The Bald Eagle Shoot That Didn’t Happen – January 26, 2013

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Lock and Dam 14, Le Claire, IA We got lost and arrived at the dam at dusk. There were two eagles left and the light was already dim. I barely was able to get shots.

N. Michigan Avenue – January 8, 2013

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The Magnificent Mile of Chicago!

New Year’s Day 2013 Walk

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Ice Desert For the past 5 years, I have been going out photographing during the New Year. It started when I first photographed the Polar Bear Plunge at North Ave. Beach. The event lasted for only a short while leaving me plenty of time to kill. So killed time did I do … walked around […]

End of Year Critical Mass Ride – December 28, 2012

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Just a short walk to photograph the last critical mass ride for the year.

Meet-Up.Com’s Lincoln Park Zoo Walk, December 15, 2012


With Chicagoland Digital Photography Meetup Group.

Willis – November 17, 2012


I just took down my one-man exhibit at King Arts Gallery in the West Loop – and found myself right on the door step of Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower). Since I had time, I thought, I might as well go up there since I haven’t been since they’ve built the ledges that jut out […]

My Hiding Place – October 13, 2012


One of the most beautiful places in Chicago and one of its best kept secrets as well – the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park.

Philippine-derived Orchids at Lincoln Park Conservatory – September 23, 2012

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Did a short walk at Lincoln Park last Sunday, dropped by the conservatory, the zoo and then the lake front. I just wanted to take photos of the orchids at the conservatory – they had to my surpirse, several Philippine-derived orchids on display including a hybrid of the queen of them all – the Waling […]

After the parade – September 15, 2012

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Today is Mexican Independence Day. Chicago celebrated the Mexican culture by holding the Independence Day Parade in the Loop starting at noon yesterday. I didn’t realize that a parade was on yesterday – I lingered around Daley Plaza after class before going home. When I reached my bus stop, I saw a lot of people […]

Farmers Martket @ Daley Plaza, August 30, 2012


On my way to and from my training class in the loop, I get to pass by the Daley Plaza, where every Thursday during the summer, a Farmers Market magically appears. I usually go through the market, sometimes buying something to eat, sometimes just tasting, but most of the time, photographing. Which makes me late […]

Daley Plaza – August 30, 2012

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I’ve been coming to the loop for three days much of the summer and early fall of 2012 for a training program under the Chicago Career Technology (now Skills for Chicagoland’s Future). From Thursday to Saturday. Thursdays are nice because I get to see and sometimes photograph the Farmers Market in Daley Plaza. Sometimes with […]

My Commute to Evanston – August 29, 2012


Not technically a walk, but since I have been volunteering at Benevolent in Evanston three days a week, my commute to and from the burbs had been picturesque. Sort of.

A short walk in my local beach


On the 147 bus going home from the loop yesterday, I saw that waves were crashing all over the place on the lake front. So I decided to get off two stops before my stop, go to the beach and photograph what’s going on.

Navy Pier Fireworks – August 9, 2012

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Not a walk, but just a viewing from my balcony.

Google+ Chicago Nocturnal Photowalk


I just joined a great group of photographers from the Chicago area – the Google+ Chicago Photo group. Last week was the worldwide 1st anniversary photo walk for Google+. For some reason, google+ has become more and more of a hangout for photographer. I am not sure why but a lot of them are here. […]

How to take cool night-light shots : Painting/Writing With Light

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Example of abstract photography painting with light – Full Moon Jam, Chicago, IL If you’re looking to experiment with your camera, then there’s nothing more educational and fun than to experiment with abstract photography. In this particular example, we’ll look at taking photos using light in the dark of the night. So how do we […]

My Father’s Visit in August of 1997


Every two or three years, my late father would visit from the Philippines. His itinerary would always comprise of visiting friends and relatives in California, then New York, then Chicago, then back to California. In 1997, he visited Chicago for about a week – in the height of summer – August. He was 83 at […]

A very short visit to Montrose Harbor – April 13, 2012

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A tree by the lake Last Friday, one of our drinking buddies keep on telling us that she still have not gone to Montrose Point where one of Chicago’s bird sanctuary is located. In the car going home from our usual Friday hang-out, she kept on harping that she walked over there one time, but […]

Easter at Lurie Garden – April 8, 2012


I spent much of the afternoon photographing the flowers at Lurie Garden in Millennium Park. It is a little known oasis in the city – whatever season, it’s a beautiful place to just sit or roam around and see what is growing.

Windy in the Windy City – April 5, 2012


Foster Ave. Beach Yesterday and today, the wind was very gusty and incessant, forming spectacular waves particularly when the waves crash on the shore. I went out to photograph the waves from Montrose Harbor area to Foster Ave. It was brutal and cold out there, but I wasn’t the only one who came out – […]

Short walkabout at Northwestern University Evanston campus – April 2, 2012


A cyclist at Northwestern University, a composite of three I had an interview at noon today at Northwestern University for a fellowship position -. The interview, though stressful, went well, and after it finished, I walked around a little bit to de-stress. The campus is beautiful – what I imagined an American University campus to […]

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Chicago, Part 3: The streets

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Can you hear me now? After shooting at the Bean, I went to the Loop to take pot shots of people in the streets. Unlike last year, I only took a short walk in the adjacent streets. From Millennium Park, I crossed Michigan Ave., then headed west on Washington, North on State, East on Randolph, […]

St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Chicago, 2012, part 2: the rave at the Bean

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Under the belly of The Bean From the river, we then walked toward the parade in Grant Park. We thought that we would shoot just a few frames and then go around the loop. But, even before reaching Randolph, we saw a mass of people stuck on lower Columbus Drive. We decided to just bail […]

St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Chicago, 2012, part 1: the greening of the Chicago River


Every year since the 1960′s, the Plumbers Union dyes the Chicago River green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. I have photographed this site since 2005 and since 2006, have organized a photo meet up for the event. This morning, the greening of the river was held again and, as usual, I organized a meet […]