Category Archives: Illinois

Hazen Bridge in Late October

Hazen Bridge B&W-1

It has been just over 4 years since I have been out to Hazen Bridge with my camera and posted any photos (, which is strange since it is just a couple of miles from home.  I wanted to get out with my Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II to get better acquainted with its controls and it may be one of the last days we have in the upper 70’s until spring.  This bridge, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places is almost 125 years old and is one of two remaining iron truss bridges in Champaign County.  I tend to like these type of bridges processed as black and white images.  These images were edited in Silver Efex Pro 2 using a slight copper toning.  For more history on the Hazen Bridge see:

Hazen Bridge B&W-2

Hazen Bridge B&W-3

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Rails in Wrigleyville

It has been quite a long time since my last post. I have not been very inspired in my photography for a while. As I stood on the rooftop across the street from Wrigley Field last week waiting for a hot dog, I noticed the interesting view of the elevated train tracks running north away from Wrigleyville. It was one of those times I didn’t have my camera with me so I pulled out my iPhone and took a few photos. This may be the first time I have posted, processed and managed my blogpost entirely from my phone. By the way, the Cubs beat the Cardinals on a beautiful summer evening in Chicago.

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Milkweed Pod from Winter Walk through Lake of the Woods

Wow, I am realizing just how long it has been since I was outside with my camera.  After many grey days this winter, we got an unusually warm day last Saturday.  I needed to walk a little bit, so I grabbed my camera and decided to take a short walk with my son-in-law, Manny, at Lake of the Woods.  There wasn’t much color, so I decided to switch the Fuji camera to the ACROS black and white setting.  What I came back with was a number of close up images of things I saw along the path.  This one of the milkweed pod on the stalk was interesting.  I was very impressed with the amount of detail and the texture my 50-140 lens was able to capture.

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Fall Evening at Lake of the Woods

fall-evening-at-lake-of-the-woodsToday was a beautiful fall day for the first of November.  We may not see any more days with temperatures in the upper 70’s, so we better enjoy it while we can.  The fall foliage here in central Illinois is a few weeks behind the normal schedule this year.  I made a detour on the way home through the Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve.  There was great light and the color reflecting of the lake was beautiful this evening.

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Chicago Harbor Light

Chicago Harbor LighthouseI usually photograph lighthouses from the shore, looking out toward the water.  When we took our dinner cruise from Navy Pier a couple of weeks ago, I made this photo of the Chicago Harbor Light in front of the city at sunset.  For this image, I used my Fuji camera with the 50-140mm telephoto lens, which served to compress the background behind the lighthouse.  I really liked the juxtaposition and contrast of the old Chicago Harbor Light against the backdrop of the modern high-rise buildings of downtown Chicago.  It certainly has a totally different feel than a typical photo of a lighthouse from the shore.

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