I took a much-needed break from the computer this weekend (at least for a couple of hours) and this is what I did, today David and I ran The Chicago Police Memorial 5K Foot Chase. This was an accomplishment for me because last time I ran a race was the winter of 2009 and I was training for longer runs but then needed knee surgery and it’s taken me this long to get back to running. and last night we went out with some friends to a Halloween Party – just an opportunity to dress up and act up . . .
Taken from the car the skies were constantly changing. I used my starter camera for these my trustee Nikon D-80 with the flawless 50mm 1.4 lens. I’ve always used that one for close up portrait photography thought I’d try something different. Love the “wide-angle” it gave me.
Dramatic skies thought I’d add a little more drama by converting to black and white.
My daughter treated us to an evening luau dinner at Brookfield Zoo. The evening started at 6:30 pm (after closing) with a safari ride to the dolphin exhibit and ended at 10:30 p.m. after a lovely dinner and drinks. This was mostly an adult event and it was an amazing experience. Thank you Sandrita for this amazing gift. I had such a great time.
I’ve taken creative liberties with these images that I normally would not- but since they are my personal stash I played. You can view the whole set on my Facebook Page
Me up with fellow photographer Tony L and we did some shooting in Chicago – I love this City. It a very convenient 30 minutes from home and there is always something going on. If you’d like to see more you can view a few more on my facebook page Here. Thanks for stopping by.
I have the best second shooter and assistant ever!!!
and just for the record, he is never allowed to get sick on the day I have any big gigs going on. That’s it you used up your sick days mister!
I mean really, he took this shot with full sun coming in on my face and didn’t get one blown out area, you photographers know how hard that is!
Thanks for all your help love.
We took a train ride to Chicago today, spent the afternoon in the City. Walking and taking pictures. The skies were beautiful shades of blue with some clouds but it is still very cold. I ended up having to pick up another winter hat because I wasn’t expecting it to be so cold. Harley Davidson had a nice sale on winter hats 🙂
Here is the Cloud Gate sculpture better know as the Chicago Bean. By Anish Kapoor
“Kapoor’s design was inspired by liquid mercury and the sculpture’s surface reflects and distorts the city’s skyline. Visitors are able to walk around and under Cloud Gate’s 12-foot (3.7 m) high arch. On the underside is the “omphalos” (Greek for “navel”), a concave chamber that warps and multiplies reflections. The sculpture builds upon many of Kapoor’s artistic themes, and is popular with tourists as a photo-taking opportunity for its unique reflective properties.
The sculpture was selected during a design competition. After Kapoor’s design was chosen, numerous technological concerns regarding the design’s construction and assembly arose, in addition to concerns regarding the sculpture’s upkeep and maintenance. Various experts were consulted, some of whom believed the design could not be implemented. Eventually, a feasible method was found, but the sculpture’s construction fell behind schedule. It was unveiled in an incomplete form during the Millennium Park grand opening celebration in 2004, before being concealed again while it was completed. Cloud Gate was formally dedicated on May 15, 2006, and has since gained considerable popularity, both domestically and internationally.” Wikipedia