My annual picture of Chicago

While working in Tribune Tower I made it a goal to take one great picture of Chicago every year from our company holiday party on the 25th floor ‘Crown’ terrace.

Now, this party is generally in December and on a VERY cold night, so people look at me like I’m crazy when I show up with a big Nikon DSLR and head out on the terrace, but this year I am particularly pleased with the finished product.

Details:  Nikon D7100 with Nikon 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR – 5 image (handheld!) bracketed HDR processed in Lightroom with the camera dangling over a 25 story ledge (but securely attached to me).

Leaving Tribune Tower

Here are a few photos as we move the office out of Tribune Tower and prepare to move to our new space across the river in early 2018.

Loving the Carneros Inn near Napa

Every year work takes me to an amazing place to work with the great team at WordPress VIP; the Carneros Inn near Napa.  While a significant amount of work is involved it’s wonderful to be able to spend time early in the morning and late at night in the vineyards of Carneros.

28 hours on board the USS Eisenhower (CVN-69)

In April of 2017 I joined television news crews from several TV stations for a trip to the USS Eisenhower – the goal was to meet and talk to some of the men and women from across the USA serving onboard and bring home the story about what life is like on the floating city of 5,000 – average age, 22.

In particular, my co-worker Erik and I were there to take pictures and videos for use online, to accompany more traditional news footage the reporter and photographer crews were there to capture.  We brought my trusty Nikon digital camera and an assortment of lenses along with a GoPro Hero 5, a GoPro Omni 360 degree rig, a smaller Ricoh Theta S 360 camera, and a few other assorted devices.

Departing from LP-1 at Norfolk Naval Air Station we flew in a C-2A Greyhound for about an hour before meeting up with the Eisenhower 100 miles off Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

After an amazing trap-landing, we got out and made our way on to the deck and then into a receiving room to be welcomed onboard.

You don’t really realize how special it is to arrive by plane and get caught by a trap wire until you understand that pretty much everyone on the ship got on in port and will get off in port and does not get to fly in-and-out.

Here are some photos from this amazing 28 hours at sea.

My favorite photo ever – Chicago River and the Loop from Tribune Tower

Here’s a photo I took last week from the 25th floor patio at Tribune Tower while attending a party at ‘The Crown At Tribune Tower – a part of Howells and Hood restaurant on the Pioneer Court side of the Tower.

I posted it to facebook with the privacy set to public, and shared it on reddit and imgur – and it went moderately viral, so that’s fun.  It got around 100 likes on facebook, and was viewed around 13,000 times on imgur.

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