Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Signs & Sunshine

The, January 20, 2018, Women's March on Chicago was supportively lavished with clear blue skies and warming rays of sunshine; it was a beautiful day to get up, go out and stand with a crowd that rallied for: human rights, equality, justice, empowerment and positive progression.

Signs & Sunshine crowned the crowd as they marched, in unison, down the Magnificent Mile. For this “ViewFinder” it was all about capturing moments and in these images you will see Demonstrators exhibiting signs with slogans, phrases, sayings and illustrations conveying messages that included:

#WomensRights | #activism | #humanrights | #learn | #positivity | #Change | #Equal | #Love | #HerStory | #Equality | #MeToo | #TimesUp | #ImWithHer | #EverydaySexism | #HeForShe | #YesAllWomen | #ToTheGirls | #EffYourBeautyStandards

From behind the lens, I was there and following are some of the messages that made me feel encouraged, understood and supported, made me laugh (LoL), made me wonder (???) and made me say “Right On!”

We Can Do This! | VOTE! WMC2018 60_pano

WMC 2018
God Is Coming & She's Pissed

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'45' SHOW US YOUR TAXES

WMC 2018
I Am Woman _ I Persist _ I Care _ I Roar _ I Vote for A Woman 2020

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"GRAB EM BY THE PUSSY" SOMETHING A SHITHOLE LEADER WOULD SAY | STOP TRUMP

WMC2018 102
WHAT OPRAH SAID

WMC2018 105
WOMEN''S RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS |  VOTE  |  YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID



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WE THE PEOPLE FIGHT FOR TOLERANCE, RESPECT, PROGRESS | STUDENT ENVIRONMENTALIST DREAMER HUMAN |  WHITE SUPREMACY HAS NO PLACE IN THE WHITE HOUSE
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GIRL POWER | THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE IS GREATER THAN THE PEOPLE IN POWER | IMPEACH THE DOTARD |  CAN WE JUST BE NICE TO THE REST OF THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY




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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Farewell Ferris Wheel


A collection of images captured, on the cloudy, rainy morning of September 27th, 2015, during the last run of, what is now, the old Navy Pier Ferris-Wheel.


         


The dreary weather seemed fitting as this was a “Good-Bye” to a friendly, old Chicago landmark soon to be replaced by a revised version that will stand twice as tall over the city in 2016.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

An Afternoon at the Arrington Lakefront Lagoon



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The wondrous landscape moments, featured in the images captured at the Arrington Lakefront Lagoon in Evanston, IL, are composed of: a beautiful day accentuated with an almost perfect temperature that fell somewhere between 70 to 75 degrees, crisp clean air, a gentle breeze, rich blue skies filled with cottony white clouds and an afternoon sun that beamed down rays of light reflectively shimmering over the calm waters of Lake Michigan.

  Afternoon at Arrington B&W by Teague DG on 500px.com

 Immersed in the splendor of what I saw through the viewfinder, Mother Nature was my flawless model and I captured every perfect pose. This was a moment when I thought to myself: “What a Wonderful World.” 


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What Remains


What Remains
The remains of a grand and towering wooden soldier
that once cleaned the air and stood guard over Dawes Park.
Cut down after an inevitable yield to Father Time
and an irreversible surrender to  the weakening effects of
aging and wearisome environmental elements.
Unsure of the outcome but hopeful that 
the remains of this tree were donated as
materials for a Habitat for Humanity Home.





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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Visiting the Unforgotten at the St. Sabina Peace Rally



Why? What?
Initially I wanted to visit the Unforgotten memorial statues and see the artful homages being paid to the victims of senseless gun violence; after learning about the St. Sabina peace rally, I knew that this event might be my last chance to visit the Unforgotten.

Where? Who?
It was a 30+ minute drive to St. Sabina but a trip very much worth taking. Upon arrival, the first thing I saw was a beautifully diversified crowd of people coming together to promote unity and peacefully protest the senseless violence plaguing communities throughout Chicagoland. I’d asked a few people to attend the peace rally with me but no one wanted to go so, being on a mission to visit the Unforgotten, I went by myself. Initially I was nervous, maybe a little afraid, but the minute my eyes caught the memorial statues, the weight of my anxiety lifted, I put my camera strap around my neck, placed my tablet into its camera mount, connected the Bluetooth trigger and commenced to capturing images of: The Unforgotten, the crowd, the church, the surrounding area, the famous people (Spike Lee, John Cusack, Jennifer Hudson), everything and everyone around me, and it was AMAZING! I’m so glad I was in attendance because I left the rally with a renewed sense of hope, still believing that there can be brighter days ahead, understanding how much work it is going to take and the importance of adhering to one-step-at-a-time.

How?
This project has been in cue since after the evening of June 19th, 2015, when I transferred 125 images from my camera’s SD card to my cloud drive. Being a committed, hard-working, Sole Proprietress that works 25 hours a day trying to build and establish a small Creative Services business, not much free-time is left for the pursuit of humanitarian, soul-stirring projects. In between the time this project went into cue and prior to its completion, I taught myself how to use 4 different photo editing programs and 10+ different design techniques in PowerPoint so, for me, it was worth the wait as I was able to apply they very best of my Photography and Presentation Design skills to this project.



I really did not have the time it took to complete this project but I have no regrets over taking the time to get it done, as Blair, Haydia, Porshé, Thomas, Terrell and Micheal had their time, violently taken away by the bullets that ended their lives.

Please, be good to yourselves & each other.
Peace,

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Super Moon Sunday

Sunday (9/27/15) was the triple threat Super Moon. High above the city shone a full perigee, blushing harvest moon that, between the hours of 8pm to midnight, blazed with a reddish hue as it performed a full lunar eclipse traversing the Earth’s shadow. There was humidity, hazy precipitation and globular cloud cover but in spite of a few impediments, it was a beautiful sight to see.

The journey to capture this celestial event on camera started with a drive to Elliot Park in Evanston (IL) where the ominous cloud cover was so thick, you could barely see the headlights of the hovering helicopters and airplanes above. Earth-bound with jealousy as red as the Harvest Moon, I wished I was in one of those aircrafts because the pilots and passengers were getting a million times better view of the Super Moon than us Earth-bound folks.

I milled around Elliot Park but after a half hour of staring up at cloudy skies I put the lens cap back on my 300mm lens, unmounted the Canon DSLR from the tripod and headed back to the car. Home was not the next destination as Elliot Park is one of many great photography spots (especially when the skies are clear), there were a few other locations that came to mind as I walked back to the car. The Light House on Sheridan wasn’t too far away but other than riding past on my bike, I hadn’t been there yet and without some reconnaissance work, it’s difficult to set up in an unknown location, especially at night; I didn’t know the rules of the surrounding area, what roads were private, which were public, it was too dark at night and that left too large a margin for error(s).

So I headed to the beach along Lake Michigan in Wilmette’s Gillson Park and I think it was meant to because just as I arrived, a car was pulling out of the parking spot right in front of the walk way to the beach. Visually, Gillson Park is a panoramic delight: you’ve got the vast expanse of the Lake Michigan shoreline right at your feet and if you look east, you can see the Chicago skyline in all its glory. The clouds were moving fairly fast over the lake and through random little openings, I could catch glimpses of a red-tinted sphere; after about 15 minutes, like a stage curtain, the cloud cover lifted, the Super Moon was revealed and began my photo session with it.

Harvest Moon 9/27/15
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The snag was sand; the best location for a good celestial photograph in Gillson Park is in the sand, not a problem if you’re holding the camera but shooting the night sky requires a tripod and trying to stabilize a tripod in sand is like trying to make a dime spin on top of a pen point – frustrating and, pretty much, impossible. (However, I now wonder if the sand had been wet, would that have made the tripod stand a bit more stable? Well, anyway…).

I did capture a couple of usable images but, unfortunately, most of my photographs suffered from camera shake.

Eclipsed Harvest Moon 9/27/15
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It was getting late but I was not yet ready to give up on getting “the shot” so around 10:30pm, I left Gillson Park and as I drove along I kept looking for another location, which ended up being the empty parking lot of a strip mall across the street from James Park in Evanston. It was dark, there wasn’t too much street light congestion and I had a clear view of the Super Moon, which was already about 75% eclipsed, but still amazing. My tripod stood steadily on the concrete and there, in the empty parking lot, I got “the shot.”

Eclipsed Harvest Moon 9/27/15
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A dark empty park lot, when you are by yourself, is a little scary, especially when it’s close to the midnight hour; I am courageous but not crazy so I got in and out of there as fast as possible; kind of felt like a (robbery) target with a Canon DSLR camera, telephoto lens and tripod.

Overall a nice night, a beautiful moon and a couple of pictures I could work with.

Harvest Moon (HDR edit) 9/27/15
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Eclipsed Harvest Moon (edit w/ a Pixlr overlay) 9/27/15
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If you're feeling good, smile
If it's funny, laugh out loud
& know that the light
at the end of the tunnel,
just might be you.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Antonio Struts

Presenting a collection of Photo Art images featuring: Antonio, the Godfather of the Geese Family.

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He usually floats alone and makes occasional trips to the shoreline, primarily to check on the Family and make sure that business is being “taken care of”.


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Photography Prints


  He’s a tough guy, a survivor that paid his dues on the mean streams of Chicago. While dredging through torrid waters, dodging propellers and evading mesh entrapments, he’s managed to secure a firm foothold in the South and West Waterways of Lake Michigan, inevitably becoming the BOSS GOOSE. 


Photography Prints

He graciously allowed me to photograph him as he floated up to the shoreline and strutted through the sand into the Arrington Lakefront Lagoon.
   

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