Hanging out over New York with FlyNYON

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For my first visit to New York City, I figured a helicopter flight over Manhattan would be a great way to get a lay of the land, so to speak, and take some unique photos. I’ve followed FlyNYON’s Instagram feed for…

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A New Ferris Wheel Rises at Navy Pier

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I’ve documented many construction sites over the years, but heelatching Navy Pier’s new Ferris wheel rise has been one of the most unique and exciting experiences. In this blog post, I detail some of the technical aspects of building the…

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Behind the Scenes – Chi-Town Rising

ChiTownRising Fireworks

Amy and I had a pretty crazy New Year’s. Just a few days before the festivities, Hyatt reached out to me to see if I was interested in partnering with them to capture images in and around Chicago’s inaugural New…

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The 2016 Above Chicago Calendar

Above Chicago Calendar Cover

I put together a 12-month calendar full of my rooftop & aerial photographs from Above Chicago for 2016. If you bought one, or received one as a gift, and you’re here to learn more about the photos – thanks for stopping…

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Open House Chicago 2015

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Open House Chicago is one of my favorite weekends of the year. The Chicago Architectural Foundation does a wonderful job convincing 200+ sites all over  Chicago to open their doors to the public. Venues include churches, skyscrapers, theaters, concrete plants, architecture firms, historic houses –…

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The Stanley Cup at 360 Chicago

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It’s sad to say, but with the 2015 NHL season underway, the Blackhawks’ right to Lord Stanley is up for grabs. But before the Cup settles back into its home at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, it made a…

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Always pick the window seat.

Columbia Missouri at night

Last week we took a trip to Austin, Texas to visit some friends and family (you can see more photos in this Flickr set). Unsurprisingly, a ‘relaxing’ vacation for me is one in which I take tons of photos, then…

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Aboard the DIRECTV Blimp

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A few years ago I had an amazing opportunity to take a ride in the DIRECTV Blimp (you can read more about that flight here). At the time, I thought that would be my only opportunity to fly in a…

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B-2 over Soldier Field

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pictured above; an inverted black and white image of the B-2 Stealth Bomber as it flew directly overhead Like most mornings, I hopped on to Twitter to see what was going on and I saw an intriguing tweet from @PilotB2 (he’s…

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Hanging Out Atop Wolf Point West

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As soon as I learned of the Wolf Point development project back in 2012-ish, I knew these buildings would feature some of the best views in Chicago. So when Wolf Point West broke ground in July of 2014, I was…

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