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Host your own Olympics in Chicago today

Today Chicago could have been hosting the Olympics. Back in 2007 when Chicago was making the Olympic bid, the city was covered in posters promoting the Chicago bid. I went around the city photographing the posters. Ask any Chicagoan today about the Chicago bid, and you’ll most likely get the response about all money it […]

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The Chicago Slushie talks

Podcast about architecture personas

Do you ever feel like creating personas for your favorite buildings? In this podcast, I explore a couple art project ideas to give fun identities to architecture. I have 18 podcasts recorded in 2009. Every week, I will post one of the episodes on Soundcloud. The first podcast is about adding personality to buildings. Below […]

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Laszlo Moholy-Nagy at the Schatz Building in Chicago

A giant magenta László Moholy-Nagy

The giant magenta mural stood out in the corner of my eye while crossing the street. I thought, “isn’t that László Moholy-Nagy?” I had been walking away from the mural, but I re-crossed the street to get a closer look. The quote under the mural confirmed, indeed it is the Bauhaus photography professor! But I’m […]

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Northeast Bridgetower at sunset

Fog and bridgetowers

Northeast bridgetower at sunset A fog crawls over the Chicago River. Fog can create amazing scenes. Get close enough to the subject, and it really pops as the background is covered in a blanket of fog. Couple that with a warm sunrise, and you have a magical photo. The flags fly briskly on the Michigan […]

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Green Chicago River under Michigan Avenue Bridge

Intensely green river turns air purple

While walking along the Chicago Riverwalk with my wife, the river had just been dyed green hours earlier for the annual St. Patrick’s Day festival. The river has a surreal green glow that could be seen in the metal under the bridge. Knowing that HDR photos bring out the the slightest bit of color, I […]

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I voted sticker

I voted sticker or scrap of paper?

What would you rather get when you finish voting? A sticker or a little sheet of paper? Today was the first time I got a sticker today for voting, but I rather miss the scrap of paper from Chicago. As I placed my sticker on my jacket this morning, I felt a little self-conscious. Almost […]

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Chicago skyline from Riverwalk

Chicago skyline from Riverwalk

The sun sets on Monday, two days after the Chicago River was dyed green for the St. Patrick’s Day festival. The Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, and Equitable Building admire how bright green the river is. You can’t quite tell, but there is a good amount of fog coming in from Lake Michigan–off to the right […]

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Bokeh behind growing red tulips

My first outdoor photos with my new Nikon D610

Stepping outside the Tribune Tower with my new Nikon D610 around my neck. Lo and behold the tulips are starting to come out of the ground! Photographing the budding tulips on the median of Michigan Avenue has become a semi-annual tradition for me (2010, 2013, 2014). With multiple lanes of traffic whizzing by, breaking out […]

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Not wide enough

Take a wider pano than planned

When you are shooting a panoramic with your camera, do you ever wonder when you should stop sweeping across? When I was photographing this scene of the Chicago River, Initially, I was drawn to frozen Chicago River, and how part of it was yet to be frozen under the bridge. This pattern of unfrozen water […]

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