cornucopia

Behold, a cornucopia of new images

I recently upgraded from my Sony a6000 to the Sony a7iii and I couldn’t be happier with the investment. Don’t get me wrong, the a6 packs a mean punch, but this new beast is faster, has a larger sensor and reproduces color wonderfully.

Bonus: for its size, feels natural in the hands while on the street.

Images

Here are a handful of first shots taken with the a7iii. What do you think?

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Woodstock, IL

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Gotham

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Night Moves

I met friend for dinner in River North last Sunday and as I planned to do, I grabbed some shots beforehand.

It started snowing shortly before I left the condo, and I hadn’t done much shooting at night for a number of reasons. I figured I’d kill two birds with one stone: get some snowy street images; better understand how my camera performs under lower light conditions. Frankly, until Sunday I had it in my mind that my gear was relatively incapable of shooting after sunset.

I was wrong.

I took public transit into “the city” versus Uber (or personally driving). That said, I didn’t want to lug my DSLR around and/or have it sitting on the dinner table or hanging from a chair, so I grabbed my Sony rx100iii.

I pushed the ISO to 3200 and while there were times I’d shoot in S, for the most part let P handle my settings. I was pleasantly surprised.

Long story short – if you think you need a new camera to achieve greater results (like I did), push your camera’s limits. You too may be pleasantly surprised.

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Blues

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Under the Tracks

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Chitecture

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Wauconda

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Memory Lane

I live with my fiancé in Chicago’s South Loop and commute to an office in the NW suburbs three days a week. On Thursday nights I stay at my uncle’s place – also in the NW burbs. We catch up on the weeks’ happenings and I get a break from traffic.

This here is a picture of the house I grew up in. I can drive by it if I take the long way home (which I almost never do). Every year or few I swing by to take a look, to see what’s changed. And to be honest, I couldn’t tell you exactly what or all that has changed since I moved out 20 years ago.

I didn’t plan to visit today, but was called to it nonetheless. Lots of memories.

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Stack

Yesterday was The Smoker, today it’s the (smoke)Stack.

Remember to look up!

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Long Grove

When I woke up at my uncle’s in Barrington last Friday on a day of scheduled PTO, I had a plan to shoot. But where?

The light hit me through the blinds. I thought, “why not Long Grove?”

Northwest of Chicago, Long Grove is quaint, historic, and lately … rather quiet. It’d recently snowed so I figured it’d be beautiful, and I’d been shooting people and the streets of Chicago a lot. I welcomed the slower pace.

Here are my favorite photos of the walk. All images were taken with the Sony a6000 using the Sigma 30mm, and edited in Lightroom and VSCO.

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The River

From the State Street bridge, Chicago Loop. All images taken with the Sony a6000 using the Sigma 30mm; edited in Lightroom and VSCO.

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Weekend Wanderings

If felt good to be out-and-about last weekend after being under the weather for over a week. Most photos were taken with my Apple iPhone X; some were taken with my Sony a6000 using the 30mm Sigma. All photos were edited in Lightroom and VSCO.

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Vamos a La Playa (Del Carmen)

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Fall on Fullerton

En route to the Gold Coast, one of my favorite neighborhoods to walk through and make photos, I was struck by an idea as quickly as Chicago’s latest Fall downpour came and went.

Why not explore a new block?

Sure, I’d driven, run, walked and Uber’ed through this Fullerton and Clark area of Lincoln Park hundreds of times before. But never before like this, with a camera and a mindful eye. I’m glad I listened to my hunch.

All photos were taken with my Sony a6000 using a Sigma 30mm lens, and edited in Adobe Lightroom and VSCO mobile.

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All Storms Pass

I was barely able to make it through my lakefront miles last Saturday with all of the rubbernecking. And to think, I almost left the phone in the car. Instead, I find myself with my favorite series of images to date.
All images were taken on my Apple iPhone X and edited in Lightroom mobile.
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Portra 400

My friend Mike gifted me his parents’ Canon AE-1 back in August. Before that, I’d never truly shot with a film camera, save for some here-and-there with a “disposable” back in the day.

After a bit of research on film brands and types, and how to use the camera, I purchased five rolls of 35mm Kodak Portra 400. Below are some of my favorite images from the first two.

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Summer.

It’s Been a While

I’m ready to post again after a short break. I took a step back to reassess my goals; focus on growing as a photographer.

I discovered Bill Owens, Saul Leiter, Joel Meyerowitz. I studied the works of Sebastião Salgado and Vivian Maier. I was gifted a used, Canon AE-1 Program (my first film camera!) and just today loaded it with its first roll of film (from me)! I’m excited to see how the photos will turn out.

No Crop

I decided to give “shooting from the hip” a try today. To ice the cake, I decided to forego any cropping (other than some straightening) in post. I took everything below with my Sony a6000 using the Sigma 30mm.

I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed taking them!

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