Taken on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014. Took the bus down to Adler Planetarium after work on a day that was windier and colder than it seemed. I was looking for a sunset picture of the skyline, but since I had shown up way before dusk, I decided to try a few different things, which is what this project is all about. The sunset photo was a little pedestrian, so it doesn’t get top billing this week. (Also, full disclosure, it was super windy and cold by the lake, and I was losing feeling in my fingers so I wanted to skedaddle before the sky got interesting enough for a great skyline pic.)
This photo is pretty simple. Make the horizontal things horizontal, the vertical things vertical. Compose the elements in a visually appealing way. Find some balance in the subject. Have an interesting foreground, midground and background. The hard part was composing this with an ND3 filter on it, which only allows 1/1024th of the light through (but it gave me the ability to make this a long exposure).
One of the things I like about this photo is that it has a painting like quality to it with the choppy water smoothed out with the long exposure. It actually has some semblance to my desktop wallpaper that I found that is based on Rene Magritte’s Son of Man painting (that you may recall from the newer-but-not-that-new Thomas Crown Affair movie). Here’s that wallpaper:
Also, here’s the other photo that didn’t make the cut:
The Chicago Skyline at Sunset(ish)
It’s amazing how you can get 2 completely different photos just 30 minutes and 50 yards from each other.
Taken April 28th at The Shully residence, while my friends, Roberto and Amanda were in town from Paris. I first met Jenny and Enoch while in Cape Town, South Africa with Roberto and Amanda during the World Cup in June of 2010. Enoch was the manager at Arnold’s Cafe where we would camp out everyday for breakfast, and sometimes lunch, and sometimes dinner. And Jenny, who we met through our mutual friend, Rob, lived in an apartment just above Arnold’s. She opened up her home to us, tolerated our incessant tomfoolery and for some reason, still invites us over for dinner (and a lot of wine) after they moved to the States.
Here they are, with their beautiful daughter Tulah and their dog, Nyani.
Taken Wednesday, April 16th. Took a walk down by the lake. It was way too windy. Got little too close to the shore. Got splashed. Didn’t like it. Walked back to this spot and took a picture here instead.
Taken March 23rd, 2014. I had been wanting to get a koi fish tattoo for a long time, and finally, last year, talking to my brother, I finally went out and did some research to find the right tattoo artist. I ended up finding Robin “Solokill” King at Metamorph Tattoo in Wicker Park. She had been booked out for months, so I was super excited to get in for my session for outlining and shading. I decided to do a timelapse, and grabbed some photos for Week 8 of this project. I’ll be back in June for my final session for full color, and I can’t wait.