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Have you ever become complacent in an area, situation, trade, craft, skill? I am sure we all have done so or at sometimes in our lives, will do so.

I have recently had a that feeling here in the Milwaukee area. I feel as if I am to comfortable here. So what am I going to do about it you ask? Well, let me tell you.  I took a little jot down across the border to see our friends to the south, in the Windy City. I know I just heard you grunt and groan “Ohhhh no Rob! Why on earth would you do that? I mean heck, its the land of the Bulls, BEARS, CUBS!, Capone, To much wind and a once too big fire. And not to mention apparently no one from Chicago knows how to drive!” .  Well I saw it as a new adventure for myself and its under 2 hours away thats why!

I have always been drawn to large cities. I love the hustle and the bustle that it brings. All the energy, people, commotion, noise, honking cabs, and obscenities being yelled from windows on the 10th floor.  Chicago really is not that bad of a place. I’d love to live there and roam the streets with my camera and doing nothing but take photos the way that Vivian Maier did.

This past week I made my new adventure happen. I took myself from my comfort zone and shot in downtown Chicago. It was a blast! Being able to turn around every other step and see some thing new, something that didn’t fit in with the last scene I was looking at. From the “L” trains shooting around over head while you walk down the street, Subway stations, the Chicago theater, the “Bean” and so on. Just so much to see.

I made my rounds around the area of the Chicago Public library and Chicago theater with two different models.  Below will be some images of Jessicca and on the next blog will be some images of Elena. Both were a pleasure to work with.  I would also like to throw a big thanks out there to Andy Stenz for allowing me to borrow and test out his Sigma 85mm 1.4f for the Nikon mount. I believe I may be picking one up.


Take a look, enjoy, and feel free to leave some comments encouraging me to buy that lens. I need the push……

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Blog 2 from Chicago coming tomorrow………


Kevin - April 13, 2011 - 1:28 pm

Pretty cool stuff Rob. I know exactly what you mean about getting outa Dodge. Best thing I coulda done was leave.

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