#SeeingRedSeries A throwback to last winter when I was walking around trying to do some infrared. IR shooting is usually known for its white hot foliage and grass in the middle of a summer day, but on a clear day like this one can get really decent IR light even in winter. It comes with... Continue Reading →

Stop! No Entry! Let the legs proceed... This was me testing the GR shortly after getting the camera delivered from B&H and goofing around with presets. It did not take me long to fall in love with it's High Contrast B&W preset, me and dozens of other YouTube reviewers. The preset does justice to its... Continue Reading →

If you are into vintage brick buildings with shops, bars and restaurants whose "established" date likely predates your parents, Chicago's River North neighborhood is only a hop, skip and a jump from The Loop and located (yep you guessed it!) north of it. Be it the alleys, streets, old buildings grafitti, or advertisement murals, this... Continue Reading →

#SeeingRedSeries Another late-winter take of John Hancock, showing off its tubular system of X-braces, pioneered by Bangladeshi-born civil engineer Fazlur Khan in the 60's. Here very nicely superimposed and framed by trees. Of course, since this is an infrared photo, the budding leaves are gorgeously glowing in mid-day sun.

I'm often mesmerized by back alleys in our city, the brick architecture, fire stairs and so many patterns and character. A person can get lost and forget about the sheer scale of our high rise buildings. As can be seen from the above picture, size doesn't matter. Contrary what some men tend to believe.

I have not eaten meat for years and don't miss it, but for those of you who do love good hunk of beef every once in a while I am told that Fogo de Chao is one of better places to visit while in Chicago. Never been inside, but this is supposed to be one... Continue Reading →

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.┬áHeavily 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...

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