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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 assured [...]

Photo Destination: Japanese Gardens in Rockford

By |July 20th, 2014|Categories: Locations, Outside of Chicago Photo Location|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Article and images by Pat Coddington. If you like the Japanese garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden, you will probably enjoy the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford. This 12-acre site is only a 1-1.5 hour drive from downtown Chicago (there's currently construction on I-90, so plan accordingly). The Gardens were established in the late 1970s by [...]

Photo Destination: The Morton Arboretum – An Outdoor Museum

By |July 18th, 2014|Categories: Locations, Outside of Chicago Photo Location|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Article and images by Rich Flansburg. Summer, fall, winter, and spring - there is no bad time for photographers to visit The Morton Arboretum in west-suburban Lisle, IL. I’ve been visiting the Morton Arboretum since I was in high school when we had to hitch up the horses and take the buggy... not really.   [...]

A Monument to the Agricultural Crash of the 1980s

By |May 15th, 2014|Categories: Locations, Outside of Chicago Photo Location|Tags: , , , , , , |

Please welcome Erik Lykins to Out of Chicago. He has a really cool location that's new to me and some great images to prove it!   If you have ever taken a trip down to Starved Rock or Matthiessen State park down near Ottawa, IL you might have done a double-take on the wreckage of [...]

Photographing the Sandhill Cranes at Jasper-Pulaski

By |November 10th, 2013|Categories: Outside of Chicago Photo Location|Tags: |

Article and images by Jarede Schmetterer [divider] Sandhills Cranes in the tens of thousands. Yes, more than 10,000 in number, flock each year to the Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area.  And they have arrived. The best time to visit is the early morning. As the sun rises the cranes stretch their wings. It's a spectacular site [...]

Photographing the Autumn Tamaracks at Volo Bog

By |November 1st, 2013|Categories: Outside of Chicago Photo Location|Tags: , , , , , |

Article by Mike Trahan [divider] Let’s turn to a natural landscape found near Chicago instead of a cityscape: the Volo Bog State Natural Area, located one hour northwest of Chicago (Map). Bogs are rare. Volo Bog was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1973 as the only remaining open-water quaking bog in Illinois. The bog [...]

The Many Moods of Evanston’s Lighthouse Beach

By |October 31st, 2013|Categories: Outside of Chicago Photo Location|Tags: , , , , |

As a postscript to the workshop that Chris held, I thought I would show some of the people who didn’t live around here the many personalities of the Evanston Lighthouse Beach. All of the shots were taken this year. As you can see, this area is a kaleidoscope for a photographer like me. I can [...]