Photographer’s Profile

Richard C. Drew
Richard C. Drew
Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA

I've been involved in pano photography for over 25 years, originally shooting film and manually assembling the prints. My first quality digital camera was the Kodak DC-260 in 1999. I then switched to a Nikon Coolpix 995, and a couple of years later a CoolPix 8500 - plus assorted lenses, tripods and tripod heads. In 2006 I picked up my first DSLR - a Canon 20D. There's no looking back!

My current equipment: Two Canon DSLR's - A 5D MK III and a 7D (upgraded from a 40D in July 2010), Sigma Fisheye (upgraded to the f/3.5 in Oct. 2008), various Canon lenses, assorted tripods, a Nodal Ninja R1 and R10, a few Manfrotto ball heads, and others. A dozen different flash units (remote, studio and on assorted brackets) plus a bunch of misc. clamps, supports, umbrellas, reflectors, brackets - the usual collection!

I also have a couple of different specialty monopods I constructed for ground level (1 inch off the ground - I used this for wwp606: Gardens) and elevated shots (25 feet up). My favorite is a modified Ski pole - I use it as a monopod on the slopes.

I capture panos whenever the mood strikes, often at job sites,on or near Lake Michigan, or events (community and family). My specialty is creating website content for personal and professional use.

The winter months are my favorite, when I can shoot on the snow covered bumps - wide angle (usually 4-12 shots), equirectangular panos, and ski racing photos.

A also work with a friend (Jason Wessler) on underwater panoramic images (shot while SCUBA diving) of Lake Michigan shipwrecks and popular Midwest dive locations. It's an ongoing project we expect to take several years to complete - you can follow our progress at DigitalDivemaster.com

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wwp1215 | Best Of 2015

Entering the Cloudgate

Millennium Park, Chicago, Illionis, USA

11/15/2015, 7pm

wwp915 | Peace

Our Back Yard Water Garden Oasis

Oak Lawn, IL, USA

9/25/2015 6pm

wwp315 | Weather / Climate

Crater Lake, South Rim in Winter

Crater Lake, Oregon, USA

Feb. 25th, 2015. 2pm

wwp914 | Ruins

Crumbling Wyman-Gordon Power Plant

Dinmoor, Illinois, USA

9/14/2014 2pm

wwp613 | Machines

Abandoned Hales and Hunter Red Comb Feed Complex

Riverdale, Illinois, USA

6/15/2013 2:00pm

wwp313 | Scale

What do you do with 5000 scale Airplane models?

Naval Air Station Glenview Museum, Glenview, Illinois, USA

21 March 2013, 2pm

wwp1212 | Best Of 2012

Stairs to Nowhere - Abandoned and Decaying

Gary, Indiana, USA

10-6-2012, 2:00pm CST

wwp912 | Necessity

Gamma Ray Detector - Hulk Smash!

Argonne National Labs, Argonne, Illinois, USA


wwp612 | Heritage

Tractricious: It all started with the Big Bang

Fermilab, Batavia, Illinois, USA

June 23rd 2012, 4:30pm CST

wwp312 | Paths

Community Paths

Oak Lawn (a suburb of Chicago), Illinois, USA

March 25, 2012

wwp2012 | Culture

Bahá'í National Center - A Cultural Pearl

Evanston, Illinois, USA

9-22-2012, 4:00pm CST

wwp1211 | Best Of 2011

Abandoned and Decaying - Dead Shopping Center

Dixie Square Mall, Harvey, Illinois, USA

July 30, 2011, 11:30 am

wwp911 | History

WWII Reenactors — German Camp

Midway Village, 6799 Guilford Rd., Rockford, Illinois, USA

9-24-2011, 11am

wwp611 | Family

For Want of a Family, the Church was Lost

Gary, Indiana, USA

June 20, 2011, 1:00pm CT

wwp311 | Limits

Greatness Comes from Breaking Limits

Chicago's South Side, Chicago, Illinois, USA

March 21, 2011, 1:15 pm

wwp1210 | Best Of 2010

Shipwreck of the Buccaneer

Bottom of Lake Michigan, miles off Chicago, Illinois, USA

July 3, 2010, 2:00 pm CST

wwp910 | Crossroads

By Water, Road or Foot

South Suburbs, Chicago, Illinois, USA

September 26, 2010, 7:00 pm

wwp610 | Forgotten Places

The Footsteps of Einstein and Fermi

Red Gate Woods, Cook County, Illinios, USA

June, 26, 2010, 3:00 pm

wwp310 | Food

Local Health Food Store

Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA

March 27, 2010

wwp1209 | Best Of 2009

Checking Out at the Grocery Store

Cermak Fresh Market, Aurora, Illinois, USA

August 10, 2009, 10:33 am

wwp909 | Performing Arts

Muscle and Fitness Show Prep

Chicagoland, Illinois, USA

September 19, 2009, 1:25 pm

wwp609 | Time

Mausoleum of the Archangels

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Worth, Illinois, USA

June 22, 2009, 2:00 pm

wwp309 | Diversity

Books as far as the eye can read...

Paperback Trading Company, Oak Lawn, IL, USA

March 22, 2009, 4 pm

wwp1208 | Best Of 2008

Artificial Winter Sun

Bridgeview, Illinois, USA

December 2008

wwp908 | Color

So Many Colors So Little Time

My house - Rear Entrance, Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA

Sept 20, 2008, 3pm

wwp608 | Elevation

Home is where the Roof is

Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA

June 20, 2008, 3pm CST

wwp308 | Beginnings

The Chicken or the Egg

Causality at Your Breakfast Table (Illinois, USA)

03-22-08 - Midnight

wwp108 | Wrinkle Tribute

Home for the Holidays

Anytown, USA (Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA)

12-21-07, 11:59pm

wwp1207 | Best of 2007

Getting Ready to Ski Lacrosse Mountain

Mt. Lacrosse Ski Area, LaCrosse, Wisconsin, USA

March 3, 2007, 3pm

wwp907 | Sustenance

Nourishment of the Imagination

At home, on the couch, Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA

Sept 21, 10pm, 2007

wwp607 | Community

The Bugs From Brigadoon - 17 year Cicadas

Cook County Forests, Illinois, USA

4:30pm, June 20, 2007

wwp307 | Atmosphere

If Renoir Shot Panoramics "Gathering in the fog"

Centennial Park, Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA

March 23, 2007 - 1:02 am

wwp1206 | Best of 2006

The Back 40

Private Estate, Chicago Southwest Suburbs, Illinois, USA

June 15, 2006

wwp906 | Transportation

Keeping Cars on the Road...

Evergreen Park, Illinois, USA

9-21-06, 1pm

wwp606 | Gardens

Home Is Where The Garden Is

My Girlfriend's Back Yard, Illinois, USA


wwp306 | Borders

Border Apparitions - The Most Haunted Place in America

Bachelor's Grove Cemetery, Illinois, USA

March 22, 2006

wwp1205 | Best of 2005

Frozen Twilight

Centennial Park, Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA

Dec. 13, 2005, 7:06pm

wwp905 | Energy

Le Morte d'Energy

Mausoleum of the Archangels, Chicago, Illinois, USA

09-23-05 / 2:49:22 pm

wwp605 | Water

Musical Waters

At the Water's Edge, Worth, Illinois, USA

June 21, 2005 7:30pm

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