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GOOGLE PLUS HANGOUT TONIGHT @ 10pm EST

Alex Koloskov & Dave Nitsche have been hosting a weekly google hangout. This will be the 6th one. It starts at 10pm EST. Tonight we’re going to discuss an assignment we were given to photograph a red wine bottle. That was the main subject and the rest was up to our imagination. There are some great photos so far and it will interesting to hear about the shots and how they were made.

THE STAINLESS STAGE

Have you ever been to Chicago? Or maybe you’ve seen a ton of photos of the ‘Bean’ that is heavily photographed here. I have to admit I’ve taken my share of photos of the Bean as well.

Just a stone throw away, or possibly a lob away, is this stage. They play live music here and from what I know it’s free. You can just bring a picnic, and hang out with friends and listen to great music.

The area is called Millennium Park which is home to not only this stage and the Bean, but a botanical garden and a couple giant square columns that have screens that display peoples faces. During the summer they spray water from those columns typically from the mouths of the people on the screen.

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REMEMBERING OUR DAY IN CHICAGO

Not much to report. Below the description pretty much describes what we saw. After this fantastic view we walked along Michigan Avenue a bit to check out some shops and eat a few famous Chicago Style hot dogs. mmmmm, they were good!

TODAY’S PHOTO – 96 FLOORS UP ABOVE CHICAGO

This shot was taken at the top of the John Hancock building in Chicago. There is an observation deck on the 95th floor which cost some fee to get to. I’m not sure on what the fee is, but on the 96th floor there is a bar/lounge that has free entrance! There is a 1 drink minimum but you can take children with you. If I remember correctly we all just got coffees and juices (No alcohol required).

This was the view our the window we were sitting next to. This looks out south. Down in the middle you can see the famed Michigan Avenue. The tall building in the middle is the new Trump Tower which I believe is mostly upscale condos and has some commercial towards the bottom.

The tall black building in the distance to the right is the now named ‘Willis Tower’. When it opened back in 1973 it was called the ‘Sears Tower’ and was the tallest building in the world. It remained so until 1998 when it was surpassed by the ‘Petronas Twin Towers’ in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In 2003 the naming rights expired and it now known as the ‘Willis Tower’, though Chicago-ans still refer to it by it’s original name.

To this day it remains the tallest building in the USA and the 5th tallest worldwide. Back in about 1997 I had the time to get to the observation deck on the 103rd floor named the Skydeck. I don’t remember it doing so, but when it’s a windy day supposedly you can feel the building sway. I’d like to get back and go up there again. In 2009 they renovated the Skydeck to have glass balconies that extend about 4 feet from the main window. These balconies of glass allow you to look straight down 103 floors or 1353ft (412m) below!

Enjoy!!

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A BEAUTIFUL DAY ON THE PIER

Back in June we had the chance to get down to the Navy Pier in downtown Chicago. It was a fantastic day out and the weather outstanding. We were there on a Friday and even during the week the amount of people abound was amazing.

TODAY’S PHOTO – WE GOTTA 421 HERE

Here’s a shot of a building at Navy Pier in Chicago. My kids were just to the left of me with my beautiful wife. After this shot I was stopped by a security guard and told that tripods were not allowed. He was nice about it and I just collapsed it and walked away.

Soon after my wife came up to me and said that the security guard had said, as he walked past her, into his walkie talkie “we got a 421 here”. I guess that’s their code for there’s a stranger with a tripod and he better be taken down!

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LOVING CHICAGO DOWNTOWN

Well, again another shot from Chicago. Is it because I was born there and never grew up there that I have a fascination with this big city? I don’t know. Not sure if I’d want to live there or not but I sure do like to visit it.

It’s changed over the years; new buildings, new parks, sculptures etc. This is the ‘Cloud Gate’ sculpture in Millennium Park towards the south end of Michigan Avenue (At least the part that is in main downtown). It’s a simple sculpture that basically reflects all that is around it. I can’t get enough of it. When ever I visit family here I have to check this thing out each time.

TODAY’S PHOTO – THE BEAN IN THE CITY

I took this shot early on Father’s Day this year 2011. I think I shot this around 6am in the morning before the masses show up and litter the scene.

Well, if you like what you see please comment and share with everyone. I’d love for my photos to be enjoyed by everyone.

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HOT SUMMER DAYS

Well this has been a hot summer here in Boulder. When we first moved here about 8 years ago and there was a few days of a hot spell they said ‘it only lasts about 1 to 2 weeks’. Well, I can say after so many years, this 1 or 2 weeks lasts at least 6 or more weeks. No reprieve! 

TODAY’S PHOTO – EARLY ON MICHIGAN AVENUE

Here’s another shot from Chicago. This one is looking north on Michigan avenue. It appears that the road ends at the building but makes a jog to the right as it crosses the Chicago river. Waking up really early paid off as the traffic was basically next to nothing and there were very few people. Within another hour and this road would have been buzzing with all sorts of action.

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