Saturday, April 26, 2014

Socializing And A Photo Session

It was opening day for Navy Pier Ferris Wheel rides and I was on my way to the Pier’s Festival Hall B for the Small Business Expo 2014.  

Along with my, well designed, 3inch trifold brochures, business cards, writing tablet and utensils, I, absentmindedly, packed my x500 camera, which is like an American Express card, I don’t leave home without it. Hauling my wheeled carrier behind me, I headed out for the Expo with an unrelenting intention to capture images and scenes around Navy Pier after the show.


The event was informative and offered opportunities to network with other small business owners, like-minded individuals and potential clients. While shaking hands, exchanging business cards and collecting brochures I, occasionally, glanced out of the lobby windows, allowing brief contemplation on how and where I was going to capture the scenic cityscape reflecting in the placid lake waters along the Navy Pier shoreline.


The Expo wrapped and I could not change into my walking shoes fast enough. I somehow managed to clap for the keynote speaker while getting the strap of my X500 camera around my neck and I’ll be honest, while he was, motivationally, speaking (quit well, I must add) I had already slipped out of my high-heels and was reaching for the walking shoes under my chair. When they hit the lights, I was not the first person out of the room, as there were a few new contacts I wanted to reconnect with and establish tentative follow-ups for, but I, most certainly, was not the last person out.


Unfortunately, there was messy construction all around Navy Pier, making most shots difficult and some impossible. 
I found myself standing on a giant flower pot, balancing on a park bench, leaning against guard rails and even on a flight of stairs from which a grounds-man told me to step down, as they were not open to the public. That was a serious “whoops” that he kindly accepted my apology for.








During my, makeshift photo shoot, my mind wandered to my new leads, data-entering their info into my contact management program and what was going to be said in the quick follow-up notes I’d be emailing to them. 

So, there was an exchange; while attending the Expo, I thought about capturing images, and during the photography session I mulled over the results of the Expo. Mentally, at different points, each activity held first and second position and I could not be more pleased that I was able to accomplish both. 


If you're feeling good, smile
If it's funny, laugh out loud
& believe that the light
at the end of the tunnel,
just might be you.

An enrichment project from the Earolyn Creative Services production house. 
**Don't hesitate, create.**

Friday, April 11, 2014

Pure Winter - Polar Vortex Images

It was an eerily still and quiet Sunday evening in Chicago; the snow covered streets were lifeless, the temperature fell far below zero and the bitter cold lassoed the town, bringing the City of Shoulders to its knees.





The photos in this post were taken on January 5th, 2014, the beginning phase of the, now famous and, soon to be, historical, Polar Vortex.  Braving the (negative) -15 degree weather was fueled by a combination of cabin fever and the potential photo ops seen through an insulated living room window. Some may call the venture courageous but most will probably call it crazy because it was UNMERCIFULLY COLD!

The amazingly warm waterproof down ski jacket and pants accompanied with snow boots, 3 pairs of socks, 2 pairs of gloves and the face mask that I wore was not much of a match against the Polar Vortex cold.  


A few images were captured while I withstood the bitter cold but after a short period of time, I lost the fight to numbing fingers and, literally, ran back into my warm and cozy little house. 


Thawing, as I wiped the ice from the lens of my X500 and brushed off the snow, I thought about the homeless and the fact that some were without shelter, lying on the ice cold ground, one dirty blanket away from freezing to death.  They have no where to go, no warm house to run to and sleeping under a bridge or in an alley way is no where to be (especially not while the city is in the grip of a volatile Polar Vortex). 


Many of us forget the big difference that the little things in life can make.  In this Photo Therapy post, I urge everyone to cherish all that they have and give what they can to help others.  The small difference(s) you make can positively impact someone’s life in a great way. 
Thoughts While In A Polar Vortex by Earolyn Criativa

If you're feeling good, smile
If it's funny, laugh out loud
& believe that the light
at the end of the tunnel,
just might be you.

An enrichment project from the Earolyn Creative Services production house. 
**Don't hesitate, create.**


Resource(s) Recognition:
1). The image of the Polar Vortex engulfing the Earth, used in the digitally designed poem“Thoughts While In A Polar Vortex,” was found through a Google image search that led to: http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/enviro/EnviroRepublish_946924.htm

2) The image of the homeless person lying on the sidewalk was found through a Google image search that led to: http://www.interestingstories.net/nora-berra-advises-homeless-to-stay-indoors/

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sitting on the Dock of the Lake

A little bit of calm, a healing dose of serenity and the welcomed quiet of a wintry afternoon was the tendered remedy along the Lakefront path at Montrose Harbor.  

 The crisp January air was renewing and the picturesque scenery offered a temporary escape from the stress and strife of everyday life. 

When there is so much work to do, it can be very difficult to push ones’ self away from the desk, but I believe it is paramount to briefly step away, as even a few relaxing moments can infuse one with new energy.  The further I walked, the less guilty I felt about taking a break.  I observed and reveled in the fact that the Chicago city skyline laid before me, serving as a majestic divider between the afternoon sky and the blue waters of Lake Michigan. #stunning #awesome #wonderfulworld

The gentleman that graciously posed for me added to the “deep-in-thought” imagery of the scene.  He looks out over the rippling waters, content with an outside view of the concrete jungle ahead. 


When viewing these captured images, I can’t help but to think of the classic Otis Redding song, “Sitting On the Dock of the Bay.”

If you're feeling good, smile
If it's funny, laugh out loud
& believe that the light
at the end of the tunnel,
just might be you.

An enrichment project from the Earolyn Creative Services production house. 
**Don't hesitate, create.**

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Views From The Top

Spectacular views captured 20+ stories above a bustling Fourth of July crowd, their roar muffled by the towering distance of a high rise rooftop. 

Views from the North, East and West sides of Chicago filled the party room windows but I was drawn to the rooftop deck and the photo ops along the gated edges of the building. 

The photos featured in this post were taken in the early evening, about 3 hours before the fireworks were scheduled to start.  
It was a warm summer evening, almost tropical, as heavy humidity blanketed the city, permeating it with a dewy mist; you can, somewhat, see the haze filtering the images and all though I did do a little digital editing, the haze filter is Mother Nature’s work.

 These photos exemplify how much I enjoy being behind the camera, capturing images, as most of them were taken while I was standing on a folding chair, leaning over a wiry gate that was 20+ floors above street level.  Needless to say I made a few party goers nervous but I was careful and lived to tell.


If you're feeling good, smile
If it's funny, laugh out loud
& believe that the light
at the end of the tunnel,
just might be you.
An enrichment project from the Earolyn Creative Services production house. 
**Don't hesitate, create.**

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Rainy Days & Mondays…

These are candid photos (taken with my Pantech Marauder android phone) of two adorable Feline Frienimals relaxing with their Kitty-Sitter on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

The golden eyed boy, lazily lounging on the couch is a Turkish Angora name Brett Justice, aka BJ.  The little pink eared fur-ball, intently watching the rain droplets trickle down the window is a Rag-A-Muffin named Cairo Max-A-Million, aka Cai Baby. 

Cai-Baby was fairly enthralled but BJ was just not amused.  The pitter-patter of the raindrops lulled him but the thunder and lightning kept him awake, so he was a bit cranky from not being able to nap.  The Carpenters song Rainy Days and Mondays seems a fitting match to BJ’s look in the side profile photograph.  

The picture where he looked directly at the camera, displays an expression that, in my opinion, matches The Boomtown Rats song I Don’t Like Mondays.




If you're feeling good, smile
If it's funny, laugh out loud
& believe that the light
at the end of the tunnel,
just might be you.

An enrichment project from the Earolyn Creative Services production house. 
**Don't hesitate, create.**

A little extra: Here’s an adorable pictorial on the relationship between Misa, an 88 year-old grandmother and Fukumaru, an odd-eyed little cat. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Sunset Clouds Resetting Against Beach Front High-Rises

That amazing moment when you turn around and have the good fortune of capturing a beautiful scene. 

This Heaven and Earth connection was captured during a lakeside beach outing.  I had just finished packing up my beach gear and as I turned around to shake the sand off my towel this is what I saw:
An amazing moment of awe; my jaw dropped and my breath actually caught, I could not believe how beautifully the ethereal clouds rested against the high rise apartments, emitting beams of setting sunlight.   

I complain, quite often, about cell phone use and how so many people can’t seem to function without them but this moment was an exception and I could not have been happier to have that LG Envy in side pocket of my tote bag.


In spite of all the imperfections, it truly is a WonderfulWorld. 

If you're feeling good, smile
If it's funny, laugh out loud
& believe that the light
at the end of the tunnel,
just might be you.

An enrichment project from the Earolyn Creative Services production house. 
**Don't hesitate, create.**

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The June 23, 2013 Super Moon

The fitting, “It’s Gonna Be a Beautiful Night” by Prince (an artist whose music is in constant rotation at the Earolyn Production House) was the song that played through the little stereo speaker of my Android phone as I bike rode to the lake front to capture images of that evenings Super Moon.  

The humidity was high and there was a collection of rain clouds but in a (surprisingly) small group of other Moon Gazers I was able to capture some lovely images of an amazing Super Moon.  Its glow broke through the heavy mist and it beamed through the late evening clouds like a red carpet cutting through the crowd.  Its emergence was of cinematic quality as the Moon Gazers gathered up their telescopic lens and optical devices to capture every pose the Super Moon delivered.  


It, most certainly, was a beautiful night; well-done Universe, well-done.

If you're feeling good, smile
If it's funny, laugh out loud
& believe that the light
at the end of the tunnel,
just might be you.
An enrichment project from the Earolyn Creative Services production house. 
**Don't hesitate, create.**

#SuperMoon #planetary #space #photography

Friday, February 28, 2014

Stopped To Look Up

Stop to Look Up
You may find it surprising that this photograph was taken from the parking lot of a suburban hardware store.  It was one of those moments when one is feeling alright, their equilibrium is aligned and they take a moment to look up and capture an aerial scene of Mama Earth & Mother Nature at their finest.  The setting sun and the early evening clouds aligned beautifully and created a scene that just had to be captured.


If you're feeling good, smile
If it's funny, laugh out loud
& believe that the light
at the end of the tunnel,
just might be you.
An enrichment project from the Earolyn Creative Services production house. 
**Don't hesitate, create.**

Thursday, February 27, 2014

An August Lakeside View

A room with a view is a wonderful thing but a panoramic view from a pathway within the Chicago Museum Campus can be breathtaking; even under pre-storm rain clouds.  This image was captured during a rest and walk break after a 25 mile bike ride from a northwest suburb to the Adler Planetarium.  It was a perfect day and a great ride because the 25 mile ride home was finished just before the storm clouds opened up.

An August 13th Lakeside View

Oh yeah, the mountain bike, so prominently featured in the photograph gets the photographer around Chicago and in a good number of places that cars, just can’t go. 


If you're feeling good, smile
If it's funny, laugh out loud
& believe that the light
at the end of the tunnel,
just might be you.
An enrichment project from the Earolyn Creative Services production house. 
**Don't hesitate, create.**

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Cat's Eye

Cairo's Haunting Alluring Cat Eyes
Cairo Max-A-Million, an adorable, fluffy, crossed-eyed Ragamuffin, served a haunting yet alluring look that I was able to capture right as he was waking from a nap in his new forever home. 

This little cutie was rescued from a Florida animal shelter, one day before he was scheduled to be euthanized.  Cairo ended up in that shelter because he was victimized by an uncaring, breeder who has a history of throwing kittens, not born to spec, out into the streets.  The insensitivity of this breeder stems from pure greed, as Ragamuffins born with one blue eye and one yellow eye will, apparently, sell for more than those born like Cai, who has two beautiful blue (adorably crossed) eyes. 

It is heartbreaking to watch the abuse of animals in an ASPCA commercial but after spending time with little Cairo, a real-life victim, my heartbreak was accompanied by rage.  I’d welcome the opportunity to step into a battle cage (with my Cairo t-shirt) and give that breeder a little abuse; it’d be a Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome event, “two man enter, one Woman (me) leave.”  Cairo is so worth it as he is an adorable little shorty with big banana paws and the cutest little pink kitten ears and button nose; it is hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that the breeder shoved him, while he was a defenseless, newborn kitten, out the back door and into the streets (during Florida’s rainy season, no less). But he is a trooper because he survived and made it through with a viral infection and couple of broken teeth (probably from trying to eat hard, inedible street trash) but no worse for wear.

It did not take long for Cairo’s rescuing foster parent to find him a forever home, as after being seen on PetFinder by a his future Human Mother in Chicago, it was a done deal.  Over the internet, via email and by phone, arrangements were made and, a few days later, Cairo was cuddled up in a pet carrier, riding in the backseat of a car that was on its way from Florida to Chicago, IL. 
Cairo's Haunting Alluring Cat Eyes
Cairo (aka Cai Baby) came a very long way in short period of time; he went from dumpster diving to stepping out of a pet carrier onto a plush white carpet in his new, high-rise, forever home with a panoramic view of lake Michigan, not bad, not bad at all. 
  


If you're feeling good, smile
If it's funny, laugh out loud
& believe that the light
at the end of the tunnel,
just might be you.

An enrichment project from the Earolyn Creative Services production house. 
**Don't hesitate, create.**
#ragamuffin #kittens #animalshelter #foreverhome #blueeyes #cats #pets #petrescue #petadoption