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I'm Going to Iceland!

As the years go on, my travel list seems to grow rather than shrink. I’m 37 and in the last few years I’ve realized that I really need to make it a point to get out and travel the world each year otherwise I won’t come close to seeing all the places I want to see in this life. The last few years I’ve focused on the United States Southwest and West Coast. I was in Yosemite, Zion National park and Moab Utah (Arches National Park & Canyonlands National Park). Below is my current destination map not including all the locations I want to go to that are too small for a full pin.

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My 2019 trip is set for Iceland. Myself and three friends are off on a 9 day adventure. We rented an amazing camper van that will sleep all four of us for the trip. In my normal fashion, I’ve over researched this trip and even bought a photography specific map. Below is the route we’ve agreed upon for the trip. I’m always excited to see the world and interact with new cultures. I’ve been around a lot of Western Europe and have loved every minute of it but this trip will definitely be different. We’ve timed the trip with the hopes of getting a glimpse of the northern lights. There is no guarantee that we will get to witness this amazing phenomenon but I sure hope we get lucky. I’m truly blessed that my wife has given me the green light to leave her home with our two boys and set off on this adventure. I’m still a few months away from this trip but I’m so excited to set off on this journey. If you’ve been to Iceland and have any suggestions of places I’ve missed. Please drop me a line and let me know what I should add to this route. Thanks for your support and cheers!

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I've Come a Long Way

When I look as my journey as a photographer I occasionally reflect on my work from years ago and sometimes I’m thrilled with it and other times I see how far I’ve come. I think we are all on a journey of some sort in our life. I’m a big proponent of the constant improvement philosophy. I find myself trying new methods to shoot and edit my images. Many times I fail but the constant struggle for improvement is what helps us get better as people and in our craft. I recently listened to a podcast in which a scientist said that the struggle is what produces the most important and nutrient rich portion of the plants we eat. I feel that this is similar for us as humans as well. Although the struggle is not easy, it is important for us to evolve and grow. I think it is this perspective while not easy, that helps us make it through to the other side and grow.

The image below is one of my portfolio shots from Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre Italy. At the time I shot this and edited it I was at a certain stage of my progression as a photographer. But after nearly 5 years of growing and learning I was able to revisit this image and make what I consider to be a drastic improvement. This growth has me appreciating the daily struggle to learn and grow throughout the years.

How to Support My Site

I love photography and giving back to the community. If you like this site and want to support it I would greatly appreciate using the links to purchase any of the products in my posts. I also sell a book "The Photographer's Guide to Capturing Chicago". If you want an easier way to replicate the shots in this post please consider purchasing my Lightroom and Snapseed presets using the link below. Thanks for stopping by and supporting my work!

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Chicago From Above - The United Center

Chicago is such an amazing city with incredible views from all angles. I’m patiently waiting for the summer months to get here so I have more opportunities to get out and fly my DJI Mavic Air. The image below puts Chicago in perspective of it’s size and accessibility. The grid layout creates some amazing leading lines from all over the city. I’m partial to the South and West views (the image below was taken from the West side of the city) but you will also find amazing views from the North side as well.

Chicago is filled with lush parks and green spaces but this perspective reminds us of the scale of the city. The United Center is just a handful of blocks from the city center and is a staple of Chicago.

How to Support My Site

I love photography and giving back to the community. If you like this site and want to support it I would greatly appreciate using the links to purchase any of the products in my posts. I also sell a book "The Photographer's Guide to Capturing Chicago". If you want an easier way to replicate the shots in this post please consider purchasing my Lightroom and Snapseed presets using the link below. Thanks for stopping by and supporting my work!

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The Photographer's Guide to Capturing Chicago

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Chicago From Above - The Field Museum

I’ve been really enjoying my DJI Mavic Air this past year and I’m working on some more interesting aerial shots of Chicago. Attached is an image I took over by the Field Museum on a nice summer day. I can’t wait to get the drone back up in the air to see what else I can capture in this amazing city I call home!