Monday, June 23, 2008

Des Plaines River

The Scenic beauty of Des Plaines River Rd is unpredictable... it changes with the season and rainstorm weather making it dramatically different from one state to another… we just need to let our imagination flow and tools that'll make it closer to visualize it....

migh not have done the job upto its optimum here.. but try to experience with the Color Efex Pr 3.0 software


Thursday, June 12, 2008

Sorry for the lapse in posting...

I could come up with some excuse like..."the weather was horrible" or "my dog ate my camera," but in all actuality I just didn't feel like picking up a camera... I work at a camera shop so when I come home the last thing I wanna do is shoot... It's sad really. It makes me think of my friend who loved fish tanks... He had all kinds of fish, both fresh & salt water. He loved it so much, he started his own business taking care of other peoples fish tanks. He no longer owns a tank of his own.

On to the photo... This is Papa Nicholas' Cafe on Milwaukee Ave , just past Montrose Ave. Monika & I pulled up to grab a nice iced coffee on this very humid day and I just loved the lines of the building against the chairs & railing.

Friday, June 6, 2008


Another experience from our visit to Brookfield Zoo. Orangutans are one of the most endangered species in the world with a wild population of less than 7,000. Their native home is Sumatra - Indonesia (the sixth largest island in the world).

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

My favorite Meercat

IMG_6449, originally uploaded by focusedlight77.

I love these little guys. I just started watching Meercat Manor on TV & I can't get enough of 'em! If you haven't seen the show you HAVE to check it out...It's on Animal Planet.

Monday, June 2, 2008

I wish I would of shot this with a Macro Monday!

IMG_6179, originally uploaded by focusedlight77.

Monika & I took a trip to Brookfield Zoo on Sunday. Thier butterfly exhibit had nothing on the Butterflies @ the Peggy Norderbart, but was still cool to get in some shots. Times like these are really when you need a good AF Macro, becasue MF will just not cut it (Don't worry babe...I'm not buying another lens.)

Saturday, May 31, 2008

On a way to O'Hare International Airport

Walking through the neighborhood of Jefferson Park enjoying the flowers of backyards and the nature of local parks, my intent for silence will need to be accustomed to the loud birds that fly across form different angles within a minute of a distance.

”In 2005, the O'Hare International Airport had 972,246 aircraft operations, an average of 2,663 per day (64% scheduled commercial, 33% air taxi, 3% general aviation and <1% military).”Today, I felt like experience each one of them….


Friday, May 30, 2008

Water Tower Nights

View of Water Tower from John Handcock Building.
Toyo 4x5 View Camera
150mm f6.7 Caltar
Exposure Unknown

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Yet another wedding photo....

Sorry, I wanted to post from work today as I will be pretty busy tonite...So, last wedding photo...I promise.
Canon 40D
70-200 f2.8
f2.8 1/40 Sec @ ISO 800

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Convallaria - Lily of the Valley

Blooming flowers are the major indicators of the warm spring/summer weather that we long for during the winter times …

Convallaria majalis, commonly known as the Lily of the Valley, is the only species in the genus Convallaria in the flowering plant family Ruscaceae, formerly placed in the lily family Liliaceae or in its own family called Convallariaceae. This woodland plant is native throughout the cool temperate Northern Hemisphere in Asia and Europe and a limited native population in Eastern USA .


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Macro Monday - Life inside a Kaleidoscope!

Updates 5/27/08 @ 1:45 pm:
Sorry for the quick post this morning. This is actually the inside of one of my many kaleidoscopes. I've shot several of them, and my shorter ones (shorter then 7") seem to work better as the focus point is closer (& thus more macro!).
Canon 20D
Canon 50mm Macro with extention tube
f22 2 Sec @ ISO 400

Monday, May 26, 2008

Chicago Memorial Day

ChicagoMemorialDay, originally uploaded by focusedlight77.

Happy Memorial Day! I grabbed this one on Saturday downtown. I thought the parade was on Sunday or Monday, but they had it on Saturday...Who has a Memorial Day Parade TWO DAYS before Memorial Day??? Chicago, that's who.... doing there own thing since 1837.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Washington & Garland

Washington&Garland, originally uploaded by focusedlight77.

Sorry for the repost....Blogger image upload KILLS COLORS DEAD. I brought this image from flickr (notice the difference?) A little better...but not much. I wonder why my colors change so much from what I see in photoshop to after I upoad an image?

Washington & Garland

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Let it burn

Every once in a while I get in a restoration at work of something really amazing. This photo was brought to me by the Park Ridge Fire Department and was taken by Fire Prevention Officer Lieutenant Donald Pfister (I think). It might be hard to see in the small version, but the fire crew is enjoying a smoke & a quick bite to eat before getting to work on the house....A drill ofcourse!

Friday, May 23, 2008

The Vendor

If you have been to my website this one might look familiar. I took it last father's day when me & my sister took my Dad to the cubs game. It was a wonderful day & hopefully we can get some tickets to do the same thing again this year! Go Cubs!

Canon 20D
Canon 70-300 f4.5-5.6 IS
f5.6 1/60 Sec @ ISO 400

New Image tomorrow