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Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue

This is one of those lucky shots whereas we pulled up to a red light and I managed to grab it before the light quickly turned green. I can’t help but remember what a beautiful day it was, clear blue skies reflecting off the glass of this shiny new building, I can almost feel the warm breeze even though we are in the middle of winter here in Chicago.

©Rena Katinas

©Rena Katinas

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow

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©Rena Katinas

Yellow, a color I’d never wear or dye my hair, but I do like it in this photo, because it is totally unexpected.. The yellow cast from the street lights can be pretty ugly and normally I would remove it from night photographs with glee. It works here though. lending it’s garish cast on the already garishly beautiful CTA “L” structure.

This is another iPhone panoramic night shot. I think what keeps bringing me back to the panoramic function in my phone is the illusion that the lens is whatever “length” I choose, depending on what information I wish to include and how I choose to present it. The downside is the amount of noise, especially at night, so print worthy they may not be.


Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says

I just like this photo.

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©Rena Katinas


Weekly Photo Challenge: Illuminate

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I intended to post this before Christmas, but as it is for most people, I was busy, busy, busy. This is the tree at Richard J Daley Center, and to be totally honest, I don’t like how the tree has been set up off to the side like an afterthought in a cluttered room, with this horribly ugly barricade.

Many moons ago the tree used to be set up centrally in the plaza, with a visually less offensive, gate-like barricade. The spatial harmony with the Picasso and wide expanse of negative space was a major contributor to it’s beauty. As someone who has always loved Christmas trees and trees strung up with lights in general, the Daley tree was something magical to behold, especially when I was a child. I don’t know who thought this was a good idea. They should’ve talked to me. I would’ve told them, “This is a less than brilliant idea.” I was not consulted.

Oftentimes a negative will go hand in hand with a positive, and this is no exception. I have made statements to the effect that I have been just a tiny bit obsessed with the panoramic feature on my iPhone. I said I was going to knock it off. But I can’t. I tried. So there I was, giving in to my panoramic obsession, when I realized that the tree paired up with the Chicago Temple Building quite nicely in size and beauty. The Chicago Temple Building is a lovely example of an early twentieth century neo-gothic skyscraper and contributes to the wonderful variety of Chicago architecture.

So, though for me, the Daley tree has lost it’s essence of installation art achieved through it’s juxtaposition with it’s surroundings I’ve at least found photographic harmony in spite of it.

©Rena Katinas

©Rena Katinas

I started to play around with Topaz Glow in Adobe Lightroom and ended up with this energetic image. Though it magnifies the downside of live panorama shooting and if it looked like this in real life, it might just damage your retinas, the tree looks pretty darn cool!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Down

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©Rena Katinas

My literal interpretation of the word “down”. This is a subway entrance down to the Blue Line. I think this may be the nicest subway entrance on Dearborn.  I love the contrast of delicate light under the signage, against the industrial materials of granite and metal, very lo-fi.


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.

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©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.

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©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

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© 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.