I recorded the video below using my iPhone 4, and set it to some ambient music. The views from the Willis Tower's SkyDeck (103 floors up) are truly majestic, and I hope to go again someday (next time, I'll remember my tripod!).
I recorded the following video of the last portion of the aquatic show at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, IL. My wife and I visited the aquarium to see this interesting show of dolphins (the highlight), a couple red-tailed hawks, and sometimes other animals as well.
I highly recommend the show if you're in Chicago!
I took this photo from the ground at Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) in Chicago, IL over the weekend. I also took a bunch of HD videos from the SkyDeck that I'll be putting together into a few minutes of video. Truly a majestic building, and I wonder if we'll ever see something taller in the U.S. Seems our architectural prowess is taking a back seat to the rest of the world lately.
As an aside, if the iPhone 4 takes pictures of this quality, I can't wait to get an iPhone 4S and ditch my Nikon D7000 for many of my trips. While using a 50mm f/1.4 inside in a dim room and still getting nice shots is awesome, having a camera that's always with me and gets 'pretty good' shots is also awesome. I hope to get a 4S soon!
I couldn't pass up this photo op. Foggy nights in downtown Chicago are great!
I'm in Chicago for the week for DrupalCon Chicago 2011—it's been a great conference, though the weather's been pretty stiff. Maybe I'll have time to waltz around the city a little more tomorrow evening...
These images speak for themselves, but I will offer a few asides to help explain why I was saddened after visiting the Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago a few months ago.
What... the... I think they might reserve the Body of Christ somewhere in that mess.
To think that, before the fire, there was probably very beautiful, meaningful and symbolic imagery in that stained glass. Now it's an abstract, and dare I say, boring sight. My eyes grew tired trying to see what was up there.
Michigan Avenue lights (photo taken this weekend atop the Hancock Building in the northern part of Chicago):