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Cook County Hospital, My life began here.

Living in Chicago is a very good thing for those of us that love it here. Some may dispute that New York or Los Angeles is better but when you Bleed hot dogs with no ketchup, Italian beef dipped with hot peppers, and Chicago style pizza who can top that? The fact that were broke bothers me because everything here is being sold to the highest bidder. I took a picture of Cook County Hospital not only because the architecture is AMAZING but also my life began there. This is one of those must have things to put in the photo album just because……….

Puerto Rico……. This ones for you!

In my travels around Chicago I had to stop and get a shot for all my “Ricans” out there. I was being looked at kinda strange and I had a load of beautiful women questioning me about my photography. In all it was a good time just standing there doing what I do.

I’m stuck in HDR land.

My friend James has me stuck in this HDR stage that I cant seem to get out of……. I’m a portrait photographer……… No wait I am a visual artist……… I am loving what I do, Here’s another From Lake Shore Drive

My kind of town…….. or city.

“MY kind of town Chicago is……. my kind of town”…….. I love this place. No need to explain any further I’ll let the picture speak for itself.

Chicago at night.

Last night I was on the phone talking to my friend James and we both had that “photographers itch.” (That’s when you are having photo withdrawls) so we decided  to jump up at 11pm and ride downtown to get busy with some picture taking. My cousin ELL and I had a place selected already (btw, you can check his blog out @ http://espots1.wordpress.com) so I kinda knew where I wanted to start. When you drive around all the time that kinda kills the scenery so it was hard to vision the shot. When we arrived I was totally amazed by the way the lights illuminated the sky causing the reflections in the water to match. So this is where photography gets interesting, Ever take a picture with you camera and it doesn’t look the way you expected?

The human eye has the ability to see the whole light scheme but cameras aren’t that forgiving.  I knew what I was looking for in my photo and with the first sequence, PERFECT! So from this point on we were snapping away until James said “Lets go somewhere else and take some more” that’s like telling a little kid lets go to the park. So we packed up and hit spot number 2. When we arrived I was taken back by the view and knew that I had to compose this shot right or mess up a beautiful photo. Without changing any settings in my camera, I set up my shot and ………… You’ve guessed it, PERFECT! So I guess I will stop with all the ranting and raving and get to the photos………. I LOVE MY CITY, and will post more as I take them, until next time…………..

Everybody’s a photographer nowadays.

So Saturday I had 2 photoshoots in downtown Chicago. Once I made it to the location with my first client I was getting everything setup and BAM! out of nowhere this lady showed up with a wedding group. I was like “that’s gonna be a perfect picture” until she pulled out this point and shoot camera, popped up the flash and went to snapping away. Now by this time I have my gear setup and people are starting to look at me then back at her like “what the F**K!” All I could do was give the typical shoulder shrug and started with my shoot.

Now I have people coming up to me asking for business cards and commenting on that lady. Being a photographer I wasn’t going to talk down about her, who knows whats going on in her life, she might have a family to support. So I kept doing my thing until it was time to move to the next location. Once we made it there, low and behold, some type of teenage “rights of passage” or an “extremely young newly married couple” was there and BAM! another photographer with another point and shoot camera popped up out of nowhere.

By now everyone in the group were screaming at the photographer “HEY LOOK THERE’S A REAL PHOTOGRAPHER OVER THERE” talking about me and they even turned and posed for me instead of their own photographer. This is something to be taken serious for the many photographer’s who make a living from their trade. If you want professional results you have to acquire a professional service, and if you just want pictures then be happy with what you have and try not to be disrespectful to whoever is helping you out.

NBC tower from the ground.

I have to put up another picture of Chicago Because………. Well I love this place and I wanted to drop a night photo of something that doesn’t get seen as a main attraction. I wanted to take this picture at a child’s perspective so I got down on my knees and took the shot. Damn, I can see why kids are like WOW when they see things like this………. Simply amazing!

The Bean!

Everyone has something “cliche” that they really like about where they live. Me I love the “bean” Cloud Gate is its original name. Chicago is the place to be and no one can tell me otherwise (Do you hear this Beth Barton?) So I took a photo of my favorite part of where I live to present to you. Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you………… THE BEAN!

Renaissance Faire 2010

This Had to be one of the most interesting places I have ever been in my life. People were dressed as if it was Halloween in July, but it was a really good time seeing something different. Being prepared with my camera and in good spirits with good friends made the time more enjoyable. The food was ok……. nothing to brag about but the things I saw was enough to make up for the not so tasty short comings.