(239/366) Abandoned Gasoline, Seven Years On

(239/366) Abandoned Gasoline, Seven Years On

(239/366) Abandoned Gasoline, Seven Years On

A little over seven years ago, I stumbled upon this abandoned gas station. At the time, there was another pump and their was some siding over the facade of the building. As the years have gone on I would drive past every once and a while and think to myself, “I really should stop and get another shot.” Today, as my wife and I were driving by, I did just that.

Here’s a link to the original photo for reference: https://flic.kr/p/66exkR

(238/366) Orb

(238/366) Orb

(238/366) Orb

While waking through a parking lot, I saw this large, cement orb. I thought it was pretty cool, but the way the light was hitting it really put it over the top. The bold colors, the bold size, and the lovely sky all made it worth a moment to stop and take a look. So out came the camera….

(237/366) Jiffy Cooking

(237/366) Jiffy Cooking

(237/366) Jiffy Cooking

I love collecting vintage cookbooks, particularly those from the 60s & 70s. Every time we are at a used book store, an antique store, or a Goodwill, I always keep my eyes open for a new find. A short time ago I had a particularly successful score from a local Goodwill. This Better Homes & Gardens “Jiffy Cooking” book was probably the highlight of the lot with magnificently named recipes such as: Mandarin Fig Whip, Hamburger Stroganoff, Sweet Potato Fantasia, and Dublin Dilly Hot Dish.

(236/366) City Dance

(236/366) City Dance

(236/366) City Dance

As I was walking down the street, I saw a lot of things about to happen at this intersection. I grabbed a few exposures on the fly hoping I would be able to translate what I saw into a workable image. When I reviewed what I got, I was quite happy with the result. I loved the interplay between the truck, the man walking in the background, and the woman in the foreground on her phone.

(235/366) Red Door, Black Post

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(235/366) Red Door, Black Post

While meandering through Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood, I saw this red door. At first I was trying to figure out how to shoot it and avoid the post. But then I decided instead of fighting the post, I would use it. So I positioned myself, raised my phone, and snapped the pic.

(234/366) Still Standing for Sitting

(234/366) Still Standing for Sitting

(234/366) Still Standing for Sitting

I was on a walk today and decided to just use the Hipstamatic app on the iPhone rater than carrying a DSLR. I find that if I am shooting exclusively with the iPhone I have a much different photo experience. Not better, not worse, just different. I approach shooting with less deliberation as I would when I’m using a DSLR. This photo, however, felt as deliberate–and exciting–as any “full sized” camera shot. As soon as I saw this chair sitting between the dumpster and the wall, I knew I wanted to capture it. As I got closer, I noticed the wear and tear but still felt it projected a sense of “I’m still standing.”

(233/366) Lagunitas’ Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Woman

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(233/366) Lagunitas’ Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Woman

We were visiting the Lagunitas brewery & tap room in Chicago to celebrate a friend’s birthday. I’ve always enjoyed being in this whimsical brewery, and tonight was no exception. I noticed this wall art featuring their signature Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ artwork painted on a wall which I photographed through an overlooking window. I just loved the vibrancy and the light and the colors…and that had nothing whatsoever to do with the product we enjoyed.

(232/366) Real Estate

(232/366) Real Estate

(232/366) Real Estate

I’ve driven past this beautifully enrobed building several times over the years but never stopped to make a photo. Either the light was wrong or there was an obstruction in front or whatever. Today, however, while my wife and I were driving by I pulled over, grabbed my camera, and made this exposure. To further add to the overall feel, I chose to use my vintage Pentax 28mm manual focus lens.

This was one of those instances where the image ended up looking better than the way I saw it in my mind. I love when that happens (and it certainly beats the antithesis!).

(230/366) Laff

(230/366) Laff

(230/366) Laff

I was back on Odgen Avenue in Berwyn and revisited this sign I saw a week or so ago. It was on the other side of the Cigars & Strips bar (the one where I made the “Epic Door” photo on August 9). This was another exposure challenge. I wanted to be able to capture the texture and definition of the black bricks while preserving the brightness of the letters.