I'm back in the Cedar Rapids, IA area on a Christmas visit. After meeting up with family and spending some time with them, I needed some "me" time so I went out for a drive in search for something interesting to shoot.
As I'm driving across the Cedar river I noticed this strange cloud formation and a bunch of birds flying in a weird pattern away from the cloud area. I had never seen anything like that before so I stopped to take a better look at this thing. I knew it was a cloud but in the back of my mind I could almost hear that Ancient Aliens dude with the funky hairdo saying "...is it possible that this could be a _____? "
It was slowly moving north when I also noticed a rainbow on the inside part of the circle. I was not able to capture the rainbow but I did capture images of it as it moved across the sky. A couple other cars stopped and were also staring at the sky. It was very surreal but yet very cool.
It eventually faded into the distance as it kept moving northward, without any incident other than startling onlookers like myself.
I'm still not entirely sure of what it was. Ginger Zee from ABC was telling me it's a "Punch Hole" cloud. I'm sure that's probably what it is, but what if... ;)
See you next time!
So I decided to go downtown and do some street photography with a couple of my photographer friends. I wanted to capture some holiday lights and perhaps the pulse of the city as we inch closer to the Christmas holidays. Unlike my last walk out west where it was like being in a ghost town, Chicago was busy with life and activity which made it suitable for some interesting photography.
I live in the area and have seen many of these buildings numerous times, but I'm still fascinated by the city's architecture, design and overall look.
We didn't see much in terms of "holiday lights" as we had hoped, but still managed to practice some techniques and get some interesting shots as we worked our way through some of Chicago's streets.
People are an important part of any cityscape and there were plenty of interesting characters all around as we walked along.
As the dark of night set in, we worked on traffic, light-trail and slow-shutter photography.
Luckily for us, the Navy Pier was well-lit and since it was cold, not many people were outside so I managed to get some great shots of the Ferris Wheel and the city skyline at night.
Hope you enjoyed checking out these images as much as I had creating them.
Until next time...!
Whenever possible, I like to go out for walks in whatever city I'm either visiting or working in. It's a combination of both wanting a break from whatever it is that I may be doing and my fascination of looking at things through a lens. I like architecture as well, so I like checking out designs and architectural lines in buildings & such. All that comes together for me in making these walks truly enjoyable.
While I enjoy full color images a great deal, sometimes B&W seems to be the only way in which a scene speaks to me. I shoot everything manual so I tend to go in with that specific plan of action on certain images and process them that way once back home.
I hope you enjoy these images and that you too can enjoy walking the streets with camera in-hand from time to time.
See you next time!