I went to the Chicago Cultural Center over lunch to take some architectural pics inside. Had heard that the place was really nice, ornate, with posh inlays, marble and woodwork. As soon as I walked into the lobby I heard a live piano play, so after checking in with a concierge and finding out that... Continue Reading →

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is one of 12 banks under the U.S. Federal Reserve System (The Fed), the United States' central bank. It serves the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Iowa and reports to the Board of Governors of the The Fed. Heavily protected, this is where the banks haul cash every day,... Continue Reading →

Another look back at last Christkindlmarket and some of the weird things you see there. If you own a hot dog stand, the most obvious choice for a hat o wear is a bun with as hot dog. I guess? Here, the owner was profusely apologizing to s customer for giving him a wrong order...

I quickly snapped this shot on Christmas Eve as I was heading home from work and after visiting the market. Handheld in complete darkness, so it's not the sharpest of the pics you will ever see, but it has an interesting flair to it with rush hour still in full swing. The statue of Ceres,... Continue Reading →

Throwback to the now forgotten Christkindlmarket from two months ago. This man, wearing a Bourbonnais police department lanyard and dressed up as a Santa, had a very interesting wooden sign on his belly: "Jesus is the reason for the season". Indeed...

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 →

#SeeingRedSeries This part of Chicago's lakeshore park complex is not nearly as frequented by the tourists as Millennium Park and its "bean", but the view of the old part of Michigan Avenue from here is very rewarding. If you are a photographer, very few tourists come this way, so that's a plus. And it's literally just... Continue Reading →

#SeeingRed An infrared shot of the tower clock at the Exelon Plaza, just outside the Chase Tower, my workplace. The clock was an unmistakable reminder that the lunch walk was over and time to get back to the grind... Camera: Canon EOS 20D infrared conversion with LifePixel 590nm filter Lens: Canon 24mm F2.8 STM Aperture:... Continue Reading →

#SeeingRedSeries A serene view of Chicago's skyline with calm waters looking north, from left: Prudential Plaza (spiked), AON tower (designed in a similar fashion as the ill-fated N.Y. Twin Towers), Blue Cross & Blue Shield building (bright). On the right side, the black oddly shaped building with a footprint reminiscent of a clover leaf is... Continue Reading →

#SeeingRedSeries Winter on Lake Michigan at the Monroe Harbor just east of Millennium Park, void of any boats or people, yet not frozen over. Winter had been unseasonably warm this year, up until now. Shot in Infrared using Converted camera with LifePixel super color filter.

#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 →

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