Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun

I took the train into Chicago the other day. It’s about an hour ride and I started out in cloudy weather with a bit of drizzle and rode through more rain and mist. I was afraid that I would have to walk several blocks in the rain to get to the main Library building, but when I got out of the station, the rain had let up and the sky was starting to clear. By the time I reached the Library, the sun was shining brightly. I wanted the image to portray the sun cutting through the gloom, so I did some special contrast processing. I think the feeling of bright sun comes through.

June 30, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Orange (but no Blue)

Orange - no Blue

Here’s a flower from a visit to the butterfly room at the Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago.  I have no idea what species it is (if they did have labels, I neglected to note them) but it certainly is interesting and I’m sure the butterflies are as impressed as I am.

June 29, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Something Old, Something New

Something Old, Something New

Some more wind turbines I photographed Sunday.   A trio of modern technological devices surrounding a structure from the past that is beyond needing power.

June 28, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Power

Power

I was out driving Sunday through part of western Indiana a few hours south of the Chicago area. There are several large fields of wind powered turbines generating electrical power. First you see a few dozen in the distance and as you continue on, hundreds of the towers surround you stretching out to all horizon directions. As a group, the myriad of towers with revolving blades are an impressive sight, but individually, the towers have a certain dignity to them.

For some reason, while driving through, I’m reminded of ‘The Day of the Triffids’ – the science fiction novel (and film and TV series) from the early 1950’s. I’ve never seen the movie or British TV shows, but I have read the novel and there is something about all these towers around that makes one imagine that they can come to life and start wandering on their own. The triffids were after people for food – I wonder what turbines would be searching for. Maybe we’re safe after all.

June 27, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Orange and Blue

Orange and Blue

Like many proud alumni, I tend to spot my school colors in various places.  Unfortunately, the school colors for the institution where I received my Master’s degree in photography are black and white.  This is great for when I photograph in monochrome, but is somewhat limiting for color images.  So I turn to my undergrad Alma Mater and search for orange and blue.  These flowers do the trick quite nicely (although, the little insect does add a touch of black and white).

June 26, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

By Any Other Name

By Any Other Name

Harsh midday sun is usually not the ideal situation for photographing flowers, but the colors of this rose captured my attention.

June 25, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Urban Wildlife

Urban Wildlife

Well, it’s either pigeons or rats and the pigeons are more colorful.

June 24, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Eye on You

Eye on You

When I made this image last year, I really didn’t know what this object was. I didn’t care, because I was only interested in the shape and design; the item itself had no relevance to me. While processing the image, I noticed what seems to be a camera lens inside the dark glass globe portion. Apparently, it’s some sort of security camera. I still don’t really care, but I’m amused that there may be a record of me photographing the object (besides the reflection of me in the glass).

June 23, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Symbols of the City

Symbols of the City

Chicago – home of skyscrapers and the El (oh yeah, no parking signs too).

June 22, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Below the Line

Below the Line

I’m sure that this image is fraught with symbolism that I didn’t notice when I made it (or even when I processed it).  I remember showing a print in class when I was working on my Master’s degree and suddenly people were starting to psychoanalyze me and my reasons for making that particular image.  I started to worry about my mental health until I mentally stood back and decided that any problems were the viewers and not mine.  I just thought it was a neat image.  I think this one is kinda neat too.

June 21, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

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