Entries Tagged as 'Photography'

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.


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



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


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.


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


Some of the buildings are really old and ornamental.


Some of the buildings are very new.


Salem Evangelical Free Church seems to have been around forever.


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.


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


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


Funky old house.


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




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


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



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.


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


Entrance to the California stop on the Blue Line.


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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