Photo of the Day: Reflections on a Bean

"Reflections on a Bean" - Tracey Capone Photography © 2013

“Reflections on a Bean” – Tracey Capone Photography © 2013

Admittedly, I haven’t shot The Bean, in downtown Chicago, prior to this because, aside from having to deal with the large number of tourists I talked about in yesterday’s post, I have always tried to shy away from the blatantly touristy Chicago icons. That said, I wish I had shot it sooner, just for my own benefit because it was a lot of fun.

The shapes you see in this mirrored wonder are determined in part by where you stand. It ends up almost looking like Chicago in a fun house mirror in some spots but a beautiful reflection in a drop of water in others. There is an additional challenge of taking the shot while remaining inconspicuous because the last thing you want is a beautiful reflection of the city… and the photographer standing smack dab in the middle of the shot. While this can be corrected in post, I would much prefer keeping my photographs as close to the original, without a need for a lot of “blemish edits” as possible. So, I’m in the photograph, it’s just a matter of finding me. 🙂



Photo(s) of the Day – Riding the Rails

Northern Pacific – © Tracey Capone Photography 2012

I needed a break from the show prep madness and to step away from the wood photo blocks for a few. I decided to do what I love most and go back through raw photos from the last several months. It’s been quite a while since I went on my train excursion but apparently the time away from the proofs from that photo walk proved fruitful. I was delighted to find several photos that, on the first go round, didn’t really work for me but, after stepping away and viewing them with a fresh perspective turned out to be some of my new favorites.

The Red Caboose – © Tracey Capone Photography 2012

Anyone who has followed my blog for a while knows I have a train obsession. I don’t know what it is about them but, whether it’s a train from Rome to Florence or just the Chicago L train, they are my favorite subjects to photograph.

X18 – © Tracey Capone Photography 2012

While plane travel is quick (ok, minus any flight delays, time spent sitting in the airport and waiting for luggage) I don’t find it the least bit interesting. With train travel, especially when you’re on a particularly scenic route, you can get where you need to go all while taking in the world around you. In a single ride, you can be transported through so many different worlds as you travel through the various towns along the route. I find it almost magical.

The Line – © Tracey Capone Photography 2012

I get a lot of requests for train photography, especially for little boys rooms. I love what the photographs can spark in a child’s imagination. Where has the train been? Where is it going? Who traveled the rails and what made them choose the train? I’m so happy to be able to add to my train collection with these five photographs and I hope to see them go to good homes with little boys (or girls!) who imagine being the conductor or the train enthusiast who knows more about each train than I can even hope to.

These photographs, and many more new ones, can be found here in my Etsy shop.

Silver Ridge – © Tracey Capone Photography 2012

Time to get back to the blocks. The countdown is on until the show and I swear the days are going faster and faster by the minute!



Photo of the Day: Blush

“Blush” – Tracey Capone Photography © 2012

So, I know Autumn is here… it’s truly my favorite season but I just can’t help posting one last photograph from the past blooming season. Today’s Photo of the Day, “Blush” was taken here in Chicago. It was this beautiful paper white and blush pink dogwood that was almost translucent in the light. I will miss my dogwoods and magnolias but they will be back soon enough and now I get to admire and shoot the beautiful crimson and cinnamon colored leaves!


Photo(s) of the Day: Photowalk Bucktown

“The Coyote” – Tracey Capone Photography © 2012

I live in one of the most photogenic cities a photographer could ask for. For as many cities I have visited around the world, I always come home, look around, and find countless more photographs to take. One of the reasons I was excited to go full time with my photography business is that it would give me the opportunity to explore more of Chicago, not just the well-known areas downtown but the amazing neighborhoods throughout. To that end, I have decided that, at least two days a week, I am going to do a photo walk an collect as many photographs of my beautiful city as possible.

The photograph of The Coyote Building, above, is one I have been wanting to take for a while. Ever since I introduced my photograph of The Flatiron Building in New York City, I have had people asking me about shooting this wonderful homage to art deco architecture of days passed, found at 1600 N Milwaukee.

Garage Under the L Tracks – Tracey Capone Photography © 2012

If you’re going to live next to ‘L’ tracks you might as well make the best of it. I absolutely loved this amazing garage door found in an alley just past The Coyote. Who knew a Chicago alley could look so beautiful?

“The Crossing” – Tracey Capone Photography © 2012

A note- if you are going to stand in one spot, waiting for a train to pass, make sure you know the timetable of the train in question. I am pretty certain I stood there for about 45 minutes waiting for the “perfect shot” of the Blue Line ‘L’ crossing next to The Coyote. Granted, there were several occasions where I could get the shot but, inevitably, I would end up with a trash truck or worse, Roto Rooter truck, impeding the shot. In the end though, I feel like it was worth it. 🙂

“Blue” – Tracey Capone Photography © 2012

My note above applies here too 🙂 I am pretty certain people were wondering what I was doing, loitering in an alley for a good 30 minutes, holding a camera. I do love the ‘L’ though.

“You Are Beautiful” – Tracey Capone Photography © 2012

Because sometimes you just need a reminder… 😉


Photo(s) of the Day: “Oeuf” Times Three














Whether it be oeufs de cailles (quail eggs), duck eggs, or regular farm fresh chicken eggs, the numerous ethnic grocers in my wonderful neighborhood here in Chicago have what you need to make an interesting meal and, in this case, fun photos as well!

I love the adorable quail eggs, so tiny and marbleized with beautiful browns and cremes. The duck eggs, robin’s egg blue and spotted, so simple but so pretty.














Round it out with some beautiful farm fresh, brown eggs and it’s simply a beautiful display of what Mother Nature is capable of.




Quick Post- “Editing is Tiring Business”

Today has been a rather busy day so far… delivering prints, getting orders together, working on an order for a local shop and editing photos from a maternity shoot this weekend. It’s enough to wear a kitten out… good thing he has me as back up!



“Photo” of the Day- Well Sorta Kinda…WE Heart Handmade Event at West Elm


Today’s “Photo” of the Day isn’t really a photo but it’s something that excites me all the same.  I am very happy, excited, geeked up, elated, [insert word for joy here] to be one of 13 Etsians who will be participating in an Etsy event at the West Elm location in Lincoln Park on February 25th.

Curated by Alaina Kaczmarski of Live Creating Yourself and The Everygirl, the West Elm + Etsy event will celebrate all that is handmade in art, crafts and other handmade items from local Chicago designers.

To say I am honored to be chosen is a mild understatement. There are a LOOOOOT of fantastic Chicago Etsians to choose from so to be one of the thirteen is an amazing feeling.I can’t wait to share my handcrafted wood blocks…






and jewelry…







and prints galore…

Are you in or nearby Chicago? Want to attend the February 25th event? Click here to go to West Elm’s Facebook page or here for their blog for more info. If you can stop by, be sure to swing by my spot in the store and say hello!