Archive for September, 2013

September 29, 2013

City stack

Another non-HDR image. I’m sensing a theme, but not a revolution. I didn’t have time to stop, and I never do when I’m here, but I like how the city stacks up into a cone when you’re on the far side of Michigan and Water. There’s actually another, better view of this. There might be several. I’m probably going to have to go back one of these days, but this was shot whilst walking briskly up the street without a chance to analyze much else.
City stack
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September 28, 2013

Going out of fashion

Posting more regularly is feeling good. Today was a productive day. I shot an Indian wedding (video), visited with good friends and watched my daughter have her first official ice cream (she’d had a taste at the supermarket once before). It was a less-busy week despite it being quite busy, and that allowed me to refocus on photos for a bit. That’s good.

I marched around the city for a short period of time the other day wondering where the muse had gone, and then remembered a friend had created a website about poetry and photography – marrying a quick photo to a set of words already in hand. I remembered a few of those words were something about going out of fashion, and so I decided my next photo had to be about this subject. I’m not sure why this applies, but to me it does very honestly. So, I didn’t really come up with the title – just the photo – or together they found one another. This is one of my atypical non-HDR images.
Going out of fashion
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September 27, 2013

Light and angles

Competing light sources kind of rule for photography. I know there are some that don’t like them, but with me it’s all quite welcomed. There was enough light in the sky to cast a shade of something down from above, then streetlights and window lights made for golden filler. It kind of screws up the colors, which is perfect to me. I decided to allow the buildings to fight for attention, too, as a hat tip to the light, I guess? I’m not sure. Just liked the angle.
Light and angles
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September 26, 2013

Man in shopping cart

Something about him putting even himself in the shopping cart reminded me of a line from a book I read in college about the commodification of everything. It made sense in a real-life way here while walking down the opposite side of the street.
Man in shopping cart
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September 25, 2013

Paradox towers

This is just my 17th post since breaking my leg back on June 19th. I’d like to believe that it was the injury that stopped my post-a-day routine that ended at something like 378 straight days, but that isn’t the case. Yes, breaking my right fibula in two places drastically reduced my ability to carry a camera backpack for approximately seven or eight weeks, but I could have made things work with different kinds of shoots to fill up the space around here. No, the real reason I posted just sixteen times over roughly three months was I was burned out again – but in a different way than before.

I wrote a few times about how this past winter developed in me a creative block that challenged my ability to post a photo every single day. It came in January and really became near-debilitating in February. There were a few times that I wondered if I’d have to quit somewhere along the path to producing my 365 days of photos. Things worked out, but it really stretched me at times. This latest “burn out” that actually ground me to a halt, however, was more about thinking about what I was doing and what I needed to do moving forward. I got wrapped up in shooting for clients, including a wedding, a reunion event and booking a couple of others as well, and the business of photography became more of the focus than the creativity of photography. I was no longer allowing myself to think creatively on the average day as I was constantly figuring out how to merge schedules and mix in opportunities. Focusing attention on development became more important for a time.

I think I’m starting to learn to balance the two and it’s a tricky concoction of a-little-of-this and a-lot-of-that. Hopefully it means I get back to posting images regularly again. That’s the most fun in all of this – sharing what you’re doing as you do it. I like that I’m picking up more and more photography opportunities at the same time. Things are kind of syncing up as needed. So, today’s image is three buildings that are seemingly out of sync despite the fact that they are identical to one another and part of the same complex. I love paradox.
Paradox towers
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September 19, 2013

Four planes, two skies

I’ve been playing around with my iPhone more frequently in order to challenge myself to work with a more-limited medium than my Canons. It’s really hard to get iPhone photos right within the phone itself. You can’t see all the details you normally do, but I typically limit myself to just seeing the phone screen and working with it the best I can. There’s nothing too crazy going on, so I have very little else to say. With this group of plane shots, the first is the original. The others are manipulations of it in-phone. The same is true with the two sky shots. You can click on any of them to blow them all up from their original gallery.
Plane originalPlane bluer
Plane colorfulPlane black & white
Wisps & puffs blue
Wisps and puffs color

September 15, 2013

Empty lot full

Back through the little alley parking lot I happen upon about once a month, I decided to take a few handfuls of shots. I’ve taken photos in this place three or four times. For a nowhere place there are a lot of things to capture, and the light is extreme and different thanks to the levels of the buildings above – and the local lighting. I love the walls. This is the backside of the lot hut, so they’re actually hiding the sign. The lot was completely empty.
Empty lot full
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September 9, 2013

Traveling backward

I’ve been extremely busy with other things of late, like healing from my broken leg and shooting a wedding and another event. It’s kind of tricky going between stills and video from one Saturday to the next. I’m always paranoid that I’m going to leave something out of place because of the little changes in details between the two, but because of that concern things tend end up in the right places. Everything works out in the end, though I’m just shy of madman in the moments between. To complicate matters I even stepped in a drainage ditch while covering the wedding – no injury! Also, my battery was dead upon returning to my car that night after 10 hours of shooting. Thankfully my camera batteries all worked just fine.

I’ve been playing with a new computer and editing software in the meantime, including messing around with some video I shot well over a year ago. This is a rudimentary recording in many ways. The entire thing is shot with my T3i and its ultra-basic audio capabilities. I did nothing to enhance the images nor the audio, so as to make everything feel a bit stark and grounded. Hopefully it’s something people find interesting. I see the guitarist from time to time at an L stop I travel through. He’s a nice guy and always strikes up conversations with people around him, especially if they ask about what he’s playing. He was really happy to have someone record him playing. I think there’s something sinister in his style that mimics the underground world of the L. The other day I saw him playing again and asked if he minded that I post a video of him. He said it was fine. Now I need to give him the link.

September 8, 2013

Storm over the platform – avoiding arrest again

I’ve been mostly MIA on my blog for the past two months. I’m not happy about this, but it was necessary. I shot a couple of video events in recent weeks, and prior to that my broken leg precluded carrying my gear around regularly. I’m happy to report that I’m back to walking around with a 12-pound bag of photo gear over my shoulder, though sometimes the muse doesn’t come back to you so quickly. In recent days I’ve noticed I’m a bit slow to return to the finds I’m normally on to, and I’m not sure why. Time to get aggressive.

A huge thunderstorm blasted through Chicago last week and left at an opportune time. It’s remnants were menacing and beautiful. Unfortunately, my only opportunity to capture them with my camera occurred at a platform that was being watched by security. After a handful of minutes shooting someone came up shouting at me and threatened to call the cops on me. I wasn’t combative, just questioned the answers. I guess you’re not even allowed to do that these days. Authority is pretty inept when you try to be helpful and think things through with them. They’re not used to that, maybe.
Storm over the platform
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