Today kicks off a 17-part New Orleans series! As many of you know, I don’t settle for any one particular type of style. I take what interests me, and I publish what I think others might enjoy. And I’m often surprised at what resonates with […]
OK, we’re back to a digital photo for a moment as we stick with prairie flora. Unlike my recent Milkweed post, this Wild Teasel is an invasive species that’s here to stay. Eaves, Chris (Aug. 18, 2018). Wild Teasel [Photograph]. Barrington, Illinois. Shot on a Canon 6D […]
A full-color version of a similar photo published here on June 7. One advantage of shooting sunrise shots in winter is you don’t have to get up insanely early to snag a nice shot. Eaves, Chris (March 29, 2019). Sunrise Chicago [Photograph]. Chicago, Illinois. Shot on […]
Definitely not an “original” composition here, as I literally took it at a place called “Photography Point.” Nonetheless, I love this spot when the early-morning sun hits the buildings just-so. Eaves, Chris (March 29, 2019). Grey Chicago [Photograph]. Chicago, Illinois. Shot on Canon 6D at […]
Today I kick-off a quick 4-part Americana series. We had a wet year in 2018, and sometimes that extra water makes for extra-interesting opportunities. The good people over at All Seasons Orchard in Woodstock, Illinois, set up a beautiful still-life scene with a wet spot in their field. We’ve gone apple picking there several times in the last few years, and the kids love the applesauce we make from the harvest.
- Eaves, Chris (Sept. 15, 2018). Americana Still Life No. 1 [Photograph]. Woodstock, Illinois. Shot on a Canon 6D at 40mm, 1/160 sec., f4.5 at ISO50
The North Avenue guard house offered a nice setting for a quick pic. Being the offseason, and a workday for many, I had the place nearly to myself. And no, that’s not lens distortion—someone backed into the pole.
- Eaves, Chris (March 29, 2019). Sunrise at the Guard House [Photograph]. Chicago, Illinois. Shot on Canon 6D at 17mm, 1/40 sec., f10 at ISO200.
After stopping for the low-angle shot, I paused on the bridge over Lake Shore Drive to enjoy a bit more of the lovely lakeshore sunrise. Eaves, Chris (March 29, 2019). Sunrise Bridge No. 2 [Photograph]. Chicago, Illinois. Shot on Canon 6D at 40mm, 1/60 sec., […]
This little forest preserve along the Fox River offers beautiful views and plenty of nice walking and biking trails.
- Eaves, Chris (Feb. 13, 2019). Frozen Forest along the Fox. [Photograph]. Batavia, Illinois. Shot on a Canon 6D at 17mm, 1/200 sec., f9.0 at ISO50
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.