The past couple of days I’ve been fortunate to go out and capture some of natures harshest yet aesthetic changes on our landscape. The Ice sculptures in Whiting left after High freezing winds to the warm sun rising over the frozen waters at Navy Pier. I hope you may enjoy looking at them as much as I did photographing them.
After seeing so many great photos over the last week of the riverwalk Ken ( http://mychicagophotowalks.com/ )and I decided to grab a breath of fresh air and hit the trail. It was cold enough but tolerable for a short hour or two stroll…Sunset was blah so hung out for the Blue hour end then a coffee before heading back.
This weekend was unseasonably warm, so along with my sidekick, Kenneth Iilio, author of http://mychicagophotowalks.com/ we went on a photo walk behind the Planetarium, heading south towards Northerly Island. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northerly_Island) Even though it was in the upper 40’s we encountered patches of ice along the break walls, predominantly in the shaded areas…a reminder to return again after the next time wind and freezing temperatures return!
After leaving the concrete break walls we headed along the small secluded beach whereupon we found a small grove of trees and shrubbery decorated with Ice. From there we moved across the park to photograph the ladies in Daphne Garden. These three sculptures of ladies with wings for arms and plants for hair were initially placed in Grant Park, they now reside in the spot where Meigs Field airport was, they now survey the city from solitude, away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. As always our walks seem to encounter a pleasant tangent from the norm, true to form we found a team of Huskies on show…along with some humans to keep them in line.
Walking back into town through the now empty Burnham harbour afforded some cool reflection of the skyline, so I finally got to use the tripod I’d been lugging around and snapped a couple of Pano’s and a long exposure shot. Then back over behind Shed Aquarium where I caught a Greater Merganser with a Perch in his beak…Bonus shot of the day!
A friend and I drove down to Matthiessen State Park last week. Our intentions were to photograph the fall colours and hopefully after the heavy spells of rain a few days prior the falls would be in full glory. Unfortunately, due to the very dry summer, the leaves hadn’t changed much and the falls where quite lack lustred! None the less we had a good outing and will just need to go again!
In photography, bokeh (originally /ˈboʊkɛ/, /ˈboʊkeɪ/ BOH-kay — also sometimes pronounced as /ˈboʊkə/ BOH-kə, Japanese: [boke]) is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”
Using the effect of Bokeh when shooting was first introduced to me when I was fairly new to photography. I generally will shoot wide open to accentuate my subject with a creamy backdrop or frame. It is especially useful when you find a subject that has an interest to you and it is surrounded by boring areas. When these areas have a light source, be it a bulb or reflection of natural light it can be quite magical.
I’m sure it will be a slow process to get this the way I want it, especially as I don’t really know what I’m doing, which is the story of my life really. That being said, the end goal here is to hopefully get better and become interesting enough to sell my photographs.
Those that know me know how I love to explore – whether it be travelling afar to new destinations, in the forest behind the house whilst walking the dog or just wandering around Chicago – well you get the idea – basically anywhere, it is usually with a camera, taking photos and meeting new people.
I recently joined the Chicago chapter of an international meetup group called “Drink and Click.” In this chapter is a group of photographers (many of them professionals) who meet up monthly to shoot in various locations in and around Chicago. The shoots are dictated by different monthly themes. It is a very friendly and fun bunch of like-minded characters. I have gone on a few photo walks outside of the group with Ken, one of the members, and along with photography tips and sharing a vast local knowledge of the area, he has also helped me with setting up of this site. I would like to thank and dedicate this first post to Kenneth Yerro Ilio and add that some of the shots were taken whilst we were walking and some are from the group walks. Please feel free to check out his work from the links below.