Ready Tables

color photo of restaurant tables

Restaurant tables ready for hungry diners.

Early in the evening, before the working crowd arrives for drinks, recapping of the days’ events, and the making of plans for tomorrow, dining tables wait patiently in the warm, friendly supper club.

Photoshop levels and luminance adjustments, a few masks, plus a generous dose of Dust and Sprinkles allowed me to achieve the results here.

All artwork is available for sale as archival prints at saatchiart.com/harveytillis .

Posted in Commentary, Digital Art, Digital Art Photography, Documentary, Documentary Photography, Editorial Photography, Editorial Photos, Fine Art Photography, Musicians Photography, Photography | Leave a comment

Fisher Building, Chicago

The Fisher Building in Chicago's Loop District

The Fisher Building in Chicago’s Loop District

This building, with ornate details and solid footprint, has always been a favorite of mine. I stared at the details over this entrance for a very long time, finally deciding to include a piece of the old elevated train section which may have been constructed about the same time.  After exploring the image in Photoshop I decided to make it black and white and to create a grainy, graphic look. I’m pleased with the results.

The Fisher Building’s web site provides a look into history. “Completed in 1896 The Fisher Building was commissioned by paper industry magnate Lucius Fisher and designed by famed Chicago Architect Daniel Burnham.  It was the 2nd tallest building in Chicago at the time and is the oldest remaining 18 story building in Chicago…On March 16, 1976 The Fisher Building was deemed worthy of preservation by the federal government and added to the National Register of Historic Places…On June 7th, 1978 The Fisher Building was designated as a Chicago Landmark by the Chicago Architecture foundation…The Fisher Building and the Village Green Family (the developers) have won the National Customer Service Excellence award 5 years running with The Fisher Building specifically receiving  the Platinum A-List award.”

All artwork is available for sale as archival prints at saatchiart.com/harveytillis .

Posted in Commentary, Digital Art, Digital Art Photography, Documentary, Documentary Photography, Editorial Photography, Editorial Photos, Fine Art Photography, Photography | Leave a comment

Waiting For The Subway Train

Waiting for the next train.

Waiting for the next train.

It was a quiet moment in one of Chicago’s long, cavernous downtown subway stations. No sounds except the echoes of a busker somewhere with guitar, softly singing. A tired man sits with eyes closed waiting for the distant rumble of his train to grow into the roar that will wake him for his journey. This is a straight photograph with just a few adjustments in Photoshop.

All artwork is available for sale as archival prints at saatchiart.com/harveytillis .

Posted in Commentary, Digital Art, Digital Art Photography, Documentary, Documentary Photography, Editorial Photography, Editorial Photos, Fine Art Photography, Photography | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Commentary, Digital Art, Digital Art Photography, Documentary, Documentary Photography, Editorial Photography, Editorial Photos, Fine Art Photography, Musicians Photography, Photography | Leave a comment

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.

All artwork is available for sale as archival prints at saatchiart.com/harveytillis .

Posted in Digital Art, Digital Art Photography, Documentary, Documentary Photography, Editorial Photography, Editorial Photos, Fine Art Photography, Photography | Leave a comment

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.

All artwork is available for sale as archival prints at saatchiart.com/harveytillis .

Posted in Digital Art, Digital Art Photography, Documentary, Documentary Photography, Editorial Photography, Editorial Photos, Fine Art Photography, Photography | Leave a comment

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.

All artwork is available for sale as archival prints at saatchiart.com/harveytillis .

Posted in Digital Art, Digital Art Photography, Documentary, Documentary Photography, Editorial Photography, Editorial Photos, Fine Art Photography, Photography | Leave a comment

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.

All artwork is available for sale as archival prints at saatchiart.com/harveytillis .

Posted in Digital Art, Digital Art Photography, Documentary, Documentary Photography, Editorial Photography, Editorial Photos, Fine Art Photography, Musicians Photography, Photography | Leave a comment

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.

All artwork is available for sale as archival prints at saatchiart.com/harveytillis .

Posted in Digital Art, Digital Art Photography, Documentary, Documentary Photography, Editorial Photography, Editorial Photos, Fine Art Photography, Photography | Leave a comment

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.

All artwork is available for sale as archival prints at saatchiart.com/harveytillis .

Posted in Digital Art, Digital Art Photography, Documentary, Documentary Photography, Editorial Photography, Editorial Photos, Fine Art Photography, Photography | Leave a comment