Sunset over Lake Michigan

We are heading off to Michigan tomorrow afternoon to enjoy the fourth of July weekend. I took this photo last summer but finally got around to working on it. I was standing on top of one of the dunes overlooking Lake Michigan while the sun set on a perfect summer day. I thought the beach grass would make an interesting element in the foreground while still minimizing the rather boring and cloudless sky. I added a hint of texture (Antique Paper) to the sky to give it a little bit of interest because in general I think skies without any texture tend to be rather ‘blah’ (technical term?).

Sunset over Lake Michigan

Sunset over Lake Michigan

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The Beach Path

“If you’re reading this…Congratulations, you’re alive.
If that’s not something to smile about, then I don’t know what is.”

– Chad Sugg, Monsters Under your Head

The Beach Path – Lake Michigan

Beach Path Sunset Lake Michigan

The path leading to the beach below it on the Michigan side of Lake Michigan where we spend many weekends in the summer. The two benches where people old and young remove their shoes before sprinting down to hop into the frigid cold waters (especially after this winter). The sunsetting slowly into the lake as the sky takes on all different shades of orange and pink. The dunes to the right and left creating a perfect place to lay the planks of a path…It is a such a contrast from the Chicago craziness we take in during the week or the Chicago beaches on the weekend so it is always nice to step away to our little slice of heaven.

If you can’t smile in these situations than what can you smile about? Life is pretty good sometimes.

Sand Dunes on the Lake Michigan Shore

At the end of another perfect day on the shores of Lake Michigan. I setup for the shot above the dune and wanted to try and get the tree swing into the picture somehow. I thought the sunsetting on the right hand side of the picture served as a nice balancing point and I set my aperture wide enough to get a snow flare but not too wide to cause chromatic aberration.

Sand Dunes on the Lake Michigan Shore

Lake Michigan Sand Dunes Sunset

My computer at home is dying and I spent most of what was a beautiful summer day in Chicago trying to repair it. Needless to say I couldn’t figure it out…so I’m in the market for a new laptop. I’ve been saying ‘I am going to buy one’ for two years now so with my desktop on the fritz it is about time to pull the trigger. Unfortunately, I’m now suffering from paralysis through analysis as I’m comparing/contrasting all the features (RAM, Dedicated Imaging RAM, Weight, Battery Life, etc…). The bitch of it is I’m going to do go through all this analysis and whatever I wind up buying will be obsolete six months from now.

Sunsetting over Sailboats

Just got done taking pictures in Banff. A longer day then expected and the sunrises early tomorrow so going to keep it short so I can catch five hours of sleep before the wake up call.

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In Michigan as the day ends. It couldn’t be more perfect.

The Beach Path

Unseasonably cool here in Chicago today. Not that I’m complaining after how warm it was last week before the cold front came in. It was actually nice to not have to wake up super early to go running this morning.

Photo of the Day – The Beach Path

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I headed down to the beach a few weeks ago to take some pictures of the sunset – this was the view from the beach path as I got down there. I liked how the angle of the railing directed my eye into the picture and then turned left around the corner back towards the setting sun.

I’m off to Banff next weekend for the second time. Looking forward to early morning sunrises and a couple of days of hiking in the pristine Canadian Rockies.

Supermoon Sunset

We had some rain in the afternoon yesterday which almost caused me to sit at home and not go downtown to take pictures of the super moon yesterday evening. After some back and forth my wife convinced me that the rain was going to get out of the area before the moon rise so I hopped on my bike and headed towards the Adler Planetarium. It remained grey and overcast for most of the time but shortly before 8 the skies seemed to clear a bit behind the Sears Tower and some colors started to come through. I took plenty of shots as the city lights turned on against the orange and purple of the skies behind them. From where I was standing the sun was setting directly behind the Sears Tower so you can see a little burst of color right off the right hand side of the building.

Photo of the Day – Sunset Behind the Sears

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I rode my bike around to the other side of the lakefront (almost directly in front of the Sears Tower) to get some pictures of the Super Moon coming up over the Adler Planetarium. I got a couple of good shots but haven’t had a chance to process the photos yet. In a few days when work slows a bit I’ll try to work on those and get them up here.