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 →

New York City is not the only town where food trucks are all the rage. After Chicago amended it's city ordinances to regulate these trucks (they were partially illegal before), they sprouted like mushrooms. Food is apparently mostly good and lots of brick and mortar eateries use these as mobile advertising, selling affordable food, building... Continue Reading →

Now called Willis Tower and undergoing renovation of the entire bottom  and a brand new main lobby, the skyscraper is clad in massive scaffolding all around as they are fixing the frame and red granite stonework all around it. can wait to see what they come up with once it is done later this year.

Went for a lunch walk the other day and got offered a job twice! Lucky me! Super nice guy spoke with me. A legit job for ComEd to do door to door sales trying to convert people to another utility company. Three hundred bucks a week. I literally took this shot without looking at the... Continue Reading →

Like any other city, parking in Chicago is sometimes hectic and banged up and scratched bumpers are a natural byproduct of that culture. Disclaimer: does not apply to the cars in this picture (they've dutifully paid), but as I walk around the city, sometimes I come across cars who have entire stacks of orange envelopes... Continue Reading →

Things sometimes get tense when there are demonstrations. Not this one. Since the crowd contained themselves to the sidewalk, no police presence was required. The bullhorns assured it was audible blocks away, but peaceful, while the camera crew looked on while the demonstrators walked in a circle. Not every country would tolerate such event, thankfully... Continue Reading →

Walking down State St, back to my office, able to collect this picture as I was crossing the road and snapping away on my GR. That's what their "snap mode" is for: point and shoot. I admit I was not even looking at the display, just pointing at random and shooting from high hip. And... 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 →

Yep, and that is how it looks when you miss your train... I confess it was completely and utterly my fault, as I was standing on the platform taking pictures of the trains and forgot about the time, the doors closed shut and off it went. Excitedly switched to Tv mode with slow shutter speed... Continue Reading →

Sometimes it is good to stop and let the crowd pass you by and watch as they turn into a faceless color blur. Shutter @ 1/3s, handheld. Ricoh GR. Endless possibilities. I'll try to re-take this shot some other day, but will need a tripod and shoot at f/16 for an even better starburst effect.... Continue Reading →

Went for a lunch walk today and headed to the John Hancock center on Michigan Ave. Across from it is the 4th Presbyterian Church of Chicago. I've shot quite a few IR pictures here before, mostly infrared. This particular capture is a shot from inside the church's main nave (luckily it was open to public today).... Continue Reading →

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