Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Lurie Garden in Millennium Park

Native spring wildflowers blooming in Millennium Park's Lurie Garden provide a wonderful contrast to the architectural marvels of the Pritzker Pavilion and the Hancock building.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Holy Toledo (Spain) Wedding

While wandering the streets of Toledo Spain, I happened upon a two-horse carriage with a driver and attendant in uniform waiting outside the cathedral for the bridge and groom. Her carriage truly awaited and waited and waited.

The attendant stood at the head of the team to keep them calm while tourists snapped away (and I include myself in this category), and the driver kept turning to see if the happy couple were coming. Once they did, the matched black horses with bells on their bridles pulled a magnificent carriage through the crowded streets to much waving and clapping by the well wishers while the bride waved her fan and the groom smiled. A wonderful moment!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Flooding from Wisconsin Storms

Heavy rainfall and the resultant flooding have plagued the Midwest this spring. Earlier this week I traveled to Kenosha County, Wisconsin where highways have been closed due to standing water and many a basement flooded.

Another point of impact is the corn crop. Corn prices soared to record highs on June 12 as concerns increase with the relentless barrage of rain that has caused widespread flooding across the corn belt. With prices at the grocery store already inching upwards, flooded fields such as the one pictured above could impact pocketbooks in the coming months.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Never Far From Home

Walking down the Paseo del Prado in Madrid, I stopped dead in my tracks when I spotted the Chicago Hot Dogs sign and restaurant. Evidence once again that the world truly is a global community and the planet is shrinking.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Stearns Wharf at Night in Santa Barbara

Night and low-light photography of buildings and cities is one of my favorite subjects. When in Santa Barbara, California for a family event, I snuck off with my tripod and shot several frames of Stearns Wharf jutting into the Pacific Ocean at dusk. A bit touristy, the Wharf still makes a great subject for low-light photography. While a tripod adds weight and takes up space in the suitcase, it is essential for capturing subjects at this time of night. Skip a change of clothes and come back with great photos - the family won't remember what you were wearing anyway.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Green Architecture

Building "green" is a goal for many new commercial and residential construction projects. Utilizing sustainable, renewable and recycled materials in the process leads to a smaller environmental impact both now and into the future.

The Ryerson Welcome Center constructed in 2006 by the Lake County Forest Preserve District is one such building. The roofing materials and design blends well with the existing barns and farm buildings, and the facility utilizes geothermal cooling and heating to reduce energy usage and cost.

An underground cistern collects rainwater, wider eaves shield windows from the summer sun, and the parking lot utilizes a water permeable surface to reduce runoff. When visiting Ryerson Preserve for a hike or cross country skiing, include a stop at the Welcome Center. Even the bathroom wall tile is from recycled materials.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Skeleton's Out of the Closet

For our family Christmas card photograph, we borrowed Skelly pictured here from a physician friend. (Don't ask...)

One day I noticed him (?) standing around the house and realized he would be an uncomplaining model. I had been wanting to experiment with with some Canon 580EX II strobes and gels and knew Skelly wouldn't protest much.

He was quite patient and uttered nary a word as I positioned him, fiddled with the the flashes, changed the lighting ratios and the gels. Skelly, you were great!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Foggy & Rainy Day in Chicago

While most clients request images of a city taken on a sky blue day, recently I received a request for photographs of Chicago on a foggy and rainy day and discovered I didn't have many to offer.

Last week afforded the perfect gross weather day - low-lying clouds covered the tops of the tallest buildings, fog hung along the lakeshore and drizzle coated everything. The Cloud Gate sculpture, aka the Bean, in Millennium Park was coated in condensation and provided a different view from the usually highly reflective, mirror surface.

A day worthy of the best British mystery writer and photo researcher needing moody shots of an urban setting.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

REI Taste & Travel to Mexico

The REI store in Northbrook, Illinois will be hosting a Taste and Travel: Mexico event on March 20, 2008 at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. along with Whole Foods.

I will be presenting a travelogue and slide presentation of my travels in 2006 & 2007 to the Mexican Colonial cities of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for the first hour. This portion of the event is free and open to everyone. The second hour will be held at the Whole Foods store across the parking lot. There the chefs will have prepared regional food for all to enjoy and will provide recipes for those who wish to recreate the authentic cuisine at home. A $20.00 per person registration fee is required.

Come join us! To register, follow this link.

¡Hasta luego!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Weathered Face

In the fall of 2007, I traveled to Guanajuato, Mexico, a wonderful city filled with color, culture and character.

This elderly Mexican man was enjoying the afternoon sun seated on a sidewalk bench. The tilt of his cap and the crook of the cane add to the life story expressed in his lined and weathered face.

A moment and face just waiting for a camera.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Chicago - the Green City

Say what you will about the politics of Chicago's Mayor Richard M. Daley, he has done a marvelous job of beautifying the parks and streets of the city. Grant Park's vegetable garden, prairie grasses in street medians, and sidewalk flower displays add a dash of color and greenery to the concrete and glass world of the big city.

The colorful annual flowers along the Michigan Avenue sidewalk, aka The Magnificent Mile, are one great example. With the temperature hovering around 13F today, this scene gives me hope that spring really will come...

Friday, January 25, 2008

Published in the Wall Street Journal

Learning an image has been selected for publication is still a thrill.
Learning the image was published in the Wall Street Journal is very cool.
Learning the image was licensed by a new stock agency is doubly cool.

Check out the Digital Railroad Marketplace blog to view the article and my image from Lake Geneva used as an illustration. Marketplace launched in April 2007 with images from Digital Railroad archive members around the world available for licensing.

My searchable archive can be seen at www.kimkarpeles.net. Check it out!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Fun Shoot with Teenagers

Photo shoots can be great fun as evidenced by the fun these two teenage girls are having listening and sharing music on an iPod.

I had a great time shooting and got some great pictures - at least when I wasn't laughing, too!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Clean Slate for 2008

Fresh starts and clean slates are wonderful, the New Year's gift we all receive. It is exciting to look forward to the next 12 months with anticipation and excitement as the children pictured above are looking forward to their first Chicago Cubs game - and maybe a few minutes on TV with their sign.

As always I have resolved in 2008 to improve my photography and challenge myself in new ways - aesthetically and technically. I've begun using flash units more than strobes and am playing around with different lighting effects that would have been more difficult with larger flash heads. I'll post samples in the day's ahead.

Challenge yourself to learn or try something new and work those little gray cells. Here's to a great 2008!