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Random Acts of Malevolence Against the Haymarket Riot Memorial was uploaded to Flickr

Pointless destruction.

Does the orange paint symbolize anything? The only orange thing I can think of is the current resident of the White House. This did happen after Trump promised that Saturday night was going to be MAGA Night, whatever that means.

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I took Random Acts of Malevolence Against the Haymarket Riot Memorial on June 01, 2020 at 03:35AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on June 01, 2020 at 10:34AM

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Photography

Hands Beginning To Tremble was uploaded to Flickr

Fog, Chicago downtown

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I took Hands Beginning To Tremble on May 19, 2020 at 06:04AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on May 21, 2020 at 09:59AM

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Photography

Somewhere Nowhere At All was uploaded to Flickr

Bridgehouse, Chicago River

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I took Somewhere Nowhere At All on April 09, 2017 at 05:33AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on May 18, 2020 at 01:21PM

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Arts Chicago-esque Photography

Strange Spells Chanted Silently

Strange Spells Chanted Silently

 

Lake Street in the rain

I took this photo on November 17, 2015, and processed it in my digital darkroom May 3rd, 2020. Click to embiggen

Tools:

Nikon D7000
35.0 mm f/1.8
ƒ/2.5
35.0 mm
Shutter -1/60
ISO 100

Tri-X 400, in emulation, provided via a Photoshop filter (Exposure 5), plus some other tricks-of-the-trade, including using a gold reflector, and other techniques to accentuate the rain.

A while ago1 I purchased a raincoat for my camera: basically a thick, transparent plastic sleeve with a drawstring at one end. The drawstring is used to wrap tightly around the end of the lens, and the rest of the camera is contained within the sleeve, and thus kept dry. It works pretty well actually, except changing camera settings is a bit tricky, as is focusing, sometimes.

Footnotes:
  1. probably before this photo was taken, but maybe not, who can remember []
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Photography

Answering Words That Shine And Expire was uploaded to Flickr

Underpass, West Loop

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I took Answering Words That Shine And Expire on October 16, 2015 at 06:14AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 25, 2020 at 10:29AM

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Chicago-esque Photography

Death Won’t Even Be Still

Death Won't Even Be Still

Lake Street Bridge, Christmas Day.

I processed this photo in my digital darkroom on April 11, 2020.

Gear:

Nikon D7000
35.0 mm
ƒ/1.8
35.0 mm
1/50 shutter speed
250 ISO

And of course Photoshop to emulate TRI-X 400 film, pushed a couple of stops.

Death does seem to be on everyone’s mind these days. I’ve been having weird dreams, I assume you are as well. I won’t bore you with mine, at the moment. We’ll see if the Stay At Home continues through summer, all the rules will be different…

Oh, and lyric magpied from Jeff Tweedy’s great song, New Madrid.

Come on, do what you did, roll me under New Madrid
Shake my baby and please bring her back
Cause death won’t even be still, caroms over the landfill
Buries us all in its broken back

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Photography

Tempting You To Deny It was uploaded to Flickr

Freshly painted underpass, Fulton Market, West Loop, Chicago

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I took Tempting You To Deny It on December 25, 2019 at 10:44AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 10, 2020 at 10:27AM

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Irresponsible Rhetoric – Explored

Another photo of mine made it into Flickr’s Explore

Irresponsible Rhetoric

Columns, Federal Reserve Bank, LaSalle St. and Jackson, downtown Chicago

I took this photo February 2nd, 2020, and processed it in my digital darkroom on March 13th, 2020.

Equipment: Nikon D7000 18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6

  • ƒ/4.2
  • 32.0 mm
  • 1/50
  • 200 ISO

Sort of an unusual angle, I suppose, and cropped so as to look like the columns are leaning to the right. I bumped up the contrast, and used a Kodak Ektar filter (emulation of film stock).

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Photography

City Sonata Number Twenty Nine was uploaded to Flickr

Hipstamatic double exposure

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I took City Sonata Number Twenty Nine on March 01, 2020 at 11:29AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on March 01, 2020 at 05:29PM

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Photography

Pip checks out the N95 particulate respirator was uploaded to Flickr

happened to have a bunch from a long-ago project

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I took Pip checks out the N95 particulate respirator on February 29, 2020 at 08:36AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on February 29, 2020 at 02:42PM

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Nothing In The News Today was uploaded to Flickr

Hipstamatic

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I took Nothing In The News Today on February 23, 2020 at 10:58AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on February 23, 2020 at 05:14PM

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Photography

Just A Little Song was uploaded to Flickr

Hancock Building (or whatever its called these days)

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I took Just A Little Song on February 23, 2020 at 10:59AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on February 23, 2020 at 05:14PM

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Photography

Waiting For Our Fair Share was uploaded to Flickr

Chicago

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I took Waiting For Our Fair Share on February 23, 2020 at 11:12AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on February 23, 2020 at 05:14PM

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Photography

Bleak Midwinter Archive Dive

I find it harder to take new photographs in the bleak mid-winter months, so instead dig through my massive archives of unprocessed photos. I randomly click around in my Lightroom catalog, find a time that has lots of photos that I never really looked at, and often find some interesting images to work on. 

For instance, these are all from 20121

Ever Since The Day Began

Ever Since The Day Began – Downtown Chicago with a bit of snow.

As Is Usually Required

As Is Usually Required – Fulton Market somewhere. A study of light and brick.

I Almost Remember Now

I Almost Remember Now – alley, Elmhurst. I have no idea what that thing is, maybe for coal?

Nothing Was More

Nothing Was More – Blue Line, CTA tracks, and interstate traffic, Irving Park, Chicago 

As Close To Yesterday

As Close To Yesterday  – West Loop CTA tracks at dusk

Footnotes:
  1. click to embiggen, of course []
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Arts Business Photography

Google Photos trialing subscription to get best pics printed

Little By Little The Night Turns Around

Speaking of algorithmic art selection, 9to5Google reports:

Google Photos is now trialing a “monthly photo prints” subscription program.

Google will send you 10 prints that will be “automatically selected from your last 30 days of photos.” This subscription program is a way to “get your best memories delivered straight to your home every month.” For $7.99 per month, subscribers get 4×6 pictures printed on matte, white cardstock that features a 1/8-inch border.

While an automatic process leverages Google Photos’ smarts, you’ll be able to pick one of three themes for your monthly prints. Google touts the first “people and pets” option as being the “most popular.” Additionally, you can edit the photos before they’re printed.

  • Most people and pets: Relive your best moments of people and pets. Get prints featuring them and other great photos every month.
  • Mostly landscapes: Revisit your most memorable places. Get prints of your outdoor shots, city scapes, scenery pics, and more sent to you every month.
  • A little bit of everything: Mix it up! Get a mix of all your best moments! Photos of people, landscapes, and other photos delivered to you each month.

(click here to continue reading Google Photos trialing subscription to get best pics printed – 9to5Google.)

SmugMug/Flickr could emulate this, actually, and I’d probably consider it. I don’t use Google Photos, so unless there is an IFTTT recipe that automatically uploads Flickr images to Google Photos, this monthly scheme wouldn’t be viable for me. 

Conceptually, I like the idea of having prints sent to me, selected by not-me. The 21st C.E. is buried in gazillions of photos, but most only exist in the digital realm, and aren’t physical objects that can be studied by future generations, or by our Robot Overlords, or whatever.

For a few months, I tried to capture my favorite images from the previous month in a gallery, but it is a hard project to sustain. Life happens, and that would get put to the back burner up until the next month’s batch was due. 

Maybe I should try in 2020 to make an analog version of the Google algorithmic art selection, and make small prints every month from the previous month?