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While Your Train Gently Squeaks was uploaded to Flickr

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well, maybe not so gently…

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I took While Your Train Gently Squeaks on February 19, 2015 at 05:05PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on February 25, 2015 at 02:35PM

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February 25th, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Imagine My Surprise was uploaded to Flickr

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Wells St, Chicago

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I took Imagine My Surprise on January 02, 2015 at 12:17PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on January 12, 2015 at 04:14PM

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January 12th, 2015 at 2:08 pm

Some Will Come and Some Will Surely Go was uploaded to Flickr

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South Loop, Chicago

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I took Some Will Come and Some Will Surely Go on November 30, 2013 at 04:18PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on November 22, 2014 at 03:03PM

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November 22nd, 2014 at 10:15 am

Early Morning, Cold El animated GIF

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An animated GIF created in Photoshop CS6, with photographs from Hipstamatic’s new “burst” option.1

Early Morning El
Early-Morning-El.gif

Footnotes:
  1. apologies to The Who’s Early Morning, Cold Taxi []

Written by Seth Anderson

October 8th, 2014 at 1:21 pm

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And Have You Traveled Very Far Today? was uploaded to Flickr

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crossing I-90/94, West Loop

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I took And Have You Traveled Very Far Today? on September 10, 2012 at 07:53PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on August 09, 2014 at 05:23PM

Written by eggplant

August 9th, 2014 at 12:24 pm

You just want to be on the side that’s winning was uploaded to Flickr

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Under the El tracks

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I took You just want to be on the side that’s winning on April 19, 2014 at 01:33PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 19, 2014 at 06:35PM

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April 21st, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Brooding On The Rhythmic Swing Of Your Imagination was uploaded to Flickr

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Blue Line train leaving the Addison station

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I took Brooding On The Rhythmic Swing Of Your Imagination on March 29, 2014 at 06:42PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on March 30, 2014 at 02:42AM

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March 31st, 2014 at 9:22 am

Cloud Nine was uploaded to Flickr

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Under The El

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I took Cloud Nine on March 08, 2014 at 01:47PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on March 08, 2014 at 07:52PM

Written by eggplant

March 11th, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Speak Not Of Senseless Things was uploaded to Flickr

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Jefferson and Lake, West Loop

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I took Speak Not Of Senseless Things on December 12, 2010 at 12:25PM

and uploaded it on May 23, 2012 at 07:38PM

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January 26th, 2014 at 11:47 am

While Your Traces Disappear – Explored

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While Your Traces Disappear
While Your Traces Disappear

Cool! Another photo has made it into Flickr Explore, and with even more favorites than the last photo got.  I take and process photos every day, or attempt to, and I always do the best I can to transform the images into art. But prior to these two photos making Explore, I hadn’t been selected since April 2012. I realize the Explore algorithm is mostly computerized, and that there is an element of chance in making the cut – but still. Odd. And nice. 

Funny, as I only sort of randomly selected this photo of the CTA tracks near Graceland Cemetery as a means to test new perspective tools in the Lightroom 5 Beta, and then tweaked the image a bit using the Google Silver Efex Pro plugin. The subject is a bit of cliché to tell the truth – high contrast black and white image of shadow perspectives, yadda yadda. I’ve taken many similar photos that didn’t get so much appreciation from Flickreenos. Still, I am happy with how this one turned out…

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Or here to purchase a print for your own wall.

Written by Seth Anderson

April 17th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Exquisite Errors was uploaded to Flickr

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Exquisite Errors

Halsted, near North Avenue

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Exquisite Errors was taken on October 23, 2011 at 06:06PM

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October 18th, 2012 at 8:06 am

Need the Time to Stay Behind

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Need the Time to Stay Behind

Need the Time to Stay Behind, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Another view of the Lake Street El tracks

Currently number 393 in Flickr Explore.

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July 17th, 2012 at 8:13 am

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Chicago train system: Called the L not the El

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Station hopping shuffler
Station hopping shuffler

Since I was looking for this Chicago Transit Authority citation recently, I’m posting it here so I can find it easier in the future. Proper usage is important, especially if you know there is a proper usage.

As far as I could tell, Grid Chicago didn’t actually make this a blog post, but their Twitter conversation was picked up by a few outlets, including the Chicago Tribune:

You may have wondered, as you climb aboard a CTA train: Are you about to ride the “El” or the “L”?

Grid Chicago, a blog devoted to energy-conscious transit issues in the city, asked on its Twitter feed last week which usage people prefer — the single “L” or the longer “El.”

Among the responses came one from the official CTA Twitter account:

That’s not to say the “El” isn’t used, despite the fact that only parts of the city’s rail system are elevated. Time Out Chicago, a publication devoted to covering arts and entertainment in the city, is among those preferring “El.”

“El” can also be found in some book references. For instance, in his 1947 collection “The Neon Wilderness,” Chicago author Nelson Algren refers repeatedly to the “El.”

“She put her hat on the dresser and sat by the window, looking out at the night-fuming neon all the way down Congress to the El,” Algren writes at one point. Though, in fairness, some credit (blame?) East Coast editors for changing the usage.

(click here to continue reading Chicago train system: Is it the L or the El? – Chicago Tribune.)

I’ve had a few of my photos published by Grid Chicago – they are good people, and have a good mission. Check ’em out…

Written by Seth Anderson

June 30th, 2012 at 9:03 am

Posted in Chicago-esque

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Did She Get the Job?

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I wonder if she got the job? What did the job interviewer make of this interaction? Did they believe who they were talking to?

Rahm on the CTA

Rahm on the CTA

I hope this is real, and not posed, nor Photoshopped, because I love it. Look at the woman’s expression, and the woman sitting behind her… 

 As far as still mingling with us commoners, Mayor Emanuel still rides the L to City Hall, sometimes anyway…

Yes folks, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel still is riding the “L.” In fact, he says he rides the Brown Line twice a week from his home in Ravenswood Manor.

(click here to continue reading Mayor Rahm: King of the “L” | CTA Tattler.)

Written by Seth Anderson

May 24th, 2012 at 10:45 pm

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A Terrible Transportation Bill

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Imaginary Anthropology
Imaginary Anthropology

The anti-American Republicans in the House are trying to gut public transit.

Add this to the list of Things I’m Pissed Off About…

The list of outrages coming out of the House is long, but the way the Republicans are trying to hijack the $260 billion transportation bill defies belief. This bill is so uniquely terrible that it might not command a majority when it comes to a floor vote, possibly next week, despite Speaker John Boehner’s imprimatur. But betting on rationality with this crew is always a long shot.

Here is a brief and by no means exhaustive list of the bill’s many defects:

¶It would make financing for mass transit much less certain, and more vulnerable, by ending a 30-year agreement that guaranteed mass transit a one-fifth share of the fuel taxes and other user fees in the highway trust fund. Instead it would compete annually with other programs.

¶It would open nearly all of America’s coastal waters to oil and gas drilling, including environmentally fragile areas that have long been off limits. The ostensible purpose is to raise revenue to help make up what has become an annual shortfall for transportation financing. But it is really just one more attempt to promote the Republicans’ drill-now-drill-everywhere agenda and the interests of their industry patrons.

¶It would demolish significant environmental protections by imposing arbitrary deadlines on legally mandated environmental reviews of proposed road and highway projects, and by ceding to state highway agencies the authority to decide whether such reviews should occur.

Where that $40 billion will come from is also unclear. The idea that oil revenues from increased drilling will provide it is delusional. Even if new leases are rushed through, oil will not begin to flow for years, and neither will the royalties.

In any case, none of this is good news for urban transit systems, including New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which, in 2010 alone, received about $1 billion from the trust fund.

Ray LaHood, the transportation secretary, rightly calls this the “worst transportation bill” he has seen in 35 years of public service. Mr. Boehner is even beginning to hear from budget-conscious conservatives who believe that relying on user fees is the most fiscally responsible way to pay for all transportation programs.

(click here to continue reading A Terrible Transportation Bill – NYTimes.com.)

 

Written by Seth Anderson

February 9th, 2012 at 2:35 pm