Saturday, July 22, 2017

Little Man in Silhouette

Still finding shots from a recent trip to the Faces display in downtown Chicago. The little guy gave me a pose and I took it.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Colorado Rockies Pole-to-Pole

Another pole-to-pole shot from the Colorado Rockies vs White Sox game of a couple of weeks ago. I might have been slow to post this as I was still recovering from the beating that they took. However, since they took some many beatings since then, it really doesn't matter. Still, another ballpark in the pole-to-pole series in the bag!!!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Corona Del Mar Beach Fun

Kids and family enjoy a late afternoon visit to Corona Del Mar State Park. It looks like I was standing in the surf, but that was not the case. I was able to get the shot and stay dry as I was standing on a concert pier that sticks out into the bay. The houses in the background set a colorful scene.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Chicago Colors

Buildings of every shape, size and color dominate the skyline in the south loop of downtown Chicago. Wonderful mix of ages and building types. Looking north from Congress down Plymouth Court.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Winter Is Here

Tonight, Winter arrives.....finally......

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Life Finds A Way

Maybe a bit hard to see in this shot but it was amazing to see a full grown tree growing right out of a pile of rocks. You would not think it would be possible, especially with the size of that tree, but there it is. From the Garden of the Gods.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Placid Pool Sunset

A calm evening in Kearney, Nebraska at a local RV park got us a wonderful reflected sunset off of the swimming pond. Hard to beat Mother Nature for entertainment when traveling.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Mule Deer

Yes, we were surprised to see you too. On a hike with my cousin Anthony in the Garden of the Gods near Colorado Springs last weekend, we surprised a mule deer and were surprised ourselves to see the deer near a hiking path on an early morning walk. This deer was only 20 yards away or so and took our presence in stride. After a few minutes of staring at each other, we both went on our way. I was so jacked to get a nice shot with the deer perfectly backlit by the sun. Can't get any better than that. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Garden of the Gods Balance Rock

You would think that this rock couldn't stay this way for more than a few weeks, but it has been balancing on this point for hundreds of thousand of years. At Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. Drive carefully!!!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Old Marshall Field's Ceiling

Great colors and design of the ceiling of the old Marshall Field's building (now Macy's) on State Street.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July

Too much?

Apparently, no. Someone asked me to fill in the gap on the right side. It is a little out of balance. So, here is a second shot at it.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Naperville July 4th Celebration

A little ice blue fireworks near downtown Naperville. With an evening chill, this color scheme catches the weather perfectly.  

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Chicago River Lake Street Bridge

View of the bridge over the Chicago River on Lake Street from one of the new buildings surrounding the curve of the river near by building (the Nuveen building, in green). All the buildings are about to fall in the river as I am using a wide angle lens. It violates photography rules, but I like the view.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Reflection on Trump

No politics here. I was just walking around Chicago looking for reflections.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Chicago Faces Silhouette

Three young men (brothers maybe?) enjoying the cool water on a hot Chicago summer night. I could shoot silhouettes here all night. The background is the Faces display in Millennium Park, near the Bean.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Radisson Aqu Blue Chicago

Beautiful building, a Radisson Hotel, tucked away behind Michigan Avenue between Lake and Randolph.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Faces in Chicago Millennium Park in Silhouette

I love shooting silhouettes into the Faces display in Millennium Park, especially on a hot summer evening with kids running around and playing in the water pool. This kid gave a great wondering mood in his body and stance as he looked up at the display.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Portfolio at 60

My portfolio at 60--including my mom (so only part of her portfolio). Everybody is healthy, thank god and the kids threw me a wonderful party. Total surprise. Thanks to Sam and Jono for organizing. To Nina and Stephanie and families for keeping the secret and helping out and to Michael to flying in as another surprise for 24 hours. Thanks to Cheryl for this wonderful family. I think the ying and yang made for a great combination. Thanks to the extended family members who were able to make it out at last minute and to all the birthday wishes. Love to you all.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Hat Shop in Chicago?

I saw a shot where I fit right in. Optima is a hat shop in downtown Chicago at 51 W Jackson. I have never been there but it looks like I have to go one day. It was closed, but I still got a shot. Today's shot of the day is in honor of Levi Sim, a photographer out of Portland who has a hat for every occasion.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Faces Chicago Silhouette Millennium Park

The Faces in Millennium Park are just wonderful to photograph on a warm summer night. I was trying to get these kids in silhouette and not overlapping each other so that they can have an individual shadow. Tough when they are running around in the water along with lots of others. I love this shot as their heights almost perfectly line up. A bit creepy Cheryl says with the mouth reflection from one of the faces but this is one of my new favorites.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Seattle End-to-End

This is a shot of Seattle from Puget Sound as we take a ferry into Elliot Bay on the way back from Olympic National Park last month.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Chicago Doggie Food Truck

A doggie food truck. Not something you see everyday, especially on Lake Street, right in the Loop in downtown Chicago. Not many dogs in the offices around where I work, but I suppose there are a lot of people working who have dogs, so....why not?

Monday, June 19, 2017

Lake Crescent, Olympic National Park, Washington

Early morning gave me a mirror view over Lake Crescent a few feet outside our cabin at Log Cabin Lodge Resort inside Washington's Olympic National Park.  Love it when you get a glass steady water view.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day

Getting Dad to smile is too tough to do at times so I will have to go with this as my Shot of the Day. You have to catch Dad looking but before he sees that you have a camera or the tongue will come out or he will make some other expression. I will keep working on him to get one good shot some day. For now, Happy Father's Day dad!!!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Olympic National Park Pansies

Last weekend was beautiful from beginning to end. This weekend looks overcast and rainy, at least to start. So, here are some pansies to brighten your day from Michael Jr and my Olympic National Park trip last month.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Chicago In Pencil Sketch

No, I don't draw but the computer does. Shooting in harsh mid-day sun makes for a blah picture. Sometimes you can improve it with a little bit of computer magic. Shooting the Chicago Theater sign is always a treat.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Eckhart and Anthony

Eckhart and Anthony enjoying our beautiful weather over the weekend in the backyard.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Washington's Mount Rainer

Mount Rainer is a common sight to locals in Seattle but to us flatlanders in the midwest, it is a treat to see such a great mountain seemingly so close to a major US city.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Michael pointing the way

At the end of our Olympic National Park trip we headed back to Seattle by ferry to catch plane rides back home. That got us an early morning ride to catch a view of the city from the bay. Nice ending to a wonderful trip. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Throwback Thursday--Mattheissan State Park

This is my top shot on View Bug, the photo contest website. I got something like 152 "awards", 292 "likes" and was selected as a featured shot back in May 2016. So, a nice shot with some interesting features. I shot it with a 10-stop neutral density filter in full daylight. The filter slows the amount of light that reaches the disk and allows the water to move. So you get this soft water and the view of the "whirlpool" effect in the foreground below the falls. You don't see this swirl visually as it takes 30 seconds for these bubbles and small leaves to rotate, but the whirlpool is there. You just have to drag the shutter to see it.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Lily, with attitude

This is from a couple of weeks ago. I asked Lily, my granddaughter, to give me a little attitude and she came through big time. Not hard to get attitude from her when I have the camera. Only turning 9 and she is already tired of the camera. Hopefully, I can get a natural smile one day. Still, I like the attitude--its the key to the shot--sorry had to go there.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Trees are not out to get us, but if they were.....

If they were going after us, this is how I imagine it would look. O got a spooky feeling looking up when I took this shot. Still see it when I look on the computer. From Olympic National Park hike.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Sea of Green in Olympic Rain Forest

The Quinault Rain Forest is one of the wettest places in the United States and its biomass one of the largest in the world. You can see why in this shot with Michael looking at all the moss and ferns growing on this Red Ceder. The Hoh and Quinault Rainforests run at about a 60 mile stretch near the coast in the Olympic National Park and are something to see.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Rainbow around Soleduck Falls

Right place, right time to get a rainbow over Soleduck Falls in the Olympic National Forest. Lucky I was the only one there to get the shot.....

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Life on the Beach

I'm lucky that Michael Jr read the guide book as he said to look up the beach for life as the tide pulls out. He was right. We found tons of sea anemones, clams, starfish and large snails. What fun.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ruby Beach Fog

Ruby Beach at low tide brings in a ground level fog as the warm waters recede and the cool air hits the beach. Looks windswept and cold but it was actually quite nice with a sweater or light jacket. The beach was great to walk on, after you climbed the downed trees and rocks to get there. Firm sand make for great walks along the shore.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park

One of the best hikes of the weekend wasn't really a hike at all but a short walk down the hillside to Ruby Beach which we hit at low tide. Getting there at low tide is amazing as you can walk quite a way out on this beautiful firm sand and find all kinds of ocean life. That is for another Shot of the Day but this view is also amazing. I love these land formations called sea stacks that stick out into the ocean and we were able to walk right up to it without getting wet. Pretty cool.

Same shot with a panoramic view: