Thursday, November 26, 2009

Bryce Canyon

Here's a photo shot in Bryce Canyon National Park in 2001. Bryce Canyon is beautiful, one of the most interesting and unique places I've visited.

This might be my last post for a few days, I'm visiting family for Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


I bought a new computer a couple of months ago, and the updated version of iPhoto that came installed on it has face recognition built in. It went through my entire library of photos, and tagged what it thought were faces. That lead to the occasional humorous tag in which inanimate objects were marked as faces. Here's two of them. I thought they were funny, so I took screenshots of the photos with the tags. The faces are labeled 'unnamed' because it didn't recognize a specific face.

The first photo was taken at Children’s Fairyland, a trippy amusement park for young kids in Oakland, CA. The bottom one is a photo of one of the cool vintage arcade games at Musée Mécanique, the only thing worth seeing on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Russian Hill

I took these photos while standing about halfway up Russian Hill in San Francisco last summer. The hill off in the distance is Telegraph Hill, topped by Coit Tower.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Institute Model

This is a photo of a model for the new wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, which opened last spring.I've posted some of these before, as well as cyanotype prints made of them, both on this blog and on Lightbender, my other blog. I'm feeling a bit lazy (it's 12:45 am, and I'm about to put the Mac to sleep and go read for a while), so you'll have to look through old blog posts if you're interested in seeing them.

Now that the new wing is open, I want to go photograph the actual space (as opposed to the models). I'll get to that before too long, after I finish a half dozen other projects I'm working on at the moment.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Colorful Fascade

This building is in the Haight-Ashbury district in San Francisco. There's quite a few brightly colored buildings in that area of the city. Shot with my Holga toy camera in October, 2007.

Saturday, November 21, 2009


I went to dinner tonight at the best sushi place in Chicago. I brought my camera along, because I knew the restaurant was about a block from this hot dog place, with the great sign. The letters on the sign change colors, here it is with the other color lit:

Friday, November 20, 2009


I shot this photo at the Exhibit Museum of Natural History in Ann Arbor, MI a couple of years ago. I actually like the reflection in the glass in that photo. I made a Polaroid lift of his photo, here's how it turned out.

I like the reds better in the lift, but the turquoise tones in the reflections are lost, which I don't like so much.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Here's a shot taken in Chicago's Loop with my Holga camera a couple of years ago. It was shot with expired black and white film (I usually only shoot with expired film in my Holga). I added the color in in Photoshop. I made a print of this and took it to The Netherlands the last time I was there, and gave it to my friend Els.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Crater Lake, Backlit

People seemed to like the photo of Crater Lake I posted last week, so here's another one. I'm facing west in this one, on the east side of the rim. It was in the afternoon, and the sun was getting low in the sky. I love the reflection on the water, and the backlit western rim of the crater.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Factory Panorama

Here's a panorama of an abandoned factory on the far south side of Chicago. I've shot there a few times over the past year, but haven't been there since late last Spring. I flew over it on my way home from vacation last summer, and it looked like the building had been completely torn down. I should go out there again and take a look.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Wooden Shoes

I shot this photo at a souvenir shop in Amsterdam a few years ago. The center of the city, like any spot heavily visited by tourists, is full of souvenir shops selling mostly crap. Fortunately, in Amsterdam, one only needs to walk a few blocks to escape that madness.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Hoge Veluwe National Park

I shot this photo in Hoge Veluwe National Park in The Netherlands when I was visiting there as part of an educational exchange in 2005. Hoge Veluwe is a really interesting park. Most of it is off limits to cars, and there are dozens of white bicycles available for use for free to ride around the park. In the center of the park is an art museum, the Kröller-Müller Museum, which has the second largest collection of Van Gogh paintings (after the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam), and a huge and wonderful sculpture park with modern sculpture scattered throughout a wooded area. It's definitely worth visiting if you're in The Netherlands.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Dupont Circle

I was in Washington DC this past September for the wedding of my partner's sister. The wedding and our hotel room were both in Dupont Circle, a pretty Washington neighborhood that I had never visited before. I shot these photos out of the window of our room on the morning of the wedding.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Argyle St.

I shot this with my Holga camera a couple of summers ago. It's part of a fence surrounding a parking lot just off of Argyle St. in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood. Argyle St. is a three or four block stretch of Vietnamese restaurants and groceries (there's an occasional Chinese business there as well). Does anyone know what this character is?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Rainy Chinatiown Night

I happened to be wandering around Chinatown on a rainy night a couple of weeks ago, and shot a few photos for the heck of it. The spots you see in the photo are drops of rain on my camera's lens.

Saturday, November 7, 2009


A photo of dried milkweed pods, shot where I found them, in a field behind my mother's house on Christmas day a couple of years ago.

Friday, November 6, 2009


I shot this photo in Amsterdam when I was there in 2007.It was taken near the Waterlooplein square where the Amstel river runs through the city.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Chinatown Alley

I like this shot of an alleyway in San Francisco's Chinatown, even though there's nothing really special about it. Maybe it's the everyday street scene feeling that I find appealing.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Giant Mushrooms!

I shot this photo in a park not too far from where I work. I don't really know what these things are for. They are too tall and don't have a large enough circumference to provide shade for picnic tables (besides, there are no tables there, and who would want to picnic in this spot?). There's nothing else nearby, the park is basically a huge empty field. Any guesses?