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Ponte Alexandre III Paris France

Paris with A Camera

With camera, lenses, and tripod in tow I set out from Chicago to Paris, ‘The City of Lights’. I stayed in an apartment hotel in Montrouge,, in the 14th arrondissement.

Unlike my other trips to this wonderful city, I decided to travel Paris via public transportation, bus only. The bus trips, in my opinion, were better than taking tour buses. One experiences the flavor of the city amongst the residents verses the tourists.

Some of the places I visited with photos available:

Eiffel Tower – This prominent structure is made out of iron and is built on Champ de Mars. The tower got its name from the engineer who built it and it is the tallest building in the entire city.

Hotel du Cluny –  It was formerly the town house of the abbots of Cluny, started in 1334. The structure was rebuilt by Jacques d’Amboise, abbot in commendam of Cluny 1485-1510; it combines Gothic and Renaissance elements.

Saćre Coeur – The Basilica crowns one of the highest hills in Paris on the butte of Montmartre offering one of the best views of the city.

Louvre – What can I say, the museum of museums. It dates back to 1200 when it was built as a fortress. Today it houses some of the most famous art in the world.

Jardins du Luxembourg – The Jardin (garden) features a series of statues which portray the queens of France and other illustrious women along the terraces of the park

Jardins des Tuileries – The Tuileries garden extends for about a kilometer from Palace du Carrousel to Palace de la Concorde.

Flame of Liberty – The Flame of Liberty (Flamme de la Liberté) in Paris is a full-sized, gold-leaf-covered replica of the new flame at the upper end of the torch carried in the hand of the Statue of Liberty at the entrance to the harbor of New York City since 1986.

Pont Alexander III – The Ponte Alexandre III is considered by many to be one of the prettiest bridges in Paris. The bridge is located south of the Champs Elysees at the southern end of Avenue Winston Churchill in the 7th and 8th arrondissements.

Théâtre de la Ville – One of the two theatres built in the 19th century by Baron Haussmann at Place du Châtelet.

Pont Neuf  – Paris’ oldest bridge. A beautiful bridge over the Seine River and it is also the longest.

The Palace De Chaillot aka the Trocadero – The Palace De Chaillot was constructed for the 1937 World Fair, designed by Boileau, Carlu und Azema built on the previous building, the Trocadero.

La Conciergerie – The “Antechamber to the Guillotine” – Located on the Banks of the Seine the building dates back the 13th and early 14th century. It’s name derives from concierge, as the royal governor in charge of the building was called.

Photos are available at: Please feel free to take look.


How to Backup Photos w/o Carrying a PC or Using the Internet

I actually read this on Fstoppers and damn it works. Thus I decided to share it. I have made a few annotations which I employ.

I take a portable hard drive, WD passport(1T), and a card reader. Both are virtually no weight and small. I go to the business center of the hotel and use their computer. The computer will either have a SD Card slot or not. If it does you don’t need your card reader. If it doesn’t here’s where the card reader comes in. The computer will most likely have an USB port. The card reader has an USB port. Plug it in and also plug in via the HD to the other USB port. Download your photos to the HD. You’re done, no internet or your own computer required. This can also be done at an internet cafe. To be sure get yourself an USB hub just in case the hotel or internet cafe’s computer only has one USB port. his works.

Bad Restaurant Food Photography: Strikes Again!!!!

Bad restaurant food photography strikes again. Hats off to the Huffington Post. They are continuing to chronicle bad food pics by restaurants. Don’t let your restaurant be amongst their posts. Take a look and see for yourself at;



Get Great Photos of Family and Friends this Holiday Season Yourself

I thought I would take a moment and step away from food photography and just speak on photography in general. With the upcoming holidays virtually upon us a few of us will be taking photos of family, friends, scenes, etc. So let’s step back and make the photos we take good memorable shots. Take time to know your camera whether it is your phone, a point and shoot, or a DSLR.  And yes, take into consideration lighting (light has many different colors that your camera picks up that we need to compensate for). Our brain makes instantaneous calculations to correct what we see; our cameras need help to get things right. This means getting the White Balance (WB) correct. Let’s not let that colorcast make our friends look alien.

As a final note:  sure, carrying your photos around on your phone or tablet is nice and perhaps this is today’s past time. But prints are a true keepsake. Prints have permanence, remembrance, and value to us all in a special way. If you decide to get prints, take time to know your pixel parameters and the right dimensions for your camera.  Remember, resolution requirements for screen rendering (mobile device or desktop) is not the same for prints. Get your prints done right and they will last.

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Restaurateurs get photos of your menu selections and only pay for what you like!!!

Restaurateurs get photos of your menu selections and only pay for what you like!!!

Satisfaction guaranteed, no charge if you are not satisfied.

Photos done at your location, at your convenience

Photos are optimized for all Social Media

Photos are optimized for your Website

Photos are searchable/findable via Search Engines such as Google, Yahoo or Bing

Photos can be further optimized for prints and other marketing tools

Photos taken at your restaurant of the meals of your choice. Review photos electronically. If don’t like them you pay nothing. Or choose the photos you like and only pay for those photos.

PS:         Filename Convention, an image named DCS87799 or img.01019.jpeg will be buried by search engines while ‘Roasted Leg of Lamb’ has search-ability in search engines (i.e. Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc). All photos have GPS coding to your location address. Photos are sized to the specific requirements for the media you choose and your website (adherence to file/image load requirements).



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Why good food photography is important for restaurants & lounges

If you run a restaurant, bar or café, you know how important your menu is. It is the first introduction to your food that a customer gets and having great pictures can make a world of difference. In this multicultural place that we live in, a city full of tourists and international business travelers not all of who speak English, how do you attract them into your food establishment with ease? Everyone can understand a photograph; the phrase “people eat with their eyes” has never been so relevant. Most people like to see a photo of their food before they order so they know exactly what they are getting, and for those from a different culture who are not familiar with your style of dishes this is even more important. Being a transcontinental traveler, tourist, etc. I can personally attest to this axiom. So many times I have been out in various cities abroad and can’t read the menu. However, I can distinguish what I want to eat via the photos on their food on the menu. This is also true if I look up a few restaurants to dine and they have good quality pictures of the food items available at their restaurant at their website regardless of language.

The only way to produce a professional photo style food menu is to use a professional food photography service. The do it yourself method just will not cut it in these times of high competition when your competitors all have sleek and professional menus.

A great looking food menu can look as good on your website as it does in your restaurant, bar or café. All of our photographs can be used on your website as well as being printed for your menus. When more and more people check your website before deciding whether or not to eat in your establishment, a beautiful set of food menu photographs can really give you the edge over your competition.




The Importance of Good Food Photography Today

The camera in my cell phone, or my digital camera is good enough to take pictures of my restaurant’s food, so why do I need to hire a professional food photographer to take the pictures, where is my ROI or return on investment in this?

This is a common misconception in the industry among even the most elite restaurants, catering companies, cafés and bakeries throughout the world. The truth of the matter is simple, as most food stylists say, “Food goes in through the eyes first…”, in-a-nutshell, both figuratively and literally, there is no comparison to a well thought-out photo that has just the right balance of lighting, appropriate angles and composition.

Various studies also shows that when you compare a quality photograph of a food item next to a quick photo taken with your cell phone or camera, the purchase rate of the quality photo will sell more food than the one that isn’t as good looking.

So this leads us to the usage of stock photography versus custom photography. Usually stock photography looks great, but the downside to this is simple, your menu’s photography will look generic and it won’t be unique to your restaurant.

If you hire a professional food photographer like us, then you get a personalized photo that no other restaurant will have and it will also be true to your serving size and reflect your restaurant’s true ambiance.


What’s Wrong with the Chicago in Focus Dream Town Photo Contest?

What’s Wrong with the Chicago in Focus Dream Town Photo Contest?

Copyright is paramount to photographer. As a photographer here in Chicago I considered entering this contest. That is until I read the ‘Official Rules’. Here is an excerpt from the Official Rules for the Dream Town Photo Contest.

‘By entering this Contest and submitting an Entry, Entrant hereby grants Sponsor and its affiliates and subsidiaries a perpetual, irrevocable worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicense able and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, and display the Entry in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any purpose, including but not limited to Sponsor’s photo contest, and the advertising and promotion of such photo contest.

You acknowledge and agree that Sponsor may use your Entry in any manner, including but not limited to: selling and distributing publications containing the Entry, changing or reworking the Entry by making color or size changes, making derivative works of the Entry, and using the Entry on the Sponsor’s website and on promotional material for Sponsor’s website or publication. 

Entries must be original. Entries must not contain third party materials or images violating any rights of publicity, trademark, or copyright.  Entrant grants the Sponsor (except where prohibited by law) the right to use and publish Entrant’s name, likeness, city and state, biographical data, and/or any information contained in an Entry in print and/or other media in connection with this Contest, including on the Internet, by the Sponsor, its partners, and third party entities, without additional compensation, notice, review, or approval.’ 

And for the winners…..

‘Acceptance of a prize constitutes permission for the Sponsor and its designees to use winner’s name, city and state of residence and/or likeness, and any winning photograph, for purposes of advertising and trade; in any and all media now or hereafter known worldwide in perpetuity, without limitation or further compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law. By participating, the Entrant further agrees to release and hold Contest Parties harmless from and against any and all claims, damages and liability of any kind arising from or in connection with, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, the acceptance, possession or use/misuse of the prize, participation in the Contest or in any prize-related activities, and assumes all liability in connection therewith.’

Yes, they can use the photos of all contestants forever in any way they see fit and can collect compensation for use of your photos and you get nothing.

Definitely read the rule before entering this or any contest. Seems like they are paying $4,000 to collect hundreds, maybe thousands of photos that they can market in the future for their own compensation and cut you out, the original photographer.

The Annual Chicago Police vs Chicago Fire Charity Baseball Game

Every year in the city of Chicago the Police and Fire Department’s baseball teams come together for fun and to engage in a charity baseball game. The game is played to honor those men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. This year’s game was played at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox professional major league baseball team, located on the south side of Chicago.  Also in attendance, as always, were members of the Warriors Watch whose mission statement is “THE WARRIORS’ WATCH RIDERS ENVISION A DAY WHEN EVERY MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES, AT HOME AND ABROAD, AND THEIR FAMILIES, FEEL APPRECIATED, HONORED, RESPECTED AND LOVED BY THE CITIZENS THEY RISK THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT.”

Here are a few photos from the game. Check out the Events gallery on my website for more.

Annual Chicago Police, Lodge 7, and Chicago Fire, Local 2, Chari



Warriors' Watch Rider - Chicago, Illinois



The Color Guard at the Chicago Police vs Chicago Fire Charity Ba