Tag Archives: Black and White

Back in Black (& White)

I have not been taking a lot of black and white photos recently, but when I spotted this rusty truck hidden behind a tree, I decided to go back to an old friend. 

Tom 365 – December 24, 2015

A view from under the tree. 

I hope the presents can wait until morning. 

Tom 365 – December 14, 2015

It is just not Christmas until you light the leg lamp. 

The soft glow of electric-sex gleaming in the window. 

Tom 365 – December 10, 2015

Christmas concert at the high school tonight. 

Very nice job little girl. 

Swallow Cliff

Swallow Cliff Forest Preserve

I had the day off work today and decided to go for a walk outside.  Although it is December in Chicago, the weather was fantastic and it seemed others had the same idea. I headed to Swallow Cliff Forest Preserve where there is an old closed tobogganing hill.  The hill itself is closed, but it is still a popular sight for people to get in a few steps.

Swallow Cliff Forest Preserve - Near Chicago

I arrived around one o’clock, and I was amazed at how many people were out there on a Thursday afternoon in December.  I only made one trip to the top and back down before my knee began to throb, but I was able to walk around the trails beyond the hill for a little while.

Swallow Cliff Forest Preserve

New stairs have been built on the other side of the hill, but they are not open yet, and it looks like they may be reopening the hill for sledding

Tom 365 – November 25, 2015

And away we go!

Tom 365 – November 23, 2015

We made the squirrels work for their nuts today. They were covered by snow. 

Accidental Photography

Last week, as I was taking my picture for the day, I came across an underpass in the Pilsen neighborhood that I thought had an interesting dynamic.  So I took a picture.

Pilsen Underpass

I was happy with the shot and about to move on when I spotted a walker entering the cross walk.  I didn’t really have a chance to frame the picture.  I took another three quick pictures.

And then just like that, my picture was changed.

The same thing happened yesterday.  My wife and I were sitting at a table outside along Randolph Street.  We had ordered a couple cocktails to enjoy in the sun.

Randolph Street Cocktails

Just as I finished taking the picture, I noticed a bride and groom turning the corner.  Again, I was able to take three quick shots.

The middle picture was my photo for the day yesterday.

Sometimes I think I try too hard.  I take time to set up photos and frame them just right.  Very often I will take multiple photos of the same subject from different angles or slightly different framing looking for the perfect picture.

It seems that these Accidental Photos have a life that my set-up photos don’t have.  I can’t plan them.  They just exist.  If only it was possible to get this type of spontaneity in all of my photographs.

Tom 365 – September 19, 2015

They grow up so fast

It seems like just yesterday that they were just little girls.  And now they are all grown up and heading off to the Homecoming Dance.  With Boys!


Tom 365 – September 14, 2015

It is a beautiful night.  Perfect for drinks and a light meal outdoors.