Lonely Bean

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This is the ‘Cloudscape’ sculpture (titled ‘Cloud Gate’) in Millennium Park in downtown Chicago.  Every time that I’ve gone to make an image of it, there was always a crowd of tourists and  photographers with tripods at the ready.  It’s fun to watch the tourists as they use the sculpture like a ‘fun house’ mirror.

I’ve wanted to make an image of the Bean without any people around it so I figured that sunrise would have a minimum number of spectators and indeed, there were only a dozen or so there last Saturday morning.  After some processing of a few exposures, I was able to come up with this image of the Bean all by itself seemingly waiting for the onslaught of the day’s visitors.

October 10, 2013 | Leave a Comment 

Marina Towers

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I was on a photowalk last Saturday with a group of people in downtown Chicago along the river.  It was part of an international event with over 28,000 photographers in over 1200 photowalks.  It’s a good excuse to go out and make images as well as meet all sorts of people.  I worked with photographers from as far away as Crete, Illinois (about 10 miles from me) to a photographer on holiday from his home just outside of London, England.

This image is of the Marina Towers, the upper portion of the Marina City complex.  When they were first built, they seemed pretty tall, but now they’re dwarfed by all sorts of structures.  They are also famous for the chase scene in Steve McQueen’s final film (The Hunter – 1979) where a car makes an illegal exit from the 17th floor parking garage into the Chicago River.

When I was looking at the tower, I noticed the red object (I think it’s a barbeque grill of some sort) and felt it stuck out nicely against all the dull concrete.

October 9, 2013 | Leave a Comment 

Rainbow #2

One of those days when we had heavy rain a bit before sunset.  As the rain moved east, the sun came out and produced this rainbow.  This was the second one I got to photograph this year.  It would have been a bit more impressive if it had been a half hour later – the other one produced a complete double rainbow with a touch of a third one at the ends but the sun on the corn stalks was still impressive.

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October 3, 2013 | Leave a Comment