Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

In contrast to yesterday's sunny skies, today was cloudy with sporadic rain. It was nice enough, though, for a tour of the University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park with an emphasis on the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.

The title "chapel" seems a bit odd in this case given the size, although, to my knowledge, the building does not serve as an active church so the title is probably accurate.

Here is an exterior shot of the building.

Here is a shot of the front of the sanctuary.

The highlight of the RMC is its carillon and the tower within which it is contained. The RMC carillon and it's sister carillon at Riverside Church in New York City are the largest carillons by weight in the world.

The carillon is played from a room 240 steps up tight spiral staircases, near the top of the tower. Here is a shot of University Carillonneur Joey Brink at the console prior to his half hour recital this afternoon.

Another 31 steps up the spiral staircase and you're atop the tower with really nice views of the Chicago region. Here are some shots from the top of the tower.

To learn more about the chapel and the carillon and to hear some audio clips visit

Monday, May 22, 2017

Visiting the Chicago Apple Store

After a weekend of a graduation in New York on Saturday and a graduation in Chicago on Sunday, today was spent sight seeing in Chicago. The weekend was complicated by the magsafe adapter for my ancient MacBook Pro dying on me before I had processed all of the images from Saturday's graduation, much less Sunday's.

By nursing the battery I was able to do some processing and uploading yesterday but was only able to finish up this evening after visiting the Apple store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Here are some shots from today.

Amusement Ride, Navy Pier

Navy Pier, Chicago

Cloud Gate a/k/a/ The Bean, Millennium Park

Crown Fountain, Millennium Park

Crown Fountain, Millenial Park

DIVVY Bike Share Station, Chicago

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Schenectady Amtrak Station

I'm gearing up for graduations this weekend in Oneonta and Chicago, with the necessary travel. I was at the Schenectady Amtrak station this afternoon and the delayed arrival from Chicago left me with about a half hour on the platform with just me and my camera.

I've decided to stick with my EOS 5D Mark III and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens for the duration of the graduation season, so this is what I had with me today. These are all 5 file HDR composites, except for the locomotive closeup which is a single file HDR (it was moving).