Chicago Polar Plunge 2017

The ANNUAL POLAR PLUNGE is a unique event which benefits Special Olympics Chicago and the programs it delivers to 6,800 athletes throughout the year! On March 5th more then 5,000 people jumped in Lake Michigan.  Dax Shepard was one of the first to dive in wearing his police uniform from his upcoming movie "Chips".  That was followed up by the crew from the t.v. show "Chicago Fire".  Maybe next year I'll join in......maybe. photo by dave suarez © 2017 photo by dave suarez © 2017 photo by dave suarez © 2017 photo by dave suarez © 2017 photo by dave suarez © 2017 photo by dave suarez © 2017 photo by dave suarez © 2017 photo by dave suarez © 2017 photo by dave suarez © 2017 photo by dave suarez © 2017 photo by dave suarez © 2017 photo by dave suarez © 2017 photo by dave suarez © 2017 photo by dave suarez © 2017 photo by dave suarez © 2017 photo by dave suarez © 2017photo by dave suarez © 2017

Al Jarreau

So sorry to hear that Al Jarreau passed away today. The first time I saw him was when he opened for Grover Washington Jr. at The Bottom Line, N.Y.C., September 1975. I'd never heard of him before and walked out of the show thinking it was the greatest vocal performance I'd ever heard. Still think so today. Sharing 3 photos I took in 1989 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

R.I.P. Al Jarreau.

Explorers of Light at Imaging USA 2017

Each year Imaging USA brings around 10,000 amazing professional photographers who descend on a city for networking, friend-making and bonding.  This year the event took place in San Antonio, Texas.  The energy from the thousands of attendees, great speakers and the incredible gear from the Expo vendors makes for a truly spectacular conference. As with most years, Canon threw a fantastic welcoming party on Sunday night in the Grand Ballroom at The Marriott Rivercenter Hotel.  The party was open to anyone with an Imaging USA badge.

During the party I was able to get several Canon Explorers of Light to agree to pose for me for a few group shots.  Images were shot with a Canon 5D Mark IV and the new Canon 24-105mm IS f4 lens.

The Explorers of Light concept came out of Canon USA in the mid 1990s as a broad-ranging initiative for photographic education and inspiration. Today, the group is comprised of dozens of the most influential photographers and cinematographers in the world, each a master of their creative specialty.

Millennium Park Music Video

I recently received a call from a Brazilian songwriter about a new song he just wrote.  It seems he was inspired by his visit to Chicago last year.  He hired me to shoot some shots of Cloud Gate, commonly known as "The Bean" for a music video he's working on. He also needed some shots of the totem pole in front of the Field Museum.Can't wait to see the video.  It's titled "Cloud Gate Dream".  Meanwhile, here are some of the photos I sent him.

Cloud Gate, Millenium Park, Chicago

Cloud Gate, Millenium Park, Chicago

Women's March on Chicago

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Grant Park Saturday for the Women's March on Chicago,.  Attendance for the Chicago event more than tripled initial expectations, organizers said, to the point where city streets were so flooded, the march itself was canceled. Event organizers estimated that 250,000 attended the rally, but city officials did not immediately release a crowd estimate. Attendance was three times what was expected and was among the largest outside the marquee Women's March on Washington event.

A march to Federal Plaza in the Loop was canceled as the streets were filled with people. Despite the cancellation of the official march, many made their way to Federal Plaza anyway while the rally was going on.

Women's March on Chicago Photos January 21, 2017

Women's March on Chicago Photos January 21, 2017

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2016 Photographic Society of America's International Conference

I just returned from the Photographic Society of Americas International Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Each year its members gather to take advantage of the opportunities provided that week to further their education and shooting skills. This week I had the opportunity to try out the brand new 5D Mark IV. Its built around a new 30.4MP CMOS sensor and uses the Digic 6+ processor. The AF system is from the flagship 1D X Mark II. It also has 4K video, a touchscreen, improved weather-sealing, built-in Wi-Fi/NFC, an interval timer and GPS.

I managed to get away from the Canon booth for a few minutes and drop in on one of the photo bays that was nearby to test the 5D out. It's always impossible to tell how good a camera's images are by looking at low res images posted on the internet.  So I'd like to add that the full size images are gorgeous.  Looks like Im going to be ordering one soon.

Heres 3 photos taken with the 5D Mark IV and the Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS version II lens.

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Alyssa Allgood Jazz Quintet at Essanay Studios

This past Saturday, I photographed The Alyssa Allgood Jazz Quintet performance at the historic Charlie Chaplin Theater in Essanay Studios here in Chicago.  The performance was part of the series in partnership with Uptown United and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Alyssa’s debut EP Lady Bird was named a Best Release of 2015 on All About Jazz and it was hailed as “the most refined offering in the genre yet.” The Chicago Jazz Magazine highly recommends this debut recording and described it as “a wonderful exploration of the lost art of bebop vocalese.”

The Essanay Film Manufacturing Company was an American motion picture studio. It is best known today for its series of Charlie Chaplin comedies of 1915.

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Uptown Dance in the Park 7.9.2016

Uptown Dance in the Park 7.9.2016

Uptown Dance in the Park 7.9.2016

Uptown Dance in the Park 7.9.2016

 

 

Woman's World Photo Shoot

I recently had the pleasure of photographing Heidi Hedstrom for Woman's World Magazine.  She had some great success with her diet drinking a mixture of water, vinegar and pomegranate juice.  You can read all about it here. Woman's World -Hedstrom

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