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Mission Accomplished at the Red Rock!

September 21, 2017 - During my last long road trip, I stayed at the Red Rock Casino Resort in Las Vegas for a few nights. One of my goals was...
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Courtesy in Downtown LA

September 15, 2017 - During my last long road trip, I allocated a couple of days to photograph some of the amazing architecture in downtown L...
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Petersen Automotive Museum

September 13, 2017 - One of the reasons I included Los Angeles in my long road trip was to photograph the most unusual Petersen Automotive Mu...
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Sundial Bridge

September 08, 2017 - When I arrived in Redding, California, I immediately drove to the Sundial Bridge. After capturing a number of black and...
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Extreme Symmetry

August 07, 2017 - Many of my photographs feature symmetry. Several of my images also feature a vanishing point--such as the door at the en...
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"Florida State Capitol" Wins Photo of the Day!

June 09, 2017 - This morning, my "Florida State Capitol" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging R...
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Dome Day

April 30, 2017 - Yesterday, all of my Shutterstock sales were photographs of domes! It must have been Dome Day...or more precisely, State...
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Different Perspectives

January 25, 2017 - While shooting the grand staircase inside the Colorado State Capitol, I took the time to walk around and view the stairc...
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"Geisel Library" Wins Photo of the Day!

January 17, 2017 - This morning, my "Geisel Library" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Resource...
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Capitols Under Construction

January 10, 2017 - During my road trip from Chicago to California and back, I hoped to revisit a couple of state capitols. It had been a wh...
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Let There Be Light!

December 16, 2016 - While visiting Denver, I walked to two historic churches in hope of photographing the interiors. The first church, the C...
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A Palace for Photography

December 05, 2016 - During my recent trip to Las Vegas, I hoped to photography some of the impressive hotel interiors. One of those interior...
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"Mission Staircase" Wins Photo of the Day!

November 06, 2016 - This morning, my "Mission Staircase" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Resou...
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"Des Moines Bridge" Wins Photo of the Day!

October 14, 2016 - This morning, my "Des Moines Bridge" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Resou...
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Step Aside!

August 23, 2016 - Last week, I posted a blog entry about how moving over to view a scene from a different perspective can help bring more...
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Move Over for Depth!

August 19, 2016 - I enjoy capturing symmetry in my images. Upon entering an interior space, my first instinct is to place my tripod in the...
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Colorful Stairs

August 13, 2016 - The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago has four staircases. Each one is a different color: green, yellow, red and...
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Call Ahead...

August 03, 2016 - When traveling great distances, it can be frustrating to arrive at locations that are closed. It's equally frustrating t...
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A Simple Arch

June 30, 2016 - During my photography trip to St. Louis, I hoped to capture some images of the Gateway Arch. To my surprise, the area ar...
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S Curve

June 04, 2016 - When studying composition, there are many "rules" or guidelines to consider to strengthen an image. Concepts include the...
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Going Really Long!

April 18, 2016 - Earlier, I posted an entry about long exposure photography. That entry discussed an image with an exposure time of 104 s...
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Slowing Things Down

April 11, 2016 - One of my photography goals for this year is to create more long exposure pictures. Long exposures provide an opportunit...
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Removing Obstacles

April 04, 2016 - Sometimes it's helpful to remove items from the scene before pressing the shutter. Certain items (e.g., signs, ropes, tr...
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Symmetry (and the Mirror Trick)

March 23, 2016 - While visiting downtown Joliet last week, I spent much of my time capturing pictures of the Will County Courthouse. Duri...
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Streets of Deadwood

February 13, 2016 - I spent a night in Deadwood as part of my recent road trip through South Dakota. It's been a long time (July, 1993) sinc...
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New Hampshire's Representatives Hall

February 09, 2016 - After completing my road trip through the states of the Northeast, I have now visited all 48 state capitols in the conti...
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Dome Day II

January 16, 2016 - Earlier this month, I posted a blog entry about a number of photographs of domes selling early one morning. This morning...
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Minnesota on Hold

January 15, 2016 - Earlier this year, I completed my quest to visit each of the state capitol buildings in the continental United States. T...
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Reaching Out

December 14, 2015 - Whenever possible, I use a tripod. However, sometimes it's impossible to set up a tripod for certain shots. This is ofte...
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A Late Arriving Crowd

November 04, 2015 - New Jersey is the most challenging of all the State Capitols for photography--primarily due to limited access. It's the...
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Part of the Whole

October 30, 2015 - While visiting the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), I planned to photograph the Simmons Reside...
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"A Look Through My Lens" Published for 2015

October 12, 2015 - Each year, I create a book featuring my favorite images from the year. More than 150 photographs are included in this 16...
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Mopping the Floor

September 10, 2015 - Most of the time, I look for reflections in the water. However, reflections can also be found on glass windows as well a...
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Photo Needs More Republicans!

August 23, 2015 - One of my recent State Capitol photographs would benefit from having more Republicans in office. And, this has nothing t...
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The Longest Day

August 14, 2015 - June 24, 2015 was the longest (and most productive) day that I've ever had for photography. In the end I processed and k...
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"Gateway to the Moon" Wins Photo of the Day!

July 29, 2015 - This morning, my "Gateway to the Moon" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Res...
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41.5 Million Tiles

July 05, 2015 - During May, I took a brief photography trip to St. Louis. I like to capture pictures of Places of Worship, so my first s...
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Image Talk

June 17, 2015 - I am pleased that Apogee Photo Magazine featured my "Gateway to the Moon" photograph in its "Image Talk" column for this...
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Battle of the Libraries

June 16, 2015 - Over the past couple of years, I've become more interested in taking photographs of interior spaces. I've enjoyed visiti...
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The Churches of Holland

May 23, 2015 - During my brief visit to Holland, Michigan, I visited three churches: Hope Church, Pillar Church and the Dimnent Memoria...
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When Everything Comes Together

May 15, 2015 - Earlier this week, I took a short trip to Holland, Michigan. I timed my visit to coincide with the prime season for the...
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Putting Perfume on a Pig

April 27, 2015 - The other day, I walked around downtown Tinley Park (a suburb of Chicago) and was taking pictures. I liked some of the c...
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Focus Stacking to the Rescue

April 19, 2015 - Focus stacking can be a valuable tool to expand the area within a photograph that is rendered in sharp focus. Earlier th...
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The Churches of Raleigh

March 08, 2015 - While visiting Raleigh, North Carolina, the historic downtown churches were a pleasant surprise. I visited Raleigh to ph...
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Neon Maze Wins Photo of the Day!

February 16, 2015 - This morning, my "Neon Maze" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Resource's Ph...
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The Piano Man

February 13, 2015 - I've taken an interest in photographing libraries. Click here to view some of my favorite images from libraries througho...
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Westcott Plaza

February 04, 2015 - Scouting is an important element of capturing good photographs, particularly when traveling to new and unfamiliar places...
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Going Fishing

January 23, 2015 - Just over a year ago, I purchased the Sigma 15mm fisheye lens. Fisheye lenses have limited application. But, when a scen...
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When Sunlight is an Issue Indoors

January 20, 2015 - During my recent road trip through the Capital Cities of the Southeast, I photographed many interiors. When I approach a...
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Everybody Wins!

January 15, 2015 - During my last road trip through the Capital Cities of the Southeast, I photographed ten churches. The people in most of...
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The Capitol That Isn't

December 10, 2014 - So far, I've photographed 31 State Capitol buildings. Click here to view the photographs by state. Following is a map wi...
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Columbus in High Resolution

November 12, 2014 - I recently visited Columbus, Indiana for some architectural photography. Click here to view the images from my trip. Wh...
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Places of Worship

November 05, 2014 - During my travels throughout the United States, I've enjoyed photographing places of worship. Please CLICK HERE to view...
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The First Lincoln Memorial

October 28, 2014 - During my last road trip, I visited Hodgenville, Kentucky to visit the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. It was a very enjo...
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Southeast Capital Cities Preliminary Itinerary

October 25, 2014 - Before the year ends, I plan to continue my quest of visiting capital cities throughout the United States. This upcoming...
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One Less Photo Location

September 19, 2014 - After a round of golf at the Manteno Golf Club yesterday, I stopped by the Manteno State Hospital to photograph an aband...
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Take Away the Blues

August 29, 2014 - When capturing photographs of interiors, mixed lighting sources can present a challenge. Typically, the artificial indoo...
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Behind the Scenes

August 24, 2014 - It was drizzling and overcast during one of my days at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. So, I searched for s...
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My Day with the Latter-Day Saints

August 17, 2014 - During my last visit to Salt Lake City, I spent a day at Temple Square. The Square is located in the heart of Salt Lake...
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Window Treatments

August 14, 2014 - I enjoy taking photographs of interiors. One of the challenges with many interiors is the large dynamic range of light t...
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West of the Mississippi

August 06, 2014 - This morning I visited the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix. I now reached a milestone of photographing every state capi...
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"Adobe Mission" Wins Photo of the Day!

May 14, 2014 - Last week, my "Adobe Mission" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". This photograph was captured back in...
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You Have Five Minutes...Or Maybe Just Two!

May 14, 2014 - As I approached the main entrance to the Saint James Cathedral (located just off the Magnificent Mile in Chicago), I not...
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Cleaning Up a Conservatory

April 23, 2014 - Last week, I visited the Lincoln Park Conservatory in Chicago. It's an interesting location and free of charge. So, it's...
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CNN Features Library Photos

April 14, 2014 - Seven of my photographs were featured in an article appearing in the Travel section of CNN's website! CLICK HERE to vie...
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Two Tries at the Good Light

April 04, 2014 - During my quest to photograph the state capitols, I will usually arrive in town in time to catch the late light just bef...
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A Sign That My Photography Might Be Improving

April 01, 2014 - Recently, I received a message from a viewer that I found amusing. The message was referring to this photograph of Centr...
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"Dual Staircases" Wins Photo of the Day!

March 05, 2014 - This morning, my "Dual Staircases" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". This photograph was captured ea...
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My Favorite Capitol

March 04, 2014 - I visited 28 State Capitol buildings in the past two years. While visiting the Capitols, I am often asked which one is m...
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Spiral Staircase Takes Third Place

February 27, 2014 - My "Spiral Staircase" photograph took third place in Imaging Resource's photo contest for the month of January: In earl...
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When Congress is In Session, I'm Out of Session

February 26, 2014 - The Mississippi Capitol was the 26th Capitol that I photographed. I usually don't have to deal with the challenge of hav...
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When 7 Exposures Isn't Enough

February 15, 2014 - Before taking photographs of the interior of the St. Mary of the Angels Church in Chicago, I asked the woman in the pari...
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"Oriel Staircase" Wins Photo of the Day!

February 11, 2014 - This morning, my "Oriel Staircase" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". This photograph was captured a...
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Dome Photography

February 07, 2014 - In my quest to photograph the State Capitols, I've captured my share of domes! As time goes on, I'm learning more about...
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Go With the Flow

February 02, 2014 - Capturing photographs of the Louisiana State Capitol building was not an easy task. I had one evening in Baton Rouge to...
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When Reality Looks Fake

January 30, 2014 - During my road trip to Texas last month, I visited the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas. Included i...
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Keeping Everything Sharp

January 25, 2014 - In a scene such as this one, it can be challenging to keep everything in the frame in focus. Downtown Austin is far away...
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And the Journey Continues...

January 19, 2014 - During my recent road trip to Texas, I added four more state capitols to my list! In addition to the Texas State Capitol...
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"Spiral Staircase" Wins Photo of the Day!

January 16, 2014 - This morning, my "Spiral Staircase" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". This photograph was captured a...
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Palm Trees in Chicago

January 12, 2014 - On a very cold Winter afternoon, it was nice to walk among the palm trees in the Palm House of the Garfield Park Conserv...
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The Story of the Staircase

January 08, 2014 - I enjoy taking photographs that include a vanishing point in the composition. In particular, I capture many pictures of...
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$1 Discount

December 23, 2013 - During my last big photography trip, I spent a day in Salem, Oregon. Since leaving home, I had already put 5,000 miles o...
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The Security Guard Photographer

December 20, 2013 - Yesterday, I visited the Palmer House in Chicago to photograph its lobby. The Palmer House opened its doors on September...
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Right In My Own Backyard!

December 09, 2013 - The other day, a friend suggested that I might find a local church (St. James at Sag Bridge) to be of interest for a pho...
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"Granite Staircases" Wins Photo of the Day!

November 27, 2013 - This morning, my "Granite Staircases" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". This photograph was captured...
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89 and Counting

November 25, 2013 - Earlier today, I scanned the photos in my website to determine how many places of worship that I've photographed. I foun...
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Entering the World of Fisheye

November 18, 2013 - Shortly after purchasing the Nikon 14-24 2.8 lens, I had second thoughts about the purchase. I was using the lens so inf...
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A Colorful Challenge

November 09, 2013 - While visiting the Kentucky State Capitol building in Frankfort last week, I experienced an unusual challenge in my atte...
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It's What's On The Inside That Counts!

October 22, 2013 - Despite living in the Chicago area nearly my entire life, I visited the Baha'i Temple for the first time last week. I ha...
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Third Time's a Charm

September 25, 2013 - Many times, photography requires patience. During my last photo trip, I visited the Cathedral of the Madeleine Roman Ca...
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Cheating Death

September 22, 2013 - During trip last summer, I stopped by Sacramento to photograph the California State Capitol. During my short visit, I no...
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The Battle of the Pipe Organs

September 11, 2013 - During my recent road trip, hazy conditions prompted me to capture more photographs of interiors--particularly churches...
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22 Down, 28 To Go!

September 03, 2013 - During my last road trip from Chicago to Seattle and back, I visited 9 state capitols, including South Dakota, Idaho, Wa...
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The Other Las Vegas

August 19, 2013 - During one of my recent photography trips, I spent the better part of a day in Las Vegas. Las Vegas, New Mexico that is!...
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A Capitol Tip

August 16, 2013 - Over the past year, I've photographed eleven state capitol buildings (in this order): Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, Ne...
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Trip Advisor

July 27, 2013 - I find Trip Advisor to be a useful resource for identifying potential locations for photo shoots. During my recent trave...
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A Capitol Recipe

July 22, 2013 - Over the past year, I've visited and photographed 11 capitol buildings. When sharing these pictures through photography...
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Turn on the Lights!

July 18, 2013 - On July 5th, I visited the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg. To my disappointment, the doors to the House of Rep...
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"Colorful Pipe Organ" Wins Photo of the Day!

July 11, 2013 - This morning, my "Colorful Pipe Organ" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". This photograph was capture...
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Holy Name Cathedral Photo Shoot

June 13, 2013 - Although I live just 25 miles away, I rarely visit downtown Chicago. Whenever I do visit, I wonder why I don't go more o...
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Stay Parallel to Minimize Distortion

March 22, 2013 - Over the past year, I have found myself reaching for the Nikon 14-24 2.8 lens more frequently. When I first started shoo...
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The S-Curve

March 16, 2013 - When studying composition, there are many "rules" or guidelines to consider to strengthen an image. Concepts include the...
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Shoot Before It's Too Late!

March 04, 2013 - Night photography provides an opportunity to exhibit a scene in a different way. Generally, I prefer to capture night im...
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Frozen Lighthouse Wins Photo of the Day

February 26, 2013 - In November, Imaging Resource selected my "Dog in Flight" picture as its Photo of the Day for 11-5-2012. Then in Decembe...
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Extreme Symmetry!

February 21, 2013 - While shooting architectural images, I'm often amazed at how much symmetry exists in the design. I sometimes wonder if t...
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Sometimes, It's Best Not to Polarize!

February 16, 2013 - One of my the filters I use most often while shooting outdoors is the circular polarizing filter. This filter acts very...
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Evolution of a Picture

January 12, 2013 - Earlier this week, I captured a few photographs while visiting the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champa...
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Turn on the Light with Photoshop!

January 07, 2013 - Often times, it's the little touches that make a photograph work. During my recent trip to New Mexico, I noticed the Inn...
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Move Around for Different Perspectives

January 04, 2013 - Often times, I find it helpful to move either closer or further from a subject in order to view it in a different perspe...
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The Case for HDR

December 21, 2012 - I use multiple exposures to create high dynamic range (HDR) images quite frequently. When photographing scenes with chal...
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Iconic Images

December 15, 2012 - While planning for my trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, it quickly became evident that there are sever...
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Three Out of Seven Ain't Bad

November 15, 2012 - During my trip to Yellowstone, I traveled through seven state capitals: Des Moines, Iowa Lincoln, Nebraska Cheyenne,...
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Virtual Horizon

November 02, 2012 - One of my favorite features of the Nikon D800 is the dual-axis virtual horizon which can be monitored through the viewfi...
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Open House

October 19, 2012 - Last weekend, the Chicago Architecture Foundation held its second annual Open House event. This event offers access to o...
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Let There Be Light

September 08, 2012 - The Chapel of the Sacred Heart is located in Grand Teton National Park and is open to the public. While I was inside tak...
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Concrete Stairwell

June 21, 2012 - It's been a while since I've been out shooting, so I must be getting desperate. I ended up taking some photographs at a...
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Manteno Insane Asylum

June 08, 2012 - On May 22nd, I captured some photographs from the abandoned Manteno State Hospital. This psychiatric hospital opened in...
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The Old Ballpark

May 30, 2012 - I saw the Chicago Cubs play the San Diego Padres yesterday at Wrigley Field. It was a beautiful day for baseball. My Nik...
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High Dynamic Range in the Shadow Room

May 26, 2012 - One of the challenges with photography is that the camera's sensor (or film) does not record as much dynamic range as th...
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Discovery

May 13, 2012 - One of the things I enjoy most about photography is how it encourages me to discover new places. The other day, I was dr...
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Simplicity

May 11, 2012 - Many times, I like to photograph simple scenes. Earlier in the week, I noticed this door surrounded by many little squar...
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Staircases

May 10, 2012 - Until recently, I didn't have a single image of a staircase in my portfolio. Lately, it's one of my favorite subjects!...
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A Frame Within a Frame

May 09, 2012 - One of my favorite compositional techniques is to include natural framing elements within the frame of the photograph. T...
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Ultra-Wide Angle for a Different Look

May 03, 2012 - Over the past few weeks, I've been using my Nikon 14-24 2.8 lens more than ever before. The ultra-wide perspective gives...
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The Old and the New

April 28, 2012 - Yesterday, I visited the Little Red Schoolhouse near Willow Springs, Illinois. The original schoolhouse, constructed in...
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Moving Just a Few Feet

April 27, 2012 - Yesterday, I captured some photographs of the old Pachyderm House at the Brookfield Zoo. After taking the first image fr...
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Amazing Resolution

April 19, 2012 - Earlier today, I noticed an interesting store while driving north on Harlem Avenue through Bridgeview, Illinois. I stopp...
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Close to Home

April 16, 2012 - Some of my favorite subjects to photograph are the closest ones to my home! Today was not a great day for outdoor photog...
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