One of the things I love the most about Chicago, aside from the amazing architecture, is that you don’t need to go far to surround yourself with tranquility. Just like yesterday’s Photo of the Day, “In the Quiet Moments,” this beautiful field of heather and wildflowers is just steps away from the city. Walk the path and you’ll spot any number of beautiful birds, hear the buzzing of the bees as they fly by and can listen to the stream of the water surrounding the garden. It makes me want to settle down with a picnic.
This one isn’t quite finished. Just like yesterday’s photograph, this is one half of the collaboration I’m currently working on and I’m so excited for the final piece. Keep an eye out here over the next few weeks and share in the excitement.
“A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live.” – Bertrand Russell
I have been missing in action again, for quite an extended period of time but it is for good cause. I previously mentioned a collaboration I am working on and I am happy to report we are working steadily towards being able to introduce the final product shortly.
Today’s Photo of the Day, “In the Quiet Moments,” is half of one piece in the collaboration and I thought I would stop and give you a sneak peek. I won’t go in to details as to what we’re working on… who doesn’t love a nice surprise… but I will say it’s had me very excited over the last few weeks.
Taken downtown in the quiet hours of the early morning, the photograph is one of my new favorites. When we walked through the courtyard next to the Art Institute, it was as if all the traffic of Michigan Avenue disappeared. There wasn’t a bus or cab to be heard, the quick footsteps of the 9 to 5′ers were silent. It was peaceful and serene.
I’m looking forward to sharing more over the next few weeks!
© Tracey Capone Photography 2013
The joke in Chicago is that there are two seasons: Winter and Traffic. Based on the last few years, where most of Spring has been cool and rainy, with a few, beautiful sunny days dropped in there for good measure, followed very quickly by a slam of Summer heat, I believe it. Thankfully, Spring seems to be trying to eek out a few more of those beautiful days a little earlier this year and, along with the spring blooms, it’s bringing out some of my favorite little creatures.
© Tracey Capone Photography 2013
With the budding of the trees and flowering bushes, comes the Yellow Warblers, Thrushes and the like. I am very lucky to have some outdoor space right outside my apartment and, sitting on my deck get to witness any number of indigenous species, from birds to butterflies, busily preparing themselves for the Spring and Summer ahead. Today’s photos of the day, “Harbingers of Spring” were captured yesterday in various spots around my apartment.
© Tracey Capone Photography 2013
I am looking forward to getting out to Chicago Botanical Gardens and Morton Arboretum for some of the wonderful blooms that are starting to grace us, in the meantime, I am very happily watching several female Yellow Warblers in the tree out in front gathering for their nests.
“Reflections on a Bean” – Tracey Capone Photography © 2013
Admittedly, I haven’t shot The Bean, in downtown Chicago, prior to this because, aside from having to deal with the large number of tourists I talked about in yesterday’s post, I have always tried to shy away from the blatantly touristy Chicago icons. That said, I wish I had shot it sooner, just for my own benefit because it was a lot of fun.
The shapes you see in this mirrored wonder are determined in part by where you stand. It ends up almost looking like Chicago in a fun house mirror in some spots but a beautiful reflection in a drop of water in others. There is an additional challenge of taking the shot while remaining inconspicuous because the last thing you want is a beautiful reflection of the city… and the photographer standing smack dab in the middle of the shot. While this can be corrected in post, I would much prefer keeping my photographs as close to the original, without a need for a lot of “blemish edits” as possible. So, I’m in the photograph, it’s just a matter of finding me.
“Monolith” – Tracey Capone Photography © 2013
It is a rare occasion when you can get a clean shot of the sites in downtown Chicago without having to work around the throngs of tourists vying for the perfect shot. Yesterday, as I was in need of a number of shots for a collaboration I’m working on (details to come soon… you’re going to love this!) I made sure I was downtown by 5 am in hopes of not only getting the photographsI needed but taking advantage of the beautiful light the sunrise over Lake Michigan provides.
It was a perfect morning. The temperatures were crisp but not cold, the sun was just starting to peek over the horizon and, outside of a few runners, the promenades in the park were perfectly clear.
Over the next few days, I will share more shots from my early morning shoot. Today, we’ll start with the Neo Monoliths in Millennium Park. I remember when I first moved back up to Chicago, the first time I drove past the park I almost drove off the road when I saw a giant face blinking at me. In the summer, this spot becomes a hot spot for the kids (including the adult sized ones) to run around under the water that spouts from the sides and their mouths. Without the crowds, I was able to take advantage of the wonderful reflective puddles on the ground and the perfect line the buildings along Michigan Avenue create.
Worth every minute of sleep lost having to get up early to get downtown.
“Beginnings” – Tracey Capone Photography © 2013
I have always viewed Spring as a “fresh start.” All of the city-soot blackened snow is finally melted away, the crocus start to bloom, the buds start popping out on trees. (I’ll choose to ignore the fact that this also brings the pollen that wreaks havoc on me… it’s still a fair trade off) Thanks to an exciting collaboration with a friend, and truly gifted artist (more to come on that down the road!), the creative juices have been swirling non-stop over the last several days and I can’t wait until Spring hits Chicago full force. I am excited to get out with the camera and capture the rapid fire changes that are going to happen over the next few months. More importantly, I can’t wait to share!
Today’s Photo of the Day, “Beginnings,” was shot a few years ago, in Nashville, and pays homage to that fresh start of Spring. It was the beginning of April and I was walking around the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens. This one dogwood bud (if you recall, I am obsessed with them) was more advanced than the rest, standing out against the mid morning sun with it’s subtle touches of burgundy against the butter yellow.
If it was at all appropriate, I would camp out at the Chicago Botanical Gardens or Morton Arboretum so I can be there the second these little lovelies start blooming. Perhaps I would be able to capture another like [this one].
“Smoke” – Tracey Capone Photography © 2013
Today’s Photo of the Day – “Smoke” is one of the “oldies but goodies” which, as of last night is headed off to the lovely state of Washington on a 30×30 wood panel.
This shot was taken during my time in Nashville a few years back. I remember coming across these giant blooms on a very sunny day walking through a botanical garden. I spent about twenty minutes in front of the flower, playing with various lenses but, as always defaulting to my 60mm which I absolutely love for macro shots.
This photograph makes me more and more excited about what is to come this spring and summer. What flowers are you looking forward to seeing this year?