Autumn in Chicago, After the Storm

After the StormView down MonroeTall and TallerSkyline Chicago

Just moments earlier the powerful storms that raked central Illinois up through the southern edges of the Chicago area raced through the city. In the aftermath pedestrians were dodging puddles, the clouds raced by as if in a time-lapse movie, and the trees were stripped of all but the most tenacious of the fall foliage.

Paris market in Montmartre

Paris - 14 by Petirrojo
Paris – 14, a photo by Petirrojo on Flickr.

After years of whining that I’d never had a work assignment in Paris (I work for a French company), last October I finally got my shot – 2 weeks in the city of light. Maybe a very chilly, wet October isn’t the ideal time to explore, but I made the best of it.

I also made a conscious decision to leave the Pentax at home and limit myself to my iPhone 5’s camera. With all the work stuff to bring, I just didn’t have the space. Plus, for years I’ve been watching people happily snapping pics left and right with crappy cellphones and I wondered if I could challenge myself to take photos that were interesting (if only to myself) without the benefit of great lenses and sensors.

This photo and the others in a small set in Flickr are ones that I had fun playing around with using various Snapseed filters and settings. I may not like to eat sea urchins, but in combination with the shrimp and crayfish they make for a pleasing image.