Posts tagged ‘viaduct’

June 15, 2013

Wacker viaduct

Wacker Drive is kind of awesome. I don’t know of many double-decked cities, and this run on the west edge of The Loop is cool both above and below ground. I’ll never forget a cab driver gunning me through the lower section many years ago, as if he were a race car driver. It used to be really dark and dingy under there, and I think the cabbies were certain nobody would be around a corner. Now that they’ve redone it, and the river walk areas are nicer, look out! In this photo a car descends into the now-well-lit corridor below me. I had to put my tripod on the official seal of the reconstruction to get this angle. That was kind of cool.
Wacker viaduct
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April 6, 2013

Red lines, green signs

Lately there’s been little time to shoot and little time to search for something to shoot as well. I’m very frustrated that I haven’t been out on a proper photo shoot – one where I’m only looking for photos for the bulk of a day – since September. It’s continually weighing on me, and I don’t like that things have gone that direction. It’s amazing how everything else can slow that progression. I’m simply thankful I’ve had slivers of time to produce enough photos that are quality enough that I’m happy with posting them. I take this very seriously, sharing my photography daily. It’s important that those who stumble on this site are not disappointed the first time here with potentially sub-par work. That’s my attitude, anyway.

The upside (not that there is much) of lacking shooting windows is that it takes me back to my older work. I’m forced to consider shots that I’d previously either passed over or that couldn’t beat out another old image to make it onto the blog. Today is one of those instances – a photo I like, but one that simply didn’t get an opportunity to be shown due to various reasons. That includes flow. I try to vary the images I present in order to avoid slipping into patterns. This image was taken on a relatively warm night in early June. I was playing around with my gear in different ways – using lenses against their intention, if that’s actually a legitimate consideration. I was playing around with artificial blur at the time as well, therefor the artificial look of this. To me, it still works. It was about using the red of the tail lights against the green and yellow of the signs. I liked how the red echoed off the viaduct wall and gave off a feeling of power or almost anger.
Red lines, green signs
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