Goal of candid street shooting is to capture your subjects in their natural situations and unaware of your presence, so one of them looking into the camera is a surprise for both you and them.Not only did I not know they both looked when I pressed the shutter, but I also did not notice that... Continue Reading →
#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 →
At least one being does not heed the warnings and obey the rules of Chicago's traffic management department. I see the spider almost every morning, sun tanning and enjoying the morning, probably after a hefty nightly feast full of fat mosquitoes.
Heading home from work, almost at the train station and looking forward to sitting down and getting some shut-eye on the train ride home. This picture reminds me of the Apple iPod commercials from late 2000's where black silhouettes would be dancing while wearing those iconic white earbuds.
#SeeingRedSeries A city worker taking a break from mowing the lawns around Lakeshore Dr bike path. This was a very cold day with clear skies and limited humidity, meaning no haze, meaning deep blue sky, meaning black sky at 590nm spectrum. That tree glow is amazing
As they say, the best camera is the one you happen to have on you at a time. By getting rid of my DSLRs and scaling down to the GR, I keep taking way more shots just thanks to taking my palm-sized camera with me nearly everywhere I go. The term "nearly" is key here.... 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 George Washington statue at Chicago's River Walk entrance, shot in infrared. Marina Towers (the Corns) are visible in the background. Some time in the middle of last winter, I think?
#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.
The 38-foot wide dome above the south room of Chicago's Cultural Center made of 30 thousand pieces of Tiffany glass, most shaped as fish scales. This room originally used to be the reading room of Chicago's public library (before it was relocated down to State St). This artwork is magnificent. I need to get back... Continue Reading →
We are curious beings, so when we walk down the street and see someone intently looking at something, we're likely to subconsciously turn our head in that direction and take a peek. I saw one famous street photographer explain and then show this technique in practice in one of their YouTube videos and thought to... Continue Reading →