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Sun Aero Helicopters Chicago Aerial Photography Tour (Video)

In August 2011, Rose and I took a helicopter tour of Chicago through Sun Aero Helicopters in Lansing, IL. From Lansing, our flight flew directly north to the lakefront at around 95th St. We flew over the lakefront and past the Museum of Science and Industry and further north past the University of Chicago campus. It took only 10 minutes from the time that we took off until the time that we approached McCormick Place in Chicago.

After passing McCormick Place, our helicopter guide flew us north over the Monroe Harbor, over the Chicago River by Lake Point Tower and past the John Hancock building in the north loop and began to circle back around to the west side of downtown Chicago. From here, we had stunning views of the city with Lake Michigan in the background. The sun was behind the helicopter and reflected brightly off of the buildings, creating a cityscape of vibrant colors. As we flew further south, our pilot guide flew towards the south end of the loop. This is where the above photo was taken. In the photo, you can see the green roof of the Harold Washington Library, University Center, which houses students from nearby Robert Morris University, as well as the historic Hilton Towers on Michigan Ave (far bottom right corner). Also seen in this photo is the Printers Row neighborhood of Chicago.

Below is our recording of our Chicago helicopter tour video. It’s pretty long…we take off at about 4:30 and land around 25:15. There isn’t very much footage of the city up close since I used the camera (a Canon 5D Mark ii) for photos. However, it was a beautiful day and the video was recorded in HD 1080p, so if you are from the near south suburbs of Chicago or nearby Northwest Indiana, you will certainly recognize many of the sites. It is easy to identify I-80/94 and the Torrance Ave interchange in Lansing, River Oaks Mall in Calumet City, the Chicago Skyway and much more.

Aerial Chicago photography from Sun Aero Helicopter tours.

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HDR Photo of Las Vegas Skyline featuring Paris, Bally’s, Flamingo and Bellagio fountain.

Panoramic HDR photo of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Let me first start by saying that this photo is absolutely real. Nothing is superimposed. There is a reason that it has a ‘fantasy’ type of look to it. The above photo is an HDR photograph of the Las Vegas skyline taken from the 18th floor balcony of a hotel room in the West End tower of The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino near CityCenter and across Las Vegas Blvd from the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. This photo was taken in November 2011 and features the Bellagio fountain, Paris Hotel and Casino, the Eiffel Tower at Paris, Bally’s Hotel and Casino, the Flamingo, Caesars Palace and the Bellagio.

Eiffel Tower Paris Las Vegas

(LEFT) An HDR photo of the Eiffel Tower at Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. This photo was taken at the same time and as the above shot, on Saturday, November 12, 2011 (the same day as the much hyped third boxing match of Pacquiao vs Marquez across the street at the MGM Grand Arena). This photo was also taken from our balcony at the Cosmopolitan.

The Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas is an exact replica of the real Eiffel Tower in Paris, only it has been scaled down to about half its size. Construction began on the Eiffel Tower along with the rest of Paris Las Vegas in 1997. It opened to the public along with the Paris Hotel and Casino in September 1999. At the top of the Eiffel Tower is the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, which features remarkable views of the Bellagio fountain show. I personally have not eaten there, but I have heard nothing but good things. The observatory at the top of the Eiffel Tower is a must-see destination for Las Vegas newbies! I recommend trying to go up about one hour after sunset, before it is completely dark outside.

Check out more of my Las Vegas photos taken over the years!

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The Painted Ladies of San Francisco Victorian Houses at Alamo Square

The “Painted Ladies” of San Francisco, a group of famous Victorian Houses known for their identical architecture, but most notably known as the location of the Tanner family picnic during the opening credits of the 1990s TV show Full House. This photo was taken in November 2008 at Alamo Square park facing the San Francisco skyline.

Check out the rest of my photo blog including an old Victorian house in Maine!


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Morton Arboretum Fall Photography and Fall Photos

Fall Tree in the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL

This photo was taken at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL during October 2011, right in the middle of the peak fall colors in Illinois. I took several shots of this tree, including some that look up into the interior of the tree. The Morton Arboretum is a giant park located in the west suburbs of Chicago, about 25 minutes from downtown.


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Best Bridesmaid Wedding Photo Poses and Ideas

This photo was taken over a walking bridge in South Bend and is probably the best bridesmaid photo that I have taken to date for several reasons. It was difficult to get the perfect shot because it was a hot and sunny day and the sun was shining right on the faces of all of the bridesmaids. Therefore, it worked out great that each of their heads were turned just right to get the sun out of their eyes, but most importantly, it gives so much character to this photo. Another difficult aspect of this photo was the fact that part of the iron bridge spanned overhead and created dark and harsh shadows below. In this photo, the girls were in the right place at the right time – just behind the next shadow and barely ahead of the last one. Sometimes you just have to get lucky.

Here’s another one of my best bridesmaids photos take of the same wedding party earlier in the day!


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Petill-Hudnall Wedding Makes for Amazing Bridesmaids Photo

This photo is bittersweet for many reasons. First of all, this was the last wedding that I photographed as it is now just too hard to book myself so far in advance, so I am working more with commercial photography as well as my own freelancing. Second, this is probably one of the best bridesmaids photos that I have taken. I mean, everything in this photo is perfect. All of the girl’s legs were in just the right position. The focus on the bouquets is spot-on and I love how the sepia tone behind the girls sets off their colors with an antique yet classical look. Lastly, my girlfriend was one of the bridesmaids so this photo makes it all that much better.

Check out another one of my best bridesmaids photos featuring this bridal party in a beautifully done color spotting photograph!

If you are looking for a last minute Northwest Indiana wedding photographer, please contact me for more information.


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