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50 Portraits – 15

Exposure: 1/50 sec – Aperture: F4.0 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/80 sec – Aperture: F4.0 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/500 sec – Aperture: F1.4 – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/800 sec – Aperture: F1.4 – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/100 sec – Aperture: F2.5 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/100 sec – Aperture: F2.5 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

| currently listening to: Digital, Joy Division, A Factory Sample EP, 1978 | LINK

the photography:

Portrait #15 is markley

two dudes walking around chicago for nearly 3 hours is always fun. this is what markley and i did the other day. it was a great way to be able to hang out and chat. i enjoy getting to know people better while riding on trains. markley is a professional writer with a journalist’s rabid passion for fine prose. he’s unabashed and snarky to say the least which means that he reminds me of me. markley is the youngest novelist that i have ever met and he’s so nonchalant about this fact that most of the people that work with him don’t even know that he’s an accomplished writer. this photo shoot was the first of many in which we are planning to explore the different ways to capture markley for his author photo. in this day and age of cutting edge and crazy book design, we’ll hopefully be plotting out a course so that people will pick up his first novel, turn it over, see his photo, and understand that they should probably read this book. we also wanted to make it chicago-centric. we may have taken that one a bit too literally but you have to know your boundaries on both sides of the fence to know where your final product should lie. the lighting for this shoot was perfect; overcast, occasional rain, but bright. as we move into the digital age, cameras are getting better and better at reading gray days. this shoot was really a lot of fun. at one point in the shoot, i told markley that this was his “dylan” moment. the last two photos remind me so much of robert zimmerman (or maybe just something that he would do).

the music:
don’t ever fade away, don’t ever fade away, don’t ever fade away, fade away, fade away… the fabled photographer, anton corbjin, made a movie about joy division pretty recently. i would really like to see it. their recorded sound, their vision, their music, and their lyrics were all well ahead of what their contemporaries were pulling off. their music is timeless and sounds as modern as anything on the radio these days. ground breakers indeed. if i had my choice of rhythm sections for a modern rock band, i would pluck JD’s in a heartbeat. it’s a pity and a waste that the chance of hearing more music is not possible. new order is really good, but Joy Division was amazing.

50 Portraits – 14

Exposure: 1/500 sec – Aperture: F2.8 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/250 sec – Aperture: F2.8 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/200 sec – Aperture: F2.8 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/400 sec – Aperture: F2.8 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/400 sec – Aperture: F2.8 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/500 sec – Aperture: F2.8 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

Laughter Montage

| currently listening to: Territorial Pissings, Nirvana, Nevermind, 1991 | LINK

the photography:

Portrait #14 is michael

michael was kind enough to sit and chat with me today for a spell as we pondered such things as “stooping it” in kentucky, the gentrification of brooklyn, my father’s high school alma mater, my mother’s stint of living in the east village in 1968, the 2009 South by Southwest Multimedia Festival, raising kids in our neighborhood, and of course, everybody’s favorite topic, work. michael is a photographer in his own right and we chatted about film and darkrooms and the such. it’s nice to have people around who you can relate to when it comes to hobbies. it turns out that portrait #7 has known portrait #14 since 1993. small world eh?! well, for this midwest photojournalist, it’s really not that small. especially in the circles i have been running in recently. with the decline of the industry that i cover, people are dropping like flies. every day another email goes out about who is where and why and how and who isn’t around anymore. it’s sad. but to work with such a good group of peeps is great. and fun. SIDE NOTE: a new dawn has broken over IDMPhotography. hades hath turned to hoth and i have joined twitter. @IDMPhoto for those in the know. follow me if you would like to.

the music:
it’s been almost twenty years since nirvana cracked me over the head. i first bought this tape in eight grade, listened to it until i broke it, bought it again. this song starts off the second side of the record (if you bought it on vinyl or tape) and i always took it as a call to arms. with it’s first lines stolen from a youngbloods tune, this track is just so steeped in distortion and crunch that it chills me to the bone. “just because you’re paranoid,
don’t mean they’re not after you”. true kurt, true. i’m gonna always love this record for the time and the place. it truly is a great listen.

when all the world (square block) is a stage

| currently listening to: Draw Us Lines, Constantines, Tournament of Hearts, 2005 | LINK

the photography:
chicago has plenty of architecture to photograph. and talking about cal’s liquors last night made me think of showing off what it looks like. it’s quite interesting on the inside too. if you have the means, i think you should stop by some day.

the music:
constantines have been around for some time now (ten years even) but many have yet to hear about them outside of their native canada. amazingly, they are not from montreal. give em a listen. and go see them live, they put on an excellent show.

after the dishes are done

| currently listening to: New Hampshire, Matt Pond PA, Emblems, 2004 | LINK

the photography:
street photography to me is something that i enjoy doing more than any other kind of photography. as i have stated before, plop me in the middle of a city with a bus pass and my camera and i’m a pig in mud. here are some shots from around the loop and all the way out in logan square. the “effort” is not ironic. it’s the name of the skateboard company. these three photos were taken with my favorite two lens’, the bicycle and light in the parking garage were taken with a 24-70mm 2.8 zoom, and the skateboard pic was snapped with a 15mm fisheye. there’s something about a harsh florescent light bouncing off a parking garage cement floor that gives off the air of something sinister and creepy. i really like the ambience in that photo. the bicycle was chained across van buren from cal’s liquors just outside a taco shop.

it’s a great example of someone keeping an antique in tip top shape. i always wanted to stop whomever owned the bike just to ask them if the lamp worked. the paint job was in great shape too. the skateboarding shot is from a gray rainy day at the obelisk in logan square. james needed to get out of the house and i needed to not be in the fort for the day. it was a perfect stop before we went out to eat at el cid on milwaukee.

the music:
matt pond is from the same part of the country as i am and he’s the first singer songwriter that has captured the modern rural new england drive to live somewhere other than where you grew up. the pull of new york city and boston is so pleasing at 18 and by the time you’re 24, going home is all you can think about. it’s a gorgeous song about seeing family, laying in lakes, and relaxing. it’s what i want to do almost every day (if only someone would pay me to do so…).