Jessamyne Morning Shoreline Surprise

 Sometimes you get surprises. Jessamyne and I were up early, shooting along one of the shorelines on the north end of Kauai. I had picked the location because of the beautiful exposed tree roots due to sand erosion over the years. Quite striking. And we did two setups along the shore there. Both beautiful. We paused …

Photo Daily: Here Comes the Sun

  I think I’ll end my recent flurry of Chicago clouds and sky pictures with this one. You can almost picture a The End title over this photograph. It’s the kind of image that’s nothing but hopeful. Nothing but good on the horizon. All of the cloud and sky photos I’ve been posting and writing …

Photo Daily: Flying Blue Skies

  So often when I fly in or out of Chicago, especially when it’s having one of its long overcast stretches, it’s easy to forget there is blue sky up there. Somewhere. It’s always there. Sometimes we just can’t see it. Kinda like life really, when you think about it. But as the plane climbs …

Photo Daily: In Through the Void

  Another beautiful sky in Chicago’s summer of storms. I’m not usually a cloud photographer, but when you look up and see something like this, you make the necessary artistic adjustment. A few minutes before I made this photograph, dime sized hail was battering the studio windows. I had opened one, enough to shoot through, but …

Photo Daily: Fire in the Sky

  Studying the light in clouds in nature is a good way to learn about lighting in photography. This image of a cloud formation, just after a rather violent Chicago storm is a perfect example of backlighting. If you’ll notice, the clouds are not being lit from the front. Instead with the sun behind them, …

Photo Daily: Hello Sun? Are You There?

  In the industry, we call them god rays. Those streaming rays of light when the sun is breaking through the clouds. Usually just after a storm. So we’ve had more than an above average change for this sort of occurrence the last month here. As with yesterdays bat-like image in the clouds, this is …

Photo Daily: Bat Cloud Over Chicago

  Today’s photographic gift of weather is from one of the many storms we’ve been having in Chicago this month. Except this one looks suspiciously like Tom Skilling is summoning Batman. The Dark Knight Indeed. And I know what you’re thinking. Certainly Billy you’ve photoshopped this, right? Nope. Just the usual b&w conversion from the …

Photo Daily: Blue Rachael

  Sometimes a wonderful photograph comes together in an instant. I made this Blue Rachael photo on the roof of my studio just as we were getting ready to leave for the airport. We had a half an hour before we were leaving when Rachael suddenly appeared in a lovely dress and asked if we could …

Photo Daily: Departures and Arrivals

  I love airports. Or more accurately, I love the idea of airports. Departures and arrivals. The feeling of beginning some kind of adventure, either for work or pleasure, or returning from one. And even if it’s not me who is traveling, it usually means greeting someone I love and have missed or sending off …

Photo Daily: Remembering Blue Skies

  This is the time of year, the gray winter has lasted too long time of year, when I need to remember the blue skies of summer in Chicago. When I’m tired of every snowy sidewalk step being a potential slip. When crossing the street means navigating the single-shoe-width path between huge piles of snow …