2016 Chicago Air and Water Show

28 Aug

Last weekend was the Chicago Air and Water show. It was my first time seeing this particular show in person and I was not let down.  Always great to see fighter jets buzzing over your head.


(Canon EOS 6D, 200 mm, 1/1250, f/5, ISO 200)

The show started with some aerial acrobatics over the water. I was amazed at how in control, but out of control these guys were


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 400 mm, 1/4000, f/4, ISO 320)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 400 mm, 1/4000, f/4, ISO 320)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 400 mm, 1/4000, f/4, ISO 320)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 400 mm, 1/4000, f/4, ISO 320)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 400 mm, 1/4000, f/4, ISO 320)

A Navy F/A-18 flew over for a bit. Pretty awesome to see this thing fly straight up.

(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 400 mm, 1/2500, f/4, ISO 200)

Army and Navy jumpers began hopping out of a C-130.

(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 400 mm, 1/4000, f/4, ISO 320)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 400 mm, 1/4000, f/4, ISO 320)

Then the show closed with the Air Force Thunderbirds. Definitely the highlight of the show.

(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 400 mm, 1/4000, f/4, ISO 320)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 400 mm, 1/4000, f/4, ISO 320)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 400 mm, 1/4000, f/4, ISO 320)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 400 mm, 1/4000, f/4, ISO 320)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 560 mm, 1/2000, f/5, ISO 320)


(Canon EOS 6D, 75 mm, 1/1250, f/5, ISO 200)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 560 mm, 1/2000, f/5, ISO 320)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 560 mm, 1/2000, f/5, ISO 320)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 400 mm, 1/2000, f/5, ISO 320)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 400 mm, 1/2000, f/5, ISO 320)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 560 mm, 1/2000, f/5, ISO 320)

On their way out.

(Canon EOS 6D, 200 mm, 1/3200, f/5, ISO 200)

New 2016 Panoramas

12 Jul

I’ve been focusing a lot of my photography lately on city panoramas. Here are some of my latest.

The full album in full resolution is here.

New York from Midtown

Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii

New York from Financial District

Hong Kong from The Peak

Japan Again

6 Jul

I stopped over again in Tokyo for the weekend. This time, I had a better idea of what spots I wanted to visit and was able to cram more activities in for the short weekend.


(Canon EOS 6D, 24 mm, 1/200, f/4, ISO 400)


(Canon EOS 6D, 155 mm, 1/1250, f/2.8, ISO 400)


(Canon EOS 6D, 45 mm, 1/3, f/4, ISO 400)


(Canon EOS 6D, 11 mm, 1/800, f/4, ISO 250)


(Canon EOS 6D, 11 mm, 1/800, f/4, ISO 1600)


(Canon EOS 6D, 200 mm, 1/800, f/2.8, ISO 1600)
(more…)

Alaska Southward

28 Jun

Some photos from a recent trip to across southern Alaska – Anchorage and Seward. Full album here.


(DJI Phantom 3, 3.61 mm, 1/440, f/2.8, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS 6D, 35 mm, 1/125, f/4, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS 6D, 16 mm, 1/200, f/2.8, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS 6D, 16 mm, 1/320, f/5, ISO 100) (more…)

Thailand and Tokyo

20 Jun

I recently took a vacation to Thailand, with a brief stopover in Tokyo on the way there. Below are some of my images from the trip – full album here.


(Canon EOS 6D, 84 mm, 1/250, f/4, ISO 400)


(Canon EOS 6D, 50 mm, 1/2000, f/2.8, ISO 200)


(Canon EOS 6D, 24 mm, 1.30, f/4, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS 6D, 125 mm, 1/400, f/2.8, ISO 200)


(Canon EOS 6D, 200 mm, 1/1250, f/2.8, ISO 200)


(Canon EOS 6D, 105 mm, 1/250, f/5.6, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS 6D, 105 mm, 1/1000, f/5, ISO 400)


(Canon EOS 6D, 97 mm, 1/1250, f/5, ISO 400)


(Canon EOS 6D, 67 mm, 1/800, f/5, ISO 400)


(Canon EOS 6D, 50 mm, 1/500, f/2, ISO 4000)


(Canon EOS 6D, 200 mm, 1/1250, f/4, ISO 200)


(Canon EOS 6D, 102 mm, 1/2000, f/2.8, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS 6D, 102 mm, 1/2500, f/2.8, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS 6D, 93 mm, 1/200, f/4, ISO 200)


(Canon EOS 6D, 50 mm, 1/50, f/4, ISO 200)


(Canon EOS 6D, 50 mm, 1/1250, f/2, ISO 200)


(Canon EOS 6D, 50 mm, 1/640, f/2, ISO 200)


(Canon EOS 6D, 50 mm, 1/50, f/2, ISO 400)

Recent NYC Images

19 Jun

Experimenting in Times Square with a new lens – hope you enjoy!


(Canon EOS 6D, 11 mm, 1/400, f/4, ISO 400)


(Canon EOS 6D, 11 mm, 1/250, f/4, ISO 800)

United Airlines NOC Tour

14 May

I recently had the opportunity to visit United’s Network Operations Center in the Willis Tower downtown Chicago.  This is the center where they manage all United flights globally. They track all aspects of a flight; including weather, maintenance, and crew scheduling. There are around 350+ people on the floor 24/7 separated into different teams monitoring flights and rescheduling operations to minimize impact to customers.  There are so many cascading downstream effects for a single flight delay. I don’t think most customers realize the complexity that goes into rescheduling a flight and how hard these people work hard to minimize the cascading effects.  Pretty cool to see and nice to learn more about how United works hard every day to ensure flights go out on time with minimal disruptions.


This is the team that monitors Air Traffic Control.


One of the central monitoring areas on the floor.


The different parts of this dashboard monitor different statistics. Bottom left monitors flights that have been sitting on the tarmac for extended periods of time. Bottom right is status of each of the hubs and top right are key consolidated metrics for domestic, international and Express flights.


This is the general weather/flight map showing all of the United planes over the US. The green areas show areas with light turbulence. The red areas (only a small box over Tennessee in this case) are areas with heavier turbulence where planes cannot fly.


Some of the international flight teams sit on this side.

2015 Travel Statistics are in!!

28 Dec

My 2015 travel statistics. 14+ days in flight, 144,000 miles, 163 hotel nights! What a year for travel!

Maxwell 2015 Travel Infographic v4