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My good friend, Brad Edwards, and I have been doing a lot of projects together over the past year. Photos for City Church's website, videos for GreenTree Community Church–that sort of thing. He's really a talented brother and a great guy to work with.

On a recent video shoot, he grabbed this shot of the guy we were interviewing, but left it on my card. So I played around with it a bit. A great B&W preset that I have in Lightroom, a little fill light and pumped up the yellows a touch. I think we make a pretty good team.

Chouteau Bottoms

Chouteau Bottoms

Mid-December, Brad and I headed to where the road and the river collide.  After a shot of espresso we didn't even feel the cold.  These are the photos that documented that morning.

Lemp Brewery

I was inspired last week as I drove up Broadway just as the sun was hitting the now defunct Lemp Brewery.  John Adam Lemp was a German brewery that came over in 1838 and used natural caves to brew his lager, which claims to be America's first.  The site is only a few blocks south of Budweiser's massive complex, but brewing no longer happens there.  It is contracted out to a couple of smaller breweries.  The buildings still stand though as a testament to the brewing heritage that was Saint Louis.

more photos :: flickr

Photo Friday || Kuma's Corner

Kuma's Corner was the meeting place when I returned to Chicago a week and a half ago.  It could have been the metal blasting over the speakers that seemed to have gotten louder as the night went on; or the multiple brews that were consumed; or the great hamburgers–named after various death metal groups–that they serve up; or maybe, it was just the great friends that I was there with, but which ever the case, it was one of my more memorable nights that I have had in Chicago.  These are some of the photos from the evening.

Josh and I arrived about 6:30 and there was already an hour and a half wait–minimum.  The door girl jotted our names down and we settled in at the bar.  The place was packed already, but we were able to be inside.  A couple of 3 Floyds later, we were talking to others that were waiting.  Our party started to arrive, the music got louder and another round was ordered.

We were seated around 8 and began to peruse the menu.  The burgers were called names like "Iron Maiden," "Black Sabbath" and "Slayer".  I ordered the "mastadon" which came with cheddar, bacon, frizzled onions and BBQ sauce.  And another round.

Our food came out.  The waitress brought us a free beer because we seemed like "a fun group."  And as the music increased in volume once again, so did we.

More photos in my Flickr stream.

Photo Friday

A couple of weeks ago, Micall and I headed out west to Seattle. I met her family and we had a great time tasting wine, watching the Mariners, going to Mars Hill and getting overwhelmed at the Market. A great time.

The second shot is out my window in the evening while I was reading. The light was really nice in the evening. The weather here in Chicago is great right now.