Friday, July 29, 2011

On The Road Again

I'm squeezing in one more short trip this summer, flying to Toronto in the morning. This will be my first trip to that city since 1998, and I'm looking forward to seeing how the city has changed.

Here are a few photos from my trip to San Francisco earlier this summer to hold you until I get back.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Infrared Panorama

A photomosaic or panorama (what ever you want to call it) shot last spring. Click on the photo to see a larger version.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Back Home

I'm home from my trip to Michigan, where I broiled sitting in a booth at the Ann Arbor Art Fair. Here's a couple shots of my luxurious room at Motel 6, shot with my new Pinwide. These were long exposures, about 25 seconds each.

Thursday, July 21, 2011


Yes, it's still unbearably hot here. Here are some photos of frost on my windows shot on a frigid day a couple of winters ago.

I'll be out of town for a couple days, so I won't be posting until probably Monday. Hope it's cooler then.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Heat Wave

Ugh. 94 degrees in Chicago today, and several more days of that expected. I almost wish I could take a winter stroll through the Osaka Garden in Hyde Park, where this photo was shot last January.

Sunday, July 17, 2011


I bought a new toy today-a pinhole for my digital camera. It's called a Pinwide, a plastic cap for a micro four thirds camera which turns it into a pinhole camera. It arrived in today's mail right as I was about to leave to meet a friend at the Art Institute of Chicago, but I quickly shot a few photos before leaving. This pinhole  allows for super wide angle shots, and like all pinholes, has very long depth of field which allows for objects very close to the camera as well as far away to be in focus. The toy in the photo above was only about two inches from the camera body, impossible with most lenses.

This one was shot in my backyard. I was hand holding the camera-no tripod-and it was about a 3 second exposure, so it's a bit blurry, but still looks pretty good.

So why use a device that basically turns a very sharp digital camera into a low-fi toy? I could probably give several reasons, but let's go with my liking the look of these photos. And because I can.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Lights Out!

I took an unexpected break from this blog due to a two and a half day power outage after storms passed through Chicago early Monday morning. Mine was one of about 870,000 homes without power. Power came back on today about 5:30pm.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011

The View

No, this post isn't about that shrill daytime talk show. This is the view from the tower of the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. The California Academy of Sciences designed by Renzo Piano is the building in the center of the photo. The green roof of that building is very cool. Here's a photo I shot there last year:

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Fuzzy Flowers

Keeping the San Francisco photo theme going for the time being. These trees with the fuzzy red or pink flowers are pretty common in the city. I see them growing in sidewalk plantings in residential neighborhoods. I used to know what it's called, but can't remember now, and a quick web search didn't turn up anything.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Church and 17th

This is a photo panorama shot on the corner of Church and 17th streets in San Francisco.  There's nothing special about that particular corner, it's a typical intersection in that part of the city. I just happened to be there, the light was pretty, and the streetcar wires overhead were interesting.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Infrared Palms

Palm trees shot in digital infrared. Shot outside of the De Young Museum in San Francisco last week.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Sunset In The Sunset

This photo was shot last Sunday at sunset on Ocean beach in San Francisco. Ocean Beach is San Francisco's Pacific Ocean shore, and runs along the Sunset and Richmond districts (and the western edge of Golden Gate Park).

Sunday, July 3, 2011

I'm Home!

I've returned from my trip to San Francisco. I had a lovely time, as I always do when visiting there.  Here's a photo I shot last Monday night right after dinner in an oyster bar in the Castro.
I'm sure there will be more photos from this trip posted here over next few days.