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Mobile photos taken by Michael Courier

Panorama taken near Foster Beach in Edgewater.

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Taken near Foster Beach in Edgewater

Mobile photos taken by Michael Courier

Taken in Uptown shortly after the nightclub shooting in Orlando.

Mobile photos taken by Michael Courier

Shots of the Willis Tower near Chinatown.

Mobile photos taken by Michael Courier

Photograph of the Willis Tower on the Chicago River taken from a Chicago Water Taxi.

Mobile photos taken by Michael Courier

Flowers in Edgewater on a rainy, overcast day.

Mobile photos taken by Michael Courier

Photographs taken near Foster Beach in Edgwater.

Here are a few more photographs I’ve taken while traveling about the city.

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.

Spring flowers in Chicago

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It’s been nearly three months since I’ve updated this blog? Damn.

The beginning of the year started off slowly, but quickly gained speed. I’ve updated some of the portfolios with new work, and created a few new portfolios as well. You can find updated work in my performance and event portfolios, as well as a few new portraits. I’ve also had a performance photograph published in the New York Times which was a nice surprise.

At the beginning of April I picked up a new client and that work has allowed me to travel the city and be outside a bit more. With the weather getting nicer and flowers in bloom, it’s been a welcome visual relief to all the ice photos I made earlier in the year.