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Explore Lake Michigan with Tony Reynes and Chris Smith

By | August 16th, 2016|Categories: Events, Travel: Way Out of Chicago, Weekend Trip|

We've never attempted anything like this before but it's going to be epic! Join Tony Reynes and me for a four day tour of some of Michigan's most photogenic lighthouses, Aug. 30 to Sept. 2. Sometimes we don't realize how good we have it here in Chicago. We're only a few hours from one of [...]

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 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 [...]

Photography at the Iowa State Fair

By | August 14th, 2014|Categories: Weekend Trip|Tags: , , , , , , |

Every August, the Smith family drives to Des Moines for one of our country's greatest celebrations of Americana; the Iowa State Fair. It's one of my favorite places to hang out with the kids, but it's also one of my favorite places to go back to in the evening to photograph. You can get some [...]

Photographing Detroit

By | July 27th, 2014|Categories: Weekend Trip|Tags: , , , , , , |

As the guy that runs Out of Chicago, I try not to let it be too well known that I'm originally from the Detroit area. I haven't photographed the city of Detroit, so I made a trip back home to shoot the city. Detroit has become a destination for photographers looking to shoot abandoned buildings, [...]

Photographing Detroit’s Eastern Market

By | June 13th, 2014|Categories: Weekend Trip|Tags: , , , |

Mike Boening was on the Out of Chicago podcast a couple of weeks ago and he gave some great locations to shoot if you're going to make a road trip to Detroit. Here is another one of Detroit's gems, Eastern Market. Article and images by Mike Boening. Within the city of Detroit lies a gem [...]

Photographing Shawnee National Forest

By | May 30th, 2014|Categories: Weekend Trip, Workshop|Tags: , , |

The bright red sign at the trail head read “Caution High Cliffs Ahead”. I couldn’t wait to see what the view would be. Along the 2 mile road leading into the parking area the rock faces of the bluffs that line one side are only 20-30 feet tall. Maybe an interesting photograph if I work [...]

Touring the Detroit Public Library from a Photographer’s Point of View

By | May 19th, 2014|Categories: Weekend Trip|Tags: , , , , , |

I met Mike Boening at the Valerie Jardin workshop in Chicago. Photographers think of visiting Detroit for its abandoned buildings, but, surprising to many, the city of Detroit is alive and has some amazing buildings that show off the city's rich history. Here is one example. -Chris On a cold blustery March day in the [...]

Full of Hot Air: The Centralia Balloon Fest

By | March 23rd, 2013|Categories: Event, Weekend Trip|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Are you familiar with Centralia, IL? When you think “Out Of Chicago”, think way out of Chicago.  Centralia is located approx. 60 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri.   It is on the border of south-west Marion County with portions of the city located in Clinton, Washington and Jefferson counties. Centralia is one of those mid-west towns [...]