I'm a young aspiring photographer that has a sweet tooth for HDR photography.

Posts tagged “chicago

A Tornado Inside?

Why, yes there is a tornado inside the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.  This what a neat exhibit to show how a tornado is created.  I wish I got more motion out of the mist but of course I couldn’t use my tripod.  Maybe next time.  Short post today.  I wish everyone a fantastic Tuesday!



The U-505 exhibit at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry is truly remarkable.  This U boat is one of five remaining from WWII worldwide with U-505 being the only one ever captured (and in one piece) during WWII.  We took a tour of this boat to get a perspective of what it was like to live on it.  The space was sparse.  It was hot and humid, I couldn’t even begin to imagine what it was like during war time.  And did I mention it was really really cramp in there?  Even though we were able to get a taste of what it was like on the U-505 during its time at sea, it was just a small bite.  I couldn’t imagine being down 200 meters under the sea surface with the body heat of a 100 other men while having a destroyer dropping depth charges on you.  It is a scary scary thought.

I hope everyone had a great weekend!


Down the Alley

So this is my first image to use textures with.  I’m not a huge fan of textures but people such as Heath O’Fee and Chris Kenison are starting to convince me otherwise.  They have done some pretty nice stuff with texture, so go check them out!  When textures are done right (this image is a bad example) they can be pretty cool I must say.  This being my first, I was pretty timid with the textures.  I really just wanted to add a little more to the concrete and even less to the brick walls.  I don’t think it turned out too bad, but I’m not sure.  Give me your thoughts.  What do you use for textures?


Steel City


It’s time to go back to Chicago!  I caught this point of view as we walked by the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.  I had fun wandering around this highly photographed piece of architecture along with the bean to try to find interesting angles to shoot them from.  A lot didn’t turn out that well, but hey, that’s the fun and of photography.  With more practice I will be able to see these angles better.  Luckily for me I’m only a few hours from Chi-town.  I’ll give it another shot next time, hopefully with better light!


King of the Bean



A few weekends ago I visited downtown Chicago with the family.  Of course we had to do the touristy thing and visit “The Bean”.  I know there are thousands of awesome photos of the landmark but I had to capture my very own shots.  The last time I visited this space, I had no idea what HDR was.  I believe that trip was one of my first with a Digital SLR.  Back then I wasn’t happy with my photography because the photos weren’t turning out the way I was seeing the environment.  It was later, just before I left for Germany this past summer that I ran across Trey Ratcliff’s photo blog.  This changed the way I view the world of photography forever.