Cowboy in the City

Cowboy in the City by John Caruso

Cowboy in the City by John Caruso

I was walking around downtown Chicago on an overcast, drizzly afternoon. I love shooting on days like this because the light is so wonderfully diffused and soft giving a distinct quality to the colors. In addition, the visual interest of puddles makes me happy.

For this shot, I noticed this gentleman walking across a bridge spanning the Chicago River. HIs hat and flannel were a perfect foil to the urban surroundings. To complete the image, I shot wide open with my 50mm lens.

Crash Barrier and Sign

[flickr id="6195642507" thumbnail="medium" overlay="true" size="small" group="" align="center"] I arrived a minute or two early for a meeting with my clients and, since I had my camera with me, I thought I'd snap a few shots.

For this one, I thought I'd really give a work out to that large aperture on the 85mm. As is normally the case, it didn't disappoint.

And when I was shooting this scene, I knew from the moment I put camera to eye that it was a black and white shot. Any color really added nothing to the scene and even made it weaker.

Pritzker Pavilion

Pritzker Pavilion

Originally uploaded by CarusoPhoto

I just love overcast days...they provide an opportunity to look at scenes in a thoroughly different way. I never saw the Pritzker Pavillion (in Chicago's Millennium Park) in quite this light before.

Flaking Pig (025/365 01-25-2010)

I loved the light of the gray, cloudy morning as it enveloped this cement pig on our back porch.

Made with a Vivitar V3800 shooting Kodak Gold 400 and scanned from the negative.

Rules (333/365 11-29-2009)

Rules (333/365 11-29-2009)

Originally uploaded by CarusoPhoto

I just had to revisit the north-western Illinois cemetery where I made the flower/garbage can photos last week. This time, the overcast day helped to create a very specific mood.

Weeping Barb (323/365 11-19-09)

 

Weeping Barb (323/365 11-19-09)

Originally uploaded by CarusoPhoto

I was photographing this barbed wire when I noticed the drop on one of the barbs...and that's what made the photograph for me.

Bricks (238/366 08-26-09)

Bricks (238/366 08-26-09)

Originally uploaded by CarusoPhoto

Ah...the texture of bricks. Ah...the diffused light of a rainy day. Ah...the combination of the two.

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To read more about my on-going quest to make a photo-a-day, every day, in 2009--my Project 365--please take a moment to check out my post from December 30, 2008 appropriately titled, "Project 365" as well as my 50 day update, similarly appropriately titled, "50 Days? Already?" my more cryptically titled 100 day update, "Day 100...or The Last-Call, Whiskey-Soaked Plan That Didn't Die," and the rather pedestrian-titled half-year update, "And in a Blink, a Half a Year is Gone…."

Waiting in the Rain to Cross TtV (182/366 07-01-09)

I thought I'd return to the TtV (through the viewfinder) effect today. For this shot, I used a Vintage Kodak Brownie Reflex TLR as the viewfinder camera and my Canon G10 as the shooting camera.

I had a feeling that an overcast, rainy day would play well with TtV. I liked the result here.

Smiley Bridge (104/365 04-14-09)

I was crossing a bridge over the Chciago River and noticed this smiley face spray painted on a partition. Luckily, I had one frame left on my roll of film so I made the exposure.

Made with an Eximus Wide and Slim (a re-branded Vivitar Ultra Wide & Slim) shooting Fuji Superia 400 and scanned from the negative.

Private (103/365 04-13-09)

Private (103/365 04-13-09)

Originally uploaded by CarusoPhoto

While on my lunch break, I made this photo on a walk in Chicago's River North Neighborhood.

Made with an Eximus Wide and Slim (a re-branded Vivitar Ultra Wide & Slim) shooting Fuji Superia 400 and scanned from the negative.

A Hole to the Sky (046/365 02-15-09)

After a nice lunch at a local restaurant, my wife and I were walking back to the car when I noticed this puddle in the parking lot. At first I thought, "oh, that's kind of cool" then kept walking. As soon as I changed my perspective just a bit, however, I caught the reflection of the sky as just a bit of sun broke through the clouds and stopped immediately to take out my camera and make an exposure. Moments after I pressed the shutter, the sun ducked behind the clouds again and was gone for the rest of the day. This was one of those instances where I am so thrilled not only to have had the opportunity to capture the moment, but to have taken the opportunity as well.

(Shot with a Vivitar Ultra Wide & Slim on Generic 400 color print film and scanned from negative.)