Marina City

Here’s a shot of an iconic building in Chicago. This was actually taken using a rented 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. I really enjoyed using it, and it’s definitely on my list of “to buy”. Sadly, it’s always sold out everywhere though, so it may take a bit.


Dirty Face

This is another one from the wedding I shot. As soon as I got home and looked through my pictures, I absolutely fell in love with this one.

To follow up on the things I talked about on Monday, I’m looking to add a few features to the site. The biggest one being the portfolio. However, on the blog side, I’m going to have a feature which shows the shot pre-post-processed too. I hope that will give people ideas about what they can do on their own.

Oh yeah, I’ll also be ordering a Nikon D700 sometime soon for me too. The D70s is still going strong, but I think it’s time to upgrade, and the noise reduction is just too hard to resist!


Admiring the River

It’s been awhile again.  However, at least I have news to report.  About a month ago I shot my first wedding.  I was the only photographer this time, so it was a lot more pressure.  This is actually an image from it.

In other news, I’m working on a website revamp.  I’m going to be keeping everything pretty much looking the same (same basic look).  However, I’m going to add a few more sections, and the blog section is not going to be the homepage.  Instead, I’m going to have a lot more slideshows and a portfolio.  I’ll just be trying to rebrand myself in a few different ways.  Hopefully it’ll work, who knows?

Not to be confused with the other Torch Flower, this was the one from Barbados.  It’s amazing how waxy and thick the petals of this flower was.  They were all over the place at the Flower Forest.


Beetle in Hibiscus

More images from Barbados.  This one was from the flower forest.  Definitely an interesting spot, but we were not there during the busy season.  As Yow-Yow put it, the beetle was de-flowering the hibiscus.  The snails seemed to like to do that too 🙂

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Toucan Sam

Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve updated here (as per the usual). Yow-Yow and I just got back from Barbados, WI. Awesome time. This is one of the many (something like over 500) shots I took down there.

This is essentially right out of the camera. Just a simple S-curve and crop. I couldn’t believe it actually. We were leaving the aviary and this Toucan, who was high in the trees the whole time, flew down. We walked back in, and he just hung out there on the rope fence for a good 10 minutes. All the while I was taking shots of him. He actually seemed to enjoy it, posing in various different ways.


Chewing on Thumb

This is actually the same type of monkey as yesterday, but black.  As you can see, I decided to play a bit more with filters, mostly because this was a pretty significant crop and after I removed the noise, I wasn’t happy with the quality.  The blur gives it a bit of an artistic flare I suppose.



Another picture from the zoo this weekend.  This is just a slight crop and a minor curve.  I really like the way he’s posing in this one.  It sucks that I didn’t realize I had it on ISO 1600 when I was taking these pictures.  There’s a few of a smaller monkey that are very cute, but not very detailed.  Hopefully I can do something with them, but I make no promises.



On Saturday, being that it was such a nice day out, Yow-Yow and I decided to go to the Lincoln Park Zoo.  Talk about packed.  Needless to say, I decided to bring my camera (figured I should take it out of storage…) and take a few pictures.  The macro lens really helped, but I wish I had something longer still than 105mm.  Oh well, maybe soon I will.

Anyways, this is a closeup of a dwarf crocodile.



Another one up in Leland this past summer.  I definitely like that I redid my Lightroom catalog.  I found a lot of images in there.