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A walk on California, from Armitage to Milwaukee

February 22nd, 2013 · 1 Comment

Steve recommended Dodd Camera to me, so last weekend I took my camera there for a cleaning. I’d been noticing some spots in my photos and usually that means the sensor is dirty. I’ve had the camera for 6 years and have never gotten it cleaned, so I guess it was due! Anyway…. I didn’t wait around for the cleaning, but they called me to come pick it in less than 24 hours of when I dropped it off. Dodd is close enough to my house that that I walked there and back when I picked my camera up. On the way back home, I took some photos. This was with my 24-105 lens, which I need to practice on in the next month, in preparation for a trip! So, here are some photos I took on my walk from Dodd Camera, home.

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Tastee Freez is an old time-y ice cream stand that is only open in the warm months.

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I took Jess (B) there once for a sweet treat.

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I noticed that Brand BBQ was all papered up. A sign on the door said that they’re doing renovations. Who knows if that’s true or not. Dallas and I ate there once when they first opened a few years ago and didn’t love it. I don’t think we’ve ever been back.

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This part of Logan Square is really in flux. New stuff next to old stuff, more well off next to less well off.

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Some of the buildings are really old and ornamental.

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Some of the buildings are very new.

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Salem Evangelical Free Church seems to have been around forever.

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Here I spotted some graffiti made of wood. I can’t remember the artist who does this, but his “work” is all around Logan Square and Bucktown.

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Bang Bang Pie used to be a food truck before they opened a storefront in 2011.

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Ronny’s was a dive-y bar that closed in 2010 and has been empty since.

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Funky old house.

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I was taking some photos of the Chicago Fire Department, Station #43, when this happened:

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Exciting.

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Engine #43 has a Facebook page they use to stay in touch with the local community.

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They’re also the station that responded to the fire behind our house. Thankful to have them so closeby!

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township

This used to be Pancho’s, a Mexican/Puerto Rican restaurant/bar/performance space. Now it’s Township, an American, with a slightly Indian twist, restaurant/bar/performance space. I went to Township with Jess (G) once for dinner and it was decent. I’ve been meaning to go back.

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Little Mel’s. One place I haven’t been!

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Entrance to the California stop on the Blue Line.

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Under the Blue Line tracks, facing northwest.


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Revolution Brewing

May 3rd, 2011 · No Comments

Demonstrating to Dallas the awesomeness that is the AutoStitch iPhone app on an oddly dead lunch hour at Revolution Brewing. View larger.

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Canon S95

March 6th, 2011 · 5 Comments

Hawaii 2009: I dropped my Canon A95 and it was the last straw for my beloved point and shoot. I was taking a photo of this bike rack in Waikiki when the fatal blow came. I’d had that camera since 2005, so four years wasn’t a bad run.

Well, I wasn’t really speedy about replacing the A95 and finally in the spring of 2010, I got a the Canon Powershot SD 1200 IS. It was a good little camera, but I missed all of my manual controls that I have on my DSLR and that were even on my Canon A95. I wanted badly to upgrade to the Canon PowerShot S95, which was a compact point and shoot and had all manual controls.

At Tien and Shannan’s wedding, my friend Adam had the S95 and after playing with it, I was completely sold. The only problem? Price. It wasn’t exactly the cheapest camera, and we were on a wedding budget. Dallas kept telling me to just get it, but I wasn’t allowing myself. Then Ed called me and asked me for a recommendation on an inexpensive, easy-to-use point and shoot camera. My SD 1200 was only about 8 months old and in perfect condition. If I could sell it, I could put the money towards the S95. Ed agreed, and even though I didn’t sell it for too much, the fact that I was letting it go, and the fact that our Hawaiian vacation and wedding was coming up, was enough to push me. I finally decided to go and get the S95. New problem? Manufacturer backorder! No one had it in stock.

I spent a weekend looking everywhere online and calling around to stores in Chicago. When I called the Microcenter, they said they had two in stock. I gave them my name, told them I’d be there in 10 minutes, and rushed out the door. Bingo!

I love this camera. It’s small and compact, but very powerful. I never even took my DSLR out of its case on our trip to Hawaii. Love, love, love. If you’ve got a bit more money to spend on a point and shoot, I’d recommend the Canon S95 to you, without a doubt! I’m about to start posting photos from our trip to Hawaii.. All of them were taken with the Canon S95, with the exception of a few iPhone photos.

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