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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Exploring Chicago - Andersonville

I thought I'd catch you up on my Exploring Chicago Photography Course that I started a few weeks ago.


Each Saturday we go to one or two Chicago neighborhoods, hear a brief synopsis of the neighborhood's history & culture, and then set off for a few hours of photography, eventually reconvening at a neighborhood restaurant to have lunch. It is very enjoyable and I have also been learning much more about all of the manual functions of my DSLR. Also, all photos you will see are unedited, as we are not allowed to use Photoshop or any editing software when we present them to our class. So what you see is what you get from my camera :-)

The first stop was Andersonville:

Andersonville is characterized by an incredible diversity of cultures and lifestyles, a neighborhood whose predominantly locally-owned boutiques are found amidst quaint brunch spots, Middle Eastern bakeries, hip bars and gastro-pubs, and a strong Scandinavian presence from the neighborhood’s Swedish founders. Andersonville is also home to a vibrant gay and lesbian community, catered to by the neighborhood’s many LGBT-friendly businesses, restaurants and bars.

There was a great sidewalk sale going on which really drew me in and became much of what I photographed that morning. All i wanted to really do was shop, but I abstained for the sake of my art ;-)

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Then I walked around and found some more natural treasures...

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Next, I captured a bit of of that Swedish charm...

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And lastly, how much is that doggie in the window? Well this one was fast asleep in a Barber Shop and was NOT for sale :-)

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Next stop, Devon Avenue and a delicious Indian lunch!

8 comments:

Rikki B August 19, 2010 at 9:30 PM  

So awesome Steph! You are so creative and I'm beyond jealous!

mollymom August 19, 2010 at 9:45 PM  

These are so good!

Jennelle August 20, 2010 at 7:54 AM  

Great photos! I love that you can't use PhotoShop--I feel like I fall back on that sometimes, even though I don't know how to do much with it, instead of focusing on taking a good picture to begin with.

Sara Ellen August 20, 2010 at 9:58 AM  

LOVE.love.LoVe! & cannot wait to see you next weekend! :)

Colleen MacDonald August 20, 2010 at 10:20 AM  

Fan-FREAKING-Tastic! I simply can't wait to see more of your work!

beck.julie August 23, 2010 at 12:54 PM  

Hi - I can't remember if I told you I bought the Pentax KX as well and needed the inspiration to get out there and figure out how to use the manual settings!

Maria August 23, 2010 at 1:27 PM  

Gorgeous pictures! The hanging flower baskets one is my favorite!!!!

andrea September 23, 2010 at 6:11 PM  

such beautiful colors and interesting angles and creative compositions! These are awesome!

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I'm a St. Louis native, but I have been living in Chicago since 2005 and am loving every windy minute of it. I enjoy cooking (more-so eating), home decorating and really anything creative. I'm a supporter of DIY & handmade goods, a fledgling foodie and a connoisseur of kitsch. I spend my days filling online shopping carts, emptying them and repeating the process all over again. Most of all I love spending time with my husband, Dave, our first child, Claire and my dog, Louie.

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