14 Jul 2011

Thoughts of Snow

More snow pictures!  I suspect the only reason I put off going through the Milwaukee trip pictures for so long was that I needed to mentally distance myself from the snow and cold.  I still haven’t done much with my blizzard pictures, maybe I’ll post those in August when it is 98 with a heat index of 115.Random moment on our way home from Milwaukee, we just happened to glance over at the same time and spot through the trees a nice little park on what passes for a hill here in the flatlands, overlooking the city proper.  Of course, being the dead of January and late afternoon, the snow had already begun so the skyline was pretty obscured, leaving composition difficult and frustrating.  I think the following was my best shot.

Still not that great, but I do like the lines of the roads and the river.  That big ugly modernist house in the lower left is rather unappealing though and I had already wandered far enough away from the car without enough layers on that I was done, done, done.  Either way this park is on the list of places we will visit now that it isn’t negative-silly-degrees out.

This is my favorite from the trip, overall.  I had near perfect light (for once) and feel I used it fairly well (for a change).  Just a little detail from the abandoned Pabst Brewery, which is locked up tight and has more security on it that I would have expected.  Not to mention a randomly patrolling cop just happened to round a corner as I was trying a door and saw me.  After that there were suddenly 4 squads in the area, going in circles like vultures around myself and my friend.

There is a little distortion from my wide angle lens, since at that time I didn’t realize the way to get around the distortion was to *zoom in a little*.  Doh!

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13 Jul 2011

Cold Milwaukee

While we are enjoying a break from the warm and muggy weather that typifies Chicago summers I figure I’d remind myself why I detest winter so much and go back to pull a few pictures from last winter’s Milwaukee trip.

It was 14 degrees out and the windchill was negative something-or-another-godawful.  The whole day was spent combating hypothermia and wondering if we were crazy to be doing this.  In my book, yes we were crazy, but it was so worth it.

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13 Jun 2011

>Going to Church

>Welcome to the atrium of Saint Aloysius Parish, a magnificent room that has been converted to a play room for children.
On my last trip to Detroit we were shooting the Book Tower when my companion started speaking with a nice young man in shiny jeans with a nice little faux-hawk who turned out to be Brother Micheal, a Franciscan monk. After a little chat he invited us in to show us around, and it was a rare treat to see a cathedral when empty and closed. Small, but beautiful it was built in the middle of the Great Depression by the locals in a matter of months.

Thankfully I was carrying my tripod despite thinking I was going to be shooting outside in broad daylight so shooting long exposures wasn’t a huge problem.

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