I stumbled across a rather cool sculpture located in the Hancock Building while hunting for dinner a few weeks back. Determined to shoot it with something other than my phone, I return this afternoon with a new camera (Fuji X-T2) and proceeded to take far too many photos. This capture caught my attention while uploading them. I hope you enjoy the capture.
Navy Pier - 4th of July fireworks show. Taken from the Adler Planetarium. On a techie side note, this pano was created from 16, 36 megapixel, images. It's native dimensions are 10 feet by 3 feet!
A spring thunderstorm as seen from the Signature Lounge, Chicago IL.
The Hyatt Center in Chicago. Willis Tower looms to the south.
Happy Thanksgiving from a very cold Chicago! Take from the signature lounge.
Wandering the streets of downtown Chicago, I noticed some interesting texture behind a nicely folded American flag - so I took a picture.
A warm August Chicago skyline.
I am aware that this post arrives a little late. Most top 10s of '12 post mid-December. That would exclude any images I might have taken for the remainder of the year. At least that is the excuse I am using to explain my absence from posting lately... Truth be told, I have been busy. A poor excuse. In any case, below are my top 10 images from 2012, an extremely prolific year for me. In summary, I travelled to 9 different countries and extensively throughout the southwest before relocating to the land of grime, brick, and skyscrapers (aka Chicago). I shot approximately 48,000 images on two new systems. I have completed my transition to Canon equipment, greatly enjoying the 5D Mark III. Additionally, I am using the Sony NEX-7 for street photography - an excellent little camera, only lacking in the quantity of quality lenses. I am looking forward to 2013 and hopefully I can reestablish my motivation for shooting, as it has been a couple months since I have even picked up my camera. Maja and I are planning a trip to Jordan in March, which I am confident will keep me shooting. Thanks for views in 2012 and I look forward to producing quality work in 2013.
In no particular order (it was difficult enough whittling these down to 10):
-Parliament at night, Budapest, Hungary
-Lake Hopfensee near Fussen, in Bavaria Germany
-Mounument Valley at sunrise, Navajo Nation, Arizona
-A couple enjoying drinks, overlooking the Parliament and Danude river in Budapest, Hungary
-Sunset overlooking Florence, from the Piazza Michelangelo viewpoint
-A morning stroll in Venice, Italy
-Forest in Poland
-Reflection in Venice, Italy
-Sunrise in Red Rock Conservation Area, Nevada
-Mesquite Flat Dunes, Death Valley National Park, California
The Duomo after a spectacular sunset as seen from the Piazza Michelangelo viewpoint, Florence, Italy.
Evening in Venice, Italy.
Smoked fish for sale at the Riga Central Market, Latvia.
The Church of Saint Charles Borromeo, Vienna, Austria.
Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge reflecting in the Vltava river.
Tallinn, Estonia on a cloudy spring day. On the right you can see St. Olaf's Church towering over the medieval eastern european city. This tower was the tallest building in the world from between 1549-1625 - amazing.
The spiral staircase in St. Stephen's Basilica, Budapest, Hungary
Sunset overlooking Florence, including the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge, from the Piazza Michelangelo viewpoint.
The Freedom Monument, located in Riga, Latvia.
David Černý's "Babies" crawling up the Žižkov Television Tower in Prague, Czech Republic. Creepy. Černý's work is consistently impressive.
A commuter train by night taking passanger across the Daugava River in Riga, Latvia.
The follow shots are the beginning of a new series deplicting Chicago's lights at night. A blurred skyline, Willis Tower, and Theater Building Chicago are attached below.