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All the boats at Navy Pier

Lots of boats seen in the water at Navy Pier in Chicago. A Ferris Wheel can be seen in the background.

Numerous boats are tied up at Navy Pier in Chicago, as well as a small U.S. Coast Guard boat.

This was away back in 2003. I have no idea what the place looks like now!


Apertureƒ/3.5
CameraCYBERSHOT
Focal length9.7mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/125s

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Get Tsingtao Beer in San Francisco!

The window of a restaurant with an overhanging cover. The street is refected in the window and a sign for Tsingtao Beer floats in the window.

Walking down a street in San Francisco and this sign for Tsingtao Beer caught my eye.

This was taken in 2007, during an Automattic meetup, which later became known as a Grand Meetup. In 2007, the company was so small, it wasn’t so Grand, but it was Great!


Apertureƒ/4
CameraCanon EOS 20D
Focal length10mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/100s

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RIP Kirstie Alley

Close up of Kistie Alley looking up at another person.
Kirstie Alley waiting to sign books at Borders in Chicago, surrounded by staff and security

I saw this morning that Kirstie Alley passed away last night at the age of 71. She was great in Cheers, but I barely remember Veronica’s Closet and I’m not familiar with her roles in other shows.

In 2005, my wife and I were in Chicago, and we happened to go into a Borders bookshop there. Kirstie Alley was signing copies of her book upstairs, and a pretty good crowd had gathered. I declined to buy the book but got a few photos of what happened, even though I think staff were unsure of why I was there.

This was 2005, 2 years before the iPhone, and the only other person recording the event was somebody with a big camcorder. No selfies with the celebrity, either!


Apertureƒ/5.6
CameraCanon EOS 20D
Focal length300mm
ISO1600
Shutter speed1/100s

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Waiting for the Train in Chicago

Waiting for the Train in Chicago

Many years ago in August 2003 I was waiting for the L in Chicago to bring me to work.


Apertureƒ/2.5
CameraCYBERSHOT
Focal length9.7mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/125s

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Checking for the Chicago Tribune

Checking for the Chicago Tribune

A passer-by checks the front page of the Chicago Tribune in a neighbourhood kiosk, July 2003.

I can’t imagine those kiosks are still there, considering the financial troubles newspapers have gone through in the last 19 years since this photo was taken.


Apertureƒ/3.5
CameraCYBERSHOT
Focal length9.7mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/125s

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Mounted Police in Chicago

Mounted Police in Chicago

Mounted police in Chicago direct crowds along a street after the fireworks.


Apertureƒ/2.3
CameraCYBERSHOT
Focal length21.1mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/80s

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Families in the crowd

Families in the crowd

Kids and grown-ups waiting for the July 4th fireworks in Chicago many years ago. The kids in this photo are in their twenties now.


Apertureƒ/2.8
CameraCYBERSHOT
Focal length30.1mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/125s

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Crowds at Lake Michigan

Crowds at Lake Michigan

Crowds gathered on the shore of Lake Michigan with the Chicago skyline behind it to watch the July 4th fireworks.


Apertureƒ/4
CameraCYBERSHOT
Focal length9.7mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/160s

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Don’t walk, cycle, take a taxi

Don't walk, cycle, take a taxi

You can’t walk, you better cycle or take a taxi.


Apertureƒ/4
CameraCYBERSHOT
Focal length36.1mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/160s

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Where the bikes go

Where the bikes go

Walking across a bridge in Chicago I noticed all the bikes that were thrown up on the railing next to the river. As good a place as any if there’s no decent bike parking to be had nearby.


Apertureƒ/4
CameraCYBERSHOT
Focal length29.3mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/400s

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The Windy Tall Ship

The Windy Tall Ship

The tall ship Windy is the official flagship of the City of Chicago. Appropriately named.


Apertureƒ/8.2
CameraFinePix2800ZOOM
Focal length6mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/320s

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Sight Seeing in Chicago

Sight Seeing in Chicago

Tourists enjoying a nice July afternoon on a boat in Chicago.


Apertureƒ/4
CameraCYBERSHOT
Focal length9.7mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/400s