The Windy City

Over the next few weeks you will see a lot of pictures I took in Chicago.  We always enjoy spending time there and is probably my favorite city to visit.

One morning, I drove to Alder’s Planetarium.  The planetarium is a great place to capture pictures of the city.  I shot a variety of pictures with my Olympus OM-D and Leica M9.  I think I got every lens I had out of the bag.  This one was taken with my Leica 50mm noctilux.  Actually, this is 4-5 pictures stitched together to create a panoramic shot.  I used Photoshop, Nik Software HDR Efex 2 (this is not a HDR), and Silver Efex 2.

ISO 160 1/1500’s 50mm noctilux

Note:  click to see larger size (trust me it’s worth it)



It’s been a crazy past few weeks.  Traveling from Indiana to Iowa and then to Wisconsin and then back to Indiana in 4 days started the craziness.  Work has been incredibly busy and to finish everything off, I’m sitting in a hotel room in Chicago taking my surgical boards.  Starting next week, I’ll be able to relax (at least I hope I can).

I’m not much of an abstract shooter but for some reason I really like geometric shapes.  This shot was actually taken of an old bathroom floor in a restaurant/bar I was at in Wisconsin.

P.S.  After 6 months of patiently waiting, I had a Leica 35mm summilux delivered a few days ago and look forward to posting some pics in the next few weeks.

ISO 160 1/500s f1.4 50mm summilux


We were in Madison Wisconsin this weekend to meet my great-niece and celebrate my nephews high school graduation.  My nephew lived with me and my parents off and on when he was little and I’ve always considered him a brother.  He’s had to travel a lot throughout the past 5 years but was fortunate to settle down and spend his last few years in Madison.  He made many friends and has really matured during this time.  We are all very proud of him.

You want this?

I’ve been busy traveling the past few days and will continue to be busy throughout the remaining month.  Hopefully, I can at least post a new pic every other day.

Last week, I decided to sell my NEX-7 and move to the new Olympus OM-D.  Both are great cameras but the NEX-7 just doesn’t have the amount of lenses on the market.  Also, I really like the functionality of the OM-D.

Here is one of my first pictures taken with the Olympus OM-D with Panasonic’s 7-14mm lens.  When shooting landscape with this lens there is very little distortion but when you have a subject within inches of the lens you can see that it gives it a unique perspective.


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