I need to sharpen my neglected photography skills, so let’s see if titling this post “Weekly Photos” will be inducement enough to keep the camera in my paws…

Beach grass on lake Michigan

Snowy beach on Lake Michigan

Saugatuck dunes pine forest

Pines at Saugatuck Dunes park.

John playing Hamlet? (Actually, I think it was solitaire.)

Dave at Fernando's

Dave at Fernando's, or why low-light digital images aren't as cool as grainy film ones.

Jim at Fernando's

Jim at Fernando's.

Jim S. at Fernando's

Jim S. at Fernando's.

Michael plays the Steinway

Michael plays the Steinway

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The first installment in Why Stacey’s Friends Should Hide When She Has Her Camera.  (Yes, I’d be happy to provide a copy suitable for your iPod!)

The running photos did not end with the wearing of the winter hat, my friends.  I even upgraded from my phone to a wee gem of a camera that I can carry while running and take real pictures.  We’ve only just begun.  And, as is my wont, I coerced my friends into running with me and submitting to photographs as well.  I only hope Detroit brings as many running adventures!  (Click on any picture to enlarge.)

John and Michael live very near a forest preserve, and also very near Superdawg!  What better excuse for a nine-mile run followed by tasty junk food?
John and Michael live very near a forest preserve, and also very near Superdawg! What better excuse for a nine-mile run followed by tasty junk food?
Note our nifty team shirts.  I warned you I was wont to over organize.  These first appeared in April for the Ravenswood Run and have been rearing their ugly heads every since.  Perhaps I will create them annually?  Who can say?
Note our nifty team shirts. I warned you I was wont to overorganize. These first appeared in April for the Ravenswood Run and have been rearing their ugly heads every since. Perhaps I will create them annually? Who can say?
Bless his little pure beef heart.
Bless his little pure beef heart.
Stephen and I trained together for the Chicago Distance Classic half marathon and discovered the joys (?) and benefits of the post-long-run ice bath.  Though if its early enough in the year, you can just wade in the lake instead.  Does he look cold to you?
Stephen and I trained together for the Chicago Distance Classic half marathon and discovered the joys (?) and benefits of the post-long-run ice bath. Though if it’s early enough in the year, you can just wade in the lake instead. Does he look cold to you?
Cool off those tootsies, do.
Cool off those tootsies, do.
This was after a twelve-mile run.  We actually swam after the 14-miler.  That combined with the massage of walking barefoot on the warm sand is really quite refreshing.
This was after a twelve-mile run. We actually swam after the 14-miler. That combined with the massage of walking barefoot on the warm sand is really quite refreshing.
00am is too early for him.
Most of Stephen’s and my training runs were early in the morning, to beat the heat and the 9-5 workday. Exactly one time we were accompanied by Jim. I think 6:00am is too early for him.
Stephens favorite training run, which we did once in the spring and once in summer, was a 10-mile jaunt that included Navy Pier.  On this trip, (John came, too) Stephen even ran into (almost literally) Carl Kassell.
Stephen’s favorite training run, which we did once in the spring and once in summer, was a 10-mile jaunt that included Navy Pier. On this trip, (John came, too) Stephen even ran into (almost literally) Carl Kassell.
00am on a Sunday.  Who knew?
At The Bean (okay, Cloud Gate) in Millenium Park. None too crowded at 8:00am on a Sunday. Who knew?
Chicago alley at nightSo, my friend Matt and I decided to get to know our new digital cameras a little better by giving ourselves some monthly assignments and sharing our photos. Our first assignment was called “Night.” No other parameters. So, here are a few images and thoughts.This is the alley behind my building. ISO 800, f9.0, 1/13. No color correction.Everything in the city at night on a long-ish exposure is just interminably orange. But with the alley, at any rate, it seems true to how it looks with my own eyes.
Golden Nugget ChicagoThe “greasy nugget” next door to my place. Taken on an appropriately sweltering night. The lump of gold on the top has running lights for that classic twinkling effect.ISO 100, f9, .4 sec
Golden Nugget window Chicago night
The latent spy in me comes out, peering at people in lighted windows. They peer back at the chick in the alley with the tripod.
Rooftop door nightChicago nightThe door to the rooftop deck on my building. ISO 800, f22, 8 sec.

A view from my rooftop. ISO 800, f25, 24 seconds. Such a long exposure had a few serious spots of noise – big red dots that I cleaned up in photoshop, but for the most part it came out like this. Color corrected a bit, to capture the blue/green of the condo light.

Lawrence Avenue Chicago nightAnother from the roof. This took me about a million tries, but pixels are cheap! ISO 800, f22, 4 sec.