Negative Space

How many times have you heard someone say “the less said, the better”? Well, I can’t think of a better way to describe the use of negative space in photography. Placing negative space around your subject is an excellent way to draw the eye to …

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Rule of Thirds

Another rule of photographic composition is the rule of thirds. This rule is well known by most people that enjoy photography, however it is also one of the rules that has the most impact on your shots. This rule can take you from “taking snapshots” …

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Leading Lines

Let’s regroup and get back to photography for a moment. Leading lines in a photograph are usually intentional and are used as a basic tool of photographic composition. All pictures are made of lines. They convey depth in a scene and provide strength to the …

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Sea Calm

How still,How strangely stillThe water is today.It is not goodFor waterTo be so still that way. – Langston Hughes, circa 1932 I am neither a poet, nor a poetry scholar. I am simply an admirer of the stillness it demands of the reader or listener. …

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Sweet Home Chicago

The Chicago skyline has four of America’s eight tallest buildings. Impressive for a city referred to as the “Second City”. Actually the list is all New York City and Chicago until you get to number 14. I captured this photo from the lounge atop my …

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Chicago Transit Authority

One of my favorite memories as a child is the time I spent playing my mother’s records on her stereo turntable box set. It was the late sixties and early seventies. I distinctly remember playing her Chicago Transit Authority album, which contained hits such as …

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White Coat

The white coat ceremony for medical students is a rite of passage. It has a quasi-religious significance which symbolizes the “conversion” of a lay person into a member of the healthcare profession. In some ways, based upon the oaths and promises made, it is similar to an …

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Thirty

On this day, thirty years ago, a baby girl named Rachel Rothenberg was born in Racine, Wisconsin. At the time, her parents (one of which happens to be my sister) were residing in the balmy, tropical and sunny city of Madison, Wisconsin. I remember getting …

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The Day is Done

This past Tuesday night, I was at National Airport waiting to pick up my daughter. Instead of snoozing in my car, I decided to venture out into the darkest darkness and attempt some of the most challenging night photography you can attempt. At night, the …

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