camera: Zeca Bettax
Lens: Schneider-Kreuznach 105mm f/4.5 Radionar
Film: Fuji Neopan Acros 100 (120)

Photos 1 & 2:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Lincoln Square

These two photos are of the Krause Music Store in the Lincoln Square area of the Ravenswood Neighborhood on Chicago’s north side. The building was Louis Sullivan’s final commission before his death.

Photos 3, 4, & 5:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Loyola University (Lake Shore Campus)

These three photos are of Mundelein College in the Rogers Park Neighborhood, now part of Loyola University’s Lake Shore Campus. The last two photos are of the two colossal angel sculptures that flank the main entrance to the building, Jopiel and Uriel, respectively.

Rather than rehash previously stated information, if you’re interested in some of the history of the building, check out my previous posts (Krause Music Store & Mundelein College)

Enjoy.

Yes, I’m back to this camera again…although I do intend to restart posting select digital photos, as well – I’ve been neglecting them for far too long.

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Photo Information:

Camera: Zeca Bettax
Lens: Schneider-Kreuznach 105mm f/4.5 Radionar
Film: Ilford HP5+ EI3200 (120)

Photo 1:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop

The subject of this photo is the lobby of the Inland Steel Building (completed in 1958 and designed by Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM)) – at night!

Photo 2:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop

This is the entry to One North LaSalle (completed in 1930 and designed by Vitzthum & Burns) in the Financial District along LaSalle Street in the Loop. The Art Deco details aren’t easily seen this late at night, but the effect of the streetlamps on the façade was rather interesting.

Photo 3:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; River North

This is the view from Wacker & Lake, facing northeast towards the south end of the Mag Mile at the Michigan Avenue Bridge. The pair of buildings that dominate this location are, of course, 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) – I challenge you to find a better pair of historic buildings elsewhere!

Enjoy.