Skydiving is it Calculable Risk or Luck

For the longest time a jump out of an airplane has been in my bucket list..it was an incredible feeling and sensation that is not comparable to anything else I had experienced. Yes, windsurfing in 60 mph gusts on Padre Island, flying loops and rolls in a stunt plane or going 120 mph on my motorcycle come close, but only close…and then, after dropping at 120 mph for about 25 seconds (you fall about 1000 ft. every 4 seconds) the swoooossh of the parachute is a very, very welcome sound. Jacob said: “Well, thank God that opened…”Amen, second that.

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2014 METROsquash Windy City Open Squash Tournament in Chicago, IL

This 2014 METROsquash Windy City Open presented by Guggenheim and EquiTrust Life Insurance Company offered the richest prize purse Chicago Squash has ever seen. The PSA WORLD SERIES GOLD men’s event drew the majority of top 10 players in the world and also welcomed the women back with a WSA GOLD event that attracted most of the world’s top 10 women squash professionals.

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Chestnut Place and Webster House Apartments – Old Style Chicago Luxury Living

Last spring I had the pleasure of photographing both, the Chestnut Place and Webster House apartment buildings as an update for my client’s marketing campaign. The featured multimedia presentations convey a good feel and impression of both buildings. Chestnut Place Apartments on Chestnut Street is situated right where the action is, close by to Rush…

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Peace starts at home, in your mind

Whether you are an artist, photographer, corporate executive, housewife, yoga teacher, athlete, therapist, writer, politician or barista…how do you begin each day…? As most of us feel the demands of life right away and are pulled in a multitude of directions as soon as we wake up, we are potentially exposed to a barrage of stressors and downers right from the get-go. Equally available however are uplifting and harmonious influences.

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Using zoom lenses as a creative tool

Photographers have ever more creative choices at their disposal, thanks to a rapid evolution and sophistication of digital cameras. Ultimately this brings a variety of challenges and rewards with it. The decisively crucial element of composition however remains unchanged, and rests with the photographer to decide. In my previous article we have primarily focused on…

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Perspective is Everything

Phillips Martin Real Estate, a well established Chicago based commercial real estate development, brokerage and asset management company, recently approached me as they were gearing up for a major update of their website. For marketing related purposes the partners were looking for a visually clean and distinct architectural photographic style. Ideal conditions of the subject…

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Architectural Photography of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels

As an architectural photographer I value and appreciate aesthetics, outstanding architectural and interior design as well as a comfortable and pleasant atmosphere to photograph and work in. Therefore I was thrilled and grateful when in late summer OnRequest Images chose Marian Kraus Photography to photograph DoubleTree by Hilton hotels in 24 locations throughout Chicago and…

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Oil and Commerce

Rising oil prices, commerce and retail giants, construction companies and architectural photography…how and why do they come together…? Well, my client Jackson Dean Construction, a Commercial General Contractor headquartered in Seattle, WA, who specializes in retail, office, healthcare, industrial and gas station projects, has built strong relationships with retail giants such as Costco Wholesale, Lowe’s…

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Chicago photography transforms The Garland Building’s lobbies

A few months back I was approached by Art Environments to provide samples of my downtown Chicago architecture photography for decorating some empty wall spaces in both lobbies of the Garland Building in downtown Chicago…in close collaboration with the condominium associations’ Board of Directors, management staff and my client, we identified and selected six images that were well suited to represent a cross section of the tenants’ tastes and dynamics.

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Inhabiting a Large Body

So what is it that allows people to get excessively large? To essentially play Russian roulette with their health, and yes, their lives? And please don’t give me: “Oh…it’s hereditary… hereditary my butt!!” I am no expert on this topic by any stretch of the imagination, however, I would venture to say that unless you are a goner, or clinically and hopelessly depressed, or just don’t give a hoot about your health and your appearance…

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DuPage County PADS: Bringing Hope to the Homeless

Long known as one of the wealthiest counties in the nation, Chicago area DuPage County is full of expensive and ornate housing developments, beautiful parks and top-rated schools; but contrary to common belief there are also over a thousand people without homes. DuPage PADS helped over a thousand people last year, 174 of them were children. Thanks to the dedicated work of the DuPage PADS organization and selfless volunteers, families like these can receive the support they need to get a leg-up. DuPage PADS recognized the deep and heartfelt needs of those suffering around them and responded to those needs over 25 years ago. For this reason, I am incredibly grateful and excited to be collaborating with DuPage PADS over the course of the following months on a project which will result in a multi media presentation consisting of still photos, audio and video footage…

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Historic Route 66 – Boom & Bust – Part One

I had the pleasure of attending an awesome workshop conducted by the wonderful Ami Vitale at Santa Fe Photographic Workshops….here is the result of a very fast week in which we absorbed many “first time” moments…there has never been a highway quite like Route 66. It was written about in Grapes of Wrath, sung praises to by Nat King Cole and the inspiration behind the brand name for K-mart’s denim line.

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Life in Perspective

Both of these amazing videos, narrated by Mr. Morgan Freeman, have the potential to assist in bringing insight as well remote answers to the questions about the origin of life and where we possibly may be heading, into somewhat of a perspective.

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Reflections on Tom Shadyac’s documentary film “I AM”

I AM is an utterly engaging, very introspective and inspirational non fiction film that poses the seminal questions of: “What is wrong with the World?” and “What can we do about it?” The movie is a meditation on reality. So the question in all this is: “What is next for you to make this world a better place?” I AM isn’t as much about what you can do, as who you can be. And from that transformation of being, action will naturally follow. The power is in the moment not in the “…as soon as I…”

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My Best of 2010

With 2010 having come and gone, it was in and of itself yet another very interesting year, a tad bit more so than previous years of recent history…So…to get a glimpse into my year’s journeys, I invite you to view the best photographs from my commercial assignments as well as personal fine art photography work of 2010. Enjoy…and to a magical 2011!

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Finals at the 2010 U.S. Open Squash Championships

Saturday, October 2, 2010 Fortune favors the bold–El Hindi and Atkinson are crowned as U.S. Open Champions during a rainy yet fantastic evening at the Pritzker Pavillion in Chicago, IL. [coolEye search=72157624970768241 how=album width=550 height=450 source=flickr rows=1 chrome=show tilt=4 brand=hide toolbar=show exactfit=yes] The 2010 METROsquash U.S. Open finals featured a battle of textbook squash against the famous…

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Quarterfinals at the 2010 U.S. Open Squash Championships

Quarterfinals day at the 2010 U.S. Open Squash Championships in downtown Chicago, IL. Once again some phenomenal squash matches by the world’s best squash players. Awesome turnout, sponsors and crowd loved it. [album: http://www.mariankrausphotography.com/wp-content/plugins/dm-albums/dm-albums.php?currdir=/wp-content/uploads/dm-albums/2010US Open day 2/] contributed by squashwriter Phil Yarrow Tonight saw the continuation of the quarter-finals matches of the MetroSquash US Open. …

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Mysterious Universes within You and Me

…awesome medical charts that were made over about 100 years ago…they show amazing and crafty details of the inner workings of the human body, my eye immediately saw the inherent abstractions and interplay of form, shape and color in them…contemporary multimedia presentation shows you close up segments, timeless extractions from an era long gone. These make great wall decor collages…

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Luxurious Kerasotes ShowPlace ICON Theater

Recently I had the pleasure of photographing this awesome, state of the art movie theater on behalf of my client Graycor Construction. The ShowPlace ICON theater, located at the Roosevelt Collection on the north side of Roosevelt Road just west of Clark in the South Loop, redefines how movies are enjoyed in Chicago with a multi-sensory experience of lounge, dining and digital widescreen picture and sound. Luxurious design, state of the art technology and delectable dining converge into a fresh cinematic experience.

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Celebrating 12 Years of Success

Marian Kraus Photography presents you with a high dynamic multi media show of travel, architecture and nature photography collected along the way of his 12 years as a professional photographer. With more than a decade of experience, Marian Kraus Photography has developed a reputation for providing the highest quality of fine art photography for travel,…

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Furniture Photography at State Street Salvage

Uniquely Innovative and Functional Designs of Re-Purposed Furniture & Residential Accessories. Marian Kraus adds life to refurbished furniture from the State Street Salvage in Chicago through creative photography.  Kraus’s skill in fine art photography resurrects these otherwise trashed works and gives them a whole new purpose. Re-inventing the average and mundane into something irregular and…

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From Corporate Steel into Fine Art Photography

How do you break loose from a 20 year corporate job and begin an unrelated creative profession…? Find out the inspiring story of Marian Kraus Photography. Personal insights behind his advertising and fine art photography and the rise of his Muse are being shared in this intimate and up close interview. How does someone break…

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The Golden Ratio

Artistic and inspiring photography breathes new life into any space, giving viewers daily inspiration and motivation. Marian Kraus creates pieces of fine art that seek to reveal the intrinsic (and often beautiful) relationship that exists between humanity and nature. Marian Kraus creates artistic and abstract photography that adheres to the tradition of the Golden Ratio…

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Fine Art Photography

Fine art photography brings culture to every space its present within. Custom artistic photography from Marian Kraus lets you take advantage of Chicago’s leading photographer by giving you unprecedented access to his personal vision. To view and purchase prints from a wide selection of themes please visit our store. And if you are in the…

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Celebrate Portrait Photography

Portrait photography creates a great opportunity to capture the faces of the people in your business or personal life as a stunning artistic statement. At Marian Kraus Photography we are skilled in bringing out the best in every subject, providing images that result in private or corporate photography that you’ll be proud to display in…

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Experience Advertising Photography

Commercial photography from Marian Kraus Photography lets your business experience the kind of marketing material that best demonstrates the qualities of your products. Make use of Kraus’ keen eye for imagery by accessing visual sales tools that really work. Passionate retail photography says more than words can ever express, instantly communicating ideas that sell services…

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Exterior Photography with Marian Kraus Photography: Celebrating Architecture

Building photography with Marian Kraus gives you the ability to showcase the design and aesthetics of your corporate, residential or institutional architecture in the best possible light. With exterior photography from Marian Kraus Photography, enjoy the use of breathtaking photography images that create the perfect solution for advertising, internal use, marketing applications, personal appreciation and…

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Marian Kraus Interior Commercial Photography

Interior photography is one of Marian Kraus Photography’s specialties. From residential and retail spaces to corporate and institutional buildings, Marian Kraus is Chicago, Illinois’ leading provider of breathtaking interior architectural photography.           [coolEye search=72157625097900436 how=album width=550 height=450 source=flickr rows=1 tilt=4 brand=hide] Kraus has an eye for the details of interior spaces that…

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