Playing around with rim light in early morning while sun is still low above the lake and shines straight through the streets due west.
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 →
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 →
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 →
Vans shoe store on State St in the heart of Chicago's Loop. I need to experiment more with motion blur and how to get that perfect shutter speed where the background is not too blurry while handheld, while the people are. Hard to hit it spot on as 1/20th is too fast and people are... Continue Reading →
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 honestly did not know what the heck was going on until I dowloaded my picture at home and blowing it up on my 27" monitor to see finer detail of the man's face to make sure it was in focus. Only then did I realize the uncanny similarity with Matt Damon's looks. Since he... Continue Reading →
A bronze statue of a cow in front of the Chicago Cultural Center. If you scan the QR code on the sidewalk in front of it, it will moo at you! In early 2000's there was a nomadic display of cow status across Chicago. All sorts of cow statues with varying colors and designs. This... 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 →
As I was on my way to the Cultural Center I ducked into one of the back alleys (my favorite places to shoot pictures for their ample amount of character, patterns and grit). I think this one was N Garland Ct with Washington St. visible out in the distance. I ran into a guy who... Continue Reading →