Just Another Morning in Evanston


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Yesterday morning I met up with some of my favorite Chicago photographers at one of my favorite locations, Lighthouse Beach, in Evanston. Maybe the names don’t have the same ring to them as the first two supergroups, but it felt like one. Four photographers all fighting for the same stretch of beach. Egos butting up against each other. Just kidding. I had a great morning with a fun group of talented photographers. The light was good for about 2 minutes. Then it went away before making one more grand appearance, seen above.

There’s not much else to shoot here. Even though it’s called Lighthouse Beach and the lighthouse is pretty cool, I have yet to photograph it well. But the pier alone is worth the trip at sunrise. This is where I shot the image below which ended up winning 1st place in USA places at the Iowa State Fair. I imagine every time I go there I will try to find a composition I like better than this, but I’m not convinced that I will.


I headed out this morning with Rick Seidel to shoot the sunrise at Grosse Point Lighthouse Park in Evanston. We got there just in time for the clouds to turn pink. We hoped that it would develop into a better sunrise, but it turned out we got the best light right when we got there.  If you're looking for something a little different than the usual stuff around Chicago, this is a nice place to practice these types of shots. The Photographer's EphemerisI want to thank my parents, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, and my wife for all of the Apple gift cards for my birthdays and Christmas over the past year.  I saved up enough of them for my first iPad and I am loving it.Last night before heading out, I tried an app called The Photographer's Ephemeris for the iPad. You can select any location in the world and it will show you the exact direction that the sun and moon will rise and set for any day of the year.  You could use this to figure out where you would need to be standing to get the moon to rise directly over a given subject. For this morning's shoot, I learned that the sun would rise out over the lake (duh), but I can see this coming in handy in the future.Read more at www.outofchicago.com

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When I’m not staying up all night figuring out the details of our next Out of Chicago Conference, you’ll find me at the park with our son and daughter, playing my guitar, out on the golf course, or following my favorite (Detroit) sports teams. I love Chicago, but I’ll always root for my Tigers, Red Wings, Lions, Michigan sports, and Pistons.

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  • Great shot Chris…both of them really. Had a great time getting together, and getting in your shots.
    Congrats on the new addition and look forward to future outings when things mellow down for you.


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