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Fall Colors along the Fox River

Fall Colors along the Fox River

Coming around the bend, I found this tree overhanging the bank and nicely framing the view.

Foggy Fox River Valley

Foggy Fox River Valley

Twas a beautiful morning along the Fox River Valley today, and I couldn’t resist a few photos of my favorite tree. Here’s an in-the-field version from the camera to my phone. 1/200 F14 ISO100 at 105mm on Oct. 23, 2021 in Carpentersville, Ill.

Still Life Practice

Still Life Practice

One happy side effect of practicing still-life shots is that you then get to enjoy the subject matter afterward. This mum, for example, has lasted all week. I called this “You CAN Do Something with a Flower” as that was my youngest’s reaction when she […]

Branching Out

Branching Out

A tree and its shadow along the banks of the Fox River.   Eaves, Chris (Feb. 20, 2021). Branching Out [Photograph]. Carpentersville, Illinois. Shot on Canon 6D at 16mm, 1/1000 sec., f8 at ISO100 with a polarizing filter.  

Ghost Pumpkin rising

Ghost Pumpkin rising

My adventures in 4×5 homemade pinhole photography continue, this time with Rollei APX 25 film. Exposure time was ~55 minutes. The collage photo used two continuous dish lights, as my LED lights’ batteries drained about 20 minutes into the second shot. I’m using a Jobo […]

So, … I kind of built a camera

So, … I kind of built a camera

I ordered the 0.5mm pinhole on EBay as well as the film back, but everything else was from scratch. I didn’t have a proper router table and hobbled one together from scrap wood. Some of my cuts weren’t perfect, although it seemed to get the […]

Depot Light

Depot Light

The covered platforms of the former depot offer nice examples of asymmetrical architecture, including the overhead light and beams.

Dwight Depot

Dwight Depot

The former train depot in Dwight offers beautiful architectural details (as we’ll also see in tomorrow’s post).

Fire Chief Reflections

Fire Chief Reflections

Reflections of the past in the glossy enamel of the Fire Chief gas pump.

Texaco Station

Texaco Station

During its heyday, Route 66 would at times be clogged with bumper-to-bumper traffic. It’s easy to understand why so many service stations line the road. What’s more difficult to imagine is that in 1937 a pedestrian tunnel was built in nearby Odell, Ill., to allow […]

Mini-Billboard

Mini-Billboard

Cars fly past Dwight on nearby I-55, and the interchange has a typical assortment of fast food and gas station options. A little to the east lies a former Texaco station, complete with a mini-billboard.

Mobil Station

Mobil Station

Not everything along the Route is in good repair, and in some cases, such as this former Mobil station, the rust and abandoned look is displayed with pride.

Winnebago

Winnebago

I love this cute little Winnebago trailer, circa 1953, and the texture the water creates on its sides.

Standard Sign

Standard Sign

This service station features painted shingle siding. All along the Route, there are points of interest like this one, and many feature an audio recording that you can play to give you the historical context of the place.

Standard Service

Standard Service

Buckle up for my Route 66 mini-series! Over the next two weeks, I’ll post photos from a late-march trip along a portion of Historic Route 66. While this series runs, I’ll be working on the last series in this series: Industrial Heartland. Eaves, Chris (March […]



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