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Excursion to Chicago’s Chinatown

Please view this linked article on for my writing on the restaurant and Chinatown in general.

Yesterday, I met up with a group of friends to visit Chicago’s Chinatown area of the city. This was the first time I had been there, so I was pretty curious about the place.

I decided to bring along two cameras and a backpack. Specifically, the Nikon D7000 and Optio WG-II. I even brought along two RF triggers and a flash as I thought I might have the chance to practice with it. 😀 In retrospect, I took too much with me, which ended up just being added baggage that I had to carry around. There just wasn’t enough time to use the D7000 and still keep things casual. I ended up just sticking with the WG-II because it was quick to access and weather resistant. As you will see from the photos, conditions were dreary and included bouts of rain.

Here is a compilation video I put together:

The clips were taken with the Pentax Optio WG-II (1080p 30fps with SR on). Taking decent clips hand-held is extremely challenging and I need a lot more practice.

The WG-II camera generally did well with the still photos I took, especially considering the weather. There was occasional rain and the sky was mostly cloudy, which is perfect for something rugged and waterproof like that camera. The resulting images look clean and most I had taken were sharp with minimal blurring.

Chinatown’s gate is pretty impressive:

Food from the Dim Sum restaurant:

One of the areas called Chinatown Square:

Interesting statues of animals in the square:

That’s it for the trip. I didn’t take too many photos because I was just focused on having a nice casual time. If you haven’t been there, I’d suggest checking it out.