Sunday, November 19, 2017

That's a lot of red

Wow. When you walk by that much red, you have to stop and take a shot. So, I did. This shot was taken on a trip earlier in the year out in Las Vegas. Restaurants need a lot of color to attract customers. I wasn't hungry. I just liked the red.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Baltimore Inner Harbor at night

Baltimore Inner Harbor at night is a very nice view from a Marriott across the street. Sometimes you hotel room has this view. Sometimes you get to see a rooftop with an air conditioner unit. This is better.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Always a good day waking up by an ocean

Found myself in Annapolis a few weeks ago and got to stay at a Marriott along the Severn River, which cuts through the city. A little touristy but a beautiful area with the Maryland State House serving (briefly) as one of the first capitals of the United States, just a few minutes walk from this spot. Very historic as the Treaty of Paris was signed here, ending the Revolutionary War. Always a good day starting off by an ocean.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Kildare at Live Wire


About a week ago, I got to shoot the band Kildare's official debut at Live Wire where Davern's Tavern bused a bar full of fans to watch Southside Jack (on the mic) and the Szlachta brothers, Matt (shredding the guitar) and Paul (the talented drummer) tear down the house. Quite fun being up past my 10pm bedtime and playing at rock and roll photographer.

Here is the link to the full gallery :https://mdavern2001.shootproof.com/gallery/5414394/

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Blackstone Ballroom

I got to shoot in the ballroom of the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago. An amazing room and I chose this shot as I loved the details in the lights around the room. Quite a beautiful place to shoot.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

National Cathedral

Caught the National Cathedral on a wonder blue sky day (with a contrail) out in Washington DC last week. Not surprisingly, you find this building on top of a broad hill overlooking Washington and Georgetown. Quite a bike ride on those city rental bikes to get there. However, the ride back down is quite fun, except my rental's brakes weren't the best. That was interesting.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Ex Nihilo--out of the void


I don't like taking pictures of other people's artwork but this sculpture above the main entrance of the National Cathedral in Washington is stunning so I couldn't help myself. It was carved by Fredrick Hart, originally a mail clerk of all things at the National Cathedral who became a stone carver. Depicted here is Adam and Eve being born out of the void. Quite realistic male and female forms.

Here is a color shot from further away:


Monday, November 6, 2017

Men of Annapolis

I got the feeling last week when I was staying at a Marriott in Annapolis, Maryland, that I was being watched by 17 big, strong, strapping men--rugby men, who were very comfortable with themselves and didn't mind if you knew it. Not that there is anything wrong with that. 





Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween

Sorta creepy.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

A big o' mess of fall colors

Almost a Monet. If I could cut down the trees or get in the water and still get the reflection....oh, well. Just a big o' mess of fall color in Portland.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Do you not stay on the13th floor?

So, if you look closely, you will see there is no 13th floor (well, there is a 13th floor, but it is not noted as the 13th floor). If you are given a 13th floor room in a different building, do you not want to stay on that floor? I am curious because, come on people, this is the 21st century. Are we still superstitious about the number 13 so much so that we won't stay in a hotel with that floor? Some office buildings also do that. Just strange.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Really, really red room

When you see a room that red, you have to step in and shoot it. Even if it is a bar in the middle of the day. From a previous trip to Portland, Oregon.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Window Seat Wonders

Looks like an ink blot drawing.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Chicago....on approach

You would think the water should be blue but it was a green day.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Clearwater Sun Worshipers

A wonderful sunset in Clearwater Beach.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Clearwater Breakfast Bar

It looks like these Sea Gulls are in line waiting for something. Anyone got any fish?

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Clearwater Beach Umbrellas

Colorful beach umbrellas oh my!!! When the light is just right it is fantastic. Way to go Clearwater Beach.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Clearwater Beach Pier

Heading for a great sunset in Clearwater Beach.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Chargin Falls, brought to you by the number 8

It looked like they were promoting the number 8 in downtown Chargin Falls, Ohio, a very nice downtown to visit. Turns out it was for the 8th Chargin Falls Documentary Film Festival. Hope to visit again soon, maybe for the number 9!!!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Cleveland Pole-to-Pole

I attended a playoff game earlier in the week at Cleveland's Progressive Field with Cleveland beating New York in the first game of the series. While I have posted a pole-to-pole shot of this field previously from the lower section, I like this shot from up above better. Great stadium and good win by Cleveland over the hated New York Yankees.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Three Wonderful Grandkids

It is tough getting grandkids to sit still for a shot when you are a photographer as the kids start running when they see you coming with a camera. However, Lily, Clio and Echo all were up for a picture yesterday at Jono and Sam's wedding shower. Finally feel like I got a good shot of the three of them. Fun times and great grandkids!!!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Illinois Checkerboard Squares

Checkerboard square of Illinois farm fields. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Box Roses in October--that's not unusual

I can't say for sure but it did seem unusual yesterday to see our box roses flowering so late in the year. It has been a beautiful fall weather-wise in the midwest. A bit dry, however. It hasn't rained in a month or so.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Houston from above

Houston from above shows no ill effects of the Hurricane and on the ground is recovering very quickly as downtown did get some flooding. Some neighborhoods are still digging out but in most of the area you couldn't tell a hurricane hit less than a month ago.

Friday, September 29, 2017

High Sky over Houston

Heading into a landing pattern over Houston and saw this cloud scene out of the airplane window this week.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Chicago Love

One race fan near the finish of the Chicago Half Marathon was showing a little Chicago love, waving our city's flag. My son, Jono and Sam ran the race, although both were definitely not fully trained for a grueling 13.1 miles in the heat. Still, they both finished and that is a major accomplishment. Having run that race three times in the past, it is a killer with around 8 miles on Lake Shore Drive with no shade. Ouch. Congrats to Jono and Sam and next time, find time to train for the distance. You can only get away with that in your 20's.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

We're Number One....or is it something else?

I'm not exactly sure what message these flowers are trying to bring.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Some Chicago Color

When you see colors like this you have to shoot the shot. Taken near the Shedd Aquarium on Chicago's lakefront.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Chicago Looking Down

Yesterday's post was from a shot looking up at the old Sears Tower. Today, we have a cellphone shot looking down from the 35th floor of the Nuveen Building along the Chicago River. Wonderful view from our office building.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Chicago Looking Up

Looking up in Chicago. Still hate the name Willis Tower. Will always be Sears Tower to most Chicagoan.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

St Louis has nothing on us

Sure, St. Louis has the Gateway Arch. We have the Golden Arches. A tourist mega and a place for the desperate about to get on the hour and a half-rush hour ride home. Me? I was just walking to the Portillo's across the street.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Busch Stadium Pole-to-Pole



Stadium #12 (I think) in my pole-to-pole series. Might be the last new ballpark that I get to this season. St. Louis Busch stadium is very red. Nice stadium but I don't like that there is no outside concourse above the first section. Can't walk around the park unless you go inside and underneath the stadium. So, not one of my favorites. But great views all around.

Friday, September 15, 2017

We need to cut the head off of a live rooster.....

St Louis at home vs Cincinnati. "We need to cut the head off of a live rooster and nobody knows what to give Milly and Jimmy for their wedding present. We are dealing with a lot of shit here...."

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Arch View

Hard to find a view of the St Louis Gateway Arch that hasn't been shot a million time over. Here is one from just outside Busch Stadium.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Hoping everyone stays safe

With Irma making landfall in the Florida Keys this morning and the eye likely to bounce up the west coast of Florida, Naples and maybe Tampa are going to be hit. So, my thoughts go out to friends and family along the coast and hope that they are safe and property remains undamaged for as many as possible. If Florida gets lucky the storm hits the Everglades. This shot is from way back in 2012 on Naples Beach. Good luck Florida and parts north as the storm blows through.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Life Finds A Way

I love that line from Jurassic Park and it is true in this case with this lone tree somehow surviving while growing on concrete in Lake Michigan. It does have an excellent view of the city.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

All Are Welcome

Is the Shedd Aquarium taking at shot at Trump? In any case, if you sign up the night before you get entrance for free (well, technically a $3 handling fee) to the Shedd Aquarium during the month of September. Have to take them up on that.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Best Lakefront Views?

Hard to top the views along the lakefront in downtown Chicago. 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Labor Day







Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer. Get out and enjoy the day. I will try to do the same. These shots are from the Illinois State Fair back in August so they remind me of summer.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Monarch at Rest

I wish I could have asked her to open her wings (males, according to Wikipedia are redder in color) but other than that, I am happy with this shot!!!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Nothing Changes

A couple of us were commenting before the Bears game on Thursday how little sports in general change from high school (and sometimes middle school) to college to the pros. The same line ups, the same drills. This is two teams before the cut down to the 53 man roster. Lots of these players will not see the field again. I am not sure who I am sorry for but they at least got to live part of their dream and walk away healthy.