Wednesday, June 27, 2012

31st at the Lake

Wednesday morning. 6/27/12

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Sunday, June 24, 2012


Saturday afternoon. 6-9-12

Friday, June 22, 2012

Chinatown Fishmonger

Thursday around 4:30pm. 6/21/12
I like this shot as I read it as Paul Bunyan wiping his brow on top of a fish truck while a man from my village walks by. So I'm  trying to shoot while Eva yells out "Aren't you going to ask if you can take his picture?" 

So I ask him "Hi. Can I take your picture?" He says sure and made sure to get his prop, a good-sized net. We chatted for a few minutes and I mentioned that I see him frequently in Chinatown. Turns out that Chinatown is his main run, coming up two hours from Indiana to sell in Chinatown and then two hours back to Indiana. I saw some monster sized carp in those tanks.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Three Languages

Thursday afternoon. 6/21/12

I'll leave it open to the viewer how this picture might get read.  In Chinatown I was on my way to photograph the fishmonger on the left side of the frame. I saw the paletas vendor walking across the street, checked to see that I wouldn't get hit by a car while I was crossing, and took one shot of him knowing that he would blur as the camera was set at aperture priority + f8 + 200asa. Yep, the foreground is mostly in focus and Mr Mago has some motion blur at 125th.

Three things that came into my mind while I was raising the camera were (1)a paletas wagon is unusual in Chinatown (2)three written languages were going to merge and (3)hopefully the striped shirt wouldn't turn around and stare.

Now I see a man possibly a Mexican approaching a sign that says Do Not Enter.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

6-9-12 Winnebago - Weckworth - Balzrina

Saturday around 1:30pm

I was off my game today. I finished up Friday night's assignment about 1am, slept 5 hours, drove 150 miles up to Oshkosh, took 2 wrong turns, napped 1 hour and got up to shoot Darrell and Lisa's wedding in a daze. Harsh midday sun, 90 degrees and not a cloud in the sky.

When you have lemons you make lemonade(or lemon bars). In my sleep deprived funk I saw a little Abbey Road and a little Fellini for a few seconds. It seemed to be over as soon as it began and I moved on to the next shot.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Wentworth Between Emperor's Choice and the Moy Association

Thursday 8:42 am, 6/7/12

Shot the TLR way the way I was shown by my parents with their Rolleiflex, Rolleicord, Kodak Reflex and other great cameras with waist level finders. When using a digital camera with a flip down LCD I look like any other tourist trying to get a camera to work and I'm mostly ignored since I'm not in their face shooting eye level.

So while Cece is getting me snacks at the bakery, I'm testing out a week old Olympus E-M5 with a just out of the box 12-50mm lens. Shooting under uncontrolled conditions is the best way to check out new equipment because that's how life is...for me, anyway.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Monday night around 11pm. 6/4/12

Fried Oreos

Monday morning about 9:30. 6/3/12

A carnival was packing up this morning after a weekend run near the U of Chicago. As I drove by I saw a carnie sleeping on his rig but decided not to take his picture. Would I want a carnie taking a picture of me while I'm sleeping? Do unto others...

Later this evening i drove by again while on my way to the Senior Prom at U of C and the Oreo trailer was still there while the rest of the carnival was gone. I guess it was fried.

Sunday, June 3, 2012