I have always loved the contrast of a red brick building with a nice blue sky on a sunny day. A simple way to end this month.
The leaves have begun to turn, and it is starting to really feel like autumn.
Went to the last soccer match of the year for the Chicago Fire tonight. It was a lot of fun even though it ended in a draw. Here is a fan blowing his vuvuzela angrily at the call on the field.
Lamp in the dining room.
A vine climbs its way up to the top of the spire of a fence.
It was a Scotch kind of night…
Fall flowers along the street in my neighborhood.
Sometimes life isn’t all smiles.
Gene’s Sausage Shop, the local meat market and grocery store in our neighborhood.
Micah finally meets a dog his size.
Had a beautiful sunset in Chicago tonight.
To see more pics from the evening, check out my set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/inthe-arena/sets/72157635705389633/
An attempt to make a new iOS 7 wallpaper for my iPhone using the raindrops on the screen of my bedroom window.
Raindrops on a grapevine after a rainy evening.
Peppers at the local farmers market this morning.
Micah after a long day…
We celebrated my son’s first birthday today. He got messy.
My razor and brush with the early morning sunlight coming through my window.
A local cheesesteak restaurant in our neighborhood. Very good!
Stalled traffic due to the BMW PGA Tournament. At least there was a nice sunset.
Plants in the early sunlight this morning in Bannockburn, Illinois.
The clock in our living room.
The fence outside my apartment.
My friend let my son play with his iPad. Apparently he wanted to look something up on Google.
My neighborhood in Chicago has a lot of German heritage. This weekend is German-American Fest. Today we had a parade through the streets with bands and floats. Here is a shot of some trumpet players going by.
One thing I like about living in the Chicago is being able to see the city’s history on the buildings. This building is located right under our “El” train tracks in my neighborhood. It is a now a cafe. Apparently it was a welding shop at one point in time.
In the plaza in my neighborhood I saw a figurine sitting up against a lamp pole. It seems that some child must have left him behind. 🙁
It turned out to be Superman. But he had a heavy coat on. And pants. It’s as if he truly were homeless. There are a number of homeless folks who hang around here from time to time, so maybe he was just trying to fit in..
Leaves of a grape vine that is stretching into the back alley outside my home. I quickly caught this picture on my way out the door at about 6:45 in the morning.
The steeple of the chapel building on the campus of Trinity International University. Caught this as the sun was beginning to set.
There are tomato plants outside my building that are nearly six and half feet tall. They are loaded with green tomatoes right now.
After my son got his first haircut, he was clearly very tired. I caught him mid-yawn.
In the last few months I’ve got back into photography after a long absence – it’s been almost 40 years since the last roll of Tri-x ran through my Nikkormat. I found myself a cheap and decent rangefinder on eBay (the now ubiquitous Oly 35RC) but, although poor these days, have been hankering after an SLR.
Today, surfing eBay with no particular camera in mind, I came across a Pentax ME Super with SMC Pentax-M 50mm F1.7 with an hour of auction time left. Not being familiar with the camera or the lens, I’ve been frantically googling, both before and since the sale, as I couldn’t resist the price and what I was reading about it. I found link to this, your site on a post you’d made reviewing the lens on Pentaxforums.com.
All of which is a long, probably unnecessary preamble to what I really want to say:
I’ll be trying to get the best from my lens via film with an older, simpler camera than I imagine you’re using, but it’s great to see confirmation of what the lens is capable of. Every one of your pictures is simply magnificent,
Thanks for the pictures, and thanks for the reassurance ;).
First of all, it’s always great to hear of someone getting back into photography. Way to go. And thanks for letting me know you checked out my pictures with the lens. And thanks for the kind words about my pictures. The 50mm f1.7 is probably still my favorite manual lens I’ve ever used. It yields some great results. I hope it treats you well, too!