February 25, 2005

favorite art/photo galleries?

posted by Steven Downs in - permalink

i'm in the mood for a journey this weekend. specifically, i feel like going gallery hunting. anyone have a favorite art/photo gallery in the city that they'd care to share with the rest of us? i need to get out and see what others are doing. maybe it'll help me out of this rut i've found myself in.

February 23, 2005

Chicago Photobloggers March Madness Meetup

posted by Bill Vaccaro in Happenings - permalink

It's March Madness time. So in the spirit of the arrival of what passes for spring, the next Chicago Photobloggers meetup will be Sunday, March 13 at 9 am at the:

New Maxwell Street Market
W. Canal and S. Roosevelt Rd.

The market is open from 7 am to 3 pm, but as Ron S. from slats.org and bighappyfunhouse fame tells us, the market starts dying down after 1 pm.

Some of you may wonder why the Maxwell Street Market is no longer on Maxwell Street. To make a long story short, Da Mayor (Part Deux) closed down the old market in his infinite and enlightened wisdom in 1995, just like he did Meigs Field -- only not with bulldozers in the middle of the night. The old site was taken over by UIC to expand their dominion over the Near West Side, and the new site came into being a few years later.

We'll all meet up at the corner of Canal and Roosevelt, wait 15 minutes or so for any stragglers, and then do our traditional shootout. Ron S. tells us that the real finds are a block or so away. It should be a great time for a lot of street and people photography (weather permitting, of course).

Afterwards (11-11:30 am???), we'll meet for brunch at one of Ferocious Nick's favorite places:

White Palace Grill
1159 S. Canal
Chicago, IL 60607

If anyone on the North Side lakefront needs a ride, I still have three spots available in the old Taurus, four if one wants to ride in air conditioned comfort on the roof rack (uh, just kidding, folks!). Don't hesitate to email me if you need a lift.

If any of you would like to join us but can't bear the thought of coming THAT early, email me and I'll give you my cell phone number so I can let you know where we are at any given moment (sorry, no GPS services are available). Of course, everyone who doesn't want to brave the mad March weather -- which, in the Windy City, can come in like a lion and out like a bratwurst (hold the 'kraut) -- can just meet up with us at the White Palace.

WARNING: If you're driving, get there early enough to park at a metered parking space. There's usually parking west of the market in the more industrial sections of that area. The city is notorious for setting up little parking traps so they can ticket and tow your vehicle away, and enhance their revenue at your expense at the same time.

February 22, 2005

Galleries, display space

posted by Steven Downs in - permalink

hey all,

i'm looking for a way/method/process to go about displaying my photos, whether it be within galleries, photo shows, public spaces, etc. i'm in the process of becoming a member of Around the Coyote, CACOnline.org and other organizations, but i'm wondering if perhaps there's something obvious i'm overlooking. i'm curious to see the reaction/criticism to my photos and whether or not someone would be willing to show them. any ideas?


(damn, this forum sure comes in handy)

February 21, 2005

New Classess at the Chicago Photography Center

posted by roderick in Classes - permalink

If you have always wanted to learn traditional darkroom techniques in addition to basic composition and camera techniques but didn't know where go, the Chicago Photography Society is starting a new round of classes this week. I know that Bob has taken Photo I, and I can see myself taking the trinity of their photography classes sometime in the future.

The Photo I-III classes start tomorrow. You can get more information at their website at http://www.chicagophoto.org, and they are located at 3301 N. Lincoln Ave in Chicago, 1.5 blocks south of the Brown Line Paulina stop on Lincoln. They can be reached at (773) 549-1631.

February 17, 2005

The bean saga continues

posted by roderick in - permalink

Chicagoist posted a great follow-up of the official word from the city re: photographs of the bean. Interesting read.

Now I say that we should all go there and photograph the bean with "sophisticated equipment."

February 13, 2005

Next Photobloggers Meetup?

posted by Bill Vaccaro in Happenings - permalink

One of the things that we neglected to do at the last meetup was to come up with a date, time and place for the next one. Any ideas? Sunday, March 12 @ 1pm works for me. How about the rest of you?

Plus, any ideas where we would like to meet? North side, The Loop, South side? I'm open to suggestions and am happy to make the arrangements/reservations if someone can come up with a place we can all meet up.

February 11, 2005

Getting rid of the "curves"

posted by Steven Downs in - permalink

Hey y'all. Does anyone know a good way to get rid of "curves" in an image? I have some photos where the straight lines end up slightly bent. Any thoughts? Thanks!

February 10, 2005

Lincoln photo contest

posted by roderick in Around the Web - permalink

This weekend is Abe Lincoln's birfday, and if he were alive he'd be putting 196 candles on his cake. Chicagoist wants you to celebrate by participating in their first ever Land of Lincoln photo contest. The rules are simple: your photograph must have Honest Abe in it (duh), it must be at least 400X600 px, it must be your own, blah blah blah. Send them over to lincolnphotocontest@gmail.com by March 5, 2005. The winners get some Lincoln-related stuff (dude, I hope they give away a beard) at a special happy hour.

February 7, 2005

Stop taking photos of the bean.

posted by roderick in - permalink

Ironically enough, we're the last Chicago collaborative weblog to report on this, but since everyone else has written a blurb on it, you can just choose to read one of theirs.

Synopsis: The bean (officially, "the cloud gate") apparently is copywritten, and it is ILLEGAL to take photographs of it.

Well, just feast upon these pictures, and add one of your own.

I say as soon as that sucker is uncovered, we go on a full out photographic assault on it. And if you have any on your photoblog, provide a link to it in the comments.

Chinese New Year Parade

posted by Archie FlorCruz in Happenings - permalink

Just to let you all know of a great Photo-Op in the city this coming weekend:

Chinese New Year Parade
February 13, 2005
Wentworth from Cermak to 24th Street
12:30 p.m. Step-off Time