Chicago – Look Up

January darkness and cold has wrapped up Seattle and suffocated my photography breath. Well, sort of.

It is hard to go out and shoot. Rain. Cold. Darkness, an obvious foe of our hobby.

I’m still shooting. But I’m also revisiting some older shoots. I wanted to put some more from our December trip to Chicago and picked the following shots:

Chicago. December 2019. Fuji x100f.
Chicago. December 2019. Fuji x100f.
Chicago. December 2019. Fuji x100f.
Chicago. December 2019. Fuji x100f.

Kimpton Gray, Chicago

We’ve stayed at several Kimptons. Over Christmas we had the good fortune to stay at the Kimpton Gray in Chicago.

The service was excellent. They steered us to The Second City and several great restaurants.

Here’s some shots from The Kimpton Gray:

The Kimpton Gray, Chicago. December 2019. Fuji x100f.
The Kimpton Gray, Chicago. December 2019. Fuji x100f.
The Kimpton Gray, Chicago. December 2019. Fuji x100f.
The Kimpton Gray, Chicago. December 2019. iPhone 8 Plus.
The Kimpton Gray, Chicago. December 2019. Fuji x100f.
The Kimpton Gray, Chicago. December 2019. Fuji x100f.

Chicago

Spent Christmas week in Chicago. Crazy? We booked the trip in early fall. What do we care if it’s cold? We’ll eat. Museums. Those are inside. Right?

Then the Thanksgiving cold snap blew through and scared the bejabbers out of us. But we need not worry! Sixty degrees! Yes. Sixty!

Here’s some shots:

Chicago. December 25, 2019. Fuji x100f.
Chicago. December 25, 2019. Fuji x100f.
Art Institute of Chicago. December 26, 2019. Fuji x100f.
Field Museum, Chicago. December 27, 2019. Fuji x100f.
Andersonville, Chicago. December 27, 2019. Fuji x100f.

I’ll post more later. I took 300 – 400 shoots. Kept probably 200. Tough to cull down for reasonable sized posts.

Ballard Bridge | CineStill 800 | Canon AE1 Program

Some more shots from the roll of CineStill 800. Maybe 12 to 14 shots that were good. Most were “keepers” which is a tremendous yield for me with 800 speed color film.

A wet, rainy, morning. Cold, the kind of damp cold that would remind me of the Faroe Islands if I had ever been there.

The Ballard Bridge is over 100 years old. There aren’t any plans to replace it.

Beautiful? Probably not. Pretty utilitarian. But makes for a great subject.

Here’s some shots:

Ballard Bridge, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.
Ballard Bridge, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.
Ballard Bridge, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.
Ballard Bridge, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.
Ballard Bridge, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.
Ballard Bridge, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.
Ballard Bridge, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.

Carkeek Park | CineStill 800 | Canon AE1 Program

I spend a lot of time and I’ve taken hundreds of photos at Carkeek Park. A few weeks back, I tagged along with my daughters who were working on a school project and brought my Canon loaded with some CineStill 800.

800 ISO film is usually grainy. Too grainy when it’s color. But with the winter darkness coming (here) I was (am) looking for higher speed color options.

CineStill 800 might be that film. Not too grainy. Skin tones were fine. The yellows glowed a bit (in a good way).

Here’s some shots:

Carkeek Park, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.
Carkeek Park, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.
Carkeek Park, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.
Carkeek Park, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.
Carkeek Park, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.
Carkeek Park, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.

Green Lake | JPEG Presets | Fuji x100f

Minimal Lightroom edits. Maybe I crop a bit or slightly adjust the exposure. I have no idea what are sliders or brushes. Clarity is what I get if I ponder for awhile. RAW is sushi.

A short trip to the old aqua park at Green Lake. Missed the Led Zeppelin concert by a half century. But got some nice captures using my new presets.

Shots are JPEG (Pro Neg High) (Monochrome-R) with some in camera adjustments. A bit of cropping.

Enough with the technical jargon, here they are:

Green Lake, Seattle. November 21, 2019. Fuji x100f. Pro Neg High.
Green Lake, Seattle. November 21, 2019. Fuji x100f. Pro Neg High.
Green Lake, Seattle. November 21, 2019. Fuji x100f. Monochrome-R.
Green Lake, Seattle. November 21, 2019. Fuji x100f. Monochrome-R.