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November 26, 2012

Candyland down Dearborn

I found a few quick shots before heading home Sunday night. When standing on Dearborn Street I noticed new colors bouncing off the buildings thanks, in part, to the new Christmas lights all over the area. You can’t really see Christmas in this shot, but the purple and green to the upper right are some of those bounce-back refelctions I’m talking about. The atmosphere made for this candy-like coating to the place. Chicago certainly tastes sweeter around the holidays.
Candyland down Dearborn
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November 11, 2012

Workers in the white light

You see a lot of construction in the city late at night. It must be an attempt to avoid messing up the traffic any more than it already is. As I approached the corner of Clark and Washington these bright white lights blew away all the other lamps on the street. HDR allows you to bring the rest back into play, as the buildings and streetlights would be mostly shadowed away. Thankfully, the workers stood mostly still as this is a multiple-exposure image, the shortest being just over a second long.

I’m not sure how these guys do it. These flood lights are so strong that the men were washed out to the naked eye. It was simple too strong to make out their faces very well, but here they stood looking over paperwork with the light pouring down and then bouncing up off the ground and the papers. It was blinding. At first I wondered if they’d ask me not to take photos of them, but then I considered that they probably couldn’t see anything more than a foot or two outside of the light pool. They might never have even seen me.
Workers in the white light
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November 8, 2012

Election night 2012

It wasn’t like 2008 when people ran through the streets of Chicago celebrating the election of Barack Obama. November 6, 2012 was much more subdued. There was no Grant Park outdoor party with hundreds of thousands of supporters. You saw almost no signs, and nobody stopped traffic. Part of this was certainly the rain and the cold. With the Obama party tucked into McCormick Place a couple of miles away, you almost didn’t notice the celebration was ongoing. I’ve added a few photos of what I saw walking from work to the train.

Please note – I couldn’t cover the Romney camp, because they were in Massachusetts and decidedly not out celebrating in Chicago afterward. No hard feelings to GOP supporters. The Green Party was also unavailable for photo ops…

Photo 1) Two men watching underneath the giant TV outside of CBS 2 Chicago. One of them was very drunk. A few trucks drifted by to see President Obama deliver his victory speech. I could hear a cheering crowd behind me on the other side of Daley Plaza, so I went around the corner to take a look.
Election night 2012 No. 1
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Photo 2) This is actually the last photo I took, but it is how the scene unfolded to me as I approached the crowd at Thompson Center. There were a few hundred Obama supporters cheering on all the highlights of his speech. I thought they would be louder when I was further away from them. Maybe they relaxed due to my presence? Strange.
Election night 2012 No. 2
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Photo 3) In the crowd at Thompson Center. It was a calm gathering, really. Some roars went up from time to time, but I think the business-like victory by the President was felt by his followers. This was not an emotional nor sentimental victory like the first time around, and Chicago’s reaction was in form.
Election night 2012 No. 3
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October 30, 2012

Monument with Standing Beast

This sculpture is one of the best in Chicago – after it rains. Before it rains there are no reflections, no bouncing colors off the pavement. After it rains, everything goes crazy and if you get down low in the puddles with a tripod you can make it all jump off the page. The sculpture is nicknamed “Snoopy in a blender,” but I like the idea of it being a beast. Snoopy is no beast.
Monument with Standing Beast
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October 17, 2012

Title & Trust lobby

This is the lobby of a 50-story skyscraper known as the Chicago Title and Trust Center. Remember when buildings used to be buildings and not centers? The lobby arcs back to form a circular shape, and the escalators lean up and away into another space. I’ve stopped to look at it dozens of times. A lot of good lines crash into each other, which is especially noticeable straight on. I guess it’s cool to center-up when shooting a center.

The blue and gray colors stand out against Chicago’s yellow night lights. I understand the yellow lights will eventually turn more of a white or neutral color, so you might have an entirely different-looking downtown at night in years to come.
Title & Trust lobby
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