My route for my downtown Chicago walks covers many miles. It is one of my favorite thing to do in any city but Chicago offers up so much. I took a walk down the river towards Michigan Ave. and saw this bridge. I was underneath it and used the double exposure function of Hipstamatic to achieve a color BW look for the bridge and make it somewhat abstract. I kind of like it.
Wandering around Chicago I usually visit Grant Park. The morning there are always special. There is a big open air theater where they have musicals and it is an architectural masterpiece. I usually use my long lenses and have fund finding the abstract but having only the iPhone on this walk made me see different and work to find the shot. This is one of them I found.
Every visit to Chicago is an adventure. As a routine I get up real early and walk the streets and visit places like the Chicago Bean and bug reflective chrome sculpture before the tourists do. It’s fun having the whole place to myself and I have done a ton of cool images there. Here is one from my most recent trip. Shot on my morning iPhone expedition.
On my last trip to Chicago I did my morning walk with just an iPhone. I wanted shoot with an iPhone as it makes me see things differently. I used the Hipstamatic add to create the images you’ll see over the next few days. Seeing square is also challenging and proper framing of what you do see can make the ordinary look a bit different. This is a rather new sculpture in Chicago and it allowed for some creative angle. However, sometimes the straight on shot works best.
Last night I did a talk and demo at the Rivera Camera Club in Indianapolis. At these types of talks I like to take an image and work it to different levels. This is an image that was rotated and enhanced using a variety of techniques. Kind of goes with my current these of Architectual Abstracts.
Everyone is doing to so why not me? This is a selfie I made recently on a trip to Chicago. Done early in the morning at the Bean when no one else was there. I had fun shooting reflections and trying to get something different. Mission accomplished!
I love Chicago. It’s one city I never get tired of shooting in. The architecture is second to none and offers the urban landscape photographer so many possibilities. This image was made right after sunrise of the Aqua Towers. This is a giant condo building that is designed to look like a wave. The trick is to use a long lens, expose for the highlights and shoot the building in high contrast with am abstract look. I shot this with a Fuji X-t1 and 55-200mm lens.