Billy Sheahan Art Photographs Store Now Open – Give the Gift of Art! – 25% off this week

  Billy Sheahan Art Photographs Store Now Open – Give the Gift of Art Hello again, Gentle Readers! I’m very excited to announce the opening of the new Billy Sheahan Photography Art Store. (There’s a coupon code for 25% off this week at the bottom of this blog.) I know all of you get bombarded with emails …

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: 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: Chicago River Sun and Ice

  The sun helps. When Chicago is in the grip of temperatures that hurt your face, just seeing the sun, whether it’s actually warming you or not, definitely helps. During that time, the Chicago River goes through various states of being completely frozen over, or sometimes looking like an icy jigsaw puzzle. It almost looks as if …

Photo Daily: Anastasia Sun Fingers

  I love playing with light. Even more so when my collaborators do the same. My dear model friend Anastasia is brilliant at whatever light you set her in. She simply knows light. This photograph was made during the polar vortex this past winter. Less than an hour of good sun coming into the studio every …

“Anoush Hat Dance”: Behind the scenes of a noir short film

Sometimes an idea I have takes a few months or even years to realize. Back in September, when a large box of beautiful wide-brimmed hats arrived at the studio, I knew I was one step closer to scratching an artistic itch I’d had for decades. One of my main influences in photography was George Hurrell, …