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One World Observatory: Shooting New York from above

By | August 18th, 2016|Categories: Architecture, Locations, Outside of Chicago Photo Location, Travel: Way Out of Chicago|Tags: , , , , , |

Last year, after a long wait and a lot of anticipation, One World Observatory‎, the observatory at the top of One World Trade Center, finally opened. After 14 years, there is an observatory in Lower Manhattan again. I never had the chance to go up the twin towers, so when I visited New York City [...]

Barns and lighthouses: Part one

By | August 5th, 2016|Categories: Outside of Chicago Photo Location, Photography Tips, Travel: Way Out of Chicago|Tags: , |

For the longest time, lighthouses and barns have been a very important subject for me to shoot. In the beginning I never questioned why, but just enjoyed getting them in front of my lens. I could never figure out the relationship between the two subjects and me. I grew up on Long Island Sound, and [...]

Beyond the beaten path: Finding unique New York photography spots

By | August 3rd, 2016|Categories: Outside of Chicago Photo Location, Travel: Way Out of Chicago|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

New York is one of the photographic wonders of the world. There is the grand architecture, both new and old, street art and graffiti, a melting pot of people and an infectious energy on every street corner. However, this can be both a blessing and a curse. While New York is one of the most [...]

Crossing off the bucket list: Photographing Arizona

By | June 8th, 2016|Categories: Outside of Chicago Photo Location, Travel: Way Out of Chicago|Tags: , , , , |

My "bucket list" has been growing — not shrinking — over the past several years. This year I have decided to start crossing items off of it. The first places I decided to cross off the list are Sedona and the Grand Canyon, both in Arizona. The great thing about choosing these locations is they [...]

The Out of New York Photography Conference: OOC Podcast Episode 32

By | March 15th, 2016|Categories: Conference, Outside of Chicago Photo Location, Podcast|Tags: , , |

This week on the Out of Chicago Podcast, Chris discusses the upcoming Out of New York Photography Conference. Out of Chicago will call New York City home from October 14-15, with on-the-street workshops available on Oct. 16. Located across from the Empire State Building, the Out of New York Photography Conference will be held in the heart [...]

Bridging the gap between Chicago and travel photography

By | February 24th, 2016|Categories: Architecture, Locations, Outside of Chicago Photo Location|Tags: , , |

Most photographers love to travel; given our curious nature we jump at the chance to explore other cultures and environments. There are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your photographic travel experience is fulfilling and you come home with images that capture the mood and feeling of that destination while also staying [...]

What’s In Your Camera Bag?

By | January 28th, 2015|Categories: Locations, Outside of Chicago Photo Location, Weekend Trip|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

4 ½ pounds isn’t very heavy. In fact, any person in reasonable hiking shape should be able to carry 4 ½  pounds easily. The problem comes when you have another bag full of cameras and lenses that add up to another 30 pounds. That’s when that 4 ½ pounds begins to feel more like 40 [...]

Photographing The Calatrava In Milwaukee

By | October 18th, 2014|Categories: Architecture with Wendy Bright, Locations, Outside of Chicago Photo Location|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Photographs by Angie McMonigal Living in Milwaukee when the newest Santiago Calatrava-designed addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum was built 1997-2001, I called it what all Milwaukeeans called it: The Calatrava.  Never mind that its official name is the Quadracci Pavilion.  Just like "The Bean" in Chicago, we locals gave it an affectionate nickname that [...]

Photographing Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

By | September 19th, 2014|Categories: Outside of Chicago Photo Location, Weekend Trip|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Article and photographs by Keith French. A world away from the concrete mountains and steel-lined Chicago River is a rolling land filled with trees, rivers and streams, deer, badger, wolverines, moose, wolf and both black and brown bear. Roughly a 6-8 hour drive north of Chicago is the upper peninsula of Michigan, the UP as [...]

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Photographing Shawnee National Forest in the Fall

By | September 5th, 2014|Categories: Locations, Outside of Chicago Photo Location, Weekend Trip|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The forecast for sunrise is light showers and overcast after an evening of heavy rain. It’s fall in the Shawnee National Forest (southern Illinois) where rain totals are usually light. During the evening planning session for the next day’s shoots, fellow photographers were thinking out loud about the feasibility of shooting in the morning. I [...]