Doorway 1221

color photo of city doorway

The entrance to a building in one of Chicago’s older neighborhoods.

Found in the old Pilsen neighborhood, this is the entrance to what is now an apartment building in a funky changing section of Chicago. The lights were coming on as the city changed into night. Street light illuminates the outside while incandescent bulbs light the lobby. I love the juxtaposition of hard bricks and water lily painted interior.

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My Vermeer

The light on this scene in a coffee shop on a quiet afternoon caught my eye and captured my imagination.

The light on this scene in a coffee shop on a quiet afternoon caught my eye and captured my imagination.

More than a little, often subtle, Photoshop work changed the surface, focus and overall lighting in this image.

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Richard Thompson Performs at SPACE

Richard Thompson Performs at SPACE in Evanston, IL

Richard Thompson Performs at SPACE in Evanston, IL

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One of the truly great, enjoyable, straightforward, fantastic guitar-playing, creative musicians working today.

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Girls’ Night Out

color photo of bar scene

“Girls’ Night Out” is a moment in time on any Friday night in the city.

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Artist’s Palette

color photo of artist's palette

The artist was taking a break when I noticed this random group of objects making for a nice arrangement.

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Late Night Business

color photo of street scene at night

“Late Night Business” is another example of my street photography that was strongly influenced by Mr. Hopper’s paintings.

This is a straight photograph. Only a few Photoshop levels and color adjustments were made to achieve the look. I leaned back from my screen to view how it all looked and instantly realized that I had channeled Edward Hopper’s influence into the image…again. Thanks Mr. H.

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Runners Enter Chinatown

color photo of marathon runners in Chinatown

Runners in the 2015 Chicago Marathon Enter Chinatown on Wentorth.

It’s always a treat whenever I can get to Chicago’s Chinatown on a Sunday morning. I like to visit my favorite bakery for what, at a German Bakery, would be called Apple Strudel. Super tasty! Anyway, today there was an added treat in watching the runners enter this special place in the city.

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Outside Andy’s

color photo of Chicago street scene

Outside Andy’s Jazz Club and Restaurant in Chicago

I left after the first set was finished at Andy’s. Walked into a cool Friday early Fall night in Chicago. Looking west I saw a riot of colors and motion. Made several exposures quickly, then picked the colors and details I wanted to finally create this composite image.

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Richard’s Bar

color street photography

Richard’s Bar on Grand Avenue near Halsted in Chicago.

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Body Language

color photo of commuters riding in a subway car

Commuters in a Chicago subway car at the end of the day.

I have never seen public transportation decorated so completely as in this car. It practically screamed, “I dare you not to photograph me.” So I did. My main issue was to avoid being able to clearly identify the passengers which I feel has been accomplished. I had this printed very large on museum quality 100% paper using archival ink and was shocked at the quality. Just saying’…

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Twilight At Mill Park

color photo in Millennium Park Chicago

A section of the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park in Chicago at one of the last concerts of the 2015 summer season.

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Lily Pads Along The Mississippi River

color photo of lily pads

My interpretation of lily pads found along the Mississippi River.

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My Mystery Building

color photo of older building

My Mystery Building, found on a bicycle ride through the city.

I cannot say which street this building is on. I do remember that there was no address on the building and that there was a single heavy chain across the entryway. This is an old building, but in very good condition. I used Photoshop filters to make it more like an illustration than a straight photo.

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The Curse Of Photography

color photo through storefront window

The Curse Of Photography

I see potential images everywhere – this one as I passed a closed store late one night. Something about the lines and light at that exact moment attracted me. This is hardly a beautiful mountain landscape. I call it the curse because I can’t not shoot it wherever I find it.

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Small Town Summer

color photo of rural town Main Street

A quiet afternoon on Main Street in a small Illinois town.

I saw this scene on a muggy, hot afternoon while driving through one of the very small towns that dot the banks along the Mississippi River in Illinois. It was totally quiet with no traffic on this Main Street. The young boy was engrossed in some smartphone activity, unaware of me. He was the only person I saw. Come to think of it, he is the only person I have seen anywhere in this town over the past few years as I drive through it.

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West On Randolph At State

color photo of traffic in downtown Chicago

West On Randolph At State Street in downtown Chicago at the end of a morning rush hour.

I was attracted by the vertical lines and signage. Photoshop helped me bring out some details and contrast, but most of all emphasized the brightness of this scene.

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Rainy Highway

My impression of a two lane country road through corn fields on a rainy afternoon.

My impression of a two lane country road through corn fields on a rainy afternoon.

I’ll take a two lane highway over an interstate anytime. This one cut through a tasseling corn field during a rain storm. I photographed in color, but the feeling was for toned black and white which is what you see here.

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Beautiful City Light

Beautiful city light in the afternoon on one of Chicago's busy streets.

Beautiful city light in the afternoon on one of Chicago’s busy streets.

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And The Letter Said…

color photo of dry dock on Mississippi River

Referring to this image overlooking the Mississippi River, the letter said in part, “It’s been an honor to show your photography as part of the Fifth Annual Exposure Award…Your photography was included in the Architecture Collection and was presented at a private reception hosted at Musee du Louvre, 75058 Paris – France, July 13th, 2015.” Well, how about that?! Again I say that I couldn’t have done it without more than a little help from so many, many friends.

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Chicago Board of Trade

LaSalle Street Looking South

LaSalle Street Looking South

As of today, July 6, 2015, almost all open outcry pit trading on Chicago’s commodity futures exchanges will cease. Computers replaced the trading floors. This 300 piece collage was created in 1989 when the scene was quite different. LaSalle Street and the Board of Trade were in the heart of the city’s financial district.

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