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cameras steal souls

cameras steal souls
Made by Josh Mitchell | Continuum Photography
To whom it may concern, I am a local photographer and CTA rider who uses the CTA on a daily basis and have never until now had a bad experience with any CTA employee. On 7/16/08 at approximately 5pm I was riding in the first car of a brown line train traveling southbound. I believe it was located somewhere between Diversey and Armitage. I'm not sure what the route number was, but the car I was in was numbered #3432. The car was relatively empty, and impressed with the view from the forward window I took out my camera to take a few shots. I have previously read the CTA's posted policy regarding photography and I've taken quite a few shots always staying in accordance with those rules and trying not to be a nuisance to either fellow rider or employee. During a slow point where the train had stopped to wait for clearance the operator opened the door and very rudely and aggressively told me I was breaking the CTA's photography rules and that there was no photography permitted inside the trains. I do not believe I was being disruptive in any way to the operation of the train, nor do I believe I was breaking any rules as they are posted publicly. I told him I did not believe what he was saying to be correct and he informed me I would be removed from the train if I did not comply. He made some call on his walkie talkie about me, but no one removed me from the train. I presume because I in fact had not broken any rules. I have no issues with photography policies designed to safeguard the well being of employees or riders. However I do not believe that quietly taking a photo out of a window interferes with the safety of the train. And even if it did I think it should somehow be included in the posted policy. Even if was unknowingly in the wrong I think that the operator in question (a hispanic male I presumed to be in his late 20s or early thirties) could use a lesson in tact and manners. Also if the CTA is that anti-photography then it should reflect in the posted policies. Ironically the same train operator passed by another photographer on a platform snapping away and he didn't seem to mind that at all. As a photographer I do not understand anti-photography policies that aren't in direct relation to safety, and as a paying customer I do not appreciate unnecessarily rude behavior. Regards Joshua Mitchell The CTA's posted policy as of 7/16/08: CTA Photography Policy: The general public is allowed to take snapshots in public areas. I consider myself the general public. Equipment such as lighting, tripods, cables, etc. is not allowed - except in instances where commercial and professional photographers enter into contractual agreements with CTA. Non of that here, just a crappy lens baby. Photographers are not allowed to enter or photograph non-public areas of CTA stations. Train cars seem pretty public to me. Photographers are prohibited from obstructing transit operations, interfering with customers and blocking doors or stairs. Don't think I was doing any of this either. CTA personnel may evaluate the actions of photographers on a case by case basis to determine if a photographer is in compliance with guidelines. If a determination is made that the photographer is not in compliance, CTA personnel may ask them to stop. CTA's Response: Thank you for your complaint and we apologize for the apparent misapplication of our photography rules. It sounds as if the train operator was indeed corrected when he called in, but we will identify him from the rail car number you provided and make sure he understand what is and is not allowed. we appreciate you reporting the incident. --CTA Customer Service I can live with that.

Gay and Proud.

Gay and Proud.
Made by SaylaMarz
View On Black. Today was Gay Pride Parade. It's kind of a silly, frenzied sex fest rife with politicians and beer ads, that does a good job at scaring the straight community into believing that the gay community is exactly as bad as the stereotypes. The Onion actually featured a scarily accurate article about this phenomenon. Every year I go to parade, and every year I am disappointed by what it is and what it fails to be. This year was no exception. Mainly because I was hoping to meet some hott lady and have wild hott stranger sex and forget to call her tomorrow. ....That didn't happen. I'm pretty confused with this whole gaydar thing. Gay guys seem to have no issue assuming I like the ladies. It's straight men who assume I am theirs for the taking, and gay women who assume I'm too --what?-- to be gay. Girls don't hit on me, but men do. Even today, when I got dressed up specifically for a lesbian event, I got skeezy misogynists hitting on me. I'm sick of it. One of my (gay male) friends told me it's because I don't look like a dyke. Really? Do I have to play costume? Can't lesbians finally stop passing as men and be actualized women, if that is how they feel most comfortable? I never considered myself particularly butch or femme, but I'm starting to feel like there's no room in our culture for femme lesbians, at least without me introducing myself with a loud explanation of sexual proclivities. Why can't I be Silly Happy Buff Lesbian Punkrock Princess Brigid, Her Sassiness Royale? ....Anyway, I think that this is a great opportunity to reflect on where things stand with the one minority group I truly belong to. We're not equal rights citizens, no matter how kind and giving and loving we are. American mainstream media is more supportive of murder and violence than love and tenderness between two people with matching parts. It's an uphill battle that will probably not be won anytime soon. People will continue to judge and hate strangers solely based upon private matters of love and lust. Even in the face of this, though....I want to say something really important. I am gay. And I am proud. I mean both of those sentiments in broader senses than pop culture allows them. I'm queer. Strange. Odd. Homosexual. And I'm happy. Yes. Gay. I really am perfectly content with the tendencies of my heartstrings. It feels real and wonderful and right and true. And I am proud to be the person who I've grown to be. Proud to be compassionate. Proud to be rebellious. Proud to be feminine. Proud to be strong. So set aside the floats and the antics. Today is still a special day, in which I get to honor myself. Love me.

Eternal Silence aka the Statue of Death by Lorado Taft in 1909- Graceland Cemetery

Eternal Silence aka the Statue of Death by Lorado Taft in 1909- Graceland Cemetery
Made by kel1
Graceland Cemetery, considered to be one of the most park-like cemeteries was established in 1860. This Victorian cemetery, well known to be a Chicago treasure was designated a city landmark in 1971. Many of the graves, tombs and monuments are considered to be works of superior artistry. A tomb commissioned by the Getty family and designed by architect Louis Henri Sullivan was called “the beginning of modern architecture in America”. Graceland is the resting place of many famous Chicagoans including Sullivan, Marshall Field (of Marshall Field department stores & the Field Museum of Natural History), William Kimball (Kimball pianos), Allan Pinkerton (the world’s first private detective & inspiration for the term ‘private eye’), Potter Palmer, Daniel Hudson Burnham (architect, Chicago city planner and designer of the ‘White City’ at the World’s Columbian Expo in 1893), George Pullman (inventor of the railroad sleeper car) and many others. One of the more unusual burial sites is an island in the middle of a pond accessible via a foot bridge. The cemetery is open to the public, and tours are available through the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Ghost stories are abundant, but there are also many well known tales such as the dilemma over the burial of G. Pullman. Angry Pullman factory workers were striking at the time so his family decided against the original elaborate monument and instead had the coffin covered in tarpaper, asphalt, encased in concrete and finally covered with railroad ties and more concrete to protect against any vandalism. Graceland is located at 4100 Clark Street in Chicago.

'neath the shroud of the foggy dew

'neath the shroud of the foggy dew
Made by pixelmama
I haven't posted any photos from our Bike the Drive adventure yet because ... well ... I don't have very many! Our plan was to see the sunrise over the lake and get photos like the one from last year (in comments). Sadly, we were denied!! We arrived at 5:00 AM and were greeted with a solid wall of dense fog! Considering the weather, however; there was a huge turnout. Of course we didn't let the weather stop us!! We laughed at each other as we rode, looking at the water droplets hanging from each others' eyebrows and eyelashes ... at the hair on our arms and face, and the fabric of our clothes ... covered with a fine silvery mist. Needless to say, we never did see the sun. We rode for three hours; finally returning to our car soaking wet. We immediately left the city and drove for three hours to the Wisconsin Dells. As soon as we arrived, my nephew dragged us on a three-hour hike at Devils Lake. It was a very, very, very long day ... ending with a fabulous night of sleep in our tent under the moon & stars. During the night, I could hear the owls hooting and the coyotes howling ... we awoke to the sounds of morning, the birds singing! -----> Ahhhhhhhhhh .... wish we were back there right now! ♫ Sinead O'Connor & the Chieftains – The Foggy Dew ♫ Back to writing cover letters and filling out job applications!! Happy Foggy Blue Thursday!

My Kind of Town

My Kind of Town
Made by Viewminder
I love this city. I love the people that make this city what it is. I went out with a wonderful friend of mine for an amazing evening of shooting on the street... She doesn't like when I get in dustups with people for gettin' in their face so I switched out my trusty and combat proven 35mm 1.8 for an 85mm 1.8 that I borrowed from a friend. I felt like a traitor to my art. It was tough to get the feel of that lens... where I needed to stand... how many feet away to start my approach... it all felt like quite a handicap... it was like I was drunk... I mean... I couldn't understand the street through that lens like I could with my 35. That lens is too tight for the kind of street shooting that I do. I got some good shots with it but the 35mm 1.8 will be going back on with haste. Hey... I'm sorry I haven't been able to answer all of your comments lately... I want all of you to know that I really appreciate you and your feedback and that I'm so happy to share the shots I come back with from the street... it all comes from my heart. These images are gettin' almost ten thousand views every week and as the weather warms up I'm gettin' out there more and more. Thanks for all of the views and the comments and the enthusiasm for the close up street work I've been bringin' home. Faces on the street Chicago 4.30.11 85mm 1.8 SOOC 'cept expo dropped 3.

Chicago's very best cup

Chicago's very best cup
Made by kern.justin
View this and three other photos large blog. I am a full-fledged and unrepentant coffee addict. By coffee, I mean COFFEE, not six creams and eight sugars, double whip, mocha frappucino coffee - rich, dark, bitter black coffee brewed carefully from masterfully roasted beans (don't think I'm too snobby, I don't begrudge anyone their preference - my wife uses flavored creamer). I unashamedly attempt to share (spread) my addiction with others (Mike). This turns out not to be so hard, because Mike lives in the same neighborhood as the best coffeeshop in Chicago. Now, before you get upset, I realize that there are better bistros, cafes, restaurants, and little out of the way spots where you might prefer to get caffeinated (having just been introduced to the Z&H cafe in Hyde Park - I may have another favorite to add to the list). However, it cannot be argued that you can get a better tasting cup of black coffee anywhere in the city. Imagine Starbucks when it was just a little place in Pike's Place Seattle - the owner makes no compromises when it comes to quality. When we're finished traipsing around the city early on a Sunday morning, we (or I if it happens I'm alone - yes I'm that hooked) always stop by for a cup.

Chicago: Wrigley Field - Harry Caray Statue

Chicago: Wrigley Field - Harry Caray Statue
Made by wallyg
This statue of the legenedary Cubs broadcaster, Harry Caray, was dedicated on April 10, 1998 outside 's Gate D near the corners of Addison and Sheffield. Co-sculpted by Omri Amrany and Lou Cella, the 7-foot tall, 1,200-pound sculpture was made from 32 pieces of white bronze welded and sandblasted together and placed on a 5-foot base of black granite. Engraved on the side is Harry's familiar preface to the Seventh Inning Stretch: Let me hear 'ya...a one...a two...a three..... Wrigley Field is shown at the bottom of the figure, with the heads of adoring Cubs' fans rising up in front of Harry, whose rm is thrust forward as if to lead the fans in one last rendition of Take Me Out to the Ballgame. Harry Caray (b. Harry Christopher Carabina, 1914-1998) began his career broadcasting for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1945. After being replaced by Jack Buck in 1969, he spent one year with the Oakland Athletics before accepting a job with the Chicago White Sox. In 1981, he took a job with the Chicago Cubs television outlet, WGN, whose standing as one fo the first of the cable television superstations offerred him a nationwide audience.

Chicago Cubs scorecard from August 4, 2010 - Wrigley Field

Chicago Cubs scorecard from August 4, 2010 - Wrigley Field
Made by spudart
My detailed scorecard from the Cubs win over the Milwaukee Brewers on 8/4/2010. HIghlights of this game include: * Cubs win 15-3 * Starlin Castro almost gets the cycle with a single, double, and triple * Four Cub homeruns by Tyler Colvin, Geovany Soto, Blake Dewitt, and Aramis Ramirez * Brewster manager Ken Macha and reliever LaTroy Hawkins ejected * Last relief appearance by Carlos Zambrano * Cubs end 7 game losing streak Better viewed in . ----- As recorded from Aisle 419, Row 9, Seats 102, 103, 104, 105 and 106 Check out all my scorecards, by viewing the scorecard tag. Other players on this scorecard: Brewsers: * Rickie Weeks * Corey Hart * Ryan Braun * Prince Fielder * Casey McGehee * Jim Edmonds * Johnathon Lucroy * Craig Counsell * Manny Parra * Todd Coffey * Joe Inglett * Latroy Hawkins * David Riske * Chris Capuano * Alicdes Escobar Cubs: * Tyler Colvin * Starin Castro * Derrek Lee * Marlon Byrd * Geovany Soto * Alfonso Soriano * Blake Dewitt * Jeff Baker * Ryan Dempster * Aramis Ramirez * Carlos Zambrano * Sean Marshall * Mitch Atkins * Lou Pinella

Friday-Love on the Rocks

Friday-Love on the Rocks
Made by Viewminder
Maybe you should make that a double Lindsey. After a week... well four days... of being a responsible and socially conscientious upstanding citizen... alright... three and a half... It's time to cut loose. It's Friday. Sweet Friday-Love! I worked my tail off this week. We deserve the weekend. It's my freakin' prize for putting up with all the bullshit. I was so exhausted this week I couldn't even come up with good excuses. I bombed a project and this guy called up screamin' about it... 'Why didn't you call me yesterday' he yelled. 'Because I was too tired to come up with an excuse for why I screwed you.' I told him I needed more time to think of a really good one. My honesty got him laughing and we worked it out. I'll take care of him today. Yeah. The weekend's gonna be smoove... good times... all the love... lotsa music... good food... mo' love... and a couple more of what Lindsey's pourin'. C'mon... this one's on me... You know I'm hopin' you're feelin' the love! Viewminder's homemade sex video

Chicago: Wrigley Field - Left Field Rooftops on Waveland Ave

Chicago: Wrigley Field - Left Field Rooftops on Waveland Ave
Made by wallyg
The Rooftop by the Firehouse (1050 W Waveland Ave) was built in 1999, and is located next to the historic Wrigleyville Firestation. Located along the left field foul pole, their website claims the angle from left field allows for an incredible view of the field and the historic score board. The Rooftop by the Firehouse has an elevator, bleachers, staffed bar, caterer and 2 large clean restrooms and opens 30 minutes before game time. It includes food and drinks in the ticket price, and has a maximum capacity of 90 patrons. Beyond the Ivy (1048 W Waveland Ave) was built in 1996. Beyond the Ivy has two other rooftops also overlooking Wrigley Field (at 1010 and 1038). Brixen Ivy (1044 West Waveland Ave) was built in 2000. They have a third floor balcony and lounge, as well as bleachers on the fourth floor rooftop. The lounge is located inside the building, and contains a fireplace for guests if the weather becomes inclement. Brixen Ivy opens 30 minutes before game time, and parties end 30 minutes after the final pitch. The facility has a capacity of 125 people, but 100 is the recommended limit.

A 30 exposure impossible view of Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs - 2010

A 30 exposure impossible view of Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs - 2010
Made by Mister Joe
View Larger On Black So I've been wanting to shoot Wrigley Field for a while, but never quite found an angle I liked. For those of you around here, you know that to get a view of Wrigley without cars, traffic lights, buildings, etc - you have to be right up at it's doorstep. So that's exactly what I did last Wednesday night. I shot six vertical shots from left to right to make this. And for each of the six, I shot 5 exposures. Then I made six separate hdrs, and attempted to line them up in photoshop to make a panorama. Since I was so close in on the stadium, I had to manually fix a LOT of stitching problems. That often happens with more ornate things when you are close to them to shoot. So this one was a lot of work that resulted in a 275mb tiff, that after being cropped is 32 inches by 17 inches at 300dpi. But at least I now have a shot of all of Wrigley Field without distractions! Phew. P.S. - Been busy, but I'll get to going through all my contacts to check up on their latest work asap!

No Matter What

No Matter What
Made by only-connect
No matter what they tell us No matter what they do No matter what they teach us What we believe is true No matter what they call us However they attack No matter where they take us We'll find our own way back I can't deny what I believe I can't be what I'm not I know I'll love forever I know, no matter what If only tears were laughter If only night was day If only prayers were answered Then we would hear God say No matter what they tell you No matter what they do No matter what they teach you What you believe is true And I will keep you safe and strong And sheltered from the storm No matter where it's barren A dream is being born No matter who they follow No matter where they lead No matter how they judge us I'll be everyone you need No matter if the sun don't shine Or if the skies are blue No matter what the end is My life began with you I can't deny what I believe I can't be what I'm not I know, I know I know this love's forever That's all that matters now No matter what

330/365: Happy Fence Friday: {Wrigleyville} Edition!

330/365: Happy Fence Friday: {Wrigleyville} Edition!
Made by pixelmama
Project 365 Friday • November 26, 2010 A Week of Fences: Day 5 As I look back at my fences this week, I really liked the Thanksgiving Fence from yesterday the best and it will be hard to top that one! I looked at a gazillion fence shots today and decided to post this fun & colorful fence shot with my Bokeh Jackie! This was two blocks down the street from that wonderful Cozy Noodle cafe with the cool Pez Bathroom and two blocks from Wrigley Field in the other direction. Thanks so very much for all the most wonderful comments on yesterday's fence shot. I so appreciate every single one! I hope my U.S. Friends had a most enjoyable Thanksgiving! I am in the midst of troubleshooting a major display issue on Jackie's laptop at the moment and must get back to it. I will be catching up with everyone throughout the day!!! We are NOT Black Friday shoppers in this family! We steer clear! This concludes Fence Week! It has been fun! ~ Happy Fence Friday!

Facescape

Facescape
Made by Viewminder
Since early March I've had that 35mm 1.8 lens mounted on my camera except for two ocassions. I've got a killer 70-200 2.8 Nikkor lens that I used to love like nothing else... It's become a paperweight on my desk. I'm in love with that 35mm. There's no zoom... you gotta 'compose' with your feet... Without question... if you're sporting a 35mm fixed focal length lens you gotta get in there to get the shot. That's what I love doing. It puts me in 'the zone' when I shoot with it... There is no substitute for 'close.' I no longer have telephoto envy when I see guys sportin' those 600mm lenses... Those are for shooting eagles. I shoot people. I shoot them up close... Because that's where I want to be. I shoot them wide open with a really tight depth of field. I shoot people the way that I see them. The pictures I get... That's the way that people see me. Faces on the street Chicago 6.26.11 35mm 1.8 cropped square expo juggled up

The Toss

The Toss
Made by Bobby Alcott
As soon as the Wrigley crowd figured out that what they were helping to spell out with their 'stunt cards' said Red Wings, the crowd -- in such a delightful, sporting-like fashion, tossed the cards like hats at a graduation. What was next - Cleveland's beer bottles? Stay classy, Chicago. NHL 2009 Winter Classic Detroit Red Wings vs Chicago Blackhawks Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL Detroit 6, Chicago 4 (Who sucks now, Chicago? By the way, get a life. Or a new chant... it's like you people are perpetually stuck at a high school football game or something.) (Oh, and sorry we ruined the most important hockey game in Chicago since 1961) (Oh, and it's not a rivalry until you beat us. We've won 6 straight from you now. We've made the playoffs for 18 straight years, and you've been there once on the last 13. We've won 4 cups in the last 11 years, while you haven't won it since 1961. Shut up for awhile, won't ya?)

Willow Friday. Chicago, Illinois, USA

Willow Friday. Chicago, Illinois, USA
Made by Rana Pipiens
Black Friday for shoppers the day after Thanksgiving, but for me visiting Chicago: a Golden Willow morning. 't Had been rainy and dark since I arrived a few days ago and we were grateful for a Bright and Golden (and delicious - featuring that fashionable bird, the Turducken) Thanksgiving Dinner. Friday though brought a bright low sun in azure blue skies. Just the day for a leisurely jaunt in a crisp breeze along the shimmering green-blue Lake. Turning westward then between Wellington and Oakdale on North Lakeshore Drive West. Just opposite the postmodern The Hallmark building of 1990 (designed by John Macsai and his firm) is a wonderful green expanse with this bright alley of willow trees. Other trees were stark and dark in the sheer light, buildings angularly defined in the sharp rays. And this natural alleyway warm and burnished golden to my delighted eyes.

101010

101010
Made by never_drink_turpentine
I don't know your face no more Or feel your touch that I adore I don't know your face no more It's just a place I'm looking for We might as well be strangers in another town We might as well be living in a different world We might as well We might as well We might as well I don't know your thoughts these days We're strangers in an empty space I don't understand your heart It's easier to be apart We might as well be strangers in another town We might as well be living in another time We might as well We might as well We might as well be strangers Be strangers For all I know of you now For all I know of you now For all I know of you now For all I know -Keane (6B/52) *Yay! This made Explore (at it's highest #99, on 10/11) Thanks everyone!!!

The Completely Denuded Tree - Lake Michigan IMG_0212_2

The Completely Denuded Tree - Lake Michigan IMG_0212_2
Made by Swaranjeet
- EF S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM - 1/30th sec, f/4.5, ISO 100, 22 mm PhotoAwardsCounter Click here to see the awards count for this photo. I have always wondered why denuded trees are so lovely. I guess they provide a shape to a tree with the trunk and the limbs or the arteries of the tree's body laid bare for us to see. BUT much more than that there is the strark transparency of a denuded tree which allows us to see the beautiful landscape through them - unbroken by the heavily 'clothed' tree yet providing a welcome break which adds an element of beauty and romanticism to it. There is also an element of romance in their loneliness as they stand testimony to time. Thats why, perhaps, we prefer their images more when solitary.

Tiny buds in a Chicago Balcony - IMG_8576

Tiny buds in a Chicago Balcony - IMG_8576
Made by Swaranjeet
EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Exposure : 0.004 sec (1/250) Aperture : f/8.0 Focal Length : 160 mm ISO Speed : 250 PhotoAwardsCounter Click here to see the awards count for this photo. When I was debating the purchase of the EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM . I was always swayed by the claim made by someone that once you had this lens you had a set of prime lenses between the focal lengths 70 to 200. Nothing since I bought it has made me consider that claim an absurd exaggeration. The area where I was most pleasantly surprised was in my use of it for work I would later use the 100mm macro for. This photograph taken in Chicago shows why.

1/100 Strangers Project | Mary.

1/100 Strangers Project | Mary.
Made by afunkydamsel
This is my first photo for the Project. I was so nervous while talking to her. My voice quivered for a moment. Because while I have taken pictures of strangers, very rarely did I have conversation with them... So, her name is Mary. She's from Arizona and is in town because her daughter is in a Play. Now that I think about it, I should have asked her the name of the Play. But I was too nervous. Anyway, I met her while we both waited for the train at the Redline station at Sheridan in Chicago, USA. I love her eyes in this photo. Thanks to Mary for allowing a stranger in her life, if only for a moment. Also, please visit www.100strangers.com for more information and pictures.



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