#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 →
Temperature above is in Fahrenheit; converted to Celsius, we are looking at - 30°C with windchill of - 48°C. So relieved our meeting was canceled yesterday and I do not have to drive to work in next couple days! Luckily, I was able to pull the battery out of the car and bring it inside.... 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 →
#SeeingRed: Buckingham Fountain at the lake front is out of commission for winter season and all the rusty piping inside the pool looks quite unsightly. Luckily this space is wide open with minimal trees in the distance, so doing skyline shots from here can be quite rewarding, if the light and clouds are good. Camera:... 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 So many times have I passed this place, but never seen it from across the train station. The Congress Hotel neon sign atop its roof is unmistakable in any photo of Chicago skyline featuring Michigan Ave.
#SeeingRedSeries Courtyard of Presbyterian Church I did some shorts of earlier. Again in infrared, but this time, I kept the blue sky channel untouched. On the right side of the archway you can see some ivy leaves glowing in light grey, had they been in actual sun they'd be pure white. That is what makes... Continue Reading →
#SeeingRedSeries The inner courtyard of the Archdiocese of Chicago complex is not open to general walk-in public AFAIK, so the only shot I can ever get is through the bars of its massive gate, with its security cameras, dial pads and what not. Almost feels as an entrance into a prison if you ask me. No... Continue Reading →
#SeeingRedSeries It's the middle of winter here in Chicago and the plant and herb Millennium Garden is dead, as any other Illinois garden would be in January, but the views of downtown's skyline are still great. Not too many people come to visit, so its peaceful. I have made a mental note to come here in... Continue Reading →