Posts tagged ‘light’

April 23, 2015

Deep blue sea

Say you love me more
Say you love me more
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September 10, 2014

Sunspot scraper

The best time of day in Chicago to take photos is that sliver of change between golden hour and blue hour where the sun is just barely hanging above the horizon. You get crazy opportunities for bounced light off of skyscraper windows and plunging shadows forged by the cut of the super-long shadows. I’ve been looking at Eggleston too much recently, which is cliche and I should probably stop talking now.
Sunspot scraper
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August 16, 2014

Back into the light

There are a few tunnels I pass through in the downtown area which make for decent photo ops. August into September is one of my favorite times to shoot, because the days begin getting shorter, and sometimes the light lines up really nice in the evening. In the spring, when you get these kind of days, it is often colder and less enjoyable to stand about and wait for the right person to pass through your frame.
Back into the light
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June 17, 2014

Light liquored

There’s something very gratifying about finding a good door, especially one with the name Double Door Liquors over it – slammed shut. I think I took this on a Sunday. That might make sense.
Light liquored
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June 2, 2014

Wall of light

If it was up to me, everyone would be on their phones while standing in the middle of a gleaming city, looking at photos of architecture. Monolithic in nature.
Wall of light
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September 27, 2013

Light and angles

Competing light sources kind of rule for photography. I know there are some that don’t like them, but with me it’s all quite welcomed. There was enough light in the sky to cast a shade of something down from above, then streetlights and window lights made for golden filler. It kind of screws up the colors, which is perfect to me. I decided to allow the buildings to fight for attention, too, as a hat tip to the light, I guess? I’m not sure. Just liked the angle.
Light and angles
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January 9, 2013

Lined with light

I had 40 minutes to kill on a cold night last winter, so I decided to find something worthy of a photograph. This gate nearly threw itself at me as I ambled around a corner. I actually saw the streams of light falling across the concrete first, then sized everything up. People walked around the corner and through the frame on the longest exposure, as so often happens to me. Thankfully they didn’t streak the image. Thought it doesn’t look it, the image is straight. That wall on the right tapers slightly outward as it rises toward the second floor.
Lined with light
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January 3, 2013

A walking shadow

I know this doesn’t look right, or maybe it looks like a Photoshop job, but I didn’t touch it. It’s taken straight out of the camera from a couple of years ago. Depending on the lighting on a given summer day you can get really interesting bounce light off of the glass skyscrapers. The guy in the photo happens to be in a shadow, blocked from the setting sun, but there’s so much light hammering down from behind him off the buildings that the ground looks perfectly lit. Outside of that there’s a lot of repeating patterns I just love, so this is one of my rare non-HDR photos.
A walking shadow
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October 13, 2012

Hide from me

Ever chase something, but it keeps getting away? I’ve been running out of things to say lately. I guess that’s how it goes when you post a photo every day – it’s just impossible to keep the wind in your sails words-wise. Sometimes you put every last drop of effort into the image and it’s worth only its title, because the photo can’t be explained very well outside of a handful of words. The things you’d say are tucked on the other side of the horizon, just out of reach. In this photo the sun so desperately wanted to slide behind the building. That may or may not be true, but it comes off that way, and it’s all I have to say.
Hide from me
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July 14, 2012

Dark to light

Alleys are special places. They lend drama. This is simply one of the more beautiful alley-scapes I’ve found in Chicago. There are several great little slivers like it in the Loop, but this one is so alive with darkness and lightness and color. I’ve told this to several people while walking by, but nobody seems to agree in the moment. I hope reproducing it as I experience it lends to understanding its beauty. I stop to look each time I pass.
Dark to light
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