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Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple

I’m still catching up on my long list of Weekly Photo Challenges. I don’t know why I hadn’t posted on the purple challenge sooner as purple is one of my favorite colors. I’m wondering if anyone can recognize what this is an image of? I was again using the panoramic option on my iPhone, this shot was a complete mistake that I ended up liking anyway.

©Rena Katinas

©Rena Katinas

 

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Panoramania

I’ve been spending a bit of time playing with the panoramic function on my iPhone lately. I know that I can shoot panoramas using my DSLR, but the iPhone’s version gives some truly freaky results, plus a phone enables me to be a little more incognito while shooting.

©Rena Katinas

©Rena Katinas

I spent 12 minutes shooting the subway platform from a full-on position, trying to keep the perspective lines horizontally level while also trying to keep the up-sweeping movement straight at the same time. If i carried my tripod with me wherever I went, both of those things wouldn’t be an issue, but I’d miss a lot of stuff while fiddling with said tripod. So anyway,  after 4 tries I started thinking about what a boring photo this was turning out to be. Next thing I knew, my train was here and I shot the above image as a last ditch effort just to get something usable. It took a matter of seconds, because I didnt want the train to leave without me. Wouldnt you know it? It turned out to be the most interesting shot of the session.

Below is the shot that gave me the “ho hums”. In my next post, I’m going to throw some of the freaky shots from the streets above.

©Rena Katinas

©Rena Katinas

Red Shoes At Night

Taken with my iPhone at the corner of Michigan and Madison after dark.

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©Rena Katinas

Found: Abandoned and Abused Car

© Rena Katinas

© Rena Katinas

Last week, around 4 a.m., some obviosly mentally altered people drove this car into the back yard of an empty foreclosed building on my block and proceeded to set fire to it. It took the Chicago Fire Department about 30 minutes to put it out and this is what’s left. Now it’s just sitting around, licking its wounds, watching the leaves fall and generally minding it’s own business. It graciously posed for my camera phone, even though I am of the same genus and species as its abusers.

To the owner of Illinois plate R97 1695, here is your car, in Logan Square. It’s a little worse for the wear but your license plates are in good condition and maybe you want to call your people about this. Our local gang of neutered feral  kitties, also known as SOFAKC (South of Fullerton Avenue Killer Cats) and that one creepy possum who rudely stares at me will be keeping an eye on it for you in the interim.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

I know, again with the bean.

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©Rena Katinas

Other fans of The Bean.

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©Rena Katinas

A Word Is Enough For The Wise

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I found this in my email’s junk folder, this must be the funniest piece of spam I’ve ever received.

From: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Re: Urgent Attention Required…

SECRET SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
WASHINGTON, DC 20528, USA.

Good day,

This is the Department of Homeland Security. We have a vital mission which is to secure the nation from the many threats as well as internet Fraud. This requires the dedication of more than 230,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cyber security analyst to chemical facility inspector. Our duties are wide-ranging, but our goal is clear – keeping America safe.

By the way, your file just came across my desk, and we are happy to inform you that your funds valued at USD $10,700,000.00 (Ten million Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) have been approved by the Treasury Department of the United States.

Kindly get back to us for further directives.

Note: Do not reply to any e-mail that comes from the FBI Director. The FBI director does not e-mail people; He will rather send an agent to your door step in person. Do not fall a victim of scam again, a word is enough for the wise.

Thank you and have a good day.

Signed:

Mr Jeh Johnson
Secretary, United States Secret Service
U.S Department Of Homeland Security (DHS)
Washington, DC 20528,USA
Email: jeh.johnson@dhs-gov.info
Phone: (513) 201-5881 (Text Message Only)
Website: http://www.dhs.gov/secretary-jeh-johnson

Weekly Photo Challenge: Entrance

Located just north of Ping Tom Memorial Park at 18th Street and Wentworth Avenue,  this industrial building  once hugged the railroad tracks, but has since been torn down. Back in the day, when this door had steps, or a loading dock, many a worker must have passed through it. Or, perhaps the red color was meant to signify something else altogether, a little naughtiness down by the railroad tracks? Well, until someone with local knowledge enlightens me, I guess it will remain a mystery.

©Rena Katinas

©Rena Katinas

Weekly Photo Challenge: Distorted

This post is dedicated to my friend Josh, for whom the point of a sculpture of a giant mirrored kidney bean is missed. I tried to explain that there is an interactive component to this piece, if you only view it from a block away, then yes, it’s just a big bean. Here is my least distorted image of myself and friend looking into Chicago’s misunderstood Bean at Grant Park through an 18 mm lens.

©Rena Katinas

©Rena Katinas

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