A couple of notes: 1) This list is in no way conclusive, as I'm sure there are plenty of photos and photographers that I've missed. This merely represents a selection of shots that popped up on my radar long enough for me to hit the "favorite" button, and all of them are by people whom I interact with on flickr. I'm not someone who spends much time looking at the explore photos. 2) All photographs here are copyright their respective authors as indicated below the photo. In instances where the "share" button was active, I'm including the photo here, linked back to flickr. Otherwise, just a link.
- Ralph (aka IHP) is one of my oldest flickr contacts. He occasionally visits Chicago, and I'm always happy when he does because it results in photos such as this one:
Copyright 2011 IHP. All Rights Reserved.
- Pauldub's photos make me want to visit New York, and this shot is no exception. I especially like how this combines elements of the bridge, skyline, and neighborhood:
Copyright 2011 PaulW. All Rights Reserved.
- Sombreros made a comeback in 2011. At least that's what it seemed like in my flickr stream. An excellent shot by Heather Phillips:
Copyright 2011 Heather Phillips. Some Rights Reserved.
- Mike Innocenzi (aka: Pantagrapher) writes that "everyone needs at least one ferris wheel shot in their photostream", and I couldn't agree more:
Copyright 2011 Mike Innocenzi. Some Rights Reserved.
- There were a lot of photos from Occupy Chicago (and the Occupy movement in general) that I could have chosen, but I really like this one from John Iwanski (aka: Chicago Man):
Copyright 2011 John W. Iwanski. Some Rights Reserved.
- I took a ton of photos of the Chicago Pride Parade this year, but none were as cool as this shot by TheeErin:
Copyright 2011 Erin! Nekervis. All Rights Reserved.
- The Aqua Building is great for architectural abstracts. This photo, by Bob Segal, has the added benefit of being in the fog:
Copyright 2011 Bob Segal. All Rights Reserved.
- If you're not paying attention to the street photography of Jason Martini, then you're not paying attention to street photography in Chicago:
Copyright 2011 Jason Martini. All Rights Reserved.
- I love the expression that Tommy6unz captured in this street portrait, and the colors are simply fantastic:
Copyright 2011 TommyTeePhotography. All Rights Reserved.
- The Walking Dude is a mysterious and somewhat famous figure in Chicago. I've seen him a couple of times but have never taken a photo that I liked. This one, by Dean Golemis, really captures him well:
Copyright 2011 Dean Golemis. All Rights Reserved.
- A simple, yet effective composition by Otto Plunkett, this shot evokes a sense of time and place and is just a pleasure to look at:
Copyright 2011 Otto Plunkett. All Rights Reserved.
- Adi (aka Naida Fabi) is the master of square format urban abstracts. This year she did a series of early morning long exposure photos which I really enjoyed. This shot is one of my favorites.
- Posted on January 1st, 2011, this photo of a rail junction by John Crouch (aka: The New #2), was one of the first photos that I saw in 2011, and still one of the best.
- For my money, this photo by Katherine of Chicago is my favorite of the year. How often do you get to see a car sticking out of a building? Not very often.