Still trying to decide whether I walked, shuffled or skated from my car to the train platform. After the bone-chilling polar vortex cold of almost -50F windchill, then jumping to 51F four days later, you thought you've seen it all. Until today's ice storm followed by a blustery whiteout outside my window. That groundhog was... Continue Reading →
#SeeingRed: I still remember how I was shivering in those freezing wind gusts that day while taking this picture. With the lake right behind me me and no trees or buildings around, to help as a shield the bone chilling cold was ridiculous. These two women who rented the Divvy bikes were pretty brave to ride... Continue Reading →
#SeeingRed: Heading back to the office from lunch walk and just about to pass Jackson and the Art Institute. This shot is from the north west tip of Grant Park. Infrared shot converted in Luminar using a standard blue and red channel swap. Since this camera has a 590nm LifePixel filter and passes orange and... Continue Reading →
#SeeingRedSeries Alright, this was one of those WTF moments where I had absolutely zero idea what picture I took until I downloaded it. The scene was mediocre, light absolutely awful, and would have looked weak on a regular camera... it's an OK composition, horrible backlighting, bunch of smoke coming from a nearby tavern making everything... Continue Reading →
#SeeingRed I do not recall whether this was on Monroe or Adams, but it is somewhere in the area. Shooting infrared without direct sun is certainly possible as seen here, but loses some of its natural radiance and glow infrared shots are so well known for.
#SeeingRedSeries Just about to start crossing LaSalle St heading east towards John Hancock tower. Technology has made such a profound change in all of us. A decade ago, the picture would have shown a person with a phone held at their ear and talking. A decade before that it would have been a person with... Continue Reading →
#SeeingRedSeries standing on Wacker Dr looking south down Wells St. and into the sun. I've taken similar pictures at this spot using regular camera, but here in infrared, the light reflections on each of the rivets of the "L" bridge are really prominent. You couldn't get this from a regular camera. That and the radiance... Continue Reading →
#SeeingRedSeries Just to get to John Hancock tower from my work in the middle of The Loop and back took nearly 12 thousand steps. Not sure which of the side streets crossing LaSalle St this was (definitely north of Grand Ave). A tell-tale sign of an infrared shot... pitch black sky. Given the January sun... Continue Reading →
#SeeingRedSeries I don't know where precisely this was, but it was not far west from John Hancock tower. A random patch of light washing over a sidewalk and what appeared to be a vacant storefront. Shot with infrared converted DSLR with LifePixel super color filter. It always amazes me how aggressive the light fall off... Continue Reading →
#SeeingRedSeries Alright, I snapped this on a whim, somewhere on Grand, I think? At lunch time (as is my habit) when most worker bees go grab some quick bite, but these guys? One was binge-watching Netflix or something and constantly giggling, while the guy by the hydrant was fighting his phone, trying to figure out... Continue Reading →
If there is one store I love coming back to the most during Christmas market it's the Candle Shoppe with is votive candles of all shapes, colors, scents and sizes. Awesome owners too! In the middle of a darkened evening market this place is always exploding with color.
It wouldn't be a proper Christkindlmarket in Chicago, if Wiener Schnitzels weren't vanishing by the pallet and Gluhwein wasn't rolling out the door by the barrel. I can honestly attest that Gluhwein was excellent and warmed one up in no time, and the schnitzels? Well as a vegetarian I at least snapped a good picture... Continue Reading →