“Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still” an old Chinese proverb and one of my favorite quotes, one I continually come back to. I always interpreted it to mean that we must stay focused on making … Continued
What started off as just an exercise to learn a few simple Photoshop techniques has turned into a fun little photo project for me. Being more of a traditional photographer I do the vast majority of my editing in Adobe’s Lightroom. I … Continued
I am a product of the the late 80’s/ early 90’s which means I am a huge Nintendo fan. I grew up with the NES and still have my original Legend of Zelda cartridge (the best game ever!). However, despite … Continued
I have been making myself photograph the same area of Chicago lately. The same section of the city and the same streets week after week. I initially started doing this because I was fascinated by this small section of the … Continued
Earlier this summer I spent some time photographing the Great Hall in Chicago’s Union Station. This is really one of the hidden gems of the city. Often uncrowned today as most visitors are in a rush to catch their … Continued
I have found that if you want a busy city that is filled with millions all to yourself than the best times to go shooting are early on weekend mornings when the weather is less favorable. Chicago’s Loop is always … Continued
Early mornings after the rain are one of my favorites times to shoot in the city. The streets are empty and the lighting is beautiful. This is one of my favorites streets in Chicago, Lasalle street.
In the Lincoln Park Zoo there is a great spot to capture a view of Chicago’s skyline. On the bridge that stretches over the little lake where visitors often paddle around in Swan boats, if you stop halfway … Continued
Below are 4 simple things that I find can really help improve your photography. 1. Tough the Elements It’s easy to go out with your camera to work on your photography when it’s warm and sunny, but that’s only going … Continued
Below are the Instagram photos this week that I posted. I recently made it a goal to post one photo to Instagram daily. While I try my best to work on my photography daily I felt this would be a … Continued
I recently started experimenting with abstract photography in my work and have been photographing room corners in black in white. I have become interested in light, shadow, and the gradients of grey and how those become the focus of the photograph … Continued
I have recently been working on digitizing all of my film negatives and going through all of them I have gotten to see how I have grown as an artist over the years. A lot of the first rolls I … Continued
I was able to get out this week (which isn’t easy with a newborn at home) and continue working on my Suburban Noir series. This time I went out to downtown Plainfield, IL. Plainfield isn’t a small town but the … Continued
What do Seinfeld and photography have in common? Maybe more than you think. Regardless of what you think of Seinfeld, you have to admit he is one of the most successful comedians of all time. What was one of the … Continued
I recently converted one of my film cameras into a pinhole camera. A pinhole camera is a camera without a lens, instead there is just a tiny hole that lets the light in. Because the hole is so small it … Continued
The new year is here and I am sure we have all made new resolutions help us make this year the best ever. While I am sure we all have goals that include things like getting into better shape, stressing … Continued
The holidays are just around the corner and like most people I will have my camera out and ready on Christmas to capture all those memories. Holidays are some of the biggest picture taking days of the year but how can you keep … Continued
The holidays are approaching and many of us might have a new camera on our wish list. Whether you are asking Santa for a new camera or planning on giving one as a gift, I thought I would share some … Continued
I wanted to share a quick tip on how you can still get a good photo when you are shooting in low light without a flash. Flashes are great and are capable of producing great images but there are reasons why … Continued
Shooting from the hip is a fun photography project you can try next time you are out and about among a crowd. Like the name suggest you simply keep you camera down at your side against you hip and take … Continued
The best photography advice I ever received was put to me very simply, “If you want to become a better photographer, make the type of photographs you are interested in, the type you want to look at.” I may be … Continued
I was digging through my old boxes of negatives when I came across a photo essay I did way back in college 10 years ago. The essay was on an old movie theater we had in town called Normal Theater … Continued
For the past eight month I have had three rolls of 120 film sitting on my counter as I contemplated whether or not they were worth paying to have developed. I had shot these rolls back in March when I … Continued
I recently accepted a challenge I read about online, to complete an entire photo project using only your phone. All photos had to be taken with and edited on my smart phone. I really liked this idea; I have used … Continued
When you think of Dr. Seuss book first comes to mind? For a lot of us it is probably Green Eggs and Ham, it is the book that he is arguably most famous for. Did you know that he wrote the book … Continued
I was recently going through my files looking for an image when I came across my photo from New Orleans that I took earlier in the year. Anyone who knows me knows New Orleans is my favorite place in the world. I … Continued
Creating artwork, regardless of the medium you choose, will teach you much more than just the physical skills. Being creative and making something out of nothing requires you to learn some pretty important life lessons. Whether you are a writer, sculptor, … Continued
There seems to be a lot of emphasis in photography in today’s world on getting our photographs as sharp as we can. People have the notion that we need to be able to see the individual blades of grass or … Continued
In a previous post I discussed how I was attempting to complete Project 365 so that I could cross it off my bucket list. Since then I have had a few people ask what else was on my bucket list … Continued
I have to admit that back in my freshman year of high school English was one of my least favorite classes. This was mainly because of my teacher. Have you ever had one of those teachers that just gave you … Continued
I just finished Walt Disney’s biography entitled Walt Disney: An American Original and thought I would share some of my thoughts on what I got out of the book. I am a very big Disney fan, probably because I am very … Continued
The goal of this blog is for it to serve as an introduction to camera shooting modes and hopefully remove the fear that comes along with using them.you are new to photography and just or fist camera or had one for … Continued
I had attempted to keep a journal off and on for years, ever since I finished college. I wanted to keep a journal for a lot of the same reasons I am sure many people do, to record my life, so … Continued
One of the things all artists struggle with from time to time is finding inspiration. Even the most creative artist will inevitably fall in a rut where they just can’t seem to come up with any good ideas, a kind … Continued
In the photography world there is a thing known as Project 365 where the objective is to take a photo everyday for one year, hence the 365. There are many reasons for wanting to tackle a project like this, if … Continued
First post in a while. I’ve been busy. I was gone on an amazing trip to New Orleans (watch for a blog regarding my trip and photos) and then I have been busy at work on my current project. More … Continued
This one was just for fun. We got into a discussion about Jack and the Beanstalk today in class so the topic was on my mind.
Another concept piece. Originally I was not planning on using a cowboy figure for my series but looking at these I am starting to kind of like that idea.
Concept piece for part of a series I am working on.
Made this just for fun, feeling quixotic
An idea I wrote down for a photo a long time ago, finally made a sketch of it.
Sketch of part of a quadriptych I am working on
Just for fun. In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday this month
I teach for a living and I love my job, but teaching is stressful. There are some many things that need to done on a daily basis like copying papers, grading assignments, and filling out paperwork, that it can easily … Continued
Another image for a project I am working on, The knight and dragon are cut out of cardboard, the background it from the computer. I put tracing paper over the screen to help give the illusion of god or myst. … Continued
A photo sketch of a possible future photo. Taken by drawing the figure on cardboard, cutting it out and holding it up in front of the computer screen. Still working on the composition.
A quick photo sketch to pass the time while I wait for my wife to finish teaching her piano lessons
I thought it only fitting that my first official blog post on my site should be to share the work of a writer who’s work helped inspire me to actually build ( or I should say finish) my site. I … Continued