Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Cultural Center has two spectacular stained glass domes, two  beautiful mosaic and marble staircases, glass-block flooring that emits light UP, and the huge Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Room.  Here's a description of the building from the website: Designed by the Boston firm of Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge as the first home … Continue reading Chicago Cultural Center

Saints Volodymyr and Olha Church

Saints Volodymyr and Olha Church is a beautiful church in Chicago's Ukranian Village.  I was allowed to photograph from the choir loft.  I wanted to create a composition that would capture the dramatic curve of the choir loft railing and still include the beautiful view of the church windows, arches, and a huge radiant chandelier. … Continue reading Saints Volodymyr and Olha Church

HDR Software Comparison

I’ve heard and read so much about HDR photography that I wanted to do a quick comparison of the leading software packages – Adobe Photoshop CS4 HDR component, Photomatix Pro 4, and Nik Software HDR Efex Pro. The image below is my favorite from the three software packages, expressing a light-filled and colorfully fun place, … Continue reading HDR Software Comparison