I have been posting to this blog for over 13 years, each year reporting on accomplishments over the prior year and goals for the new year.

2024 is no different. My main photography goal for the year is listed in the January submission of the 2024 C.London 52 Week Photography Challenge. Content this year will work towards that goal in addition to my general shooting. Check out my website "About" page to learn more. The website is at www.jeffmarcowitz.photography 

All content posted here in the blog will also be on the website, however with a subscription to the blog, you'll continue to receive the email notifications.

Thanks to all of you who have followed this photo blog for many years and welcome to any newcomers. My hope is that the images and stories are interesting and thought-provoking as I continue this creative journey. As always, comments, critiques and suggestions (here and the website) are welcome and appreciated as they often lead to new ideas and inspiration.

Thank You.
Jeff

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Federal Plaza Portraits

After a photowalk with some photographer friends, a fortuitous meeting with a couple of photography groups yielded an opportunity for my first model shoot ever.

Tea
Tea
Tea
Sony A7IV @ f8 | 1/250 | 28mm | ISO 320 & 200
Voigtlander VM 28mm F2 Ultron (adapted)


Iris
Iris
Iris
Sony A7IV @ f4 | 1/1000 & 1/1250 | 28mm | ISO 100
Voigtlander VM 28mm F2 Ultron (adapted)

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Street Portraits

Street portraits of some interesting people made at Mayfest - Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL on Sunday, May 19, 2024.

Jean
Jean
Jean
Her black & white clothing against the black & white artwork caught my attention.  Website:  https://jeansart.net/about/

Sony A7IV @ f8 | 1/500 | 28mm | ISO 3200 & 2000
Voigtlander VM 28mm F2 Ultron (adapted)


Erick
Erick
Erick
The pipe, smoke and handlebar mustache were screaming for a photo.  I asked and he obliged.

Sony A7IV @ f16 | 1/500 | 90mm | ISO 8000
Leitz Elmar-C 90mm F4 (adapted)

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Self-Reflection

Self-Reflection
52Frames - Week 20 - Reflection
EC: Use a Mirror

A moment of self-reflection when hanging out with my buddy Irwin. Counting this as EC since his glasses are mirrored.

Shot with a new (to me) 50 year old manual lens adapted to my modern digital camera.

Sony A7IV @ f5.6 | 1/640 | 90mm | ISO 100
Leitz Elmar-C 90mm F4 (adapted)

Photographed 5/15/24

Monday, May 13, 2024

Ryerson Woods

Midday sun creates difficult shooting conditions.  I was struck by the contrast of the white buildings and roofs against the blue sky and the repetition of diagonals. Processing in black and white further emphasizes these elements to create striking compositions.

Diagonals 1
Diagonals 1
Sony A7IV @ f8 | 1/2000 | 40mm | ISO 100
Voigtlander Heliar 40mm F2.8 (adapted)


Diagonals 2
The Lawn
Sony A7IV @ f8 | 1/1000 | 40mm | ISO 100
Voigtlander Heliar 40mm F2.8 (adapted)

All Photographed on 5/8/24

Friday, May 10, 2024

Great Morning

Great Morning
52Frames - Week 19 - Wide Aperture

Hansa Coffee
Libertyville, IL

A trip to my favorite coffee house to catch up on commenting and capture a photo for this week's 52 Frames challenge.

Sony A7IV @ f2 | 1/2000 | 28mm | ISO 100
Voigtlander VM 28mm F2 Ultron (adapted)

Photographed 5/9/24

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Pritzker Pavilion

Photographs taken for 52 Assignments - Black and White on Saturday, May 4, 2024.

The Bandshell
The Bandshell
Sony A7IV @ f8 | 1/500 | 14mm | ISO 125
Rokinon Series II 14mm F2.8


The Lawn
The Lawn
Sony A7IV @ f8 | 1/500 | 14mm | ISO 100
Rokinon Series II 14mm F2.8


A Tour
A Tour
Sony A7IV @ f8 | 1/500 | 14mm | ISO 100
Rokinon Series II 14mm F2.8

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Three Profiles

Photographs taken as part of a photowalk in downtown Chicago on Saturday, May 4, 2024.

Solitaire
Solitaire
Close enough to see the game on his phone.

Sony A7IV @ f8 | 1/250 | 28mm | ISO 12800
Voigtlander VM 28mm F2 Ultron (adapted)


Pondering The Menu
Pondering The Menu
Sony A7IV @ f4 | 1/250 | 90mm | ISO 3200
Leitz Elmar-C 90mm F4 (adapted)


Flowers In Her Hair
Flowers In Her Hair
Sony A7IV @ f8 | 1/250 | 28mm | ISO 3200
Voigtlander VM 28mm F2 Ultron (adapted)

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Three From The "L"

Photographs taken during the CTA Red Line "L" rides to and from a photowalk in downtown Chicago on Saturday, May 4, 2024.

Pissed Off
Pissed Off
Sony A7IV @ f8 | 1/200 | 28mm | ISO 12800
Voigtlander VM 28mm F2 Ultron (adapted)


Pirate
Pirate
Sony A7IV @ f8 | 1/200 | 28mm | ISO 12800
Voigtlander VM 28mm F2 Ultron (adapted)


Pets Allowed
Pets Allowed
Sony A7IV @ f8 | 1/250 | 28mm | ISO 8000
Voigtlander VM 28mm F2 Ultron (adapted)

Monday, May 6, 2024

Three From The Street

Street photographs taken during a photowalk in downtown Chicago hosted by Tamarkin Camera on Saturday, May 4, 2024.

What The Hell???
What The Hell???
It was fun watching the reactions of people when they walked by the guy with the python on his shoulders (off camera).

Sony A7IV @ f8 | 1/500 | 28mm | ISO 320
Voigtlander VM 28mm F2 Ultron (adapted)


Say
Say "Cheese"
Sony A7IV @ f8 | 1/500 | 28mm | ISO 320
Voigtlander VM 28mm F2 Ultron (adapted)


Newspapers
Newspapers
Sign of the times for printed media.

Sony A7IV @ f8 | 1/500 | 28mm | ISO 2500
Voigtlander VM 28mm F2 Ultron (adapted)

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

I Made...

I Made...
52Frames - Week 18 - Something I Made

...A Purchase!

I love my FF Sony kit, but sometimes I just don't like the bulk of the larger lenses.  After looking at some M mount lenses for my friend's Leica, I contracted a serious case of G.A.S. and acquired two full frame Voigtlander lenses with an adapter for Sony E-mount.

This photo is a composite as I used each lens to capture a photo of the other.  Left is a 28mm F2 and right is a 40mm F2.8.

Sony A7IV @ f5.6 | 1/250 | 28mm & 40mm | ISO 125

Voigtlander Heliar 40mm F2.8 (adapted)
Voigtlander VM 28mm F2 Ultron (adapted)

Photographed 4/29/24

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Turbulent Times...

Turbulent Times...
52 Assignments BW18 - Embrace The Space

...in America and around the world.



Sony A7IV @ f4 | 1/1600 | 35mm | ISO 100
Samyang AF 35mm F1.8

Photographed 4/17/24

Friday, April 26, 2024

Reach

Reach
52Frames - Week 17 - Leading Lines

Worm's eye view of a local wind sculpture.

Sony A7IV @ f8 | 1/400 | 28mm | ISO 100
Voigtlander VM 28mm F2 Ultron (adapted)

Photographed 4/25/24

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Speed

Speed
52 Assignments BW17 - In The Abstract

Gone, in the blink of an eye...

Sony A7IV @ f7.1 | 1/4 | 35mm | ISO 125
Samyang AF 35mm F1.8

Photographed 4/12/24

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Three Reflections

Earlier in April, on a photowalk around downtown Chicago with some photography friends, I spotted a few reflection shot opportunities.

Triangular View
Triangular View
Sony A7IV @ f8 | 1/250 | 70mm | ISO 2000
Sony FE 20-70mm F4 G


Peek Right In
Peek Right In
Sony A7IV @ f8 | 1/250 | 70mm | ISO 1250
Sony FE 20-70mm F4 G


Mirror Wall
Mirror Wall
Sony A7IV @ f8 | 1/250 | 35mm | ISO 2500
Sony FE 20-70mm F4 G

All photographed 4/7/24

Monday, April 22, 2024

Three Candids

Earlier in April, on a photowalk around downtown Chicago with some photography friends, I spotted a few candid opportunities.

Puff
Puff
Sony A7IV @ f8 | 1/250 | 70mm | ISO 8000
Sony FE 20-70mm F4 G


Dancer
Dancer
Sony A7IV @ f8 | 1/250 | 28mm | ISO 250
MD Minolta Celtic 28mm F2.8 (adapted)


Family Stroll
Family Stroll
Sony A7IV @ f8 | 1/320 |  28mm | ISO 100
MD Minolta Celtic 28mm F2.8 (adapted)

All photographed 4/7/24

Friday, April 19, 2024

Three Beards

Earlier in April, on a photowalk around downtown Chicago with some photography friends, I spotted a few remarkable beards.  In each case I asked for a photo and all obliged.


1 Year Beard
1 Year Beard
Sony A7IV @ f8 | 1/250 | 50mm | ISO 1250
Sony FE 20-70mm F4 G


4 Year Beard
4 Year Beard
Sony A7IV @ f8 | 1/250 | 25mm | ISO 320
Sony FE 20-70mm F4 G


8 Year Beard
8 Year Beard
Sony A7IV @ f8 | 1/250 | 44mm | ISO 500
Sony FE 20-70mm F4 G

All photographed 4/7/24

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Face-Off

Face-Off
52Frames - Week 16 - Anthropomorphism

The ceramic tile in our bathroom shower has abstract patterns from which I've seen faces for years...and never photographed them until now.

It is easier to see the faces at a smaller images size, rather than full screen.

Sony A7IV @ f2.8 | 1/200 | 50mm | ISO 3200
Sony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro

Photographed 4/15/24

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

B*tch With Brain

B*tch With Brain
52 Assignments BW14 - Total Stranger

On a photowalk with some friends, we encountered three young women from Singapore.  I admired this woman's hat and she allowed me this photo.

Sony A7IV @ f4 | 1/640 | 44mm | ISO 100
Sony FE 20-70mm F4 G

Photographed 4/7/24

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Anywhere, USA

Anywhere, USA
2024_CLondon52_April: Life - Past Lives

40 years of commuting, whether by train or by plane, this was a common scene during my career.  Past life...now it's recreational.

Sony A7IV @ f8 | 1/160 | 28mm | ISO 4000
MD Minolta Celtic 28mm F2.8 (adapted)

Photographed 4/7/24

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Alone in the Crowd

Alone in the Crowd
Chicago, IL

Riding on a crowded "L" train, I noticed her self-isolation amongst the other passengers.  Deep in thought or truly forlorn?  Hope for the former and not the latter.

For the photographers, zone focus, not cropped.

Sony A7IV @ f8 | 1/160 | 28mm | ISO 4000
MD Minolta Celtic 28mm F2.8 (adapted)

Photographed 4/7/24

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Blue Line

Blue Line
52 Assignments BW07 - Rise And Shine

Headed to downtown Chicago on the CTA Blue Line after a pre-dawn drop-off at O'Hare. This train runs in the median of the expressway and I caught this sunrise when going down to the station.

Sony A7IV @ f16 | 1/25 | 28mm | ISO 100
MD Minolta Celtic 28mm F2.8 (adapted)

Photographed 4/7/24

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Angry

Angry
52Frames - Week 14 - Background

The sky was mean, it was raining and I was stopped at a light.  I wanted to capture raindrops on the windshield in the foreground, car motion in the mid-ground and the angry clouds dominating the frame in the background.

With an adapted lens on the camera, I had to work fast in manual mode to get the settings right.

Sony A7IV @ f22 | 1/10 | 28mm | ISO 10
MD Minolta Celtic (adapted) 28mm F2.8

Photographed 4/4/24

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Bye Pops!

Bye Pops!
52 Assignments BW05 - Nifty Fifty

My granddaughter at the door.

Ricoh GRIIIx @ f4.5 | 1/160 | 50mm equiv | ISO 320

Photographed 3/24/24

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Anywhere, USA

Anywhere, USA
2024_CLondon52_March: Texture & Pattern - Found Patterns

These similar patterns are everywhere in the new warehouse developments popping up all over the place.
Also shot as an alternate for the 52Frames challenge of minimalism this week.

Sony A7IV @ f4 | 1/2500 | 51mm | ISO 100
Sony FE 20-70mm F4 G

Photographed 3/29/24

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Starchitecture

Starchitecture
52Frames - Week 13 - Minimalism

A tongue-in-cheek commentary on the state of industrial architecture popping up everywhere.

Sony A7IV @ f4 | 1/5000 | 52mm | ISO 100
Sony FE 20-70mm F4 G

Photographed 3/29/24

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Emphatic!

Emphatic!
Do you think he's made his point?  I do, but don't remember what it was!



For this shot, I pre-focused on the background and waited for an interesting hand gesture.

Ricoh GRIIIx @ f4.5 | 1/160 | 50mm equiv | ISO 320
Photographed 3/26/24

Monday, March 25, 2024

Burning

Burning
Sunset or forest fire or both?

Apple iPhone 15 Pro @ f2.8 | 1/120 | 9mm (335mm equiv) | ISO 25

Photographed 3/19/24

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Timing Is Everything

Timing Is Everything
I was shooting the daytime moon and a bird flew into the frame as the 2 second timer counted down. No way I could have planned this.

Sony A7IV @ f9 | 1/1250 | 397mm | ISO 640
Tamron E 50-400mm F4.5-6.3 A067

Photographed 3/20/24

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Climate Change

Climate Change
52Frames - Week 12 - Chaos

Angry skies, incoming rain squall, sunlit clouds, snow-capped mountains and wind...it was a chaotic weather day in Palm Desert, CA.

Sony A7IV @ f7.1 | 1/640 | 50mm | ISO 100
Sony FE 28-60mm F4-5.6

Photographed 3/18/24