CarusoPhoto: Blog http://www.carusophoto.com/blog en-us (C) CarusoPhoto john@carusophoto.com (CarusoPhoto) Fri, 06 Jan 2017 17:32:00 GMT Fri, 06 Jan 2017 17:32:00 GMT http://www.carusophoto.com/img/s/v-5/u316721520-o514070268-50.jpg CarusoPhoto: Blog http://www.carusophoto.com/blog 120 120 Lassy Feeds http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2017/1/Lassy-Feeds

Lassy Feeds

[I have a lot of “outtakes” from my 2016 project 366. For whatever reason, they didn’t make the cut. Now I want to share some of them.]

I made this photo while visiting the delightful small town of Sandwich, IL.


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john@carusophoto.com (CarusoPhoto) Project 365 http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2017/1/Lassy-Feeds Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:56:50 GMT
Sitting Room http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2017/1/Sitting-Room

Sitting Room

[I have a lot of “outtakes” from my 2016 project 366. For whatever reason, they didn’t make the cut. Now I want to share some of them.]

As soon as I saw this sitting area at the bottom of these stars, I immediately thought to use my fisheye lens to create the look/feel I envisioned.


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john@carusophoto.com (CarusoPhoto) Project 365 http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2017/1/Sitting-Room Tue, 03 Jan 2017 12:09:23 GMT
Food & Liquor http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2017/1/Food-Liquor

Food & Liquor

[I have a lot of “outtakes” from my 2016 project 366. For whatever reason, they didn’t make the cut. Now I want to share some of them.]

I have driven past this corner store many, many times. On this day, I happened to be in the neighborhood on foot. So I took the opportunity to make a photograph.


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john@carusophoto.com (CarusoPhoto) Project 365 http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2017/1/Food-Liquor Tue, 03 Jan 2017 11:34:21 GMT
Alley Art http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2017/1/Alley-Art

Alley Art

[I have a lot of “outtakes” from my 2016 project 366. For whatever reason, they didn’t make the cut. Now I want to share some of them.]

While I was meandering an alley, I saw this artwork painted on the wall. Naturally I had to pause to make a photo. I also felt it was important to get some of the unpainted brick wall in the frame for context.


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john@carusophoto.com (CarusoPhoto) Project 365 http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2017/1/Alley-Art Tue, 03 Jan 2017 11:21:28 GMT
Set Up http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2017/1/Set-Up

Set Up

[I have a lot of “outtakes” from my 2016 project 366. For whatever reason, they didn’t make the cut. Now I want to share some of them.]

For this photo, I saw these boxes of plastic flatware. I liked the way they were placed so geometrically, while the roundness of the paper plates and the salt & pepper shakers (and, to an extent, the holes in the shakers) acting as a counterpoint.


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john@carusophoto.com (CarusoPhoto) Project 365 http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2017/1/Set-Up Tue, 03 Jan 2017 11:14:38 GMT
RAVE http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2017/1/RAVE

RAVE

[I have a lot of “outtakes” from my 2016 project 366. For whatever reason, they didn’t make the cut. Now I want to share some of them.]

While I was walking through Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood, I saw this sign on the fence of Ravenswood School. I love using composition to my advantage.


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john@carusophoto.com (CarusoPhoto) Project 365 http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2017/1/RAVE Mon, 02 Jan 2017 14:57:22 GMT
Games http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2017/1/Games

Games

[I have a lot of “outtakes” from my 2016 project 366. For whatever reason, they didn’t make the cut. Now I want to share some of them.]

This photo was taken at the end of a long, booze-soaked session of “Cards Against Humanity” with a bunch of friends last January (January 3, 2016 to be precise). I’m glad the whisky didn’t catch up to the camera before I made the photo.


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john@carusophoto.com (CarusoPhoto) Project 365 http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2017/1/Games Sun, 01 Jan 2017 11:24:50 GMT
(366/366) New Year’s Roses http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2016/12/-366/366-New-Year-s-Roses

(366/366) New Year’s Roses

Today is the final day of my Project 366. To celebrate the conclusion of this experience I am posting a photograph of white roses in a vase painted by Karen. The roses are significant because we bought them the other day on a whim. When Karen saw them, she picked them up, put them in our basket, and said, “white roses for the new year.” That sums it up.

I made a photo a day, every day, during 2016. It was a fantastic experience and I discovered a lot about my photography. I made many photographs I truly loved–and would not have made if I hadn’t been motivated by this project. Sure, I made several “clunkers” along the way, but that was the point. By making and posting a photo everyday, I was freed up to just shoot. I wasn’t worried about making a masterpiece every single day. And that is just fine. Because without the clunkers I wouldn’t have the ones that made me smile.


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john@carusophoto.com (CarusoPhoto) Project 365 http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2016/12/-366/366-New-Year-s-Roses Sat, 31 Dec 2016 14:09:29 GMT
(365/366) 25¢ Surprise http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2016/12/-365/366-25-Surprise

(365/366) 25¢ Surprise

We stopped at a taqueria for a quick bite this afternoon. While we were sitting there, I noticed this gumball machine. With “Surprise!” written four times over, how could I not be intrigued? And before you ask if I plunked down my quarter, when I looked closer I noticed it was empty. Surprise!


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john@carusophoto.com (CarusoPhoto) Project 365 http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2016/12/-365/366-25-Surprise Fri, 30 Dec 2016 13:32:05 GMT
(364/366) Her Memories of Dresses, Hair, and Heads http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2016/12/-364/366-Her-Memories-of-Dresses-Hair-and-Heads

(364/366) Her Memories of Dresses, Hair, and Heads

There was something so beautiful and melancholic about this scene I saw in a shuttered shop window. I felt compelled to make a photograph of it.


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john@carusophoto.com (CarusoPhoto) Project 365 http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2016/12/-364/366-Her-Memories-of-Dresses-Hair-and-Heads Thu, 29 Dec 2016 18:09:18 GMT
It's Happening Over There http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2014/8/its-happening-over-there It's Happening Over ThereIt's Happening Over ThereGear: Canon 7D, EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Exposure: 1/2500 at f/2.8, ISO 2000, Natural Light We were driving down the street and happened upon a church carnival full of amazing sights. Naturally, we pulled over and had a walk around. At one point, I saw this scene and had to save the moment.

It's Happening Over There, by John Caruso
 
Gear: Canon 7D, EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
Exposure: 1/2500 at f/2.8, ISO 2000, Natural Light
 
We were driving down the street and happened upon a church carnival full of amazing sights. Naturally, we pulled over and had a walk around. At one point, I saw this scene and had to save the moment.
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john@carusophoto.com (CarusoPhoto) 7d Daily Photo black and white canon caruso carusophoto cowboy ef 40mm f/2.8 STM hat john looking men watching http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2014/8/its-happening-over-there Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:14:02 GMT
Forest Stairs http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2014/5/forest-stairs Forest Stairs by John Caruso Gear: Canon 7D, EF35mm f/1.4L USM Exposure: 1/640 at f/9, ISO 1250, Natural Light, B/W Conversion in Perfect BW 8.51400435375753

Forest Stairs by John Caruso

Gear: Canon 7D, EF35mm f/1.4L USM
Exposure: 1/640 at f/9, ISO 1250, Natural Light, B/W Conversion in Perfect BW 8.5

On a whim I pulled over into a forest preserve parking lot. I looked around and had very little interest in shooting anything there. As I was turning around in the parking lot to head toward the exit, I noticed these stairs. They had an interesting texture and quality to them, so I made a few exposures.

However, I didn't really get excited about the image until I processed it into black and white. At that point, the completeness of the photograph came out in the way that I had envisioned it in my head as I was pressing the shutter.

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john@carusophoto.com (CarusoPhoto) Daily Photo http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2014/5/forest-stairs Sun, 18 May 2014 10:52:44 GMT
Transition http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2014/5/bluz7s8mq4n3qd7ax46pk5in51tygi Transition by John Caruso Gear: Canon 7D, EF8-15mm f/4L FISHEYE USM Exposure: 1/8000 at f/4, ISO 2000, Natural Light1400180111901

Transition by John Caruso
Gear: Canon 7D, EF8-15mm f/4L FISHEYE USM
Exposure: 1/8000 at f/4, ISO 2000, Natural Light

I was driving around on one of those seasonal transition days in March. It wasn't quite winter any longer, yet it certainly wasn't spring. I came across this empty parking lot sitting in front of a shuttered K-Mart. The light, the compositional elements, the moody colors, and the reflections created by the dampness all called to me to pull over and shoot.

I made a few exposures, but once I found this one with the sewer in the foreground, I was happy. That sewer serves as an anchor, both compositionally and thematically. 

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john@carusophoto.com (CarusoPhoto) http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2014/5/bluz7s8mq4n3qd7ax46pk5in51tygi Thu, 15 May 2014 12:04:54 GMT
Stone http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2013/12/stone Stone by John Caruso Gear: Canon 5D Mark II, EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Exposure: f/5 at 1/2000, ISO 1000, -1.67 Exposure Compensation, Natural LightIMG_8420_L

Stone by John Caruso

Gear: Canon 5D Mark II, EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Exposure: f/5 at 1/2000, ISO 1000, -1.67 Exposure Compensation, Natural Light

Recently, Karen and I took a trip to a hidden gem in Chicago: the Osaka Garden in Jackson Park, just behind the Science and Industry Museum.

Originally built for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, the Osaka Garden is a formal Japanese Garden that is tranquil and beautiful. Although not large, it is easy to spend a goodly amount of time lingering and taking it all  in.

On the day we went, we were lucky to be the only visitors for the majority of out time there. Naturally, I had my camera in hand and made several photos.

This scene called out to me to photograph it because of the way the brightness of the stone played off of the darkness of the water. I deliberately adjusted the exposure compensation to give me a darker exposure, further deepening the darkness of the water and bringing out the subtle grain and texture of the stone. From there, it was just a matter of finding a pleasing composition and then clicking.

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john@carusophoto.com (CarusoPhoto) Daily Photo http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2013/12/stone Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:15:23 GMT
Osaka Garden http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2013/12/osaka-garden Osaka Garden by John Caruso Gear: Canon 5D Mark II, EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Exposure: f/2 at 1/6400, ISO 800, Natural LightIMG_8471-Edit_L

Osaka Garden by John Caruso

Gear: Canon 5D Mark II, EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Exposure: f/2 at 1/6400, ISO 800, Natural Light

Recently, Karen and I took a trip to a hidden gem in Chicago: the Osaka Garden in Jackson Park, just behind the Science and Industry Museum.

Originally built for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, the Osaka Garden is a formal Japanese Garden that is tranquil and beautiful. Although not large, it is easy to spend a goodly amount of time lingering and taking it all  in.

On the day we went, we were lucky to be the only visitors for the majority of out time there. Naturally, I had my camera in hand and made several photos.

This photo caught my eye not only because of the interesting juxtaposition between the traditional Japanese elements and the decidedly non-Japanese bridge in the background, but also because of the quality of the light as they overcast sky created one huge soft-box.

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john@carusophoto.com (CarusoPhoto) Daily Photo http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2013/12/osaka-garden Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:09:30 GMT
Rickety http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2013/12/rickety Rickety by John Caruso Gear: Canon 5D Mark II, EF85mm f/1.2L II USM Exposure: 1/400 at f/1.2; ISO 125; Natural LightIMG_1976_L%20Rickety

Rickety by John Caruso

Gear: Canon 5D Mark II, EF85mm f/1.2L II USM
Exposure: 1/400 at f/1.2; ISO 125; Natural Light

A drizzly day in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood is always a great photo opportunity. While on a photo walk with a fellow photographer, I looked down this gangway and saw this visual feast. I decided to use the 85mm lens wide open because it gave just enough reach without compressing the scene while lending an interesting depth of field--thereby preserving the jumbled feel that caught my eye. 

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john@carusophoto.com (CarusoPhoto) Daily Photo http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2013/12/rickety Thu, 05 Dec 2013 08:45:30 GMT
Bacon Maple Cookies http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2013/11/bacon-maple-cookies Bacon Maple Cookies 1 by John Caruso Gear: Canon 7D, EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Exposure: f/4 at 1/125, ISO 2000, Natural LightIMG_4531_JC

Bacon Maple Cookies 1 by John Caruso

Gear: Canon 7D, EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
Exposure: f/4 at 1/125, ISO 2000, Natural Light

Bacon Maple Cookies 2 by John Caruso Gear: Canon 7D, EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Exposure: f/4 at 1/100, ISO 2000, Natural LightIMG_4535_JC

Bacon Maple Cookies 2 by John Caruso

Gear: Canon 7D, EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
Exposure: f/4 at 1/100, ISO 2000, Natural Light

While working today at Flavour Cooking School, I made these photos of Bacon Maple Cookies which Chef Denise Norton will be bringing out to the Thanksgiving Day Parade where she will be doing some on-air segments for WGN Channel 9's parade coverage.

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john@carusophoto.com (CarusoPhoto) Daily Photo http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2013/11/bacon-maple-cookies Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:51:04 GMT
Flavour Recipe Testing Photos http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2013/10/flavour-recipe-testing-photos-2 IMG_6767_JC.jpgIMG_6767_JC
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Every time I see "Flavour Recipe Testing" on my calendar, I know it's going to be a great day. I absolutely love shooting for the upcoming cookbook because I get to surround myself with wonderful food and great people who make  that food.

From a photography standpoint, I love the fact that I have an opportunity to really stretch my photographic muscles. I pull out a complete battery of gear: lenses, camera bodies, studio lights, speedlights, softboxes, tripods, radio triggers, magic arms...the list goes on. It's fun to put into practice all those techniques with which I'm constantly experimenting.

For today's post I thought I'd just pull a few of my many favorites from the past few sessions. I am so pleased that after every shoot, I come home with gigabytes of images that make me happy. I know that Chef Denise Norton, the owner of Flavur, is going to have quite a time sifting through all the images to pick those that will go into the cook book!

 

 

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john@carusophoto.com (CarusoPhoto) Daily Photo http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2013/10/flavour-recipe-testing-photos-2 Thu, 24 Oct 2013 16:49:31 GMT
September Beach http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2013/10/september-beach-2  September Beach Gear: Canon 7D, EF8-15mm f/4L FISHEYE USM at 10mm Exposure: f/8 at 1/2500, ISO 800, Natural Light IMG_1194_L%20September%20Beach

 September Beach

Gear: Canon 7D, EF8-15mm f/4L FISHEYE USM at 10mm
Exposure: f/8 at 1/2500, ISO 800, Natural Light 

One chilly September morning, I found myself on a beach in Evanston, IL. There was no one around, although the evidence of other beach walkers dotted the sand. The billowy clouds, the churning lake, and the loneliness of the beach were quite appealing and worthy of photographing. 

I decided to use the empty lifeguard's chair as a focal point to fill in the gaps of the story. To further enhance the sense of slight disorientation I was feeling, I chose to shoot with my fisheye lens. 

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john@carusophoto.com (CarusoPhoto) Daily Photo http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2013/10/september-beach-2 Mon, 14 Oct 2013 14:27:05 GMT
Mandy in the City http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2013/10/mandy-in-the-city-2 Mandy in the City Gear: Canon 5D Mark II, EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Exposure: f/1.6 at 1/500, ISO 125, Natural LightIMG_3145-Edit-2_L%20Mandy%20in%20the%20City

Mandy in the City

Gear: Canon 5D Mark II, EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Exposure: f/1.6 at 1/500, ISO 125, Natural Light

Recently, I was photographing for a client. The shoot required me to have an assistant, and my friend Mandy graciously agreed to help out. She was invaluable during the entire day, and I greatly appreciated all of her help. During a moment of down time, I managed to grab this shot of her as we stood on the street waiting for the trolly to take the models and us to our next location.

I was so happy I happened to have my 50mm lens on my camera at the time, because it was the perfect lens for the perfect moment. This lens' color reproduction and the way it handles light is magical. I really liked the feel and tone it created for this photo...and I really like the candid moment I captured as Mandy gazed upward.

Once again, I tip my hat in thanks to Mandy for all her help!

 

 

 

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john@carusophoto.com (CarusoPhoto) http://www.carusophoto.com/blog/2013/10/mandy-in-the-city-2 Mon, 14 Oct 2013 13:51:27 GMT