Year: 2016

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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Shannon Finnegan 3D cross-stitch

3D blocks on cross-stitch

Endless fun A photo posted by Shannon Finnegan (@shanfinnegan) on Jun 24, 2015 at 11:59pm PDT (This artwork on Instagram is created by pattern artist, Shannon Finnegan) Such a simple small cross-stitch, but it works on many various levels. From 2D to 3D. The flat pixel-based medium of cross-stitch is brought out into the 3D …

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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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Nikon D610 best package deals

The best Nikon D610 bundle deal

If you are in the market for a DSLR camera, here’s the best combination to get. I did two months of research looking at all the various DSLR cameras. My 7-year-old Nikon D80 died after 32,000 cycles. It was time for me to get a new camera. Being a semi-pro photographer with a baby on …

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Poster 1: Science Fiction is totally cool

Science fiction is totally cool

  [button link=”http://spudart.deviantart.com/art/Science-fiction-is-totally-cool-589672191?purchase=print” size=”large” color=”orange”]» Art prints and canvas available[/button] Giant alien robots invade Chicago! Death rays shoot out of their eyes. The campy setup makes for a great B-movie sci-fi thriller poster. What could be more fun? Swap out the killer robot from Venus; and put in a giant mole with death rays shooting …

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Science fiction is Knowledge invention

  [button link=”http://spudart.deviantart.com/art/Science-fiction-is-Knowledge-invention-589673191?purchase=print” size=”large” color=”orange”]» Art prints and canvas available[/button] A worm dressed in an astronaut uniform watches a rocket blast off into outer space. Totally crazy. This is the final poster in this series of three illustrating the etymology of science fiction (view webcomic). The Worm character needed to be the main character for this …

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Target Earth: vintage movie poster

Science fiction is Knowledge fiction

  [button link=”http://spudart.deviantart.com/art/Science-fiction-is-Knowledge-fiction-589672726?purchase=print” size=”large” color=”orange”]» Art prints and canvas available[/button] Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy is always one of the top results when googling for vintage sci-fi posters. The design of this poster fit exactly what I needed for my second poster in a series of three illustrating the etymology of science fiction (view webcomic). …

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NASA's giant spiky ball

NASA’s giant metal spiky ball

Amazing the stuff you’ll find online. While looking at NASA documents for a friend’s birthday, I came across this spiky ball contraption used by NASA in 1968. Any guess what this could be? Oversized foot massager? Giant mace-ball weapon? Colossal doggie toy? The real answer is in the comments.