Negative Space


Pilsen, Chicago

July 2019 side street scenes, Pilsen, Chicago.


a walk before work

Some images I made on a walk before work on July 5, 2019. I hope everyone had a fun, safe fourth.


Cars and Fences

Spotted in the yard at Orlando Glass and Trim, 641 N Ashland.


Beautiful Great City

“Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world.”

Frank Lloyd Wright

condensation contemplation

A few Saturdays ago my wife scheduled a pamper session for herself in Chicago’s Gold Coast. It was a sunny day; I seized the opportunity to photo walk, and after I dropped her off and parked, I hit the street.

Up for anything

I’ll quote Saul Leiter loosely,

I don’t have a plan, I have a camera.

I rarely have a plan beyond where I want to walk. In general I move and let everything else take care of itself. Case in point, I found myself on the SW corner of Michigan and Wacker, about to cross the bridge north. But then to my left, in the corner of my eye, I saw a deep shadow among the creamy colored concrete. Quickly I realized it was an open door, one that led right into the bridge tower.

I walked closer, and then inside, and found myself in the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum. Up for anything, I paid the $6 admission and headed up to the top for some views. To my delight, I found myself alone, with plenty of time to spare, looking through two panes of thick glass that had condensation trapped in between them from the humidity.

Here’s a collection of my favorites from that session. All images were taken with the Sony a7iii using the Sony 50mm.

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here and gone

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Chicago Place

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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.


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

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I think scale is so important when setting the mood in photography.

This picture below, for example. I almost walked beyond the red truck on the left to fill my frame entirely with the front end of the gray car and the fire hose connector. It could have made a backdrop for a nice image, but I had scale on the brain.

Step Back

This background below – to me – makes for a much better image. It’s almost as if the scale of the image is the subject. The size of the wall, the windows, the post, the wires, the red truck, the shadow, the blue sky. There are a lot of complimentary elements, and the scale is my favorite.

What elements do you look for when you make your images?

Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

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