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Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)

Scavenger Hunt Sunday (err… Monday): Chicago Edition


I’m beat.

Non-stop walking (and eating) can really take it out of you!

Not sure if all of these fit the prompts, but I still really wanted to take part this week and get some of my Chicago photos up.

Lots more to come in the following days.


1. Before and After

I took this shot of Navy Pier from the top of the Hancock Tower. The SOOC camera shot is hazy and just plain bleh. I thought the historic pier deserved some spicing up (or dressing down, rather) so I ran a couple of actions in Photoshop. I knew I wanted the photo to have a vintage-y vibe. I couldn’t decide which result I liked best, so I included both.


2. Opposing Lines

Visually, Chicago has a lot going on, including an amazing blend of old and new architecture in all the colors of the rainbow. I saw lines everywhere! I especially loved the ever-present iron fire escape stairs jutting off the back of most buildings more than a few stories tall. What I love most about this photo is the sheer number of buildings I was able to get into one shot. By my count there are 5 (including the reflections on the glass).

3. Custom Bokeh

Yeah. This one is definitely a stretch! In my defense, I was out of town pretty much all week and really did not have the time nor desire to fashion myself some custom bokeh “equipment.”  For this photo (a chandelier at the Shedd Aquarium), I played around in Manual mode and tried out some different out of focus shots. I think it turned out rather pretty. Creating some paper bokeh shapes has been on my to-do list for a long time, and I hope to get around to it soon. I’ll be sure to share my results when I do!


4: Which pair of shoes should I wear?

With the amount of walking I did the past few days, the answer to the above question is definitely “the most comfortable!” My Merrells may not be the most attractive things in the world (although they are purple, and quite cute I think), they are the most comfortable shoes I have.

This photo was taken (quickly) from”The Ledge” at the top of the Willis Tower. Yup… The tallest building in the western hemisphere (the ledge juts 4 feet out of the 103rd story) and all that stood between me and the ground 1,353 feet below was a thin piece of glass. Yikes!

5. Little Features

Another stretch, but I think it works! Just one of the thousands of gorgeous works of art on display at the Art Institute of Chicago. I was lame and didn’t get the name of piece of the artist, although I know it’s of Cupid. Can you see his little wispy wing?

Hope you enjoyed my photos this week! I sure enjoyed taking them.



8 thoughts on “Scavenger Hunt Sunday (err… Monday): Chicago Edition

  1. I was dizzy just looking at the one picture, I can only imagine what it would be like to actually be on the edge! I live in Washington but my hubby grew up in Chicago so these pics are extra special to me. I love the details found on the old buildings like the pic you used for your lines shot. Nic!

    • It was so scary! I was only on the ledge long enough to get a few photos then I ran back inside! Chicago is a beautiful city and I hope to go back soon. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  2. I really like your opposing lines! Nice shots!

  3. I love your pics! Looks like a great trip, hope you’ll post more about it 🙂 Did you go to the consulate?

    • Thanks, Lauren! I will be posting more pictures in the next few days. I am still trying to wade through all the pics I took. Yes, I did make it to the consulate. I wouldn’t say that it was super helpful, the woman who helped me didn’t speak English very well. She disappeared for a few minutes and must have gone and talked to someone else. She came back out with a copy of the application (which I already have) and another paper that went over exactly what I need to bring with me (which I did find helpful even if it just reiterated what I already know). I am glad I went and, in the least, I now know where the office is located. I will just be glad when all this visa junk is over!

  4. So many cool shots – love your opposing lines and shoes shot!

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