Posts tagged Millenium Park
Chicago Helicopter Tour

I have spent all of my life in Chicago, and I truly believe it is the greatest city in the world. As a photographer, the possibilities of shooting in the city are endless and I couldn't be more appreciative. For my 30th birthday, my dad got us a helicopter tour of Chicago with Sun Aero Helicopters, Inc. and it was one of the best experiences of my life. To be three thousand feet above the city I love with my camera was such a freeing experience. I never would have imagined how incredible the views are from up above.

If anyone is interested in a tour of their own, I couldn't recommend Sun Aero Helicopters more. The staff, including our pilot and tour guide, were all so friendly. Even more impressive was how knowledgeable everyone was. You can find out more here.

Chicago Skyline Helicopter

Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry

Soldier Field, Chicago

John Hancock Center, Chicago

Chicago River

MIllenium Park, Chicago

U.S. Cellular Field

Chicago Skyline

Little man in a big city...

In my opinion "contrast" is one of the things that makes photography so beautiful. I had the pleasure of working with this great family a couple weeks ago, and it just so happened to be my first shoot with the new camera. It dawned on me very quickly during the shoot that there was a stunning contrast developing in the first few shots I captured. Here was this tiny little guy, seemingly wandering on his own, exploring a great big world where everything was... HUGE! 

The Bean

It has been over a month since I've made a post here. And quite honestly, it's simply been about a one month break with very little photography in my life. I didn't have any jobs lined up more most of September and I spent much of my free time, maybe a little too much of my free time focused on fantasy football. I know I'm a nerd, no need to rub it in.  But I finally started to get the itch back to get out and shoot so I took last Friday off and headed to the city for a little photo walk. My goal for this trip was to act like a tourist. So I hit some of the most populated areas, mainly Millenium Park. It was a great day for shooting the Bean and I came away with these two photos below which I really liked.

Good news is the jobs should start picking up again this next month and things are already lining up for next year as well. You should start seeing more activity on here shortly.


The Bean - Millennium Park

The Bean - Millennium Park

Dream Photo Shoots - Number 4

Dispatch Concert - Red Rocks

I don't think it's much of a stretch to claim music plays a large part in almost all of our lives.  I myself couldn't imagine my days without it. Sitting in my cubicle at work, running on the treadmill at the gym, or driving around town are all much more enjoyable with some tunes flowing into my ear drums. My life without my favorite bands and artists wouldn't be the same.

Is there truly anything better than combining any number of things you enjoy into one massive heap of greatness? Ever since I could drive I remember going to shows at various venues across the Chicago area. Metro, House of Blues, and Aragon Ballroom are where my love for "live" music really blossomed. And as soon as I got my first point and shoot digital camera you could be sure that was stashed in my pocket ready to capture all the great moments.

O.A.R. - Summerfest 2004, Milwaukee, WI.

Now that photography has captured my heart the way it has, being able to capture a live show from the photo pit and/or stage would have to make my list of top 5 dream photo shoots. The excitement and emotion of not only the band on stage, but the pure enjoyment on the faces of those in the crowd are what would really interest me.

So of all the live shows I could possibly attend, why would I choose a Dispatch show?  First of all, for those of you who are unfamiliar with Dispatch, "We've been called the biggest band nobody's ever heard of," says Brad Corrigan, one of the 3 members that make up Dispatch. They are a funk, reggae, jam band whose music has made them one of my 3 favorite bands of all time. They band had broken up in 2004 but recently got back together for a summer tour in 2011. Jen and I witnessed one of the best shows that summer at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millenium Park. Now instead of going into detail about why there music is great, I'll just leave this video for you to check out on your own and make up your own mind, I've learned that trying to force what I think is good into other peoples hearts really doesn't work well.

Instead I rather focus on the other stuff this band does aside from it's music, which would be my motivation for choosing them for my one dream concert photo shoot. Dispatch have always been very passionate about giving back, as an Indie band, their main focus has never been on making money. In fact, these guys played a free show for file-sharing activist in Washington DC in 2001, this was around the time file sharing programs like Napster started coming under heavy fire from Congress. So the same group of people that are supposedly "killing the music industry" are being supported by Dispatch. This may seem odd to you, but Dispatch never relied on labels to promote their stuff, in fact they partially credit the growth of their huge fan base thanks to file-sharing sites like Napster. These guys also heavily support organizations that provide relief for children in the harshest areas in this world. They played 3 sold out shows at Madison Square Garden in 2007 to raise awareness for the people of Zimbabwe. On their most recent US tour in the summer of 2011 their efforts were focused on the US, as their website describes it here:

They chose to focus on America’s education crisis. For too long, a child’s zip code has defined their educational destiny. Through DISPATCH’s multi-faceted and collaborative Amplifying Education campaign, band members and fans alike are discovering together how small actions can make a big difference in the lives of children across the country. 
Dispatch - Photo by Steve Rosenfield

Dispatch - Photo by Steve Rosenfield

As for why I would want to photograph a set at Red Rocks. Does it really need any explanation? Red Rocks Amphitheatre is located right outside of Denver Colorado, and every image I see of this venue is simply amazing. 

Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Colorado

I apologize if this post really had very little to do about photography and a lot to do with Dispatch, I'm not naturally a writer and my ability to stay on point may not be that great. But regardless, I'd like to hear whose concert you would love to photograph and in what venue? Please list your responses in the comments section below. Have a great weekend everybody.