Saturday, February 28, 2009


I don't have much to say about this photo. It was shot in Chinatown last year on a day I was wandering around with my camera shooting randomly.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Golden Gate

I was looking through an old photo album a week or so ago and found this photo. I kind of like the shot, the Golden Gate bridge works nicely with the large tree on the left hand side.
The photo was shot in San Francisco (obviously) in 2000, when I was there on vacation. I used a 35mm film camera. I didn't buy my first digital camera until 2003.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


This photo was taken on the same trip as yesterday's photo. This one was taken in Bryce Canyon National Park which is located pretty close to Zion (about an hour away). Bryce Canyon is amazing. The scenery there is unlike anywhere else I know of.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


This photo was taken in Zion National park in 2001. It's water tumbling off of a rock ledge, as seen from below.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Nishika Carousel

It's been a while since I posted a photo taken with my Nishika four-lens camera. Designed to take lenticular photos, I often shoot by taping pieces of plastic or other diffusers over one or more of the lenses, and treating the four photos as one image.
This one was taken at Navy Pier in Chicago a couple of years ago.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Incomplete Message

This was shot in Chinatown in Chicago last spring. It's part of a flier that had been pasted to a wall.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


These are anemones in a tidal pool on Olympic National Park in Washington. I shot the photo in 2005 when I was vacationing there. This was the first time I had seen a tidal pool, and wandering among the shallow pools fill of anemones and starfish was one of the highlights of that trip.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Blue Island

Here's the last panorama I'll be posting (for now). It's also the most recent one I've made. It was shot on February 7, which was a beautiful, warm, sunny day (the first in months in Chicago). I wanted, no, needed to get outside, so I grabbed some cameras (three of them) and headed to Blue Island, a suburb just south of Chicago. I shot this one and a couple other panoramas while there. This is my favorite of them.

Monday, February 16, 2009


I'll finish up this week (or so) of panoramic/mosaic images with a couple which hopefully illustrate that interesting photos can be made in mundane locations.
This one was taken in Rosemont, IL a couple of years ago. That's the rear of a Target store on the left, and a generic suburban motel on the right. You can't see it in the photos, but the space between those two buildings points right to one of the runways at O'Hare airport. Before you get to the airport, however, you'd pass through a large arena and a freeway. Typical suburban landscape (my sister calls it 'generica'), but I like the panorama I made there.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Atop Coit Tower

This panorama was shot from atop Coit Tower in San Francisco on a rainy afternoon in October, 2007. I was actually supposed to be on a plane to Chicago when this was shot, but several hours of heavy rains and delayed flights out of SFO resulted in my flight being canceled. Which was fine with me. I was staying with my sister, so lodging wasn't an issue. I went up Coit Tower for the first time (I'd been up to the tower several times, but never up it), shot a bunch of photos, and later had great sushi at a tiny restaurant in the Richmond District. All in all, not a bad way to spend a day.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Fairyland Benches

A pretty simple panorama today, made out of three photos. It's benches in the Fairyland children's amusement park on Oakland, California. I like the repeating colors and shapes in this one.

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Today's panorama is technically a mosaic, not a panorama. Whatever, it was made the same way, and I like it. It was shot at the Museum of Surgical Sciences in Chicago right after Thanksgiving, 2007.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Sol Duc Falls

Today's panorama is of Sol Duc Falls at Olympic National Park in Washington. It was shot in 2005 when I was there on vacation.

Olympic National Park is beautiful, I highly recommend a visit. There's few places where you can climb a mountain, walk on the beach, hike through rainforest and soak in a natural hot spring all in the same park. You can also visit Forks, WA on the same trip, which should excite fans of the Twilight books (which I haven't read, I just know that they take place in Forks).

Monday, February 9, 2009

Panorama Week

I've been making these panorama/mosaic type pieces for several years. I've posted them to this blog several times as well, most recently here. Recently, I've been thinking about them more, wondering if I want to start treating them a little more seriously. While I've made cyanotype prints and gum bichromate prints out of them, I've been thinking about other ways of presenting them. While I mull all this over, I'll post some here over the next few days.

This one was shot in the fall of 2007. It's the first McDonald's, located in Des Plains, IL, a suburb of Chicago. It's a museum now, with a new McDonald's across the street. I've been by it a couple of times, but it never seems to be open. These photos were shot through the fence that surrounds it.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Lombard Street

About a month ago I posted a photo taken out the dining room window of my sister's apartment in San Francisco. Here's a similar view. I was standing on the corner of Grant and Lombard, about halfway up Telegraph Hill, when I shot this photo looking down (and back up) Lombard St.

Follow the street up to the top of the photo. That's the famous part of Lombard St., the part known as the crookedest street in the world. As I mentioned in the post I linked to above, in reality, it's not even the most crooked street in San Francisco. That honor actually goes to Vermont St. in Portero Hill, a neighborhood with significantly less tourist traffic than Russian Hill, where the crooked part of Lombard St. is located. Oh well. Lombard St. is still pretty crooked.

Friday, February 6, 2009


Today's photo was taken in the town of Giethoorn in The Netherlands. Giethoorn is a tourist village, famous for having canals instead of streets in the center of the town. As a result it's known as the "Venice of the Netherlands", but I think that's a marketing gimmick. It's a cute town at any rate, full of cottages and lots of trees.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

More Flowers

It's still cold here (although a heat wave of 30 degrees F is supposed to hit in a couple of days.
Here's more flowers.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


I'm starting to get tired of winter. That's pretty normal for this time of year, but this has been a particularly bad winter in Chicago. I don't know if posting a photo of flowers helps, or is torture.