Lighting the Way

Light House Sunset Photography

I felt like taking a small day road trip but I didn’t know where. I couldn’t go far but I wanted to travel out of my norm. Even though I love traveling to the city, there’s something very tranquil about being somewhere you have never been before. I started to look for state parks along Lake Michigan and found a strip of beach called Van Buren State Park Beach in South Haven, Michigan. It was quiet and deserted besides a family of three arriving just as I was leaving. Since I already made the trip out here, I decided to stop by the town of South Haven which was about 10 minutes from the beach. From the moment I arrived, it had a small beach town feeling. I walked down the streets lined with small shops and boutiques as I headed toward the harbor. Once I arrived, I couldn’t help but be drawn to their lighthouse which extended out towards the water. At the same moment, the sun began to fill the sky, providing a beautiful backdrop to an unexpected moment.

 

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Stay Golden Chicago

Chicago Skyline Sunset

The sun sets over a sea of buildings as unique as the people that inhabit them. The Chicago skyline reflects the warm colors of the sky. For a second it seems that spring is finally here, but I know that that could change in a blink. Nevertheless, seeing Chicago from different perspectives, from different heights, behind different lenses has grew my appreciation towards this bustling city. No matter what time of day, or what type of weather, it is always in motion. Stay golden Chicago.

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A Walk on the Beach

Winter Beach on Lake Michigan

With the temperatures rising in Chicago, I drove to Van Buren State Park Beach in South Haven Michigan because of my last experience on the beach in Michigan, waiting for the sunset over Lake Michigan. When I arrived, the beach was covered in piles of snow waiting to melt into the water. Mini icebergs scattered atop the lake, disappearing into the distance. But that weather was beautiful, the beach was empty and the sounds were soothing. As I headed back to my car, a father and son walked up to the edge of the lake and stopped. It’s something that seems so small, just another day but it’s a moment I’m sure they will both remember; their walk on the beach.

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The Simple Things

Winter Bench

I wake up many times, thinking today I’m going to have an adventure. I’m going to see something that I’ve never seen before; travel to a place that I’ve never been before. But in many, if not most, of these instances I end up going to familiar places, seeing familiar scenes that I have never noticed before. I always seem to be on a mission, keeping my eye constantly moving as if I’m trying to spot Big Foot, that I miss quiet scenes such as this. I just finished watching The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and there was a line towards the end which was “Beautiful things don’t ask for attention.” which made me think about this picture. I’ve been to this state park for a couple of years now and I guess I’ve always been looking for these amazing scenes that I’ve failed to noticed this bench. Something so small but seemed so big to me at that moment. It was comforting to see and calming to be at. It made me smile and appreciate the simple things in life.

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Winter Skyline

Trump Tower Chicago Skyline Photography

The snow stopped falling as the clouds moved on to their next destination. Within minutes, the Chicago skyline emerged from the blizzard that previously erased any evidence of it’s existence. A sea of architecture covers the ground as the Trump Tower rises towards the Chicago sky.

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Silence

Chicago Winter on the Lake

The water was still as I watch the clouds pass over the lake. I sat on a rock listening to the silence and quickly let me mind wander. I try to find scenes/ places where I can get lost in. I think that’s the beauty of these places. It allows me to forget about everything that is currently happening in my life, and allows me to appreciate where I am at that second. The silent landscapes have a louder effect on me and I can’t wait to find more.

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Out of Focus

Chicago-Out-of-Focus

 

There are days where I would just take the train eastbound to Chicago just to walk around, and enjoy the city lights. Sometimes I pull out my camera and take pictures and sometimes I don’t. I enjoy these days the best. Days where I’m not focused on being behind a camera, and can enjoy where I am at that moment. While at the same time these are the days where I experiment the most with my photography. This was one of those days, where being out of focus was the only way to get back into focus. In some ways, blurring my view allows me to see places differently and appreciate a places like the Chicago Post Office by Mies van der Rohe just a little bit more.

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