Sunday, March 29, 2009

Another Factory Panorama

Here's another panoramic image I shot at the abandoned factory on Friday. I shot five panoramas there, I'm currently working on number four. If they turn out, I may post them here. For more info on the factory, see yesterday's post.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Return To The Factory

Late last fall, I shot some photos at an abandoned factory on the far south side of Chicago. I returned to the same factory today to do some more shooting. This time, I concentrated mainly on shooting panoramas, and shooting with my four-lens Nishika camera. This is the first of five or six panoramas I shot there.

The factory looked largely the same as it did last fall, although it was obvious that more of it had been demolished. I was wondering why the demolition seemed to be going so slowly, and suspected it might have something to do with the superfund sign I saw posted to the fence surrounding the site. I googled it tonight, and found this site, full of info abut this specific location. There's lots of photos there as well, but mostly of oil pits and people in hazmat suits.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Short Visit to Utrecht Pt. 2

Here's a few more photos I shot when I was in Utrecht, Netherlands a few years ago.

This is a cute ice cream truck parked in the city center.

This photo was taken in the National Museum van Speelklok tot Pierement (mechanical music museum). It's a great collection of large music playing wagons, which Utrecht is known for.

Gargoyles on a building at the University of Utrecht.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

A Short Visit To Utrecht

I received an email on my Facebook account a couple of days ago from someone who had seen a photo I posted here last August that I took in Utrecht, Netherlands. This person is going to Utrecht in August of this year, so I'm posting some photos for them.

Utrecht is a beautiful city that's located close enough to the center of The Netherlands that you can get anywhere easily. There's a big train station there (attached to a large, generic shopping mall), and trains pass through to all parts of the country. Utrecht has (at least) two distinct features: canals below street level (which you can see in the photo above) and tall, narrow buildings, often with entrances right off of a canal (which you can see below).

Here's another view of a canal in Utrecht:

I'll post some more Utrecht photos tomorrow.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Where SERVICE Is Still In Fashion

I forgot how exhausting it can be going back to work after spring break. It didn't help that a lot of crap came up on Monday and Tuesday that had to be dealt with. The second half of the week was much calmer, but I'm still pretty exhausted.

Anyway, This is my first post since Tuesday. I'm planning a larger post with several images soon, but it isn't ready yet. For now, here's a Holga camera shot of the side of a building in Chicago's Mt. Greenwood neighborhood on the far southwest side of the city.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


It was a beautiful warm day in Chicago today (finally!). It's supposed to be cooler and rainy tomorrow, so here's a photo to remind us of sunny spring days.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Museum Window

This is a window at the Art Institute of Chicago. I shot this photo a couple of years ago, right around dusk. I was meeting someone in front of the museum, and was shooting random photos while waiting for them to arrive. This one turned out decently, I think. I like the color shift from the blue-gray at the top of the photo to the golden yellow at the bottom, where the lights are shining on the art pieces. I also like how the tree branches mirror the line of the staircase.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Wood And Flowers

This is kind of an odd photo. Scale and angle are kind of confused, making it difficult to know exactly how to read it. I shot this a couple of summers ago while at my Mom's house. I was wandering around her yard with my camera (which I tend to do a lot when I'm there-there's not much else to do in rural mid-Michigan). This photo was taken with a wide angle lens, with the camera pointing straight down (you can see a bit of my foot at the bottom center of the photo). On the left is a hanging basket of flowers, on the right some wood piled up next to a small shed. There's nothing unusual about it, really, but it just seems odd to me.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Fence Fragment

I shot this on Monday. I was out shooting random stuff, and saw this bit of a plastic snow fence laying in the rocks. I like the color of the fence against the blacks and white of the rocks.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


After a couple of decent days last week, the weather has taken a turn for the crappy this week. Two days of steel gray skies and pouring rain, followed by a sunny but very cold and windy day today.

Hopefully, we'll get some springlike weather soon. Here's a spring flower (an alium) to look at in the meantime.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

7 Up

I shot this photo in San Francisco a couple of years ago. There's not much to say about it, I was just wandering down the street when I saw this old sign above a laundromat. I liked the old fashioned look of it, so I shot a photo.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Blue 8

This is one of those photos what I like, but I'm not really sure why I like. It was shot while on a train approaching Schipol Airport in Amsterdam in 2007. I like the blue objects, and the way they hold the composition together. I think what I like the most, however, is that it just looks different than suburbs in the U.S.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Train Graffiti

I shot this photo of graffiti painted on the side of a train last summer. I was riding my bike near train tracks, the train was stopped on the tracks. I often take my Holga camera along when I'm riding my bike, it's lightweight and fits in my small bike bag easily.

Friday, March 6, 2009

From The 'L'

These photos were shot with my Holga camera on a freezing cold day late last fall. I was in the L stop in Chicago's Chinatown waiting for a train into downtown. I like the way these two photos work together, but anyone familiar with the area will recognize that I'm looking east in the photo on the left, and west (and a little north) in the photo on the right.

Like nearly everything I shoot with the Holga, I was using expired film when I shot these, hence the color shift. I shot three rolls of film while walking around with my Holga today (it was beautiful out). If the shots turn out, which is a big if when using the Holga, you'll likely see some of them here.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Factory

Last November, I shot a bunch of photos at an old abandoned factory on the far south side of Chicago. I posted a bunch of photos over several days right after I shot them. Here's a couple more. I'm on Spring break next week (finally!), maybe I'll go back and shoot there some more.