Nothing terribly special with this shot here, but I really liked how I was able to fill the frame with that 80-400mm I was using in Chicago. If you hadn't guessed, this is another one from Lincoln Park Zoo. I was really amazed at how this one was able to sleep so soundly. There were several other flamingos that were courting and being very loud, and worse off than that there was a young kid in the grass across from their enclosure screaming at the sea gulls that were around. I was surprised in this shot that the shadows turned out so good, as it was a bit later in the morning when I shot this. Please let me know what you think, as any suggestions are welcomed and appreciated. Enjoy!
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Ok, so I'm not immensely pleased that I didn't get the whole Hope sign in this frame, but the square in front of the Hancock building in Chicago was full of tourists. I know I was a tourist as well, but these tourists had point and shoots and I was trying to shoot! lol. I ending up waiting my turn to shoot this composition, when a little girl wandered up to the left side of the sign. I just recomposed and shot away since I knew if I waited for her to move more people would have walked into my frame. I really love how it looks like the clouds are swirling around the building. Please let me know what you all think as any suggestions are welcomed and appreciated. Enjoy!
Monday, July 23, 2012
I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before, but for our trip to Chicago, I borrowed a Nikon 80-400mm lens from my work. I was using for the rowing races we were at Lincoln Park for, when we decided to go to Lincoln Park Zoo afterward. The 80-400mm did an amazing job in both places. The weight of this lens is the only thing I wasn't crazy about, but the sharpness was an easy trade off. Please let me know what you all think as any suggestions are welcomed and appreciated. Enjoy!
Thursday, July 19, 2012
This is the center of a mosaic fountain in the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago. I liked this shot for two reasons. I liked the mosaic artwork and I liked the shadows of the sun coming through the greenhouse behind me. Please let me know what you all think as any suggestions are welcomed and appreciated. Enjoy!
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Not the sharpest shot in the world here, but I must say that Shedd Aquarium is one of the most poorly lit attractions in Chicago. I let Jenea use my 35mm f/1.8 so I was using my 28-70mm f/2.8, which in most cases, wasn't quite fast enough. The shot's still fairly clean and decently sharp, but of course we all strive for perfection. This just means I'll have to go back! Please let me know what you all think as any suggestions are welcomed and appreciated. Enjoy!
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
This is one of my favorite shots from our Chicago trip. The Hancock building is not built straight up, but rather at an angle. This allows people to see all the way to the top of the building from the ground and from very close to the building. You know it's a huge building when my 10-20mm can't get the whole thing in there! Please let me know what you all think as any suggestions are welcomed and appreciated. Enjoy!
Monday, July 16, 2012
This is another shot from the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago. One of the most beautiful, and the most humid and hot, houses at the park was the fern house. I could here in the distance when we entered the room that there was water falling. That sounded like a place I needed to be. The lighting on this particular waterfall was quite tough, as it was tucked back a little bit into the foliage so it was hard getting a perfect exposure. Please let me know what you all think as any suggestions are welcomed and appreciated. Enjoy!
Friday, July 13, 2012
We really maximized our time for this Chicago trip. We left our house at about 4:30 in the morning so that we would arrive at our first destination, Garfield Park Conservatory, just shortly after it had opened. I'm extremely glad we did, because this was also the hottest day of our trip. So why don't we all go roam around and shoot photos in a greenhouse! It was so hot in there, but so immensely worth it. We found out when we got there that these few Chihuly pieces still remained, which was honestly a nice surprise. This is one of the most beautiful greenhouses I've ever been in, and will be going back to in the future. Please let me know what you all think as any suggestions are welcomed and appreciated. Enjoy!
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
I think that it's kind of funny that the first shot from our Chicago trip that I'm posting is the last set of shots that I took in Chicago. This is a 6 shot panoramic of the Chicago skyline from one of the balconies at Shedd Aquarium. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. Our trip was absolutely awesome, and equally as exhausting. We did and saw a lot, so much in fact that by time it got dark, I was too wiped out to take any night shots except for one. Hopefully tomorrow and the next day I will be able to get some more of these edited. Please let me know what you all think as any suggestions are welcomed and appreciated. Enjoy!
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
This is another shot from our night shooting down in old town St. Charles. This old train station has been kept up and is exceptionally beautiful. The only problem at night is that it gets this strange green cast that makes photos look horrible. So I thought I'd try something different here, reminds me of something you'd clip out of a newspaper. Kind of a new take on selective color, I don't see it too often at night. Please let me know what you all think as any suggestions are welcomed and appreciated. Enjoy!
Monday, July 2, 2012
Another shot from the Museum of Transportation here in St. Louis. This train really reminded of the Rocketeer for the front shape on it's engine. That with the awesome texture in the old metal made for a very interesting find for me. This is a place I can find myself going back to many times in the future. Please let me know what you all think as any suggestions or comments would be welcomed and appreciated. Enjoy!
Sunday, July 1, 2012
A friend of mine that I work with at the camera shop and I went out to do some night shooting in old town St. Charles near my house last night. Despite it being very hot and incredibly humid still, we managed to get some good shots. I wanted to get out and brush up on my night shooting since we'll be heading to Chicago this coming weekend and I know I'll be doing plenty of night shots there. Please let me know what you all think about this one, I'd really like to hear suggestions on things to do differently or things you like about it. Enjoy!
Oh! I almost forgot! This was shot with my brand newish (it was an older lens that came into our used case) Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8! You all will be seeing a lot more shots with this lens, and I'll try and remember to put a post up showing that beautiful glass. :)