Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Foggy River

There are a few photos that I edit before posting. I am one of those people that believe that the true picture is how you originally take it. I will admit that I don't always follow my own rule, there are times when an edit is needed, either to improve the quality of the picture, others to actually save the picture. In this case I wasn't sure how to edit the picture below. For the most part I manually adjust the levels and that's it. However see below and see the different results when just making a simple edit can make. Note the picture was taken at sunset on a very foggy and snowy evening.

Which do you think best reflects a better foggy winter evening?
Original
My Usual Edits
Auto Color
Auto Levels
© 2005 Araceli Arroyo photographs

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Merry Christmas!!!

My family tradition as many other Mexican households is to celebrate the Christmas holiday on Christmas eve. The family gathers and wait until midnight to open all the gifts. The children are always excited and count the minutes until that happy hour to see what toys and other goodies will be theirs.

© 2005 Araceli Arroyo photograph

Friday, December 23, 2005

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Heading South?

Nope, looks like these feathered friends are just hanging out.

©2005 Araceli Arroyo photograph

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Chicago Snow Pictures

Taken from my Chicago photoblog...
Today the snow came down hard. This is the first snow storm of the winter season. As usual I was driving and had my trusty camera along for the ride. As I waited for the cars to continue forward I took some pictures through out my commute. Here are a few of my favorite snow pictures.



© 2005 Araceli Arroyo photographs | Chicago

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets - Closing Time

I'm trying to post pictures more often. That way I can get in the habit of actually taking more pictures often as well. I took this picture when participating in another hobby of mine - shopping. Now that the holidays are here I have a perfect excuse to justify a trip across the border and visit the outlet malls. This one is located in Michigan City Indiana, and as you can see we were there until closing :)

© 2005 Araceli Arroyo

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Hello Stranger

On a usual walk in the evening, I carried my camera and a homeless man asked me to take his picture. He was surprised that I stopped and talked to him. He asked out of all the people that have passed by, I noticed him. He seemed genuinely happy, that saddened me a bit. Sometimes people just want to be noticed.

©2005 Araceli Arroyo photograph

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Mexico Picture Post

I finally added some pictures to my Mexico photoblog. Below is a picture from that travel picture collection. I didn't post all the pictures from my trip this year but I did post a few of my favorites. Most are of the local surroundings like the one shown here.

© 2005 Araceli Arroyo photograph | Mexico

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Different Lighting

Every now and then I like experimenting with different lighting and settings in my camera to see how things come out. I like how this picture came out. This is me of course - wow, I look tired.

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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Sunrise in NC

Doesn't matter where I may be a sunrise is always beautiful. This picture was taken from my hotel room, when I was in North Carolina two weeks ago.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Holiday Fun in Lockport, IL

This Saturday it was just my nephew and I, enjoying the Jingle Festival in Lockport Square. We enjoyed the activities in Santa's workshop, posing with the reindeers and having a nice cup of hot chocolate as the Christmas carolers sang many Christmas Jingles.
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Saturday, November 26, 2005

Chicago Night Skyline

On a beautiful night like tonight the skyscrapers tower over the Chicago River and provide a beautiful skyline view. The view here can be seen over the Clark Avenue Bridge heading towards Wacker Blvd.

© 2005 Araceli Arroyo | Chicago

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

My Autumn Hike

About two weeks ago, before my hectic schedule, I took Charlie to our favorite forrest trail. I'm glad I made the time and went, because the weather now is too cold to stay outside for long. On this day we were out for a few hours. I loved walking through the fallen leaves and seeing the reflection of the bright colors over the water.


©2005 Araceli Arroyo photographs

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Sunday, November 13, 2005

New York - Central Park

I've been rather lazy to post the pictures that I took of New York in the NYC section of my photoblog. Actually that happens to me every time I come back from a trip. I snapped many pictures that I will gladly look back an reminisce the many walks I took on this trip. As I'm sure I've mentioned somewhere before, my absolute favorite thing to do when in Manhattan is to take a stroll through a new spot in Central Park. This time the spot was in the upper west side. I couldn't spend as much time as I wanted, because I had to leave that day. When I have time I usually sit down a read for a long while. This time I only took pictures and wrote a bit. I like parks, I'm sure you might have noticed that from my many post of the surrounding forrest preserves in Chicago :) Here are my favorite shots from Central Park.


© 2005 Araceli Arroyo photographs