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Old July 31st, 2010, 02:50 AM   #1
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And in the beginning there was...........Chicago!!!!!!!

This is what started it all for me. This trip to Chicago was the catalyst for all of my photographic endevors. I instantly feel in love with the city. Also this was in the day prior to my DSLR so all pictures at taken with my 6 mp Canon Elph point and click. So all you peeps out there still using a point and click need to recognize and step up your game because you are not reaching your cameras full potential.

ENJOY!!!!!

The first stop was in Waukegan to visit my brother Michael. He lived about 2 blocks away from the docks and took us for a visit.

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Sadly the dockside brats was closed
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I really liked that tall building there.
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From where im standing here you could see a hint of the Chicago skyline. It was truly amazing.
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On the train here. One of the many suburbs along the way to Chicago.
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This was one of the first things I saw when we starting rounding into town. Breath taking to say the least.
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One more shot of Willis just for good measure
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One more from the rail
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And what kind of tourist would I be without a shot from the rail station
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Finally making it to the streets. We just kinda wandered for a while checking stuff out.
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In the cab cruising to navy pier. It was my brothers idea not mine.
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The EL!
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At the time aqua and trump were still being built
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While navy pier did offer some great views the whole complex was way to commercial and touristy for me.
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Indiana, ewww
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Cell phone pano
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This was the only reason I wanted to go to navy pier. I wanted to go to the actually billygoat but its all good. Burger was still greasy and delicious as it looks here.
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Remember to never mess with a guy with a pet goat
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This guy rocked. The lady behind us ordered a tuna sandwich and he still called out Double CheeseBurger! And they served her a double cheese burger.
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Like I said, gorgeous views
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Me and bob having some conversation, lol
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The wife
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We saw lots of crains on the trip
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Along the river
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A stray from the pier that got out of place
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Going to millennium park
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A double caught in the act
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More trains. I wanted to take a cruise on the EL but my sister in law thought it was to dangerous. I think I should have reminded her I was from Houston.
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Some of the framing could have been better but this trip was definitely a learning experience in photography.
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This was outside of giordanos.
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And yes, we did get some pizza. Everytime I look at this picture I can still taste the amzing sauce they used. You can have one overnighted to you for the small sum of $75. I have actually contemplated spending the money.
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Heading out to catch the train. I really did not want to leave.
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Some other random shots that got out of order
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Urban moose
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Da bean
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Me and the brother
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This is the last shot I got in the city. My camera battery died after this one. I love this shot. Its what really made me want to be a photographer.
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Stay tuned for my next Houston thread coming soon.
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Old July 31st, 2010, 03:50 AM   #2
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For a point and shoot, some of these are pretty cool shots. I can't even imagine the wonders you could work in Chicago with your current setup.
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Old July 31st, 2010, 05:59 AM   #3
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thats why i got a dslr. next time ill be prepared.
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Old July 31st, 2010, 06:08 AM   #4
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thats why i got a dslr. next time ill be prepared.
Smart man. After seeing a lot of your shots of Houston, I honestly can't imagine what wonders of digital photography you'd pull off in cities like San Francisco, New York, or (yes, shameless plug) Sacramento. I look forward to browsing through your next thread which will no doubt be jam-packed with awesomeness.
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Old July 31st, 2010, 07:03 AM   #5
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wow...cool photos in black and white.
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Old July 31st, 2010, 11:55 AM   #6
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Amazing, great black & white photos of Chicago
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Old July 31st, 2010, 02:18 PM   #7
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pictures are really great

but for some reason, I don't find Chicago too appealing maybe it's that harsh weather reputation, or the way things in the city look... dont know
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Old July 31st, 2010, 06:36 PM   #8
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pictures are really great

but for some reason, I don't find Chicago too appealing maybe it's that harsh weather reputation, or the way things in the city look... dont know
Perhaps an actual visit will change your mind.

As for weather, let's put it this way: I elect to live in NYC over a city with more clement weather, because I am more interested in the people and the wealth of culture, and not because of the muggy summers and damp cold winters.

The same is true with Chicago. But I say without exaggeration: in the heat of summer or the dead of winter, Chicago is VERY beautiful. And this comparison stands to any other city in the world.
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Perhaps an actual visit will change your mind.

As for weather, let's put it this way: I elect to live in NYC over a city with more clement weather, because I am more interested in the people and the wealth of culture, and not because of the muggy summers and damp cold winters.

The same is true with Chicago. But I say without exaggeration: in the heat of summer or the dead of winter, Chicago is VERY beautiful. And this comparison stands to any other city in the world.
thanks man
will definitely visit chicago at least once in my lifetime
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Old August 3rd, 2010, 12:09 AM   #10
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its cold there for sure but definitely worth it. very vibrant city even in the cold weather. but this is something that you can adapt to with layering. but there is no place like chicago and a visit would put things in better perspective. before i went i never thought i would even consider moving somewhere that cold but i was very wrong. i would leave houston in a heartbeat to go to the windy city.
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Old August 3rd, 2010, 01:04 AM   #11
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thank you .
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Awesome pics. man i really wanna visit chicago
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Great photos! And I love the title! lol
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Old May 5th, 2011, 06:11 PM   #14
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awesome photos of an awesome city!
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Old October 10th, 2011, 11:16 PM   #16
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Great pictures!
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Very nice, I think for just using a point and click camera they came out very nicely.
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So this is how it all got started? We can blame Chicago.
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So this is how it all got started? We can blame Chicago.
chicago is an instigator
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