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August 10, 2012

Edge of the park

It was the time of day where the shadows have just overtaken the daylight, when your eyes strain a bit to find the details. I used to worry at that time of day when I was a kid. I guess the fourth definition of the word twilight is “a state of uncertainty, vagueness or gloom.” I think it was because the day was ending, which meant play was ending. As I grew more and more interested in photography it became my favorite time, and it only lasts a few handful of minutes, if you’re lucky.

You see very few people photographing the Michigan-Washington intersection. It’s gorgeous when the shadows creep. I was lucky enough to catch a limo rolling bye. In the upper left the Willis Tower (formerly Sears) attempts to touch the sky. Click on the photo to blow it up and see more detail.
Edge of the park
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July 26, 2012

Water waiter

It nearly reached 100 degrees again the other day, but since then the rains have competed with the heat to cool it off at times. A fountain summarizes this experience nicely. I waited for the space to clear in order to shoot this scene empty as I like the monolithic mood of emptiness, but he didn’t leave. Moments earlier the boy was bouncing around with inherited friends recently acquired under the spray. When he saw me set up and wait, he stopped, sat there and outwaited me. Obviously he wanted his picture taken. I gave him the thumbs up and captured this.
Water waiter
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July 19, 2012

Cooling off

Bonus day – two photos, less type. I was told by one person that they like my writing on these posts, but two people said I should limit my words. I’m not sure how I feel about this, but I’m going to keep it short today.

These boys are from Argentina. It was 99 degrees. They stood under a hose attached to a streetlight. The second image was actually taken prior to the first. There are a few different ways to discern this. Maybe you can find one.
Cooling off
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Cooling off two
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July 16, 2012

The engagement

You know the saying “it’s better to be lucky than good?” I understand the sentiment, but I prefer to be good over lucky. There’s something to be said for preparedness and dedication to craft that work in concert to help you create your own luck. Then, sometimes you just feel like you’re lucky and you can be OK with that.

That is the case here. While waiting for people to exit one end of Crown Fountain at Millennium Park, I quickly noticed a couple going through the routine for their engagement photos. Without giving it more than a couple of seconds thought, I flipped my lens to the left through a metal guardrail, ripped my wheel to 1.6-second exposure and fired. The idea was that only the couple would stand still – creating blurred movement all around them. It worked, and after a good 90 minutes of post-processing to create five TIFF files for an HDR build things feel right.

I almost stopped the couple to tell them I’d email them the final result, but I didn’t want to infringe on their photographer’s business. It felt wrong to get in the way. Maybe they’ll find it here some day, but I kind of like the idea that there’s one last photo from their shoot out here in limbo. Makes you wonder how their photos turned out.
The engagement
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July 15, 2012

Up the ramp

Sometimes getting a photograph gets tough. I was stopped by security before taking this photo. They wanted to see my press pass – for a free event in an open park. I said I didn’t know I needed to check in, so they made me go check in. Funny thing about security, especially in a laid back environment like a free concert – they’re disorganized. Instead of escorting me to the press table, they sent me there on my own. Once in contact with the press staff, I mentioned that I had already gotten all of the shots that I needed, save a few. If they could just give me a pass so their staffers would stop bothering me, I’d be happily on my way. They obliged. I’m not sure why security puts up such a front for photographers. Wouldn’t the Grant Park Orchestra want a little extra pub anywhere and any way they can get it? Their production of Perfectly Frank: From Broadway to Hollywood was pretty good. I enjoyed my 15 minutes of listening while shooting. These Grant Park Music Festival offerings at Millennium Park are pretty good. There’s a concert in the park Tuesday thru Sunday almost every week all summer from June 12 thru August 18. There, I think that qualifies as a donation.

The man coming up the ramp looked very disappointed. I’m not sure why. I decided to capture him in motion to blur away his grimace. Maybe he was just tired under the weight of his backpack while going uphill. I thought his struggle mirrored mine; I wasn’t too bothered by security – but why the five minutes of hassle?
Up the ramp
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