STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY INSIGHTS

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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ANOTHER FATHER’S DAY SHOT

On Father’s day back in June of this year I took many shots that I feel are worthy of display to you all. I don’t want to post them all at once, but would rather sprinkle them to you over time to keep things fresh. I think that keeps our brains working to remember the places we were and conjure up the┬ámemories┬áthat we experienced at that time.

TODAY’S PHOTO – GARDEN AMONGST THE URBAN SKY SCRAPERS OF CHICAGO

Here’s another shot I recently processed from my recent trip to Chicago. This is in Millennium Park early on Father’s Day. That black tower in the back is the once named Sear’s Tower which was also the tallest building in the world for many years. I love that they have a botanical garden right in the middle of the downtown area amongst all of the huge buildings. The contrast of living matter and concrete is amazing to me.

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EARLY MORNING STROLL

Back in June on Father’s day I decided to be crazy and wake up at the crack of dawn to go downtown to do a personal photowalk. I figured it would be the only time of day that there weren’t a million people all over. And guess what? There was barely anyone on the streets.

TODAY’S PHOTO – THE BRIDGE IN MILLENNIUM PARK

This is the serpent looking bridge in the Millennium Park. In the distance you can make out the superstructure that holds the speakers for the stage area where they play live music. I really like the stainless steel and curves of this bridge and I think the floor is Teak wood which is really nice.

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A DAY IN LONDON TOWN

After spending a few days out in Wales we planned to have one day in London before hopping on another plane to Germany. The day was gorgeous and pretty warm. We left early morning to drive back to the Heathrow airport to drop our car off and check into our hotel to drop our multitude of baggage off. Next we hopped on the Tube downtown and got off at the Tower Station. Did a bit of walking around and checking out the sites before hopping on a Thames ferry to the London Eye for a scenic ride.

TODAY’S PHOTO – I SPY THE LONDON EYE

This thing is cool! Well, it was pretty warm inside I have to admit, but the views are breathtaking and awesome. You can literally see for miles and can many landmarks are within view. Just below right you can see the Houses of Parliament and behind that in the distance is the Battersea Power Station. This is not your ordinary Ferris wheel. It’s huge and high, and the ride around once takes about 30 minutes. Well worth the time if you have it. I do suggest prebooking a ‘flight’, as they call it, to save from standing in line for several hours.

Enjoy!

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