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Second time around.

Whats up everyone? Today I was just going over a few thousand photos that I have shot and saw a few that I thought was “junk” when I shot them. Well to my surprise I have an external hard drive full of images that are the total opposite.

This shot of the Field Museum is a second shot that I took similar to another that I posted to facebook a few months back. The first shot was taken from the side of the Museum facing Soldiers Field and this shot is from the Lake Michigan facing side.

Now I totally understand about “cliche” photos, but When you love where your from and want the world to see it the way that you see it, is the best part about being a photographer. I waited for a semi clear night, jumped in my car and headed east from where I live to shoot the Shedd Aquarium.

Now anyone who is reading this from Chicago knows that parking downtown for a few hours is damn near the cost of a monthly bill at your home, so I decided to head down around 10:00pm so I could park over by the Buckingham Fountain on Columbus for free (meters only charge from 6am to 9pm over there) just so you know.

The walk to my destination was cool and it was plenty of people out enjoying the night. I knew that the park closes at 11pm so I had to move fast so I didn’t have the CPD questioning me about why I’m taking pictures of landmarks, (you know photographers are seen as the new terrorist).

Well either way I got my shot and walking away from there I stepped right into this shot…… BAM!!!!! With camera still on tripod, I shot away. After looking at this image I was like, “its alright I could’ve done better” and put it in a folder and went on with my life.

Sometimes we need to step back and take a look from a different perspective or remember to have fun doing what we do. This pic didn’t come out bad at all but I couldn’t get out of photographer mode to see it for what it is. Thanks for reading my rant and I hope that you enjoy this photo as much as I am, Peace & love and remember to BELIEVE!!!!!

City Lights.

Hey everyone! I have been away from the blog for a while working and getting some other things together. I am back with a new perspective on alot of things and I am about to show it off.My heart is with photography and that I want to show to the world.

My city is where I started my journey in life and my city is I will start the journey with my new perspective.

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……….

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 @ 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…………..