Photography, Communications & Me

Month: January 2019

Summer Daydreams

Summer Daydreams

Today is part 3 of 10 in my Montreal series. Coming from Chicago with its lake, Montreal does well with the fast-flowing river at its doorstep. Here’s the typical idyllic scene of Quebec in all its mid-Summer glory. The first two photos in this series […]

Old Montreal

Old Montreal

Today is part 2 of 10 in my Montreal series. We walked or took the Metro everywhere, and it was quite liberating to be free of a car and all that driving entails. Old Montreal was busy in that good sort of way. Eaves, Chris […]

Picking Peppers

Picking Peppers

Welcome to my Montreal series! Today is part 1 of 10, including a mini-Metro series in the middle of it. I hope you enjoy!

Today we start with a trip to the Jean Talon Market. It was a grey day, but perfect for wandering around on foot. The market is a visual delight and a must-see stop for anyone visiting Montreal.

  • Eaves, Chris (Sept. 1, 2018). Picking Peppers [Photograph]. Montreal, Canada. Shot on a Bronica SQ-A at 80mm, 1/250 sec., f2.8, on Fujifilm Provia 100F

 

Haeger Water Tower

Haeger Water Tower

One of the more valuable parts of the property is the water tower, which was sold (I was told) to a company in California for $750,000. Originally the town or the company was thinking of tearing it down, but it was valuable as a cell […]

Maintenance Crew

Maintenance Crew

This gentleman told me a bit about the Haeger plant, and we chatted for a few minutes and about how the plant couldn’t compete with cheap, overseas labor. Most striking was his comment, “I’m glad I’m old. I won’t be around to deal with what […]

Apply at Office

Apply at Office

I goofed a bit on my development, as you can see by the bubble on the right side of the frame. It was my second roll ever developing myself, so mistakes were bound to happen. I’m amused by the fact that plant got so many walk-in job seekers at his door that they manufactured a giant sign to send them to a different entrance. Overall, though, the door is a sad reminder of the impact that cheap foreign labor had on this industry.

  • Eaves, Chris (Aug. 11, 2018). Apply at Office [Photograph]. East Dundee, Illinois. Shot on a Bronica SQ-A at 80mm, 1/125 sec., f4 on Ilford Delta Professional 100.

 

Haeger No. 7

Haeger No. 7

The second in my Haeger series, this one shows entrance No. 7. The old-school fire alarm bells give away the age of the buildings on this well-kept but shuttered property. It’s a shame to see small-scale manufacturers like Haeger collapse in the global economy. Eaves, […]

Haeger Series

Haeger Series

Today marks the first in a five-part, unauthorized series on Haeger Potteries. Formed in 1871, Haeger operated for 145 years in East Dundee, Illinois. Clay from the nearby Fox River supplied the plant, which got a business boon as a result of the Great Chicago […]

Opportunities Abound

A common misconception I see among amateur photographers is this notion that good photography requires exotic locales. Instagram doesn’t help matters with infinity-scrolls of perfectly fantastic images. The simple fact is, though, that with practice, patience and a willingness to explore the areas around us, there’s plenty to shoot. Especially by explore the golden hours.

I was recently traveling for work, and there was nothing particularly pretty about the area. Lots of suburban sprawl and traffic. Plus, it’s winter. The sun rises late. It’s cold at night. The trees are barren. Those aren’t negatives! Use what’s around to your advantage! I didn’t have a camera with me, so I used this a scouting exercise. What can I see that I could make a nice photograph?

I was driving to catch an early-morning flight. The sun wasn’t quite up yet, and there was a hill blocking the horizon. And it would be easy to think there was nothing to shoot. I’d driven by an ugly creek on prior visits, and no matter the angle, it never looked special. But this morning it did! The hill made the foreground lighter, showing a calm, welcoming creek with plenty of open space on either side. But then shadows of the hill darkened the area around the creek bend – right where it narrowed. And because it was a winter morning, “steam fog” rose from the creek. The barren trees were the coup de grace, turning a placid creek into the entrance to Hell itself.

The funny thing is, once you start seeing images to take, you can’t stop seeing more. As I drove to the airport, I ticked-off at least half-a-dozen images I’d want to take—even if just on my cell phone—that is, if I didn’t have a plane to catch. A dilapidated barn basking in the early morning sun. A cow stepping into the light along a barbed-wire fence and a frosty field. Another creek with steam fog. It could have easily taken me an hour to drive those 25 minutes if I was stopping and snapping.

When I got home that night, I grabbed my travel camera, the excellent Fujifilm X100T. It was 19F outside, and the sun was almost gone. But I wanted to prove that even in my neighborhood, I, too, could make a nice image. Is it a great image? No. Not by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, the whole reason I wanted to take the shot was the bridge silhouette with the pond and the sunset. But the bridge disappeared into the background, so all I got was the ghost bridge in the water. But it does show how easy it is to stop and appreciate the world around us. Even if just for a moment.

  • Eaves, Chris (Jan. 9, 2019). Suburban Sunset No. 1 [Photograph]. Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Shot on a Fujifilm X100T at 23mm (fixed), f2, 1/15 sec., ISO400 with a -2.7 exposure bias.
Field Studies No. 2

Field Studies No. 2

OK, we’re back at it with another shootout between a full-frame DSLR, the Canon 6D with a pancake 40mm and a Bronica SQ-A medium format film camera with the kit Zenzanon 80mm (40mm full frame equivalent). I’ve square-cropped the DSLR’s image to make it a […]

Field Studies No. 1

Field Studies No. 1

Last year I acquired a Bronica SQ-A medium format film camera. I wanted to see the difference between it and the full-frame Canon 6D I normally use. After a few YouTube tutorials, I hopped in the car and stopped for a few quick shots, using […]

Spring Road

Spring Road

We’re entering that time of year when Spring feels very, very far away…

  • Eaves, Chris (Feb. 26, 2008). Spring Road [Photograph]. Oak Brook, Illinois. Shot on a Canon Rebel XTi at 60mm, 1/4000 sec., f2.8, ISO100

 


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