Saturday, September 26, 2009

Wright Camera Club Member Sings Opera!

Well, not quite. Dominick M. Maino sang with the Resurrection Choir that lent support to artists who have sung at the Chicago Lyric Opera, San Fransisco Opera House and other major opera venues around the world. If you look closely, He is the 4th tenor in from the right. If you listen just may hear him on the rousing chorus of Toreador!

Solist Paul Radulescu,a wonderful Baritone sings with the choir assisting at St. Benedict's Church in Chicago. Listen carefully and enjoy!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Another form of art!

Calling all in the Chicago-land area:

The St. Benedict's Benefit Concert on Friday, Sept. 25th (8:00pm at ST. BENEDICT CHURCH 215 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL 60618). Features all those opera songs you love from the movies, television, and TV commercials (think DeBeer Diamonds TV commercials) Solists from the Lyric opera, San Francisco opera, Santa Fe opera, The Julliard School of Music, Curtis Institute, and other renowned institutions , as well as a choir composed to folks from the Apollo Choir , Romanian Madrigal Consort, St. Benedict and St. Bartholomew Churches will be singing opera arias, duets and rousing choruses for all to enjoy. (Think of the Torredore song from Bizit's Carmen).

Think famous Italian Operas....yeah, and a few German and French ones too!

Wright Camera Club member, Dominick Maino will be in the middle of all the tenors in the choir....he wisely chose NOT to be a solist.)

For TICKETS and Information Call (773) 775-8791

Instead of spending $100's of dollars on opera tickets all you need is $15 in advance through September 23 $20 at the door ($12 Students and Seniors)All proceeds will benefit the music program at St. Benedict.

If you come to this incredible performance, please make sure to make yourself known to me so I can say Thanks for Coming!! DM

Monday, September 14, 2009

Picturing Architecture Photography Tour at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House

Bring your camera for an in-depth interior and exterior tour of Wright's icon of modern architecture Sunday, October 18 at 9am. The photogenic building presents wonderful opportunities for professional and amateur photographers to explore one of the most famous architectural landmarks in the United States. Robie House is the quintessential Priarie style home with dramatic over-hangs, banded art-glass windows, centrally located Roman-brick fireplace and beautiful wood banding. Wright’s Robie House sparked a revolution in residential architecture whose influence still reverberates today. Designated by the American Institute of Architects as one of the 10 most significant structures of the 20th century, this American treasure is celebrated as one of Chicago’s most important works of art.

Wright’s Robie House is located at 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave. in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. Tickets are $80 for Preservation Trust members and $90 for non-members. To allow for more personal interaction with the instructor and with the museum the maximum number of guests is 10 people. Advance ticket purchases are required. Tickets are available at

If you would like to learn more about the tour or receive images of Wright’s Robie House please let me know.



Adam Ross

PR Manager

Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust

411 Harrison St.

Oak Park, IL 60304

P: 708.725.3852

Monday, September 7, 2009

Opera Gala Benefit Concert

Opera Gala Benefit Concert

Wright Camera Club member, Dominick M. Maino, will momentarily lay down his camera to sing with the very best in September. Those doing solos and duets have been featured at the Chicago Lyric Opera and other opera companies around the USA. He will be in the middle of the choir singing tenor....but heh, that's probably as close as he'll get to the Chicago Lyric Opera House while being on stage!! So if you are in the Chicago area...he'd love to see you at the concert!

Opera Gala Benefit Concert

Featuring favorite arias, duets and choruses from Rigoletto, The Magic Flute,
La Traviata, Carmen, Norma, Nabucco, Lucia di Lammermoor and Turandot

In a performance by:

Maire O'Brien, Soprano; Kirsten Leslie, Soprano; JeanMarie Garofolo, Soprano; Katherine Kahrmann, Soprano; Lauren Curnow, Mezzo-soprano; John Concepcion, Tenor;
Paul Radulescu, Baritone

The Romanian Madrigal Consort; Members of the Apollo Chorus; St. Benedict Chorale (and ME!!(

JULIA DAVIDS, Guest Conductor; LUCIANO LAURENTIU, Music Director

SEPTEMBER 25 at 8:00pm

2215 W. Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, IL 60618

$15 in advance through September 23
$20 at the door
($12 Students and Seniors)
For TICKETS and Information
Call (773)775-8791
All proceeds will benefit the music ministry at St. Benedict Church

Monday, August 24, 2009

Quick Tip: Fall Foliage Photography

...Autumn begins around late September, bringing with it a seasonal change that inspires photographers across the nation: Fall foliage. There’s no question that autumn’s dramatic landscapes are stunning to behold; the real challenge is how to preserve the impact in a still photograph that captures the unique quality of this season. Here are a few tips that may help:...

10 Questions to Ask When Taking a Digital Photo

1. What story am I telling?
2. What is the visual focal point of this shot?
3. What competing focal points are there?.....

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Wright Camera Club Member Exhibits Work

Dominick M. Maino, a Wright Camera Club member, exhibited his work with the Artists of Casa Italia at the Addison Town Hall Rotunda.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Wright Camera Club Member Exhibits with the Artists of Casa Italia

Dominick M. Maino, Wright Camera Club member, exhibited his work alongside the Artists of Casa Italia in the Chandelier Room of the Casa Italia Cultural Center this August. This exhibition featured painters, sculpturers, photographers and more. It has now moved to the Addison Town Hall Rotunda, Addision, Il.

Night Photography Tips

...What are our tools in night photography?

Tripod. While not always necessary (see further on for how to cheat on this), a tripod will give you the greatest flexibility to get the angles you need while keeping your camera steady for those long exposures.

Wide-angle lenses. This is a personal preference, but I love the way they work in night photography. I use Canon’s 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 ($700), but if you can afford it I’d get the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II ($1300). If both of these are out of your price range – don’t worry! Try it out with whatever you’ve got as the only thing that will limit you is your imagination.

A lens hood. To minimize lens flares from light entering at angles outside of your frame.

A flashlight. Sometimes you’ll want to draw attention to or simply lighten up an important part of the foreground which is too dark.

Our imagination. Tools lie all around us in everyday objects to help us make our work better in this; I’ve used bicycle lamps, lampposts and newspaper boxes to get it ...