Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Must See: Local Photographer

Over the last 5 months or so, I've spotted a guy with a camera and a tripod, taking pictures of the downtown area. I've seen him in snow, and rain, and sun. Oddly enough, I never made note of him, so much as what he was shooting. More than once I've thought to myself, "Wow, I'd love to see how that turns out."

As luck would have it, Matt wrote a post the other day, promoting a photographer in the area. Ha! I can't believe it, I DO get to see that guy's photos, after all. Big smile when I found the ones I'd seen him take, and more amazement when I went further through his archives.

Said photographer is one Dan O'Brien, from Champaign, and he has kindly given me permission to post a few of his photos here. This one, of the Assembly Hall, knocked my socks off. I think this is an amazingly difficult building to capture. It's a cool structure surrounded by parking lots and usually, lots of people and traffic, and it's just hard to take a good photo of it! Dan did a phenomenal job, though:

Everytime I walked downtown a month or so ago, I found the trees on Neil street to be just breathtaking. I was happy to see that Dan found them photoworthy.

Not all of Dan's photos are local, but most are, and you won't be sorry if you go take a look. In addition to scenery, there are plenty of local events represented there also. We all-too-often move through our community without realizing all it has to offer, and you'll find a good many reminders here.

Dan's website is updated daily. Oh, and though I haven't met him yet, I've threatened to say hello next time I spot him out and about. I encourage you to do the same.


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  1. Amazing! And you must ~ MUST ~ introduce yourself next time you see him on the street. Serendipity must not be denied.

  2. He has the most amazing pics on there! A site I'll definitely have to keep checking...

  3. Anonymous3:09 PM

    wow! He has an AMAZING eye!!! Thanks for sharing his pictures with me of a town I have lived in, but I have never really seen! Along with an amazing eye, he also has an amazing camera!!!!!

  4. Yeah, those are really nice. The Assembly Hall one is wonderful.

  5. Wow, what a nice entry Gnightgirl! I'll be out and about quite a bit this summer so look out for me :)

    Thank you all for you comments, I'm glad you enjoy the website :)

    -Dan (gct13.com)


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