Lake Point Tower

Nice Curves

I am not sure why I like this building so much, but Lake Point Tower, in Chicago just off of Nave Pier really caught my attention. It was early morning just after taking this shot of Navy Pier and walking to get some coffee that I saw the early morning light reflected off of this curvacious building. While most photos of the structure you will see look black, the reflective nature of all these windows made the building look truly golden. I actually took this zoomed further out, but ended up liking a tighter and more abstract crop.

Sunrise at Navy Pier

Good Morning

Some of the best light imaginable is at sunrise. There is another great thing about sunrise special to us photographers…you can get a shot without people. Almost everywhere I go, this is the secret to shots without throngs of tourists. Just get up at 4am, get to your location, wait for the sun to come up…BAM great photo. The only problem with this is much like everyone else in the world, I have a horrible time getting up early enough to be present for the sunrise. On the day I took this photo, I was up at 4am, rode the train into the city for an hour and braved a pretty blustery Chicago AM all without coffee for the first two hours. Of course I was rewarded with this view. Maybe I need to work on becoming more of a morning person.

Palmer House

Walking the Streets of Chicago

On my last trip to Chicago, I got a bit of time just to roam the streets downtown. It was a great day for a photowalk and I had a great time just meandering. Often carrying a camera makes you a target for all sorts of harassment. The police these days seem to be overly suspicious of why anyone would want to take a picture of anything. People get mad if you get in their way or stop on the sidewalk for a look around (stupid tourists). On this trip I was yelled at by a guy asking for a bus fare. He repeatedly told me, “I’m not a bum!”. To which I said I was sorry I didn’t have any cash. He cursed at me and stormed off muttering something about my wallet full of cash. Obviously he doesn’t know about the airline mile earning credit cards I used to get to Chicago in the first place. Really sir…I don’t carry any cash.


I took this shot of the Historic Palmer House Marquee. Little did I realize at the time I missed an awesome photo opportunity inside as the lobby is apparently gorgeous.

Holy Cow!

Brotherhood of the Traveling Pants

I have been traveling a bit lately; Paris, Chicago, Kansas City, Berne, Indiana. I love being on the move when the move takes me interesting places to photograph. Paris is a smorgasbord of picture taking opportunity. Everywhere you look there is something great to capture. I have been working very slowly on processing the Parisian photos…I know lots of people have been asking for a look. Not to worry, in the 2000 or so photos I took I think there are a few that I will be posting in the future.

Holy Cow!

On a recent trip to Chicago I met up with photographers Aaron Nace and Christopher Allen and had a really interesting night. Both guys are incredibly talented and a frankly quite a bit of fun to spend an evening with. We ended up at a very odd bar and in the middle of eating I turned around and noticed this guy over the door. I have to say…I think he may have summed up the whole night.