Taken on Friday, September 12th, 2014. Left work late on a drizzly Friday, when I took this photo on the corner right by my office. I was killing some time waiting for my cousin to come into the city on the Metra, so I had some plans on taking some more train photos in the loop from a parking garage I had spotted earlier that week. While I was checking my settings, I decided to take a few test shots and was checking my manual focus skills when this lady spotted me with my camera. I don’t normally take street photos like this, because it feels a little creepy to take pictures of people I don’t know. But I kinda liked how it turned out, so that’s why I’m posting it here.
If I could change a couple things, I’d have moved a bit to my left, so she would be directly in the middle of the crosswalk lines, where the eyes are naturally drawn by the leading lines, and have the taxi just a little further to the right to balance the picture. The wet streets adds some good contrast, but I would have loved to make it rain a bit more (like I do in the clubs).
Here are a few other photos I took.
Week 19: State Street Bridge
Taken Sunday, August 10th, 2014 in downtown Chicago.
After catching up with my friend Joanna the night before, she mentioned that she there happened to be some construction work on the waterfront walkway and that the State Street bridge was raised up during that time. Even though I have been in the city for over 2 years now, I can’t recall ever seeing one of these main bridges up, so I knew I had to go check it out.
Fortunately, it was not raining by the time I went for a wander downtown, but it was misty and the fog had rolled in. I was half-worried the clouds would just open up and start pouring, but I’m glad it didn’t. I ended up with a few shots I liked, but since I was looking for a square image, this one seemed to fit the bill the best. Taken from the Dearborn Street Bridge, shooting east. I’ll post a few more photos below.
The State Street bridge is also known as the Bataan-Corregidor Memorial Bridge, in honor of the World War II defenders of Bataan and Corregidor (Which is a peninsula and island in the Philippines which played an important role in World War II).
Week 15: In the Loop
Taken last Friday, July 11th, from the 6th floor of a parking garage on the corner of Wabash and Randolph St.
I don’t love it, but it’s got this timeless look to it… like it could have been taken anytime in the past 30 years. (Spoiler alert: It was.) Anyway, first photo in this series taken with my Fuji X100. It’s a nice compact camera, that’s small enough that I usually carry it everyday with me to work in my backpack. Controlwise, it’s a little hard to use and requires a bit more setup and thought to take a picture, but the image quality is pretty nice.
Week 13: North & Halsted
Taken Wednesday, May 21st, 2014. I wandered around the city checking out a few parking structures that had open rooftops near the train tracks to get a shot of the city and maybe a moving train. The hunt was a little bit of a bust in terms of actual photographic captures, but I think I do have a some ideas for next time.
This shot in particular is from the Steppenwolf theater parking structure, which overlooks the brown/purple line near Halsted St and North Ave. It felt a little creepy taking a photo from there, because the trains slow down around the corner, and at that time of day, it feels like I’m a peeping tom (not that I would know), taking pictures of people through their train windows and invading their privacy (that’s a nice blouse you’re wearing, by the way).
Anyway, I dig that the lampposts kind of frame the photo, and you can see the a bit of the city between the buildings (the Hancock being the easily recognizable one). Could have tried a longer focal length from further back, but not sure I’d have the height to do that.
In an effort to go out and take (better) photos, I’ve decided to engage in a 52 week project. Each week, I will put some effort toward taking a quality photo, and will attempt to post one photo every week. It might seem like I started a month late, but really, I procrastinated until the Vietnamese New Year to get started.
No set subjects or themes, just whatever I happen to put some thought towards each week. So, if you have suggestions/topics/locations/ideas, I’d love to hear them.
Madison/Wabash station in downtown Chicago on the way home from work, Thursday, Feb 6th, 2014.
Photo actually turned out better than expected, so, I may have set the bar a little high the first week.