Needing Some Help From My Friends

I entered a competition, The Fifth Annual EXPOSURE Photography Award, and I’m asking you to vote for me AND…AND, briefly comment at the link below, just below the “Click to Vote” button, where it says, “Add a comment.” Spread the word if you can. If I win and go to Paris for the opening I promise to send you all postcards. Thanks.

The 5th Annual EXPOSURE Award

The 5th Annual EXPOSURE Award

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Bridge Over The Fried Shrimp Shack

color photo of bridge on highway

A bridge on the Chicago Skyway that rises high above a favorite famous fish smoke house and fried shrimp shack.

This skyway winds through and above a sprawling industrial Chicago landscape. Shipping waterways and last century factories offer so many exciting photo vantage points for me. I especially love this bridge at the highest point on the road and the curves that lead to it from either direction. It also reminds me that a favorite old fish smoke house and shrimp shack is below. I stop there every time I am in this neighborhood for a pound of fried shrimp with hot sauce. Cash only, pick up and eat in your car, that wonderful smell lingering long after the last crunch is gone. I should write a letter to the department of transportation suggesting they put an exit at this bridge that leads to the shack. Maybe they like shrimp too.

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West Side Braids

African Hair Braiding and Beauty Supply shop in Chicago

Color photo of African Hair Braiding and Beauty Supply shop on Chicago’s west side.

I drove past this busy place on a chilly, wet Saturday afternoon. Wasn’t sure what the person outside was doing. Turns out he or she was checking their smartphone. This image is straight with just a few adjustments.

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Industry Integrating With Nature

Industry Integrating With Nature

Industry Integrating With Nature

I’m not sure what this structure is or what it does/did. All I knew was that I loved the juxtaposition of it’s rusting colors with the surroundings. The grooved, lined pavement adds as much for me as the sky and baren trees. Adjustments in Photoshop plus some selective HDR filtering helped achieve this look.

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Oldest Known Cave Painting Of A Sax Player

Oldest Known Cave Painting of Ancient Sax Player

Oldest Known Cave Painting of Ancient Sax Player

We do the best we can under the circumstances. I mean, when I shoot in a dimly lit music club and the shutter speed is so slow that everything gets blurred you just have to improvise if you want something to come of it. I could have said, as the title of the image suggests, that this is a painting from a just discovered ancient cave that proves music was a powerful force thousands of years ago. (It probably was.) Instead, I inserted a colored, textured background, applied the image over it, then pushed and pulled the pixels until I got what I wanted.

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Evening Rain At The Loft

color photo of rain on urban loft roofs

Evening Rain at the Loft.

It was late afternoon on a day that started warm and sunny. Now soft Spring rain was falling, gentle enough to keep the windows open so we could hear it and feel the cool breeze it brought. Some people believe views from city lofts aren’t very pretty. We disagree. Here is the roof of a factory next door with more lofts and the skyline in the distance – a quiet Sunday evening as street lights come on.

This is a straight photograph with some levels and contrast adjustments.

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Parked.

color photo of railroad tracks

Cleaning equipment parked by railroad tracks on a quiet, sunny morning.

The tracks in this rail maintenance yard are usually bustling with a dozen commuter trains and all the people who clean and service them. It was unique to see it this still early one weekend morning. So much heavy equipment is used as work goes on. I was surprised to see the simple wagons quietly parked there. It was as if a suburban housewife had left them there while she went into her house to make breakfast for the kids.

This is a straight photo with little enhancement. I just loved the graphics and light. Sometimes, simple works just fine.

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Aficionados

“Aficionados” at Chicago’s Green Mill for late night jazz.

From 9 pm until 3 am, what a fine place for a jazz music lover to be! Michael Raynor flew in from Portland for a weekend gig. Dennis Luxion joined him on piano, Dennis Carroll on bass, and Greg Ward on sax. When they finished a jam session began at 1. A cordial, varied crowd pulled in by the music and the history of the place. I looked around and decided to photograph the listeners instead of the performers. As I look at the image now seems like I owe a debt of gratitude to New York Movie, 1939 by Edward Hopper.

This, again, is my impression of a scene rather than a straight photograph. No noise thanks to many tools in Photoshop.

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Broadway Detour

Late night on the corner of Sheridan Road and Lawrence in Chicago.

I’ve always been a street shooter. Used to walk long distances down streets in daytimes or at night just looking, watching lines and colors come together, deciding which ones to capture. Years of practice with Photoshop opened up so many possibilities I could quickly experiment with, build upon or reject. Knowing the digital workflow processes as I visualize makes my time shooting so much easier and rewarding than it was when I needed the right film, lens, developer and paper to achieve my goals.   This scene popped up in front of me at a red light. I quickdrew my camera, composed, shot, the light turned green and off we went.

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Xpress Food Mart

run down mini grocery store photo

The corner grocery and general store in a deserted part of town.

This corner grocery store was the only building at an intersection in a far southside, low income suburb. The other three corners were empty lots. No customer traffic outside. Dark inside, yet open for business.

The image is my impression from the photo I shot derived with the help of Photoshop adjustments and filters as well as some effects supplied by Snapseed.

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