This was taken from the near north side / River North neighborhood of Chicago from on top of a parking garage. It’s basically 3 blocks north of the Chicago River and about 2 blocks east of the north branch of the Chicago River.
When I posted this photo, I used the moment to introduce my new photography page on Facebook. Please follow me there, too! I have to say that Facebook is an entirely different social media animal compared to all the others. The connection with Google +, WordPress, Instagram, and Flickr is so far centered on people who just love to look at photos. But even with just a few likes in, on Facebook, I can already sense that there’s just more opportunity to expand your reach to people who aren’t just trying to improve their own photography or people who aren’t that focused on art. And that’s a good thing.
Also, personal facebook pages are much more closed sharing places. But a public photography page allows me to reach more people that aren’t really interested in being my personal facebook friend. Let’s face it, I don’t want everyone’s information on my personal feed, either.
I shot this from the top floor of a parking garage. It’s actually a single frame of a much larger panorama I’m still working on. I was really hoping I’d get an L train here. This is an hdr processed photo and of the three photos I took to process this photo, the L train arrived in time for the final shot, a long exposure.
The L beneath the Chicago Skyline at night.
Prints can be purchased at my Smugmug page by clicking on the photo. You can also view a full res version by going to my Google Plus page.
Today I wanted to do an altered repost of a recent photo I did of the Chicago Skyline. The wavy effects of the reflection on water was so strong that I just had to attempt something that would soften the normally hard lines of Chicago’s skyline. Thankfully Photoshop has an oils filter that allows me to give an effect like it’s been painted with a brush! I think this looks pretty good, but you tell me!
The Chicago Skyline is always such a joy to see especially from Solidarity Drive close to the Shed Aquarium and the Planetarium. It is even better at night! Lake Michigan, now that it isn’t frozen, has such a nice calming sound of waves. The boats have almost all gone back to their harbors. There are a few remaining people milling about, taking pictures of their own and soaking it in. The skyline is just as much about Lake Michigan as it is about the skyscrapers.
For this photo, I was prepared to do this as an HDR photo, but instead I opted for the over exposed image. There’s something awesome about the lights shining off of Lake Michigan. I was inspired so much by it that I’ll have a follow up image a little next week that one will be much more impressionistic.
Anyway, I finally installed Photoshop and Lightroom on my new machine. I’m definitely pleased with it’s performance. But I’m working on speeding it up even more!
That said, I now have a better screen too. And after I combine that with what I’ve learned about photography so far, I put together this vertorama of Washington Street in Chicago. I took these photos in January but I was just so unsure of the processing I needed for it ever since I took the photos!
But a new machine with much shorter wait times for processing and a much better screen cure a lot of ills in digital creativity!
I’ll also combine this with the fact that winter is solidly in the rear view mirror! And I am now able to view it with a little more fondness.
I went to Chicago on the evening of Sunday March 23, 2014 and I parked by the Adler Planetarium on Solidarity Drive because it’s only $2/hr and the parking times go on until pretty late at night. (Although, the police try to get everyone out of there by 11 pm, but I have trouble finding signs that say when you aren’t supposed to park there.) I walked from there to get a chance to see “Chicagohenge” which was coined by the folks at OutOfChicago.com. (It was a term to call attention to the fact that Chicago has East/West streets that will give you a sunset / sunrise during the spring and fall equinox because that’s when the sun rises and falls due east and west.) It was a little late in the year. But I think I will have a decent sunset shot later to show.
BUT! Chicago is wonderful feeding ground for panoramas and night photography! I walked pretty much due west to State Street from the museum campus, and then walked due north to Wacker to view the Chicago River. That is where I took the picture I am posting today. It was such a cool view. There was a sign there that said that it was the “Gateway to the Loop”. Indeed the view from this intersection when looking north is a view that opens up and shows the sky and the full scope of the buildings across the Chicago River.
This is a image stitched from 7 HDR processed brackets at State and Wacker in Chicago. Chicago lables this location as the Gateway to the Loop, but this photo is looking away from the loop to the near north side of downtown.
I did seven brackets from left to right with the camera in a portrait position. I did the brackets by manually setting the exposure so I wouldn’t have different processing across the brackets. After processing the HDR brackets, I then combined them into a single panorama where I cropped it.