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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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John Hancock Building at Sunset

John Hancock Building at SunsetHere is another image of the Chicago skyline.  Here is the John Hancock Building at Sunset.  I love the red and orange tones peeking above the cloudy horizon as the sun has just dipped below the clouds.  The John Hancock Building seems to dwarf all of the surrounding buildings on the North end of downtown Chicago.  This photo was taken with the Fuji X-T1 camera and the 50-140mm lens at about 95mm.  Enjoy.

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Sun Setting behing Chicago Skyline at Navy Pier Chicago

Navy Pier Chicago SkylineContinuing with yesterdays them of photos I recently took while on a dinner cruise from Navy Pier, this is a beautiful image of Navy Pier with the full Chicago Skyline in the background.  A number of the shots from the boat were quite challenging as I was shooting directly into the sun.  This image was made with the Fuji X-T1 camera with the 10-24mm lens as was the one from yesterday.  I am amazed how much latitude recent RAW files have in dealing with shadows and highlights.  This image captures as setting sun going down in the sky behind the John Hancock Building in the background and the beautiful end of Navy pier with its backlit American Flags in the foreground.  What a spectacular sight it is watching the sun set from out on Lake Michigan.

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