Category Archives: Animalia

Zoë the Intern

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This is Zoë and I call her my Intern. She’s not very helpful.

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted Intern photos, so here’s a few new images. You can find more photos on her page.

A Bunch of Cellphone Photos

Cellphone photographs taken with an iPhone 6s by Michael Courier - Waves at Foster Beach in Chicago

Waves at Foster Beach in Chicago near Sunset.

Cellphone photographs taken with an iPhone 6s by Michael Courier - Reflections taken in Chicago

Reflections on glass: Taken at the Art Institute of Chicago’s member section (left) and taken at the Marriott Hotel on Michigan Avenue in Chicago (right).

Cellphone photographs taken with an iPhone 6s by Michael Courier - Lines

Reflection in a puddle taken in downtown Chicago (left) and a photograph of light lines and clouds taken in my hometown before taking the train back to Chicago (right).

Cellphone photographs taken with an iPhone 6s by Michael Courier - Patterns in Architecture

Patterns in Architecture: The glass dome at the Chicago Cultural Center (left) and the pattern of a building near the Art Institute of Chicago (right).

Cellphone photographs taken with an iPhone 6s by Michael Courier - Architecture in Chicago

Taken with the same view, but from outside of the Art Institute of Chicago (left) and from inside the museum (right). You can make out the Willis Tower through the curtains.

Cellphone photographs taken with an iPhone 6s by Michael Courier - Waves and Fog at Foster Beach in Chicago

Fog and waves at Foster Beach.

Cellphone photographs taken with an iPhone 6s by Michael Courier - Listen to the cat roar

Pretty flowers and The Intern letting out a giant roar.

Cellphone photographs taken with an iPhone 6s by Michael Courier - Family fun on Mother's Day

My mom and my niece on Mother’s Day.

Cellphone photographs taken with an iPhone 6s by Michael Courier - Waves at Foster Beach in Chicago

Waves at Foster Beach in Chicago.

I recently bought a new cellphone. Not because I needed it—though I did need a new one—but because my old one died. How, you ask? Well, mainly because it wasn’t waterproof. More specifically, it wasn’t giant freaking wave proof.

Since moving from Lincoln Park to Edgewater, I’ve recalibrated my nature obsession. My old passion used to be the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool or the North Pond, but those are a bit farther away now. Now I’m obsessed with Foster Beach and Lake Michigan.

So while obsessing over the perfect wave photo on a blustery evening, I got a little too close to the lakefront edge when a wave crashed over me, soaking my body and my phone. Though it was a financial bummer that my phone died, it meant that I would get a new model with an awesomely better camera.

I bought one of the latest iPhone models, the 6s. This isn’t an Apple fanboy post, though I am fond of Apple products. This is more about the amazement of cameraphone technology from a photographer’s perspective. Though I worked with film as a kid, I sorta grew up with digital cameras. My mom bought me a Fujifilm FinePix 2mp camera as a gift in high school—and I loved that thing—though it’s a crappy camera by today’s standard.

It’s amazing that, in my pocket, I have a 12mp camera with decent quality that I can manually control. I can set the ISO, the shutter, and the aperture, while also adjusting the white balance. With another app, I can add color and contrast adjustments, while also cropping the image to make it stronger. It’s great, and it also makes telephone calls.

Is it better than my dSLR? Heck no. But it’s pretty good though, for a cameraphone.

Birds in Lincoln Park

Goslings around the North Pond in Lincoln Park, Chicago - Nature photography by Michael Courier

A gosling at the North Pond in Lincoln Park.

Goslings around the North Pond in Lincoln Park, Chicago - Nature photography by Michael CourierBlack-crowned Night Heron at the North Pond in Lincoln Park, Chicago - Nature photograph by Michael Courier

A black-crowned night heron hunting at the North Pond in Lincoln Park.

A flamingo at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago - Nature photograph by Michael Courier

A flamingo at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.

A flamingo at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago - Nature photograph by Michael Courier

A headshot of a flamingo at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.

This weekend I rented a bigger telephoto lens than I normally like to use, so I took the opportunity to wander around the North Pond and the Lincoln Park Zoo to photograph some of the animals.