Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Spent an awesome long weekend with my lady in NYC. That's her in Central Park where we went to chill on the first of three beautiful days after seeing Cai Guo-Qiang's I Want to Believe at the Guggenheim.
We left on the night of my birthday, for which I had received a little while earlier a copy of Photoshop CS3 (thanks M+D!). I hadn't gotten around to installing it until I got back and had a chunk of pictures to process. And hey hey is it cool! Digging a few bells and whistles I hadn't had in V7 already. Especially the quick select tool, without which it would have been a lot trickier to adjust the fore and background lighting seperately to make this pop.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
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Tuesday, May 20, 2008
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Saturday, May 17, 2008
So I went by the Buddhist temple where yesterday's shot was from last night, but I guess I was too late. They had shut down the display for the night. Perhaps I'll get another chance if they keep it up this weekend for Buddha's birthday.
On the way home I spied the sign for this place, and figured I would capture some other wacky neon.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Spotted this driving down Ashland last night after a show at the Neo-Futurarium. Thankfully my lady said something or I don't know if I would have stopped. And this is the best shot I got. Think I'm going back tonight with a tripod. More explanation with a better photo.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
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Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
No, not that Graceland. This one is an old cemetery on Chicago's north side. Some may think this an odd place for a stroll on a beautiful spring afternoon. But it's quite nice actually. Like a park with history, if you're not bothered by all the dead folk underfoot, which my lady and I are not for some reason. It's fun to speculate about the lives of people buried there given their birth and death dates and maybe some other little tidbits.
And this particular place has a wealth of famous Chicago names buried there in grand style. This shot is of Potter Palmer's sarcophagus, whose name I recognized and assumed must have been associated with the Palmer House Hilton. I found a good bit of information about him here, plus others I spotted yesterday. Folk such as Daniel Burnham, whose island I saw on the way out but didn't realize was his family's plot; Louis Henri Sullivan, whose headstone I noticed but second-guessed because for some reason I had his first and middle names flipped in my mind; and Martin Ryerson, some old rich guy with the distinction of having his name on the computer science building at U of C where I spent most of my time in my years there.
PS Video from my Looptopia experience is here!
Saturday, May 3, 2008
So after one last weather check on TV we decided to go for it. One storm did pass through but we were able to hang out under an awning while it blew over. I suppose I should explain exactly what this wackiness was I took part in. My friend Nikkos put together a concept for this year's Looptopia of a wandering band of street musicians basically with the core idea of being as attention-grabbing as possible. So, hence the orange jumpsuits to begin with. And he had a thumb piano with a pickup that ran through an effects pedal and a portable amplifier strapped to his back. The rest of the crew was on percussion, the loudest components being a djembe drum and washboards struck and stroked with various implements. Oh yeah, and whistles.
I only have a few pictures from our preparations before heading out since my hands were occupied with the music-making when we were out and about. But I did rig a monopod to my back to mount my video camera. And I'll have something cobbled together for youtube hopefully before too long. But here's another shot of us I found by some random person on flickr. I imagine more will show up in the coming days as there were lots of people shooting us along the way.
Friday, May 2, 2008
For performing in Looptopia tonight that is! I'm supposed to be a part of a traveling band of musicians wandering the streets of the loop. But several of us are electrified in various ways and I'm not sure what the rain contingency is, if any. Hmm.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
OK! Back to Chicago shots. Although from their reception I'm glad I shared some of what I got in St. Louis last weekend.
This is some unassuming industrial building, but I really like the aesthetic of its facade. Wish that darn tree wasn't in the right foreground though...